Former FBI Official to Speak on Scandal

Cincinnati Post [Cincinnati OH]
Downloaded March 24, 2004

Those interested in the sexual abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church may want to attend an upcoming free talk at the University of Dayton.

Kathleen McChesney, whose office coordinated an audit and commissioned a landmark study on the problem for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will speak at 7 p.m. Monday in the Kennedy Union Ballroom.

She is the final speaker in this semester's "The Wounded Body of Christ: Sexual Abuse in the Church" lecture series, which continues in the fall. Previous speakers have included Cincinnati Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk and Craig Martin, an abuse survivor who spoke at the bishops' meeting in Dallas in 2002.

A former top official in the FBI with more than 30 years law enforcement experience, McChesney has served as the executive director of the bishops' Office for Child and Youth Protection since December 2002. In January, her office released an audit that showed most dioceses complying with the bishop's national policy to protect children and respond to clergy sexual abuse.

"I find her presence in the midst of this crisis at the very least a glimmer of hope for a future in which the laity collaborate with the ordained as witness to Christ's saving power in our broken world," said Sandra Yocum Mize, chair of the UD religious studies department and an organizer of the lecture series.

McChesney's presentation will include a 45-minute lecture, followed by questions. After a break, participants will reconvene for a discussion followed by a brief prayer at 9 p.m.


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