Law, the disgraced former archbishop of Boston, has died at 86.
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Cardinal Bernard Law, the former archbishop of Boston who resigned in disgrace after covering up years of sexual abuse of children by priests and whose name became a byword for scandal in the Catholic Church, passed away Wednesday.The pope did not mention that Law had been archbishop of Boston and a brief Vatican biography made no mention of the circumstances of his resignation 15 years ago.Law was archbishop of Boston, one of the most prestigious and wealthy American archdioceses, for 18 years when Pope John Paul reluctantly accepted his resignation on Dec. 13, 2002, after a tumultuous year in church history.
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