Lennon closes the Salem parish despite the fact it is not losing money for the Church. Law's public statements and depositions during the abuse crisis claimed that the Cardinal and Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston did not initially have the expertise to understand pedophilia and ephebophilia and relied upon doctors' recommendations. In the second case, two rape charges were dismissed by a judge after hotly contested arguments because the statute of limitations had run out. This poem expresses the hunger for these boys to know that they are not forgotten. In a statement and apology, Law said, "To all those who have suffered from my shortcomings and mistakes I both apologize and from them beg forgiveness. Clearly, some church leaders treated victims and their families very poorly. Karadima abused scores of boys during the s and s, and in he was sentenced by the Vatican to a life of penance, banning him from public ministry to repent for his sins and pray for his victims. Ward was suspended by the Archdiocese of Boston in February and laicized by the Vatican in More Comments 53 comments End of an Illusion: More Comments 3 comments An unholy mess: Francis is widely seen as a reformer working to bring the church in line with modern society, but he has long been criticized for paying lip service to combating abuse without truly understanding its pervasiveness. Being knocked off course brings us nearer to God than any human construct of the Divine. He was found guilty in January of indecent assault and battery for grabbing the buttocks of a year-old boy in a swimming pool at the Waltham Boys and Girls Club in , and was sentenced to nine to ten years in prison.