Cardinal Bernard Law, under intense fire in the paedophile priests' scandal that has rocked the Roman Catholic church in the US, today resigned as Boston’s archbishop.
“I am profoundly grateful to the Holy Father for having accepted my resignation as archbishop of Boston,” Law said in a written statement released by the Vatican.
“It is my fervent prayer that this action may help the archdiocese of Boston to experience the healing, reconciliation and unity which are so desperately needed.”
“To all those who have suffered from my shortcomings and mistakes, I both apologise and from them beg forgiveness.”
The Vatican said Pope John Paul had accepted the resignation, after the two men held talks this morning.
The Pope named Bishop Richard Lennon an auxiliary bishop in Boston, to run the diocese temporarily.