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


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

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.

In the News
The rebuilding of the Catholic Church (The Church Alive/EWTN Radio)
Stephen White, Executive Director of The Catholic Project at The Catholic University of America, discusses the renewal and rebuilding of the Catholic Church through faithful collaboration of the laity and… Read More
In the News
Theologians examine role of power, clericalism in the sex abuse crisis (CNS)
By Dennis Sadowski- Coverage of the morning panel of the March 26 Healing the Breach of Trust conference. The panel featured Richard Gaillardetz of Boston College and Chad Pecknold of… Read More
In the News
What caused the clergy sex abuse crisis? Catholic universities are pushing for debate on the answer. (Washington Post)
By Michelle Boorstein- What is the root cause of the sexual abuse crisis? This was the question addressed at the third installation of the Healing the Breach of Trust conference… Read More
Video
Healing The Breach of Trust: Catholic Media
The third session of the Healing the Breach of Trust conference series addresses the root causes of the crisis. Editors of three top national Catholic publications weigh in: Greg Erlandson… Read More
Video
Healing The Breach of Trust: Sexuality
The third session of the Healing the Breach of Trust conference series addresses the root causes of the crisis. Father Paul Sullins (Catholic University) and Julie Hanlon Rubio (Jesuit School… Read More
Video
Healing The Breach of Trust: Organizational Behavior
The third session of the Healing the Breach of Trust conference series addresses the root causes of the crisis. Gary Weaver (University of Delaware) and Michael Edward Brown (Penn State… Read More
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Healing the Breach of Trust: The Role of Clericalism
The third session of the Healing the Breach of Trust conference series addresses the root causes of the crisis. Chad Pecknold (Catholic University) and Richard Gaillardetz (Boston College) discuss the… Read More
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Healing The Breach of Trust: Navigating the Crisis
The third session of the Healing the Breach of Trust conference series addresses the root causes of the crisis. Stephen White and Susan Timoney offer reflections on navigating the current… 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

Featured Events

Apr 25

The Catholic University of America
9:00am - 3:30pm
"What can the laity do to help address the crisis in the Church?" That is the question our panelists will take up in this, our fourth and final conference, in our series on "Healing the Breach of Trust." You may join us for all or any of the sessions during this FREE event. Register below.[...]

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