The 2019-20 Notre Dame Forum entitled, “‘Rebuild My Church:’ Crisis and Response,” will examine the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church.

The phrase “Rebuild my Church” is an allusion to God’s summons to St. Francis of Assisi, and reflects our hope that we might, as a community of scholars that seeks to serve the Catholic Church as well as larger society, examine the sexual abuse crisis and consider reforms to which it should lead. While we must never fail to be honest and forthright about terrible acts of abuse and failures of oversight, the Forum is designed to be constructive and forward-looking, as we seek to identify avenues for change that could have broad application both in the Church and in other institutions.

– Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president

Since its establishment in 2005, the Notre Dame Forum has featured major talks by leading authorities on issues of importance to the University, the nation and the larger world, including the challenges and opportunities of globalization, the role of presidential debates, immigration, sustainability and the place of faith in a pluralistic society. Information on previous forums can be found here.