Law steps down
Don't look at me to applaud this move. This is something that a) he should have done ages ago and b) should have never even been an issue, as he should have been made to step down as soon as the depth of the allegations against him and his priests became clear.
The caveat: The pope must accept his resignation in order for it to take effect.
You never know. I can absolutely see the Pope telling Law he must go in his current position and right the wrongs or some crap like that.
A state grand jury investigating accusations that archdiocese officials mishandled alleged molestation cases involving clergy has been meeting for months, but so far has only demanded church records. Reilly and other prosecutors have acknowledged that they have yet to find grounds to bring criminal charges against Law or anyone else for the scandal that erupted a year ago.
I'm sorry, but turning the other way while your employees systematically abuse, rape and sodomize children should be some sort of crime. Allowing the abuse to go on and doing nothing more than shuffling the offending priests from parish to parish, giving them access to new victims, should be punishable by law.
Why do I think the Pope will not take Law's resignation so easily?
A 1999 Vatican document from the files shows that the pope decreed that one defrocked Catholic priest should not remain in the area where his actions were known, unless his bishop decided that his presence would not cause a scandal.
That's why. They just don't care about the victims.