William E. Lori

Archdiocese to create lay council to help address causes of sex-abuse crisis

Archdiocese to create lay council to help address causes of sex-abuse crisis

The Archdiocese of Baltimore is establishing an advisory council of lay Catholics to help improve its performance in the wake of the sex-abuse revelations that have rocked the church worldwide in recent weeks, Archbishop William E. Lori announced Friday.

In a letter he sent to members of the archdiocese, Lori said he has held more than 20 gatherings to listen to the concerns of parishioners, clergy members, educators, parents and others in the weeks since an explosive 900-page Pennsylvania grand jury report released in August detailed the abuse of more than 1,000 children by more than 300 priests going back seven decades.

A month earlier, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the...

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