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Breaking News - Boston's Cardinal Law Offers His Resignation
Fox News | 12/12/02 | Fox News

Posted on 12/12/2002 9:25:25 AM PST by Lonely NY Conservative

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1 posted on 12/12/2002 9:25:25 AM PST by Lonely NY Conservative
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To: Lonely NY Conservative
It must have been getting really, really hot in that kitchen.
2 posted on 12/12/2002 9:27:33 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum
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To: Lonely NY Conservative
Seems to me that it is about time....
3 posted on 12/12/2002 9:28:20 AM PST by babygene
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To: Lonely NY Conservative
Don't let the big Cathedral doors hit you in the butt on your way out!!!!!!!
4 posted on 12/12/2002 9:28:21 AM PST by Saundra Duffy
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To: Salvation; Polycarp; Notwithstanding; nickcarraway
Ping

It's just a report, but....
5 posted on 12/12/2002 9:28:24 AM PST by Desdemona
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To: Lonely NY Conservative
as in the words of Gomer Pyle- "Surprise Surprise Surprise!!!!!!!!"
6 posted on 12/12/2002 9:28:36 AM PST by robjna
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To: Lonely NY Conservative
'Bout damn time!
7 posted on 12/12/2002 9:29:23 AM PST by mhking
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To: Lonely NY Conservative
Hopefully Lott will be making a similar announcement.
8 posted on 12/12/2002 9:29:35 AM PST by TBall
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To: Lonely NY Conservative
So when do the obstruction charges get filed?
9 posted on 12/12/2002 9:30:15 AM PST by TexanAmerican
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To: Lonely NY Conservative
AP Article -

Cardinal Law Offers to Resign

Thursday, December 12, 2002



VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Bernard Law, under fire for his role in the sexual abuse scandal plaguing the Roman Catholic Church in the U.S., has offered his resignation, Fox News has learned.

Law has been meeting with church officials in the Vatican since Sunday, and is expected to meet with Pope John Paul II tomorrow.

The chorus of voices calling for Law's resignation grew louder late Wednesday as an influential reform group demanded that he step down, citing a "spiritual and moral crisis" in the Boston Archdiocese.

The lay reform group Voice of the Faithful said recent revelations detailing the extent of the abuse crisis left them with no choice but to publicly declare the archdiocese in need of new leadership.

"There is a state of spiritual and moral crisis in the Archdiocese of Boston," said Jim Post, president of Voice of the Faithful, which claims a national membership of 25,000. "In my judgment, the Archdiocese of Boston has effectively been without a bishop."

The vote Wednesday at Our Lady Help of Christians in Newton came the same day that lawyers released more files highlighting accusations of abuse in the archdiocese. In one case, a priest allegedly molested a boy on 21 consecutive nights during a cross-country trip in a Winnebago.

The documents follow the recent release of thousands of pages of archdiocese personnel files containing allegations that, in addition to molesting young boys, some priests abused drugs and had illicit affairs.

Seventy-one Voice of the Faithful members representing parishes in the Boston Archdiocese voted for the motion calling for Law to step down. Two were opposed and two abstained.

People in the crowd applauded after speakers aired their thoughts on the archdiocese and the scandal, prompting David Castaldi of Boston to warn that the meeting was not a "pep rally."

"Instead of applauding, you ought to be praying," said Castaldi, who voted in favor of the motion. He said he knows Law to be a "good man and a good priest" who has made poor decisions.

The action by Voice of the Faithful, which was started soon after the scandal erupted in January, is significant because for months its leaders have resisted pressure from members to demand Law's resignation.

The group said it had hoped to work with Catholic officials for reform within the church. But members said they could not avoid a confrontation with the Boston hierarchy.

Law has been at the Vatican this week meeting with church leaders amid speculation he may resign or get approval to declare bankruptcy in a bid to spare the Boston Archdiocese from financial ruin.

Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said Thursday that Law may meet with the pope Friday before an expected return to Boston.

Any decisions would be announced in Rome, Navarro-Valls said.

Law and bishops who worked for him have been subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury looking into possible criminal violations by church officials who supervised priests accused of child sexual abuse, the Boston Globe reported Thursday.

State police from the office of Attorney General Thomas Reilly delivered Law's subpoena to his Boston residence Friday, the newspaper reported, citing anonymous sources. The next day, Law flew to Rome.

Reilly refused to comment when asked whether he had subpoenaed Law. Law's attorney, J. Owen Todd, did not return telephone calls.

While Law was in Rome, a letter from 58 priests asking the cardinal to resign was delivered to his residence Monday, and more priests have since endorsed the document. Separately, the 300-member Boston Priests Forum may issue its own resolution urging Law's resignation at a meeting Friday.

There are 912 priests in the archdiocesan ranks, a third of them retired, plus 732 clergymen in the region belonging to religious orders.

If pastors who lead a significant number of Boston parishes join the revolt, it could be difficult for Law to govern the archdiocese effectively.

The scandal has engulfed Boston for almost a year and pressure on Law has only increased since the archdiocese was forced to release 11,000 church personnel documents to attorneys representing hundreds of alleged victims.

So far lawyers have released about 5,400 of the documents in piecemeal fashion. They contain allegations of misconduct against 65 priests and suggest rogue clergy used drugs, abused young people — boys and girls — and, in one case, assaulted a housekeeper.

The personnel files released Wednesday included a letter written by Law to the Washington, D.C.-based Military Diocese in 1996 saying a priest who had been accused of molesting a boy had nothing in his past to prevent him from working with children as an Air Force chaplain.

The archdiocese issued a statement Wednesday saying it had notified the diocese for military service about the unsubstantiated allegation against the priest. A call to the archdiocese seeking further details was not returned.

Also Wednesday, the Rev. Paul Shanley, who has pleaded innocent to 10 counts of child rape, was released from jail on $300,000 bail after seven months behind bars.

The 71-year-old retired priest must remain in Massachusetts and cannot have contact with anyone under 16, or with alleged victims or witnesses.

Shanley's attorney, Frank Mondano, would not disclose where Shanley will live, saying he was concerned about his client's safety.
10 posted on 12/12/2002 9:30:22 AM PST by Lonely NY Conservative
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To: Lonely NY Conservative
I've heard that Trent Lott might be looking for a job. Does he have to be Catholic to be a Cardinal?
11 posted on 12/12/2002 9:31:43 AM PST by inkling
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To: TBall
How similar do you want; Cave-A-Lott holds new elections for the Republican leadership or Cave-A-Lott creates another 50-50 situation?
12 posted on 12/12/2002 9:32:02 AM PST by steveegg
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To: babygene
Long past time...but as I recall he tried to resign in June and was told by the Vatican to stick it out. Wonder if they'll let him go this time? The Holy Father needs to accept his resignation and then demand the resignation of every bishop covering up sexual misconduct by their priests. I don't care if it takes 10 years to fill those Sees...a vacant seat is better than one filled by moral idiots. What good is a bishop who can't distinquish between sin and sickness?
13 posted on 12/12/2002 9:32:06 AM PST by pgkdan
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To: Lonely NY Conservative
lucianne says that Law has resigned. Details to follow.
14 posted on 12/12/2002 9:32:13 AM PST by polemikos
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To: TBall
Amen.
15 posted on 12/12/2002 9:32:37 AM PST by GraniteStateConservative
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To: Lonely NY Conservative
Okay. Now will that let him get off scot free or will it open him up to being sued?
16 posted on 12/12/2002 9:33:41 AM PST by Lady Jag
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To: Lonely NY Conservative
If Barney Frank decides to retire, then this Paul Shankey can run as a Pervert Rat for congress and become a Congressit from Boston. He should get about 80% of the Boston votes.

Wednesday, the Rev. Paul Shanley, who has pleaded innocent to 10 counts of child rape, was released from jail on $300,000 bail after seven months behind bars. The 71-year-old retired priest must remain in Massachusetts and cannot have contact with anyone under 16, or with alleged victims or witnesses.

17 posted on 12/12/2002 9:33:43 AM PST by Grampa Dave
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To: Lonely NY Conservative
Report: Law To Offer Resignation
Meeting Scheduled Between Cardinal, Pope

BOSTON -- Cardinal Bernard Law will offer his resignation when he meets with Pope John Paul II on Friday, according to an international news agency.

"I cannot confirm this report that Law has offered his resignation. But, in a way, it does not make a great deal of difference because he has not met with the pope, and that meeting is scheduled to take place tomorrow," National Catholic Reporter spokesman John Allen said. "It is up to the pope to decide whether or not to accept his resignation or ask for a resignation. There are some indications, and I emphasize that they are merely indications, that they may be moving in that direction. Some of my Vatican sources indicated that there may be movement in that direction, given the letter from 58 of Law's priests."

Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls has confirmed that a face-to-face meeting has been scheduled between Law and the pope Friday.


"I was told by Navarro-Valls that if there is a decision, there will be an announcement of it tomorrow," Allen said. "So, while I am not in a position to tell you how this is going to turnout, tomorrow morning, here in Rome, is one that we all should be paying attention to."

Meanwhile, Law reportedly has been subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury looking into possible crimes by church officials who supervised priests accused of child sexual abuse.

"I think that the focus in Rome has been so much on the two questions -- bankruptcy and then Law's personal future -- that the potential implications of that subpoena haven't yet registered. However, I would say that it doesn't help from the point of view of what ought to happen to Cardinal Law," Allen said.

Law and five of his former bishops reportedly have received subpoenas to appear before a state grand jury investigating whether crimes were committed in their supervision of priests accused of sexually abusing children.

Those bishops include John McCormack, of Manchester, N.H.; Robert Banks in Green Bay, Wis.; and William Murphy, of Rockville Center, N.Y.

It is not clear whether word of the subpoenas has reached the Vatican yet. The cardinal is said to have gotten his last Friday -- the same day he left Boston. He may have informed the Vatican leaders he has been meeting with this week concerning bankruptcy and his possible resignation.

While the Vatican remains tightlipped about how those meetings have been progressing, the press office there has promised some kind of statement once Law sits down with the pope to discuss his future.

The cardinal is said to be returning to Boston on Saturday. If he resigns, there is a possibility that the Vatican will wait to announce it until he gets a chance to inform his own people and his own archdiocese first.

On:
http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/1834732/detail.html
18 posted on 12/12/2002 9:34:27 AM PST by polemikos
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To: GraniteStateConservative
See #12
19 posted on 12/12/2002 9:34:35 AM PST by steveegg
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To: american colleen
Here's to hoping Boston gets somebody orthodox, conservative and willing to tell VOTF to take a hike.

On the Feast of the Virgin of Guadelupe no less. Somebody is looking out for us.

Deo Gratias
20 posted on 12/12/2002 9:34:36 AM PST by Desdemona
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To: Lonely NY Conservative
Lott next ?
21 posted on 12/12/2002 9:34:57 AM PST by VRWC_minion
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
That what happens when you use the wrong oven.
22 posted on 12/12/2002 9:35:09 AM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
It must have been getting really, really hot in that kitchen.

Not as hot as it's gonna be in hell for this guy. Protecting those who hurt others is as bad as doing it yourself, especially when you are a "Man of God"

23 posted on 12/12/2002 9:35:29 AM PST by zingzang
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To: Lonely NY Conservative
Law, 7 Bishops Subpoenaed in U.S. Criminal Probe

— By Greg Frost

BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston Cardinal Bernard Law was served a subpoena last Friday to appear before a Massachusetts grand jury investigating sex abuse by priests, sources familiar with the probe said on Thursday, and the cardinal apparently left the city the same day.

Grand jury subpoenas were also served last week on seven Roman Catholic bishops with ties to the Archdiocese of Boston, the sources said. Law had been served his subpoena on Friday and The Boston Globe said that was the same day the cardinal left for Washington, where he departed on Saturday for Rome.

Law, who arrived at the Vatican amid a simmering revolt among priests and parishioners in his archdiocese, was still in Rome and may meet with Pope John Paul II on Friday, papal spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said. It is possible the cardinal may hand the Pope his resignation as he did in April, when the pontiff rejected it.

The senior U.S. prelate has held talks with top Vatican officials all week about his future and plans for the archdiocese to declare bankruptcy as a way of dealing with some 450 clergy sexual abuse lawsuits.

Word of the subpoenas came after Voice of the Faithful, a Catholic lay group with more than 25,000 members, joined dozens of Law's own priests in calling for his ouster.

At least 58 Boston-area priests asked Law to step down in a letter delivered to his residence earlier this week.

The Rev. Robert Bullock, chairman of the largest forum of Roman Catholic priests in the archdiocese, predicted more clergy would join those who already signed the statement.

Bullock and eight other leaders of The Boston Priests' Forum, which has some 250 members, will meet on Friday and may reissue the letter for more priests to sign, he said.

CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION

The subpoenas not only marked a crucial turning point in the grand jury probe but also opened a more ominous chapter in a crisis that erupted in the Boston archdiocese in January.

Angry protesters last Sunday in Boston urged Massachusetts Attorney General Tom Reilly to secure criminal indictments against Law and his former top associates for shuttling known pedophile priests from parish to parish.

Serving the subpoenas to the cardinal and the bishops signals that Reilly moved closer to granting the demonstrators their wish.

A spokeswoman for Reilly confirmed his office has an "ongoing, active criminal investigation" involving the church, but she declined to comment further. A spokeswoman for the archdiocese did not return a telephone call seeking comment.

Among the church officials who received subpoenas were Bishop John McCormack of Manchester, New Hampshire, Bishop Thomas Daily of Brooklyn, New York, and Archbishop Alfred Hughes of New Orleans, the sources said.

Daily, formerly a top official in the Boston church, said in a sworn deposition earlier this year that the archdiocese knew that one of the priests at the heart of the current crisis, the Rev. Paul Shanley, had advocated sex between men and boys when it promoted him to lead a parish in 1983.

On Tuesday, McCormack reached a settlement with New Hampshire state prosecutors in their criminal investigation of the Diocese of Manchester. Under the terms of the deal, McCormack was forced to acknowledge that his diocese had failed to protect children from pedophile priests.

Voice of the Faithful's executive council voted late on Wednesday to urge Law to step down.

The move marked a radical shift for the non-clergy reform group born out of the current scandal. For months it resisted asking Law to resign, and only weeks ago it held its first face-to-face meeting with the cardinal.

But group leaders said they were sickened by new revelations of adulterous relationships, pedophilia and drug use involving archdiocese clergy, and by more accusations that church leaders reassigned priests with records of sexual misconduct.

The group, which began in the basement of a church earlier this year with a handful of members, called on Pope John Paul II to appoint a replacement to Law. It also asked the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to act on the situation in Boston.

24 posted on 12/12/2002 9:36:24 AM PST by polemikos
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To: steveegg
Cave-A-Lott holds new elections for the Republican leadership
25 posted on 12/12/2002 9:36:30 AM PST by TBall
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To: Lonely NY Conservative
Amen to that.

I was told that Law's priority was to "avoid scandal."

He never figured out that the way to avoid scandal is to promptly do the right thing when someone under you does wrong.
26 posted on 12/12/2002 9:36:39 AM PST by Poohbah
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To: Desdemona
Here's to hoping Boston gets somebody orthodox

I assume that's "orthodox" with a small 'o'.

27 posted on 12/12/2002 9:36:41 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Lonely NY Conservative
Boston's Cardinal Law Offers His Resignation

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It's an offer that shouldn't be refused.

28 posted on 12/12/2002 9:37:11 AM PST by RLK
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To: Lonely NY Conservative
He's suppposed to see a Grand Jury in Boston next week.

"May we welcome the new Archbishop of the Diocese of Baghdad".

29 posted on 12/12/2002 9:37:44 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: Lonely NY Conservative
First big step - RCC needs to clean house
30 posted on 12/12/2002 9:38:56 AM PST by realpatriot71
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To: TBall
Good answer; his departure means an immediate 50-50 split and probable DemonRAT illegitimate "majority".
31 posted on 12/12/2002 9:39:04 AM PST by steveegg
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To: dfwgator
Hmm. Can you imagine Pope John Paul II, in an effort to increase ecumenism and get someone not light in the loafers into the vacant see, installing an Orthodox Patriarch?
32 posted on 12/12/2002 9:39:05 AM PST by Poohbah
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To: Semper Paratus
The Chaldeans would rather go into schism than accept Law as an archbishop.

I mean, come ON, there's gotta be something in the Geneva Convention about inflicting people like Law on Iraq...
33 posted on 12/12/2002 9:40:27 AM PST by Poohbah
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To: Lonely NY Conservative
Will the Pope let him stay at the Vatican, or will he make him come back to the US to face (possible) charges?
Can't wait to see how this one turns out.
34 posted on 12/12/2002 9:40:37 AM PST by Psalm 73
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To: inkling
Does he have to be Catholic to be a Cardinal?

They like to pick from candidates who have spent time working for the organization. There are few actual constraints, however.

35 posted on 12/12/2002 9:40:58 AM PST by RightWhale
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To: Desdemona
Here's to hoping Boston gets somebody orthodox, conservative and willing to tell VOTF to take a hike.

And also those 58 priests who wrote that letter. They are lead by a dissident priest who was censured by Cardinal Law. Surprise, surprise.

36 posted on 12/12/2002 9:41:20 AM PST by BlessedBeGod
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To: Lonely NY Conservative
Interesting turn of events.

1. Paul Shanley is released on bond of $300,000 yesterday. Bond is posted by family(huh?) friends(NAMBLA?) and supporters(another big HUH?) who could not come up with the 300 large before yesterday.
2. Cardinal Law is reported to resign today.

Something doth stinketh!

37 posted on 12/12/2002 9:41:24 AM PST by N. Theknow
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To: Lonely NY Conservative
Examples need to be made...SOMEONE, at the very least, needs to be excommunicated.
38 posted on 12/12/2002 9:41:46 AM PST by Tex-Con-Man
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To: Lonely NY Conservative
"Who will rid me of this turbulent Priest?"
39 posted on 12/12/2002 9:42:32 AM PST by Wil H
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To: Desdemona
Here's to hoping Boston gets somebody orthodox, conservative and willing to tell VOTF to take a hike.

He may tell them to get off church property, but VOTF, after this, will be stronger than ever.

40 posted on 12/12/2002 9:47:46 AM PST by sinkspur
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To: polemikos
lucianne says that Law has resigned.

lucianne has changed this to "offered to resign."
All stories appear to be in essential conformity now.
41 posted on 12/12/2002 9:48:17 AM PST by polemikos
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To: Desdemona; All
It's just a report, but....

So, now the focus might shift to Central Arizona, where the Bishop, aka the Enabler, is looking for an IMMUNITY DEAL!!

42 posted on 12/12/2002 9:48:46 AM PST by Lael
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To: .45MAN; AKA Elena; Angelus Errare; Aquinasfan; Aristophanes; ArrogantBustard; Askel5; Barnacle; ...
Bernard Cardinal Law resignation bump!
43 posted on 12/12/2002 9:50:03 AM PST by NYer
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To: BlessedBeGod
And also those 58 priests who wrote that letter.

Absolutely not. Those priests would not have written that letter if they weren't ashamed and afraid to walk down the street for fear of being spit on.

Priests are not going to put up with bishops who border on the criminal.

44 posted on 12/12/2002 9:50:43 AM PST by sinkspur
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To: Semper Paratus
What did Archbishop Sleiman do wrong to get replaced by someone as reprehensible as Law?
45 posted on 12/12/2002 9:50:43 AM PST by wideawake
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To: Lonely NY Conservative
Bout time.
46 posted on 12/12/2002 9:51:07 AM PST by weikel
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To: Lonely NY Conservative
Hope his resignation is accepted. His successor needs to let a lot of other folks go, too.

Priests are human, just like the rest of us. They sin and need forgiveness, just like the rest of us. They need to repent, just like the rest of us...

I suspect repentance is harder for someone who has their training, and who presents a public image as a "very good" person.

Cardinal Law (and a lot of his cronies) have sinned. Much worse, some of the people they harmed may have been pushed away from God. I am confident God will eventually bring these lost sheep back to Him, but the sin is immense anyway.

So far, I do not see any public sign of repentance. They did not just make a mistake - they sinned, BIG TIME. The response, so far, has been to keep trying to cover it up.
47 posted on 12/12/2002 9:51:25 AM PST by EternalHope
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To: sinkspur
[big sigh]

sinky, VOTF is not interested in reform. They're intersted in gaining power. They don't speak for me.
48 posted on 12/12/2002 9:51:46 AM PST by Desdemona
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To: Lonely NY Conservative
Sounds like a ploy. Offers to resign. Sounds like he plans to organize a telephone campaign to demand his retention.
What would it take to precipitate a resignation? Ask for time on all the networks and sodomize a toddler on camera? His title is not his private property. It belongs to God and his parisioners. As it is, his successor may be obliged to assume office performing mass in the gutter alone. The trial lawyers have a bead on all church assets. The faithful have left the church or are staying home in droves. Donations are non-existent. In hard times, who wants to sacrifice financially to provide the clergy hush money and drugs and baubles for their same-sex lovers?




49 posted on 12/12/2002 9:52:24 AM PST by Man of the Right
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To: sinkspur; american colleen
Those priests would not have written that letter if they weren't ashamed and afraid to walk down the street for fear of being spit on.

Did you NOT read what american colleen had to say about these guys? She has no use for them.
50 posted on 12/12/2002 9:53:20 AM PST by Desdemona
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