The Root Causes of the Sexual Abuse Crisis
Rev. Donald Cozzens has appeared twice before the Elephants, and is widely regarded as one of the most knowledgeable and compelling of speakers.
He previously spoke to the Elephants on Sept. 18, 2006 concerning the Challenge to Be Adult Disciples, and on Sept. 17, 2014, when his topic was New Pope; New Hope: Out from the Underground.
Fr. Cozzens, as an author and lecturer, urges faithful Catholics to speak up in an effort to help the church they love. While some people try to ignore the fractured foundation of our Church, Father Donald Cozzens calls attention to the cracks in hopes of inspiring enough people to work together to repair the damage.
"I believe the Church is always in need of ongoing renewal and reform," says the Cleveland priest about the structure of the Church.
In his lectures, TV appearances and award-winning books, Father Cozzens confronts controversial topics that many members of the clergy and laity think about but won't address publicly.
He believes secrecy and silence caused many of the problems the Church is experiencing today. Father Cozzens, who describes himself as "a moderate in many ways," has been both praised and criticized for addressing such subjects as homosexuality in the priesthood, the roots of the clergy sex-abuse crisis and the rights of lay Catholics.
When he encourages laypeople to ask questions and challenge Church leaders, his views are rooted in the teachings of the Second Vatican Council. For example, the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church says that "the laity are entitled, and indeed sometimes duty-bound, to express their opinion on matters which concern the good of the Church" (#37). Based on the new leadership of Pope Francis, there is renewed hope. His talk is based on his published books, Sacred Silence, Denial and the Crisis in the Church; Freeing Celibacy; The Changing Face of the Priesthood.
A light lunch will be served at noon in the Parish Hall, after which we will move to the Parish Church for the Forum. Please RSVP Tom Kyle at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (248) 987-2223 if you would like to have lunch.