Amanda Skofstad | November 15, 2019
In the second major event of the 2019-20 Notre Dame Forum series, Malta Archbishop Charles Scicluna, adjunct secretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, engaged Notre Dame students and members of the community in a Q&A session Wednesday evening (Nov. 13) in the Dahnke Ballroom of the Duncan Student Center. Archbishop Scicluna leads the Vatican’s fight against sex abuse.
Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, welcomed the participants and attendees saying, “Inspired by the command of Christ to St. Francis, ‘Rebuild My Church,’ we’re hoping that our discussions can help illuminate a way forward in a challenging time for the Church.”
Father Jenkins called for this year’s forum to examine the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church and explore possible reforms. This year’s theme echoes God’s summons to St. Francis of Assisi during a time of Church corruption in the late Middle Ages.
John Allen, veteran Vatican journalist and editor-in-chief of Crux, moderated Wednesday’s gathering and introduced Archbishop Scicluna as one of the 10 most remarkable people in the Catholic Church whom he has ever met.
In some opening remarks, Archbishop Scicluna emphasized to those present that to truly understand the clerical sex abuse scandal, one must meet victim-survivors, listen to their stories and understand that the abuse is also a spiritual betrayal.
“Certainly there are physical and psychological marks, but there is a spiritual dimension,” he said. “Victim after victim asked me, ‘Where was God when I was being abused?’ and that is, I think, a fundamental question — the crisis of faith.”
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