Senior Research Fellow Rev. Gerard J. McGlone, S.J., was quoted in a Religion News Service article that examines the handling of abuse across multiple Christian denominations. McGlone stresses that while the Catholic Church has improved policies, trainings, screenings, background checks, and transparency, it still needs to confront the “distorted theological beliefs” that continue to enable abuse.
Rev. Gerard J. McGlone, S.J., Ph.D., is a senior research fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. Previously he was an assistant professor of psychiatry in Georgetown University's School of Medicine. Most recently, he was the associate director for protection of minors for the Conference of Major Superiors of Men. He was also recently the chief psychologist and the director of counseling services, as well as faculty and staff psychologist, at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He has been executive director at several major treatment centers for clergy and religious in the United States-Saint John Vianney Center and Guest House, Inc.
He is the lead author of numerous chapters, articles, and books, including Creating Safe and Sacred Places (Saint Mary’s Press, 2003) and Catholic Press Award winner The Inner Life of Priests (Liturgical Press, 2012). His most recent book was also another award-winning book, To Be One In Christ: Intercultural Formation and Ministry (Liturgical Press, 2015). McGlone is also the lead author of three nationally acclaimed sexual abuse prevention programs for religious and clergy: Instruments of Hope and Healing, Conversations That Matter, and Critical Conversations. He has been a liaison and consultant with the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops, the Vatican Commission for the Protection of Minors, and many other religious orders and dioceses.