- Jan 25, 2020
A panel discussion at Notre Dame sought to reckon with the current status of the clergy abuse crisis.
An important Notre Dame series on the clerical abuse scandals kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 25, with a panel titled “The Church Crisis: Where Are We Now?”, to be held on the ND campus and livestreamed on the university web site as well as on Crux.
The clergy sex abuse crisis that engulfed the U.S. Church — and has since spread globally — requires understanding it as context for what is happening in the Church and society, according to journalist Peter Steinfels.
In introductory remarks during a conference examining the laity’s role in helping the Church move forward from the clergy abuse crisis, a speaker pointed out that what has happened impacts, and continues to affect, the whole Church.
Amid the legal wrangling surrounding the long-standing clergy sexual abuse crisis, Barbara Thorp, a social worker who formerly led the Archdiocese of Boston’s office that supports and cares for abuse survivors, wants Catholic leaders to know that healing among survivors is a far more important path to pursue.
Attorney Generals Josh Shapiro and Attorney General Lisa Madigan defended their efforts to look into the clerical sex abuse scandals.