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The Church Today: Responding to the Sexual Abuse Crisis in the Catholic Church, 3/21

Due to on-going concerns surrounding the coronavirus, this event has been postponed until further notice.

Please see the University's COVID-19 Update for more details. 

 

Saturday, March 21, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
299 North Spring Mill Road, Villanova, PA 19085

 

Scholars of law, theology, and philosophy will come together for a day-long conference to explore issues surrounding the modern Catholic Church today in wake of the sexual abuse crisis. Sponsored by the Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy and the Villanova University Department of Philosophy, the conference will feature more than 30 sessions with subject matter experts and religious leaders.

Throughout the day the sessions will look at the following overarching themes: Understanding Sexual Abuse; Church History and Hierarchy; Catholic Social Teaching and Catholic Morality; Lay Ministry; Management and Leadership; and the future of the Church.

Other sponsors include the Office of the President; the Office of the Provost; the Task Force on the Sex Abuse Crisis in the Catholic Church; and the Department of Theology & Religious Studies.

This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 5.0 substantive CLE credits.

 

Agenda

Subject to change

9:00 a.m. — Registration, Networking, Coffee and light breakfast snacks available
Throughout the day there is room for prayer and reflection at the Chapel of Our Lady, Mirror of Justice, dedicated in memory of Helen A. O’Connor at the Law School

10:00 a.m. — Criminal and Civil Processes in Sex Abuse Cases
Shea M. Rhodes, Esq.
, Director, Villanova Law Insitute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

11:00 a.m. — Statue of Limitations
Michael P. Moreland, University Professor of Law and Religion and Director of the Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy, Villanova University Charles Widge School of Law

12:00 p.m. — Lunch & Networking

1:00 p.m. — Philadelphia Archdiocesan Reforms
John Delaney, Director of Investigations, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

2:00 p.m. — Canon Law Process and Abuse of Minors
Patricia M. Dugan, Esq. Catholic Canon Lawyer & PA Civil Attorney

3:00 p.m. — Restorative Justice
John W. Bailie, PhD, President and Associate Professor, International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP)

4:00 p.m. — Survivor Stories
Michael McDonnell,
Leader, Philadelphia Chapter of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)
Mary McHale, Leader, Reading Chapter of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)

5:00 p.m. — Mass

5:30 p.m. — Mass in Spanish at Corr Chapel at Villanova University

Networking reception to follow at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

9:00 a.m. — Registration, Networking, Coffee and light breakfast snacks available
Throughout the day there is room for prayer and reflection at the Chapel of Our Lady, Mirror of Justice, dedicated in memory of Helen A. O’Connor at the Law School

10:00 a.m. — About Child Sex Abuse
Elizabeth Burgess Dowdell, PhD, RN, FAAN
, Professor, Coordinator of Undergraduate Research, Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing

11:00 a.m. — Bystander Intervention
Stacy Andes, MA, EdD
, Director of Health Promotion, Villanova University 
Ryan Rost, Title IX Coordinator, Villanova University

12:00 p.m. — Lunch & Networking

1:00 p.m. — Liturgical Abuse?
Timothy Brunk, PhD, Associate Professor, Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

2:00 p.m. — Spiritual Betrayal and the Holding of Grief
Fr. James D. Paradis, OSA
, St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church
Br. Bob Thornton, OSA, The National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia

3:00 p.m. — Helping Children & Families Recover from Child Sexual Abuse
Janette E. Herbers, PhD, Assistant Professor, Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

4:00 p.m. — Survivor Stories
Michael McDonnell
Leader, Philadelphia Chapter of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)
Mary McHale, Leader, Reading Chapter of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)

5:00 p.m. — Mass

5:30 p.m. — Mass in Spanish at Corr Chapel at Villanova University

Networking reception to follow at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

 

9:00 a.m. — Registration, Networking, Coffee and light breakfast snacks available
Throughout the day there is room for prayer and reflection at the Chapel of Our Lady, Mirror of Justice, dedicated in memory of Helen A. O’Connor at the Law School

10:00 a.m. — A Brief History of Sex Abuse in the Church
Massimo Faggioli, PhD,
 Professor, Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

11:00 a.m. — Pope Francis
Massimo Faggioli, PhD,
 Professor, Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

12:00 p.m. — Lunch & Networking

1:00 p.m. — The Role of Catholic Institutions of Higher Education
Barbara Wall, PhDVice President for Mission & Ministry, Villanova University

2:00 p.m. — Ordination of Women
Kathleen Grimes, PhD,
Assistant Professor, Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

3:00 p.m. — Seminary Formation
Fr. David Cregan, OSA, PhD,
Associate Professor of Theatre, Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

4:00 p.m. — Survivor Stories
Michael McDonnell
Leader, Philadelphia Chapter of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)
Mary McHale, Leader, Reading Chapter of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)

5:00 p.m. — Mass

5:30 p.m. — Mass in Spanish at Corr Chapel at Villanova University

Networking reception to follow at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

 

9:00 a.m. — Registration, Networking, Coffee and light breakfast snacks available
Throughout the day there is room for prayer and reflection at the Chapel of Our Lady, Mirror of Justice, dedicated in memory of Helen A. O’Connor at the Law School

10:00 a.m. — Freeing Celibacy
Fr. Kevin M. DePrinzio, OSA, PhD,
Visiting Assistant Professor, Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Sister Colleen Gibson, Coordinator of Services, Sisters of Saint Joseph Neighborhood Center

11:00 a.m. — Social Morality in the Wake of the Sex Abuse Crisis
Sally J. Scholz, PhD
Professor and Philosophy Department Chair, Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

12:00 p.m. — Lunch & Networking

1:00 p.m. — Catholic Community Organizing Against Detention
Kathryn Getek Soltis, STL, PhD
Director of the Center for Peace and Justice Education and Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics, Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
John P. Edwards, '06 MA, PhD, Director, Center for Pastoral Ministry Education, Villanova University

2:00 p.m. — Beloved, Let Us Love One Another
Stephen Napier, PhD,
 Associate Professor, Villanova University College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

3:00 p.m. — Global Concerns
Anna Bonta Moreland, PhD,
 Associate Professor of Theology, Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

4:00 p.m. — Survivor Stories
Michael McDonnell
Leader, Philadelphia Chapter of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)
Mary McHale, Leader, Reading Chapter of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)

5:00 p.m. — Mass

5:30 p.m. — Mass in Spanish at Corr Chapel at Villanova University

Networking reception to follow at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

9:00 a.m. — Registration, Networking, Coffee and light breakfast snacks available
Throughout the day there is room for prayer and reflection at the Chapel of Our Lady, Mirror of Justice, dedicated in memory of Helen A. O’Connor at the Law School

10:00 a.m. — Dis/Affected Youth
John P. Edwards, '06 MA, PhD, Director, Center for Pastoral Ministry Education, Villanova University

11:00 a.m. — Lay Women Leaders
Kate Giancatarino, MA, MSW
Director, Center for Service & Social Justice, Villanova University

12:00 p.m. — Lunch & Networking

1:00 p.m. — How Do Lay People Carry on a Particular Charism when Numbers of Religious are Diminishing?
Julia Tully
, Director Of Campus Ministry, The Academy of Notre Dame de Namur

2:00 p.m. — Ecumenical Networking 
Lowell Gustafson, PhD,
Professor, Political Science, Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Science
Rev. Julia Sheetz, PhDAssociate Director for Ecumenical and Interfaith Outreach, Villanova University

3:00 p.m. — How to Get the Most out of the Liturgy in the Midst of Scandal
Jonathan Jerome '17 MA,
Director, National Shrime of Saint Rita Cascia

4:00 p.m. — Survivor Stories
Michael McDonnell
Leader, Philadelphia Chapter of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)
Mary McHale, Leader, Reading Chapter of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)

5:00 p.m. — Mass 

5:30 p.m. — Mass in Spanish at Corr Chapel at Villanova University

Networking reception to follow at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

9:00 a.m. — Registration, Networking, Coffee and light breakfast snacks available
Throughout the day there is room for prayer and reflection at the Chapel of Our Lady, Mirror of Justice, dedicated in memory of Helen A. O’Connor at the Law School

10:00 a.m. — The Financial Impact of the Sex Abuse Scandals
Matthew F. Manion,
Faculty Director for Church Management and Professor of Practice, Villanova University School of Business

11:00 a.m. — Effects of Crisis on Solidarity and Charity
Dan Griffin
Independent Consultant, Humanitarian Programs in East and Southern Africa

12:00 p.m. — Lunch & Networking

1:00 p.m. — Diocesan Bankruptcy: Why it May be the Best Path Forward
Matthew F. ManionFaculty Director for Church Management and Professor of Practice, Villanova University School of Business

2:00 p.m. — Church and Civil Society 
Steven F. McGuire, PhD
Acting Director, Matthew J. Ryan Center and Assistant Teaching Professor, Villanova University

3:00 p.m. — Rebuilding Community Trust
Catherine E. Wilson, PhD,
Chair, Department of Public Administration and Associate Professor, Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

4:00 p.m. — Survivor Stories
Michael McDonnell
Leader, Philadelphia Chapter of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)
Mary McHale, Leader, Reading Chapter of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)

5:00 p.m. — Mass

5:30 p.m. — Mass in Spanish at Corr Chapel at Villanova University

Networking reception to follow at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

9:00 a.m. — Registration, Networking, Coffee and light breakfast snacks available
Throughout the day there is room for prayer and reflection at the Chapel of Our Lady, Mirror of Justice, dedicated in memory of Helen A. O’Connor at the Law School

10:00 a.m. — Pope Francis: Reforming the Church
Fr. Allan Fitzgerald, OSA,
Director, The Augustinian Institute and Professor, Villanova University College of Liberal Art and Sciences

11:00 a.m. — The Future of the Church: A Theological Perspective
Ilia Delio, OSF, PhD
Connelly Chair in Christian Theology and Professor, Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

12:00 p.m. — Lunch & Networking

1:00 p.m. — Married Priests
Mark Doorley, PhD
Director of The Ethics Program, Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

2:00 p.m. — Augustine and Clerical Accountability
Fr. Allan Fitzgerald, OSA
Director, The Augustinian Institute and Professor, Villanova University College of Liberal Art and Sciences

3:00 p.m. — Ordinary Love (An Augustine-Oriented Reflection)
James Wetzel, PhD
Director of the Augustinian Institute, Augustinian Endowed Chair and Professor, Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

4:00 p.m. — Survivor Stories
Michael McDonnell
Leader, Philadelphia Chapter of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)
Mary McHale, Leader, Reading Chapter of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)

5:00 p.m. — Mass

5:30 p.m. — Mass in Spanish at Corr Chapel at Villanova University

Networking reception to follow at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law