December 14, 2002

Boston Globe

By Matt Carroll and Michael S. Rosenwald, Globe Staff, 12/14/2002

Whether they signed the letter calling for the resignation of Cardinal Bernard F. Law or stood steadfastly beside him all year, priests throughout the archdiocese yesterday felt a profound sadness at the fall of one of their brothers, tempered with the hope that healing – for victims, lay people, and themselves – could begin.

Most said Law’s quitting was inevitable, after a year of unrelenting scandal over archdiocesan coverups and the shuffling of sexually abusive priests from parish to parish.

Many churches have suffered drops in attendance and falloffs in collections as outraged parishioners voted with their feet and pocketbooks.

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