THE CATHOLIC PROJECT

An initiative of The Catholic University of America

The Catholic Church is in crisis. Its inability to address clergy sexual abuse has caused a crisis of faith,
a breach of trust. To restore that trust, the Church needs the help of the lay faithful.

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THE CATHOLIC PROJECT

An initiative of The Catholic University of America

The Catholic Church is in crisis. Its inability to address clergy sexual abuse has caused a crisis of faith, a breach of trust. To restore that trust, the Church needs the help of the lay faithful.

Watch Video

Featured Events

Oct 29

The Catholic University of America
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Over the past year, much of the discussion about the abuse crisis has focused on justice for victims, accountability for bishops, and the role of lay people. There are obvious reasons for this. Yet genuine renewal in the Church must include our priests, who have experienced the pain of the crisis in[...]

Collaboration Between Clergy & Laity

Over 50 years ago, Vatican II articulated the role of the laity in the Catholic Church in a document entitled Lumen Gentium. All members of the Church, not just the clergy, “contribute toward the renewal and building up of the Church.” Lumen Gentium says pastors should “willingly employ” the “prudent advice” of the lay faithful, and “confidently assign duties to them” in service to the Church. With the help of the laity, “pastors can more clearly and more incisively come to decisions regarding both spiritual and temporal matters.“

The Catholic University of America is uniquely situated to be a place where laity and clergy can come together in a spirit of mutual respect and charity to address the most challenging issues of our times. We believe, in the words of Lumen Gentium, that by drawing on the contributions of all its members, “the entire Church . . . may more effectively fulfill its mission for the life of the world.”

Our Mission

Featured Resources

Unpacking the news and information around us.

Analysis
Pope Francis Writes Letter to Priests
To mark the 160th anniversary of the death of St. John Vianney, Pope Francis wrote a letter to all the priests of the world, encouraging them in their vocation and… Read More
Analysis
Pope's new sex abuse rules are a revolution for the Church (America Magazine)
Kurt Martens, ordinary professor of canon law at The Catholic University of America School of Canon Law and the editor of The Jurist, explains the significance of Pope Francis’ new… Read More
In the News
U.S. bishops dialogue with abuse survivors in first-of-its-kind gathering
Katie Scott (Catholic Sentinel)- A conference in D.C. brings together clergy abuse survivors and prelates, including Cardinal Sean O’Malley, to speak frankly “as a family where there’s been dysfunction.” Read… Read More
In the News
Missouri bishop urges broader approach to help survivors, parishes heal
By Rhina Guidos (CNS)- Bishop Shawn McKnight of Jefferson City, MO participated in a national event that brought together more than 12 bishops, including him, and a small group of… Read More
In the News
Abuse conference seeks honest exchange between bishops and victims (Crux)
By Christopher White- A conference at the Catholic University of America brought together clerical sex abuse survivors and over a dozen Catholic bishops for a daylong discussion on “healing a… Read More
In the News
Catholic Church Sexual Abuse Scandal (Encounter/VOA News)
Stephen White, Executive Director of The Catholic Project and Msgr. Stephen Rossetti, Research Associate Professor in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America discussed… Read More
Video
Healing the Breach: What Can Laity Do? Acting Ecclesially
The fourth session of the Healing the Breach of Trust conference series addresses the question: What can the laity do to help the Church through this crisis? George Weigel (EPPC)… Read More
Video
Healing the Breach: What Can Laity Do? Wounded Healers
The fourth session of the Healing the Breach of Trust conference series addresses the question: What can the laity do to help the Church through this crisis? John Carr (Georgetown)… Read More
A new state of affairs today both in the Church and in social, economic, political and cultural life, calls with a particular urgency for the action of the lay faithful.
—  St. John Paul II,   Christifideles Laici, 3

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