In this episode, Jake and Brett have an unscripted and honest conversation about the recent abuse scandals in the Catholic Church and they suggest some categories for discussing what’s broken and needs rebuilding.
1. What struck you from this episode
2. How have the scandals impacted you personally?
3. How is God calling you to help restore the Church?
Resources Mentioned in This Episode
Crisis of Truth by Ralph Martin
Pennsylvania Grand Jury
In August 2018, a Pennsylvania Grand Jury released a report of almost 900 pages documenting an eighteen-month investigation of credible allegations against more than 300 priests in six Pennsylvania dioceses. (Click here to access the report.) These include alleged abuses against more than 1000 child victims. The abuses detailed in this report are horrifying, and we should acknowledge them as such. This report also outlines allegations of how Church leadership, including bishops and diocesan officials, failed to effectively deal with those who had been accused of abuse.
Links to Responses to the Abuse Crisis
Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB (Archbishop of Vancouver, BC) – Statement on the Recent Revelations of Sexual Abuse in the Church
Abiding Together Podcast – Episode On Summer and Scandal
Fr. Mike Schmitz (popular podcaster and Youtube personality) – The Pennsylvania Sex Abuse Scandal
Brenton Cordeiro (Companions of the Cross Seminarian) – I Love The Catholic Church, I Hate Sexual Abuse: A Seminarian’s Response To Scandal
Ralph Martin (President of Renewal Ministries) – Dear Troubled Catholics
Dr. Edward Sri (Popular conference speaker and author) – Now is the Time for Heroes & A Biblical Response to Church Scandal: What Can We Do?
Fr. Josh Johnson (Popular podcaster and Youtube personality) – The Broken and Blessed Catholic Church