Sacred Protests: Politics and Faith after Clergy Sexual Abuse


Location: Morris Inn Private Dining Rooms (View on map )

In the wake of Boston’s Catholic clergy sex abuse scandal in 2002, survivors of sexual abuse have been empowered to come forward with​ t​​heir stories of suffering. From the ashes of their collective trauma, abuse survivors have also built a robust agenda of​ ​political and religious reforms.

Brian Clites, instructor in the Department of Religious Studies at Case Western Reserve University, will offer an ethnographic exploration of Catholic abuse survivors’ protests, examining not only the reforms that victims seek​ ​but also the conflicting emotions that they feel toward their church.