The more we can get together and talk about various perspectives, feelings, beliefs, the better.
I would say the hierarchy has made terrible errors in judgment and it has to seek forgiveness by its members.
Now where people are - at least the people I talk to - they are focused on issues of trust. Accountability also comes up, to make sure that this doesn't happen again.
I think the issue of clergy sexual abuse sparked people to look at their faith in a different way.
Individuals will speak their minds, which I think is healthy.
The hierarchy shouldn't fear what we're doing.
I say let's respond as best we can to the victims and their families.
What I think we can do is help individuals understand the church teaching, but also maybe help the church understand the viewpoint of lay men and women about what they want in regard to priests, or how do they want the hierarchy to deal with them?
Some of the speakers we bring on campus may not reflect official church teaching, but that's how it is.
The Spirit hasn't deserted the church today.
We are the meeting place, an entity that's trying to connect faith and culture.
As a university, we're not focused on bringing about huge reforms - that's not our role.
Clearly there are individuals who don't understand what the church teaches, or they think it's so limiting.
I am very confident that the Spirit is with us.
I think we can work through a lot of these issues.
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