This conversation was jointly hosted by the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life and Leadership Roundtable and was a follow up to the Initiative’s Convening on Lay Leadership for a Wounded Church and Divided Nation, held June 4-5, 2019 at Georgetown University. A report on the results of the Convening can be found here.
At this small gathering of senior Catholic leaders, participants heard from three global leaders on steps taken by the Vatican and the U.S. bishops in the last year:
Archbishop Charles Scicluna
Archbishop of Malta and Adjunct Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Juan Carlos Cruz
Leading voice of Chilean survivors of clergy sexual abuse
Cardinal Joseph Tobin
Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey
This conversation reviewed steps taken by the Vatican and the U.S. bishops in the last year and assessed progress and continuing obstacles to protection and accountability. It also explored additional steps in response to the abuse crisis and the leadership failures that have permitted, aggravated, and extended it. Participants also discussed how lay and other leaders can help create a new culture of protection, accountability, and leadership in our Church.