Catholic Church Abuse Crisis Event Series

The University Sexual Abuse Crisis Task Force

 

The Villanova University Task Force on the Sexual Abuse Crisis in the Catholic Church exists to encourage, support and coordinate research, pastoral initiatives and advocacy activities at Villanova University. Faculty research and publication, pastoral initiatives and specific advocacy strategies have as their objective a thorough examination of all issues related to the abuse crisis, but also to be a champion of ecclesiastic and pastoral reforms that can enable the members of the Catholic community , the leadership in particular, to be more responsible for their children. Here is the open letter that the Task Force wrote to the US Bishops last year. 

 

Dr. Mark Doorley, Ethics

Dr. Elizabeth Dowdell, Nursing

Dr. John Edwards, Campus Ministry

Dr. Massimo Faggioli, Theology & Religious Studies

Dr. Allan Fitzgerald, O.S.A., Augustinian Institute

Dr. Jim Gallo, Center for Church Management

Dr. Kathryn Getek Soltis, Center for Peace & Justice Education

Dr. Mark Graham, Theology & Religious Studies

Dr. Lowell Gustafson, Political Science

Dr. Matthew Manion, Center for Church Management 

Dr. Michael Moreland, Law

Dr. Sally Scholz, Philosophy

Dr. Peter Spitaler, Theology & Religious Studies

 

Fall 2019 Events 

 

 

Seeking the Right Side of History

"Seeking the Right Side of History:
Theology & the Sex Abuse Crisis"
November 1, 2019 - 6pm - 8 pm
Law School - Room 101

 



Keynote Speaker:


 Richard Lennan Professor of Systematic Theology and Professor Ordinarius,
School of Theology and Ministry, Boston College

Description: A public lecture which will take place in Law School Room 101. 

Sponsored by the Office of the President, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the Department of Theology & Religious Studies and the University Task Force on the Sexual Abuse Crisis. 

Contact: Dr. Massimo Faggioli, Professor, Theology & Religious Studies Department

The sexual abuse crisis has shredded the integrity of the Catholic Church’s life and ministry. The members of the Catholic community share a longing for a more authentic church, but disagree about the means to achieve this goal. What is the role of theologians in this context? This presentation links theology and the promotion of hope. It focuses on hope as the product of honest acceptance of the church’s brokenness and creative interpretation of the church’s own resources.

 

A Light for a Church in Crisis: Vatican II in the Time of Pope Francis

"A Light for a Church in Crisis: Vatican II
in the Time of Pope Francis"

Lecture: December 5, 2019 - 7pm
Bartley 1011

 


Panel Speakers:


Catherine Clifford (Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology in the Faculty of Theology, St. Paul University, Ottawa, Canada)

Richard Lennan (Professor of Systematic Theology and Professor Ordinarius, School of Theology and Ministry, Boston College)

Ormond Rush (Reverend Associate Professor Ormond Rush and priest, Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry, Australian Catholic University)

Moderator

Dr. Massimo Faggioli (Professor of Theology & Religious Studies, Villanova University)

Description: This will be in panel format with leading experts from Canada, Australia and the United States with the intent to provide insights on Catholic theology from different perspectives in light of Vatican II and Pope Francis, as well as the sex abuse crisis.

Sponsored by the Office of the President, Raskob Foundation, the GHR Foundation and the Department of Theology & Religious Studies. 

Contact: Dr. Massimo Faggioli, Professor, Theology & Religious Studies Department

 

 

Spring 2020 Events 

 

 

Global Perspectives on the Sex Abuse Crisis

 

“Global Perspectives on the Sex Abuse Crisis”
January 29, 2020 - 7pm
Driscoll Auditorium

 

 

Keynote Speaker:

Fr. Hans Zollner, SJ, Professor of Psychology, President of the Center for Child Protection at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome

 

Description: World renowned expert Hans Zollner, Professor of Psychology, President of the Center for Child Protection at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and Jesuit priest will be the keynote speaker. 

Sponsored by the Office of the President, Center for Church Management, Campus Ministry, Department of Theology & Religious Studies and the University Task Force on the Sexual Abuse Crisis. 

Contact: Dr. Massimo Faggioli, Professor, Theology & Religious Studies Department

Global Perspectives on the Sex Abuse Crisis

 

“The Church Today Conference”
March 21, 2020 - Day Long Seminar
Villanova Law School

 

 

Description: Day long and multi-session seminar on the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. 

Sponsored by University Task Force on the Sexual Abuse Crisis. 

Contact: Dr. Sally Scholz, Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair