By the end of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st century, child abuse scandals were ripping through the hierarchy in the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. At the head of both the scandal and the local churches was Cardinal Bernard Francis Law. He became a major focal point of the investigations as the scandal went national and set the standard for what people could expect from the church authorities in the years and cases to come.
Law was responsible for keeping alleged cases of child abuse from the public. He shuffled priests around and made no effort to notify earthbound authorities, though he may have consulted his god. He believed that the minimum handling that he offered to these cases was sufficient. When the stories, broke out, Cardinal Law blamed ignorance for aiding alleged pedophiles to escape arrest by simply moving them around and even allowing them to keep their jobs.
Law stated in so many words that the church was not equipped to handle cases of child abuse, so they turned to doctors to determine whether priests were fit for duty. Of course, this does nothing to explain why he did not report illegal activities to the police. Cardinal Law eventually came to realize that he mishandled the situation and for a long time. On December 13, 2002, he resigned from his position and issued an apology for his part in allowing several child abusers to go on committing crimes through his own inaction and even his help.