A long year for U.S. Catholics ended with the belated resignation of Boston’s Cardinal Bernard Law. Law’s departure seems to promise a new beginning, at least in Boston, for victims of sexual abuse as well as the church as a whole. At the same time, hardly a week goes by when another accused priest is not suspended from ministry in one diocese or another. The damage done to the church’s credibility and moral stature by this scandal will take years, if not decades, to...
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