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September 24-26, 2018 – International Meeting of Experts held at Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, Florida

From 24-26 September 2018, ICOLF organized an International Meeting of Experts on “Sexually Aggressive Behavior toward Pre and Post Adolescent Males, Seminarians and Adults by Catholic Clergy: Prevention, Evaluation, and Responses.” The proceedings of the meeting will be published in book form in 2019. The abstracts will be available in the 2018 December issue of “Inside the Vatican.”

Professor Jane Adolphe, Expert for the Holy See, organized under the auspices of International Center of Law, Life, Faith and Family, a high profile meeting which gathered experts from various disciplines: theology, sociology, journalism, political science, psychology, pastoral care, and law (including civil, international and canon law).

The focus of the meeting was on three case studies involving clerics (including bishops and cardinals) as sexual perpetrators: sexual abuse against minors and sexual aggression against seminarians; and the third case study addressed the problem of active homosexual clergy in the Church .

Susan Mulheron, JCL, Chancellor for Canonical Affairs for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, gave the keynote address, “An Overview of the Various Issues and Challenges of the Church.”

Monsignor Piotr Mazurkiewicz, former Secretary General of the Commission of the Bishops’ of the European Community, discussed “Negative Secular Influences on Church Culture,” and Dr. Robert Fastiggi from Sacred Heart Major Seminary, spoke on the topic of “Church teachings on perpetual continence and celibacy of clerics in the Catholic Church.”

The legal panel included Professor Adolphe who spoke on “Issues in International Law and Comparative Law,” Professor Mark Bonner spoke on “Issues in American Criminal Law,” Professor Brian Scarneccia spoke on “Issues in American Tort Law,” Ronald Rychlak, a member of the Board of Governors of Ave Maria Law, spoke on “The Convention Against Torture and the erroneous interpretation to include Clerical Sexual Abuse, and Patricia Dugan, Esq., a practicing canonist and civil lawyer spoke on “Intersecting Issues in American Civil, Criminal Law and Canon Law.”

Geoffrey Strickland, alumnus of Ave Maria Law (’09), spoke on “Adult-Child Sex and its Lobbying Movement.”

Thank you to Roger Kiska, Esq., alumnus of Ave Maria Law (’03), for moderating the panels. Thank you to Professor Adolphe for bringing us together for such a successful conference.

Let us congratulate Professor Adolphe and all of those who participated in the conference for having a Dossier on the conference published as an insert in the December Issue of Inside the Vatican magazine.

The Dossier provides an introduction, abstracts of papers, and bios of the presenters who participated in the expert meeting.

August 16, 2018 – Cardinal O’Malley laments ‘egregious failures to protect children’ in wake of scathing PA grand jury report


Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley issued a statement Thursday addressing a shocking grand jury report that found that hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania molested more than 1,000 children since the 1940s, and senior church officials covered up the abuse.

“There are times when words fail us – when they do not capture the depth of overwhelming situations we sometimes face in life. For the Church in the United States this is one of those times,” O’Malley wrote. “The Pennsylvania Grand Jury’s report and the first-hand expressions of horror and devastating pain experienced by survivors once again wrench our hearts with the unimaginable that tragically is all too real for those who carry this pain. Once again we hear each excruciating word they share. We remain shamed by these egregious failures to protect children and those who are vulnerable and affirm our commitment that these failures will never be repeated.”

O’Malley went on to say that the Catholic Church “must embrace spiritual conversion and demand legal transparency and pastoral accountability for all who carry out its mission. This transformation is not easily achieved, but in all aspects it is imperative. The way we prepare priests, the way we exercise pastoral leadership and the way we cooperate with civil authorities; all these have to be consistently better than has been the case.”



July 28, 2018 – With McCarrick, timing is everything


The timing of these revelations alongside the commemoration of one of the most polemical papal writings in the history of the Church – which happens to be about love and sex – is more than a coincidence for me. God, in his gift of free will, has allowed us to be utterly stupid about the teachings of his Church. And now we have arrived at a place where those teachings must be lived and taught by the leadership of the Church in order for the Church to heal. Humanae Vitae is the lynchpin in the abuse crisis.

In the end, I believe that there are no coincidences, only God’s providence. It is our choice how we respond.