Task force on church abuse will continue

The Citizens’ Voice

September 3, 2019

By Sarah Hofius Hall

Still seeking healing, the University of Scranton this school year will continue discussions on abuse in the Catholic Church.

After the release of last year’s grand jury report that accused 301 priests statewide of sexually abusing children, including 59 clergy in the Scranton diocese, university President the Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., created the Task Force on Healing, Reconciliation and Hope.

“Personally, I think our role is putting people in touch with the facts of the abuse crisis and giving people a chance, in various ways, to enter into a discussion,” said Christian Krokus, Ph.D., associate professor and chairman of theology/religious studies department, who heads the task force with Patricia Tetreault, vice president for human resources. “This is such a delicate but also a messy and confusing issue, and I think we on the task force, we’re finding our way through it. People just don’t know what to do or how to respond or what to think. People are glad we’ve taken on the task.”

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