Formicola to Speak about Sexual Abuse and the Church

Tap into Morristown
May 12, 2015

Dr. Jo-Renee Formicola is coming to the St. Mark Lutheran Church, on Sunday June 7 to speak about on Clerical Sexual Abuse: How the Crisis Changed US Catholic Church-State Relations. The program, presented by the Voice of the Faithful New Jersey will begin at 3:30 pm

Dr. Jo-Renee Formicola is a political science professor at Seton Hall University. Based on her recently published book of the same name, Dr. Formicola will speak on Clerical Sexual Abuse: How the Crisis Changed US Catholic Church-State Relations. Fr. Tom Ivory will preside at a liturgy following the talk.

Dr. Formicola's specific field of expertise is Church-State relations, and during her tenure at Seton Hall University, she has published extensively on social and religious topics related to the relationship between the Catholic Church and the American government.

Since the appalling sexual abuse scandals were openly revealed in 2001, Catholic Church-State relations have changed dramatically. Whereas accusations of sexual abuse by clergy were routinely denied by the Church, civil law-enforcement authorities now hold clerics accountable under civil law. Dr. Formicola has examined the secret payoffs, cover-ups and the re-assignment of priests in order to expose the magnitude and pervasive extent of these crimes. The outrage and consequent demands for reform have cost the Church dearly in both credibility and the billions of dollars spent on attorneys’ fees and reparations to victims.

Dr. Formicola received her B.S. from Le Moyne College, her M. A. from Georgetown University, and her Ph.D. from Drew University. She is the author of four books: The Catholic Church and Human Rights (1988); John Paul II: Prophetic Politician (2002); The Politics of Values (2008) and Clerical Sexual Abuse: How it Changed U.S. Catholic Church-State Relations (2014). She is the co-author of The Politics of School Choice (1999) and Faith Based Initiatives and the Bush Administration (2003) and also the co-editor and chapter contributor to three other volumes: Everson Revisited (1997); Religious Leaders and Faith Based Politics (2001); and Taking Religious Pluralism Seriously (2005).








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