"The Catholic Church in Crisis: Perspectives From the University" is the title of a faculty panel from noon to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, in 3M Auditorium of Owens Science Hall. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

The event also will be telecast live in Room 301, Terrence Murphy Hall.

Panelists include:

  • Rev. Michael Byron, of the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity faculty. His article, "What Kind of Church is This?" (America, May 27, 2002) discusses the impact of the clergy crisis on the theology of the church.
  • Barbara Shank, dean of the School of Social Work and a member since 19995 of the Archdiocesan Sexual Abuse Hearing Board. She also speaks nationally on topics of sexual exploitation and harassment by professionals.
  • Patrick Schiltz, associate dean of the School of Law. Schiltz has been involved with this issue since 1987, when he began representing churches in misconduct cases. In recent months he has been a resource to national media on this issue.

Some have said that the Catholic university is the place where the church should do its thinking. To this end, the panel will offer perspectives from three disciplines — theology, social sciences and law — in an attempt to create an environment for the university community to engage in thoughtful discussion and reflection.

The discussion is sponsored by the Office for Mission and Diversity. For more information, contact Sister Margaret Wick, (651) 962-6657.