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Church in Crisis: Home

In support of USD's Church in Crisis site, this guide provides resources for further study.

Church in Crisis

"As a Catholic university, we share in the deep sadness and moral outrage at the details of sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults described in the recent Pennsylvania grand jury report. We stand in solidarity with the survivors of these abuses, many of whom have bravely shared their stories in order to shed light on a terrible darkness within the institutional Church....As a Changemaker campus of ethical leaders and compassionate citizens, we look for constructive ways to confront injustice and offer assurances of safety and support, particularly to those who are vulnerable and in most need." (University Ministry, Church in Crisis)


In support of the university's efforts to help navigate this time of crisis, this guide provides resources, largely from the Catholic Abuse Crisis Syllabus from (DT) Daily Theology, compiled by Catherine R. Osborne, PhD. Dr. Osborne emphasizes, "This list is not, as will be immediately obvious, a complete bibliography on the crisis. It was compiled from suggestions by several theologians and historians, and includes both documents and articles they have assigned to students, and those they have used to educate themselves." 


Please see the syllabus site for ways to comment on or add to these lists, or to get in touch with Dr. Osborne.


Where possible, titles are linked to Copley Library resources.