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Analysis

Check out the latest analysis and commentary on the abuse crisis.

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
Faced with an Ongoing Sexual-Abuse Crisis, What Are Catholic Parents to Do? (The Atlantic)
By Julie Beck and Ashley Fetters- A look at the abuse crisis from the point of view of Catholic parents, including well-known Catholic moms who blog. One mom describes the… Read More
Analysis: What's next for Cardinal Pell? (CNA)
By Ed Condon- This is an analysis of Cardinal Pell’s conviction of five counts of sexual abuse of minors and subsequent sentencing to six years in prison. Pell has maintained… Read More
Archdiocese to set up reporting system for abuse by top church officials (Boston Globe)
By Michael Levenson and Martin Finucane- This article reports on Cardinal O’Malley’s move to establish a third-party reporting system for abuse allegations against bishops in the Archdiocese of Boston. He… Read More
French cardinal to resign after conviction for failing to report abuse (CNA)
Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, Archbishop of Lyon, was convicted on March 7, 2019 of failing to report allegations of sexual abuse to the proper authorities. His sentence of six months imprisonment… Read More
As Pope Francis hosts summit on abuse, a N.J. priest speaks publicly about how McCarrick allegedly ruined his life (Washington Post)
By Michelle Boorstein- The account of a priest, previously silent, who was abused by McCarrick. Rev. Lauro Sedlmayer says that he told three bishops about the abuse, but nothing was… Read More
Obstinate Misdiagnosis (First Things)
By Mary Rice Hasson- The leader of the Catholic Women’s Forum writes on the mistake she perceives of the Vatican’s focusing on a class of victims (minors) rather than the… Read More
Celibacy: The Answer, Not the Problem (First Things)
By Carter Griffin- This essay, from a priest engaged in the formation of men for the priesthood, explains the importance of defining the current problems clearly, rather than scapegoating celibacy… Read More

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
What Catholic universities are doing to address the sex abuse crisis (CNA)
By Mary Rezak- Catholic News Agency profiled the efforts of several Catholic universities to participate in renewal efforts in the wake of the sexual abuse crisis of 2018. The Catholic… Read More

Research

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Many U.S. Catholics Question Their Membership Amid Scandal (Gallup)
Jeffrey M. Jones- As the Catholic church responds to more allegations of sexual abuse of young people by priests, an increasing percentage of Catholics are re-examining their commitment to the… Read More

Videos

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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
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
Healing the Breach: What Can Laity Do? Introduction
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? Archbishop Allen Vigneron… Read More
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
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
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
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
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

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