Father Tom Doyle’s Recent Lecture, “What the Sexual Abuse Phenomenon Has Done to the Catholic Church”

Bilgrimmage blog

Nov. 5, 2019

By William Linsdey

I’d like to point you today to a resource Ruth Krall has told me about: as the video at the head of the posting indicates, recently, a lecture that Father Tom Doyle gave last month at Gonzaga University has come online in video format. The lecture is entitled “What the Sexual Abuse Phenomenon Has Done to the Catholic Church,” and was presented under the auspices of Gonzaga’s Flannery Lecture series.

Drawing on his thirty-five years of intense involvement with the abuse problems of the Catholic church, Tom Doyle focuses on the ways in which the abuse situation reveals something deeply concerning about systemic corruption within the Catholic institution itself. His thesis is that the abuse phenomena are “deeply embedded in the very fiber of the institution itself.”

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