An article by former priest James Carroll claimed that the solution to the problem of clericalism was to dismantle the priesthood. There have been mixed criticisms of his piece.
How are bishops selected? Where does power lie in the structure of the institution? What can lay people do? This episode of Deliver Us is titled “How Can We Shift Power in the Church?”
This episode addresses holding bishops accountable and the gaps in canon law.
A new lay advisory board shows signs of openness to new input.
Catholic University of America hosted an event called Healing the Breach of Trust, which attempted to look at the root causes of the clergy sexual abuse crisis. You can watch the videos here.
The laity’s role in the Church’s mission.
America Media’s podcast on the abuse crisis continues with episode 3 on cover-up and clericalism.
A brief examination of the theology of priesthood and the role of the laity, in relation to the church crisis.
Leaders of the national conferences of Catholic bishops will soon convene Feb. 21-24 in Rome to collectively confront the scourge of clerical sex abuse that failures in leadership have allowed to fester over several decades. Concrete action outcomes are urgently needed and impatiently awaited.
First comes baptism, then comes holy orders, a Boston College report about forming new priests reminds seminary educators and others in a study released in December 2018. The paper, titled “To Serve the People of God: Renewing the Conversation on Priesthood and Ministry,” argues that sacramental doctrine is a starting point in transforming seminary formation.