David Clohessy

David Clohessy is an author at Religion News Service.

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

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

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

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  

November 15, 2018

(RNS) — If we want our children to be safer, we cannot afford the comfortable delusion that this is an isolated problem.

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