William E. Lori

Some Catholic bishops urge conference to reach consensus on sex abuse crisis in American church

Some Catholic bishops urge conference to reach consensus on sex abuse crisis in American church

A psychologist who works with clergy sex abuse victims told the nation’s Catholic bishops Tuesday that the key to solving the crisis now facing the church in the United States and around the world is to focus on victims first.

“We need to listen to those who have been harmed, to those who have been impacted,” Dr. Heather Banis, the victims’ assistance coordinator for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, said in an address at the meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore. “We need to listen — not just to make policy, but to truly understand the full impact of all that happened in order to be able to nurture a healing environment.”

After Banis addressed the...

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