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[Attorney General Thomas Reilly], in releasing the report on a 16-month investigation, said that, over six decades, at least 237 priests and 13 other church employees were accused of molesting at least 789 minors. Reilly said the actual number of victims may be much higher, and probably exceeds 1,000.
But Reilly said that, though he wished it were otherwise, he could find no criminal statute under which he could prosecute church leaders, including Cardinal Bernard F. Law. Nonetheless, he concluded that Law, his two predecessors as archbishop, and numerous subordinate bishops facilitated the years of abuse, protecting priests time and again while leaving children vulnerable.
''The mistreatment of children was so massive and so prolonged that it borders on the unbelievable,'' Reilly said. Church leaders, he said, ''in effect, sacrificed children for many, many years.''
Keep an eye on Tom Reilly: He was able to deliver a withering indictment of the Church without issuing a formal indictment against any Church leader, as a result looking tough and resolute without his actually having had to slap the cuffs on the Cardinal. Look for him to figure in the Democratic gubernatorial sweepstakes.