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Sex Abuse in Catholic Church Topic of Discussion

Loyola press release - January 29, 2004

Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) will sponsor a lecture and panel discussion entitled,"Clericalism and the Abuse of Power in the Sexual Abuse Crisis in the Catholic Church," on Monday, February 16 at 7 p.m. in Nunemaker Hall.

Thomas Doyle, OP, will lecture followed by a panel discussion. Members of the panel presentation are: Jason Berry, Robert Scamardo, Susan Troy, M.Div., and Peggy Thorp.

Thomas Doyle sacrificed a diplomatic career with the Vatican to seek justice for the victims of sex abuse by priests. He is the recipient of the 2003 Issac Hecker Award for Achievements in Social Justice.

Jason Berry along with Gerald Renner is the author of the newly released Vows of Silence which compares the lives, priestly careers and ultimate spiritual choices of Fr. Tom Doyle and Fr. Marcial Maciel, an accused pedophile and founder of the religious order, Legion of Christ. Berry is has published five books, including the highly praised Lead Us Not Into Temptation, chronicling the country's first priest abuse scandal which was in Lafayette, La.

Robert Scamardo is a former seminarian and later attorney for the Archdiocese of Houston-Galveston who was a child victim of sex abuse by a priest. Scamardo was the subject of a front page story in the New York Times in December 2003. His focus today is on the healing of victims and their families.

Susan Troy, M.Div., and Peggy Thorp are founding members of Voice of the Faithful. In addition Troy is the national leader of Prayerful Voice and Thorp is the editor of In the Vineyard, the online newsletter of Voice of the Faithful.

The lecture and panel discussion are free and open to the public. Seating is limited. For more information, call Lyn Hayward 985-893-9241 or lynh@charter.net.