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A church seeks healing

Pope accepts Law’s resignation in Rome

Cardinal Bernard F. Law of Boston is expected to leave Rome this weekend for an unknown destination and uncertain future, as Catholics throughout the United States struggle to repair a church deeply wounded by the clergy sexual abuse crisis that Law came to symbolize.

Pope John Paul II, in a dramatic recognition of the damage done to the church by Law’s repeated failure to remove abusive priests from ministry, yesterday accepted the resignation of the longtime Roman Catholic archbishop.

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