The End of Rule by Law

Burned by the scandal of predator priests, Boston's Cardinal steps down. His church's problems go on

The Vatican prefers to do things quietly. So, sometimes, did Boston's Bernard Cardinal Law. For years, when sexually abusive clergymen were brought to his attention, he quietly transferred them from one parish to another. By last April, as the scandal over pedophile priests escalated, Law, the most powerful of the American prelates and a favorite of the Vatican's, had come to symbolize the reckless indifference of Roman Catholic Church officials. That was when he first traveled unannounced to Rome to offer his resignation to Pope John Paul II, who quietly refused to accept it. Despite the growing uproar in the U.S.,...

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