Fond Memories Comfort Priest's Flock

By Brian Ballou
Boston Herald [Sharon MA]
June 25, 2004

The priest who helped spark the call for the resignation of Bernard Cardinal Law during the sexual abuse scandal was remembered yesterday for his way with words.

"Father Bullock constantly reminded us of the power of the word," said Deacon Michael Iwanowicz during his homily before a crowd of about 700 people at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Sharon. "He left a legacy of personal and church ministry. That was a very essential part of his life."

The Rev. Robert W. Bullock, who died Saturday after succumbing to liver cancer, became a central figure in the scandal that rocked the Catholic Church when he and 57 other priests signed a letter in Dec. 2002 calling for Law's resignation.

The letter stated that Law's position as leader of the Catholic Church in Boston had been compromised by the scandal.

Archbishop Sean O'Malley did not discuss the issue during the two-hour funeral.

"It was just a few months ago that he came to me and gave me his letter of resignation as required at age 75, but he asked if he could still be reverend of the church," O'Malley said of Bullock.


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