Notre Dame Announces Task Forces To Address Church Abuse Crisis

Oct 2, 2018


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The University of Notre Dame announced two task forces Tuesday that will address the Catholic Church’s Abuse crisis.

One task force will be on campus engagement, to facilitate dialogue and gather suggestions and comment on the crisis from students and faculty. The other is meant to rally the university’s community of researchers to address the history of the crisis and steps that may be helpful moving forward.

In a statement Notre Dame President Father John Jenkins said Father Jenkins said “Each of us is called to assist the Church and to take whatever steps we can to heal all who have been damaged by this tragedy.”

Paul Browne is Notre Dame’s Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs.

“I think there’s been a desire among the groups on campus to engage in some way. One, to examine the issues that that report brought forward and also to see if Notre Dame, as the nation’s leading Catholic university had some recommendations it could make to the Church itself.”

This is the third time Father Jenkins has addressed the crisis since the report came out from the Pennsylvania grand jury. Browne said Jenkins believes the issue warrants thoughtful, continuing discussion.


You can read Father Jenkins' full statement here