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Bernard Law

What Catholics can learn from protests of the past

By Mara Willard — January 8, 2019

(The Conversation) — What many Catholics don’t realize is that staying in the church does not mean agreeing with its policies.

Timing is everything in Pennsylvania’s clergy sexual abuse report

By Thomas Reese — August 7, 2018

(RNS) — Understanding the grand jury report properly will mean following the timeline. By the ’90s, the number of alleged abuses nationally had returned to the levels of the 1950s. Did Pennsylvania’s?

Bernard Law, a cardinal of scandal and disgrace

By Thomas Reese — December 20, 2017

(RNS) — Cardinal Law’s life is a cautionary tale of what can happen to an ambitious cleric who loses sight of his duty to serve the people of God.

Cardinal Law’s death prompts apologies – and anger

By Cathy Lynn Grossman — December 20, 2017

(RNS) — When most prelates die, the remembrances do not begin with apologies to the victims of sexual abuse.

Cardinal Law, central figure in church abuse scandal, dies

By Rachel Zoll — December 20, 2017

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The disgraced former archbishop of Boston’s failures to stop child molesters in the priesthood sparked what would become the worst crisis in American Catholicism.

Off with his hat! Why we want to see cardinals punished in the abuse scandal (COMMENTARY)

By Cathy Lynn Grossman — March 4, 2016

(RNS) The church needs more than apologies, commissions and tribunals on abuse. It needs to take symbolic action, too. Like taking away the red zucchetto.

‘Spotlight’ movie explores journalists’ Catholic abuse coverage, loss of faith (COMMENTARY)

By Jacob Lupfer — November 20, 2015

(RNS) I moved to Boston the week Cardinal Bernard Law resigned. As I read those chilling Globe reports, I sensed that the darkness and an unusually cold winter were apt metaphors for the heartbreak and pain the scandal caused.

Pope Francis: Church must act decisively on sex abuse

By Cathy Lynn Grossman — April 5, 2013

(RNS) Pope Francis called on the various national bishops’ conferences around the world to step up to disciplining priests and serving abuse victims, a possible indication that he will move from a strongly centralized church government to one that places increased authority locally.

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