December 10, 2002
Boston Cardinal in Rome amid diocesan anger

From RTE News Online

Boston's Cardinal Bernard Law is in Rome after diocesan priests urged him to step down and angry protesters demanded he face criminal charges for his handling of sexual abuse by clergy.

He cancelled a weekly homily under pressure after documents released in court cases revealed church awareness of abuse about which little was done.

In one of the biggest protests since the crisis began earlier this year, some 400 demonstrators gathered outside the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Sunday and urged state authorities to file criminal charges against Law.

A group of priests in the Archdiocese plan to deliver a letter to his home on Sunday, which reads: 'The priests and people of Boston have lost confidence in you as their spiritual leader.' A larger group, the Boston Priests' Forum, is set to meet on Friday to discuss whether it should also call for his resignation.

In April, Law cancelled an appearance at Mass and went into seclusion. A few days later he met with Pope John Paul II in Rome to discuss the impact of the scandal. A spokeswoman for the Boston Archdiocese today confirmed he is in Rome again, but did not say when he would return.

The release of the files came as the archdiocese threatened to declare bankruptcy as a way of dealing with the estimated 450 lawsuits it faces from clergy sexual assault victims.

Posted by Colm at December 10, 2002 02:35 PM
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