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Praxis: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Faith and Justice

Volume 2, Issue 2, Fall 2019

Catholic Leadership Beyond the Abuse Crisis

Sally J. Scholz
Pages 126-133

Solidarity and the Sexual Abuse Scandal in the Church

Solidarity is one of the primary principles of Catholic Social Teaching. Pope Francis invoked it and called for prayer and fasting in his August 20, 2018 letter addressing the sexual abuse scandal and attendant cover-up in the church. Offering some thoughts regarding what the duty of solidarity requires in light of the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal and subsequent cover-up, this article suggests a number of concrete things that lay Catholics can do in claiming our place as church.