Cardinal Bernard Law, the former Archbishop of Boston who resigned his post amid the sex abuse scandal that rocked the Catholic Church, has died, according to a church official. He was 86.

Law led the archdiocese from 1984 until 2002 — an 18-year stint that ended in disgrace after the Boston Globe uncovered that priests who had sexually assaulted children had been moved from parish to parish under his watch. Law moved to Rome, where he became the archpriest of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in 2004. He stepped down from that position in 2011.

The cause of death was not readily apparent.