Dahlgren Dialogue: A Path Forward on the Clerical Sexual Abuse Crisis
Community members joined the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life and the Office of Mission and Ministry for an evening of prayer, reflection, and respectful dialogue on what has been done and must now be done to protect the vulnerable, hold leaders accountable, and begin to reform, renew, and heal the church. Several leaders with diverse experiences and expertise examined lessons we can learn in the wake of recent revelations of abuse and cover-up in the Church, and in particular how to address an episcopal and ecclesial culture that avoids accountability and reform.
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The Dahlgren Dialogues are a series of gatherings focused on key moral and public challenges in a spirit of prayer and dialogue organized by the Office of Mission and Ministry and the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University.
Anne Burke is a justice on the Supreme Court of Illinois and was the interim chair of the National Review Board for the Protection of Children and Young People of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops from 2002 to 2004.
Jerry McGlone, S.J., is a psychologist and the associate director for the Protection of Minors for the Conference of Major Superiors of Men.
Erica Lizza (SFS '19) is a Georgetown undergraduate and the president of the Catholic Women at Georgetown.
Kerry Robinson is the founding executive director and global ambassador of the Leadership Roundtable, an organization that promotes best practices and accountability regarding management issues in the U.S. Catholic Church.
John Carr, the director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown, will moderate the Dialogue. America recently published his “Eight lessons to help us move forward on the sex abuse crisis.”