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David Clohessy

David Clohessy is an author at Religion News Service.

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It’s time for our Catholic president to address the church’s sexual abuse scandal

By David Clohessy — May 13, 2021
(RNS) — Here are three steps President Biden can take to stop the suffering.

Remembering Gary Hayes, a Catholic priest who held his church to account on abuse

By David Clohessy — April 8, 2019
(RNS) — Gary educated hundreds of thousands, enabling them to quickly see that the church's evolving policies were more about public relations and less about real reform.

To Baptist clergy sex abuse survivors: 10 tips from the trenches

By David Clohessy and Christa Brown — February 11, 2019
(RNS) — We who have been dealing with abuse issues for years already see familiar patterns of institutional protection and image management in Southern Baptist leadership's response.

Faced with resurgent abuse crisis, Catholic prelates answer with more meetings

By David Clohessy — January 3, 2019
(RNS) — To those of us who’ve closely followed the Catholic Church’s distressing self-inflicted scandal for decades, the current flurry of meetings without action is depressingly familiar.

Clergy sex abuse: Why a national all-faiths inquiry is needed  

By David Clohessy and Christa Brown — November 15, 2018
(RNS) — If we want our children to be safer, we cannot afford the comfortable delusion that this is an isolated problem.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Five Years Later, a Scandal That Remains Unresolved

By David Clohessy — February 17, 2007
c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Five years ago, the Boston Globe published a series of articles that exposed the Catholic sex abuse and cover-up scandal, which soon burst onto the national stage. Eventually, church authorities admitted that more than 5,000 priests were exposed as molesters, and hundreds of bishops were exposed as complicit. But […]
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