Settlement in Boston

When the Capuchin Franciscan Sean O’Malley was installed as archbishop of Boston in July, he seemed to have an impossible task before him. Close to 550 lawsuits had been filed against the archdiocese claiming sexual abuse by its priests. Cardinal Bernard Law’s attempts to settle the cases ended badly when an archdiocesan financial council vetoed the proposed settlement, saying it was too costly. Even more troubling was the antagonism and...

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