Journalists are invited to attend The Clergy Sex Abuse Crisis: How Did We Get Here? on Sunday, Nov. 11 in Baltimore

Panel will brief reporters covering the Plenary Meeting of the
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

National Catholic Reporter and Fordham University’s Center for Religion and Culture will co-host a briefing for journalists on the clergy sex abuse crisis in advance of the fall meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore. The briefing brings together NCR reporters and experts on clergy sex abuse, and will be particularly beneficial for journalists who do not normally cover bishops’ meetings.

David Gibson, longtime journalist and Director of the Center for Religion and Culture at Fordham University, will moderate the panel. “NCR began reporting on the clergy sex abuse crisis in 1984,” said Gibson. “I am delighted to work with them on helping reporters who are new to this beat understand the often opaque processes of the Catholic Church.”

“NCR is privileged to join with Fordham University to help bring together this panel of distinguished thinkers and journalists,” said Tom Roberts, Executive Editor of National Catholic Reporter. “The time for denial and equivocation is long past. It is time to begin seeking the way ahead.”

When: Sunday, November 11, 2018; 6:30 pm to 8 pm

Where: Hyatt Place Baltimore Inner Harbor (Harbor Room)
511 S. Central Avenue, Baltimore MD

- Fr. Clete Kiley, former executive director of the Committee on Priestly Life at USCCB; Archdiocese of Chicago’s delegate for civic engagement; director of immigration policy at UNITEHERE
- M. Cathleen Kaveny, Darald and Juliet Libby Professor at Boston College
- Massimo Faggioli, Church historian and professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University
- Heidi Schlumpf, NCR national correspondent
- Joshua J. McElwee, NCR Vatican correspondent

The free event is open to journalists. To register, visit


The National Catholic Reporter Publishing Company is a Kansas City, Mo.-based independent news source. Founded in 1964, NCR offers news, commentary and analysis of the Catholic Church in the United States and the world.

The Fordham Center on Religion and Culture (CRC) explores the complex relationship between religious faith and contemporary life. CRC seeks to enrich and elevate the public conversation about religion through events and conversations on faith, religious institutions, and the challenges posed where religion and culture meet.


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