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Sanzone Center at Le Moyne Hosts Four-Day Symposium on the American and Irish Clerical Sexual Abuse Crises

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … The Sanzone Center for Catholic Studies and Theological Reflection will sponsor a week-long symposium on the American and Irish clerical sexual abuse crises, March 21-24.

The symposium will examine the crises from a variety of perspectives, including journalistic, legal, pastoral, political, and theological.

“This effort reflects Le Moyne's intellectual mission as a Catholic and Jesuit institution to engage directly and responsibly a complex ecclesial and social issue and provide a forum for communal discussion,” said Thomas P. Boland Jr., director of the Sanzone Center. “Former Notre Dame President Theodore Hesburgh said the Catholic university is where the church does its thinking. We believe our Catholic campus can and ought to be the place where we engage in serious soul-searching and self-examination of such a heart-rending crisis in the church.”

Scheduled symposium events, which will be held in the Reilley Room of Reilly Hall, include:

Monday, March 21, 5 p.m.
Reilley Room, Reilly Hall

"Reporting the Unspeakable: Journalists Discuss Their Coverage of the U.S. and Irish Clerical Sexual Abuse Scandals"

Patsy McGarry, religious affairs correspondent for The Irish Times, and Walter Robinson, distinguished professor of journalism at Northeastern University and former editor of the Boston Globe Spotlight Investigative team that won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for public service. Moderated by Michael Streissguth, professor of communication and film studies.

"Holding the Tensions: A Spiritual Response to Clergy Sexual Abuse Scandal"

Tuesday, March 22, 6:30 p.m.
Reilley Room, Reilly Hall

Kathy Coffey-Guenther, director of Ignatian Programs for the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality and Office of Mission and Ministry at Marquette University and co-chair on the Community Advisory Board for clergy sexual abuse issues in the Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee, will speak about efforts at reconciliation among victims/survivors of clergy abuse, priest offenders, other clergy and lay ministers, and the faithful in the pews. Moderated by Christina B. Michaelson, associate professor of psychology and acting director of the Center for Peace and Global Studies.
"The Ryan Report, State Complicity and the Magdalene Laundries"

Wednesday, March 23, 4 p.m.
Reilley Room, Reilly Hall

James M. Smith, assistant chair and associate professor of English and Irish Studies at Boston College, will discuss his work with the Justice for Magdalenes Project. Magdalene Laundries were rehabilitative institutions for women in Ireland that were notoriously punitive and carceral. Moderated by Kate Costello-Sullivan, associate professor of English and director of the Irish Literature Program.

"Lessons to be Learned: The American and Irish Child Sexual Abuse Cases - Where Will They Take Us?

Thursday, March 24, 6:30 p.m.
Reilley Room, Reilly Hall

Nicholas P. Cafardi, dean emeritus and professor of law at Duquesne University and former member of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' National Review Board for the Protection of Children and Youth, will examine the parallels in the American and Irish child sexual crises—what led to them, how the respective churches handled them, and what lessons we can learn from them that will not only avoid their re-occurrence but can also change the universal Church itself . Moderated by David McCallum, S.J., director of Mission and Identity.

All events are free and open to the public. The symposium is sponsored by the Sanzone Center for Catholic Studies and Theological Reflection. The event is co-sponsored by the Irish Literature Program, along with the Office of Mission and Identity, Center for Peace and Global Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies Program, Interim Dean of Arts & Sciences, and communication and film studies department, with the generous support of the Faculty Senate Lectures Committee. For more information, call (315) 445-4279.




posted on: 3/5/2011