During his address to five candidates at the annual ordination at Holy Cross Cathedral, Law mentioned a biblical verse from the Letter of James: "Count it pure joy when you are involved in every sort of trial."
"You and I and the whole church are suffering a severe trial," Law said. "No joy can be taken in from the terrible harm and betrayal at the root of this crisis, this trial. Yet out of this evil, you have the joy this morning of a much more vivid consciousness of what it means to be a priest."
The Boston Archdiocese has been under fire for months after it was learned that officials, including Law, knew some priests had sexually abused children but that the officials moved the priests from parish to parish. One former Boston-area priest, John J. Geoghan, was convicted in January of molesting one boy and has been accused of molesting dozens of others.
One of the newly ordained clerics, the Rev. Daniel Hennessey, a former biotech researcher, said he saw an opportunity for new priests.
"We will be ministers of reconciliation," Hennessey said.
In Washington, McCarrick also ordained five new priests yesterday and said that "in the light of the trauma through which the church is passing, their presence is a sign of hope."
McCarrick, who served on the panel that wrote the final communique from the Vatican meeting called to address the scandal, said that not all cases of abuse should be treated the same.
"If the offender was a man that has been a serial and notorious offender, then he should never be a priest," McCarrick said in an interview before the ceremony. "But if it's a man who has done something 30 years before and has done nothing after, then it's a different matter. The board of the diocese should then decide what to do."