Laity-Only Groups Seeking More Power In Scandal-Plagued Church


November 28, 2018

By Andy Sheehan

In the wake of the Pennsylvania grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse of children, many Catholics have left the church, and those who remain say it must undergo a fundamental change.

“There’s no way it can survive as it was,” said parishioner Kevin Hayes. “This is just a seismic shift right now that’s happening.”

After years of remaining silent, parishioners like Hayes, at St. Thomas More in Bethel Park, have begun organizing laity-only groups to demand transparency and accountability.

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