The symposium “Clergy Sexual Abuse Ten Years Later” was held at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California, May 11, and Fr. Thomas Reese, SJ, delivered the keynote address. A scholar, author and former editor of America magazine, Fr. Reese was a keynote speaker at the Voice of the Faithful 2009 National Conference in Melville, New York. Currently, he co-ordinates the Religion & Public Policy Program and International Visiting Fellowship Program at Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
According to National Catholic Reporter, in an article covering the conference, Unfinished work: Examining 10 years of clergy sex abuse, Fr. Reese said “the problem in the Catholic church today is that the hierarchy has so focused on obedience and control” that it can no longer fix itself. The blog dotCommonweal also covered the symposium and ran lengthy excerpts from Fr. Reese’s address, The sexual abuse crisis: unfinished business.
Initiated in 2002 amid intense media coverage of clergy sexual in the Archdiocese of Boston, Massachusetts, Voice of the Faithful will consider the scandal from its point of view during its 10th Year Conference this September in Boston.