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Notre Dame initiates task forces to address Catholic Church sexual abuse crisis

| Thursday, November 1, 2018

Notre Dame is spearheading a Campus Engagement Task Force and a Research and Scholarship Task Force to help address the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse crisis, the University announced Thursday in an email to students, faculty and staff.

“The charge of the Campus Engagement Task Force is to facilitate dialogue, to listen to the observations, thoughts, and recommendations of the Notre Dame community and to summarize feedback so that it can be directed constructively,” the email said.

Rev. Gerry Olinger and Jennifer Mason McAward are serving as co-chairs of the Campus Engagement Task Force. The force will include seven other members: sophomore Aaron Benavides; Christine Caron Gebhardt, director of the Gender Relations Center; Fr. Pete McCormick, director of Campus Ministry; Karrah Miller, director of Public Affairs; Colleen Moore, director of formation at the McGrath Institute for Church Life; Ernest Morell, professor of English; and Stacey Noem of the Masters of Divinity Program.

The Engagement Task Force will host a series of listening sessions for members of the community to reflect on the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church and how Notre Dame should respond, the email said. The task force will also be collecting feedback through an online form. All feedback is anonymous and the form will expire on Nov. 16 at 2 p.m.

Listening sessions for students will take place Monday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the first floor lounge of Coleman-Morse Center and Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Downes Club of Corbett Hall.

Faculty listening sessions will take place Nov. 9 from 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the first floor lounge of Coleman-Morse and Nov. 14 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. in the Coleman-Morse lounge.

Staff listening sessions will take place Tuesday from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. in the Coleman-Morse lounge, Nov. 15 from 10 p.m. to 11:15 p.m. in the Hospitality Room of South Dining Hall and Nov. 16 from 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Coleman-Morse lounge.

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