Covering the Catholic Church and Pope Francis in a Time of Crisis

A Conversation with Joshua McElwee, Vatican Correspondent of the National Catholic Reporter

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September 17, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Healy Hall Riggs Library

Recent revelations from a Pennsylvania grand juryin addition to scandals involving the former Cardinal Archbishop of Washington, D.C., and others in the U.K., Australia, Peru, and Chilehave brought to the forefront divisions within the Catholic Church among church leaders and lay faithful, and demand long overdue change and reform en masse. What has it been like to be a leading journalist covering these events? What hope for the future might be generated despite this renewed time of crisis? What reforms are necessary and what official actions are likely to come about on the part of the official church?

Joshua J. McElwee, the National Catholic Reporter's Vatican correspondent, addressed these questions and provided insights gleaned during his time covering Pope Francis’ reforming pontificate. Gerard Mannion, Amaturo Chair of Catholic Studies and an expert in ecclesiology who has written and spoken extensively related to the clerical abuse crisis, moderated the conversation.

Lunch was served.

This event was co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the Office of the President.

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