Salving the Wounds that Remain

Where the Catholic Church Can Find Healing for its Sex Abuse Crisis.

Date & Time:

Thursday, September 15, 2022
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


Woulfe Hall
Anderson Student Center
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus

The St. Thomas Office for Mission and School of Law's Initiative on Restorative Justice and Healing invite you to their co-sponsored event featuring Professor Daniel Philpott.

Twenty years after sex abuse in the Catholic Church became a headline, vast wounds remain, not least the unacknowledged suffering of survivors. The dominant remedies, the logics of the journalist, the lawyer, and the therapist, have been secular. While these have achieved important results, true and widespread healing comes from looking to God's own response to evil at the foundation of the Church: the cross and the resurrection of Jesus.

This talk, echoing nineteenth century Catholic philosopher Antonio Rosmini's Five Wounds of the Church, will explore how God's reconciliation of the world yields a restorative response to sex abuse that promises healing for survivors, perhaps surprisingly, abusers, the Catholic faithful, and the credibility of the Church.

Attend online or in person at the Anderson Student Center on the University of St. Thomas St. Paul campus. A coffee and dessert reception will follow the presentation for in-person attendees.

Daniel Philpott is a professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame. He earned his Ph.D. in 1996 from Harvard University and specializes in religion and global politics, focusing on religious freedom, reconciliation, the political behavior of religious actors, and Christian political theology.

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