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Clergy Sex Abuse — A Crisis in the Catholic Church


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Join us Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 9am-12 noon in the Dominican Center for a workshop by Reverend Gerald Coleman. This workshop will focus on the clergy sex abuse crisis in the U.S. Catholic Church and review fundamental aspects of the question:

  • The context of gender assessment in terms of identity, orientation, and intention
  • The meaning of aberrant sexuality as expressed in sexual addiction, pedophilia, and ephebophilia.

Although childhood sexual abuse by priests is a centuries old problem, participants will consider recent investigations including the Pennsylvania Report (8/14/2018), the John Jay Study (2002) and the Vatican Conference (2003). Fr. Coleman’s presentation will define and differentiate homosexuality from the sexual exploitation of a minor and sexual abuse of children, outlining some of the consequences of the crisis including loss of trust, anger and shame and the ongoing need for pastoral care of gay and lesbian persons who often bear the unwanted burden of being labeled as child molesters.

Father Gerald D. Coleman is the former president/rector of St. Patrick’s Seminary and University, Menlo Park. Currently, Fr. Coleman is Adjunct Professor, Graduate Department of Pastoral Ministries, Santa Clara University.

Register by 1/23/2019 at

Call us for more information at (510) 933-6360