Donna B. Doucette
Cardinal Bernard Law died in Rome Dec. 20, 15 years after resigning as archbishop of Boston because of clergy sex abuse and its cover up. Catholics can learn at least three things from his legacy, about power, secrecy and accountability.
Several progressive Catholic groups are launching DeaconChat, aimed at giving lay Catholics and clergy across the U.S. a direct say on whether the church should ordain women deacons.
The critically acclaimed movie “Spotlight” could receive a Best Picture Oscar this Sunday. The film about how The Boston Globe investigated and brought to light clergy sexual abuse of children and its cover up in the Boston archdiocese has brought renewed awareness to the scandal worldwide.
But many Catholics have had a heightened sense of the crisis all along. Some of those Catholics — determined to remain faithful while addressing the scandal — formed Voice of the Faithful only a couple of months after the Globe’s sensational January 2002 story appeared.