Notre Dame Forum/ Panel Discussion: "The Church Crisis: Where Are We Now?"


Location: Leighton Concert Hall, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (View on

The Church Crisis: Where Are We Now? will feature a panel discussion.

Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning September 25 at 6 p.m. at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center box office. Group or class tickets are available. To reserve for your group or class, please send a request to Clare Mundy at



  • Kathleen McChesney, a former FBI executive assistant director, who was recruited by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to help the Church investigate victim allegations and to establish its “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.”
  • Juan Carlos Cruz is a survivors’ advocate from Chile whose complaints were initially dismissed by Pope Francis. During a week of meetings at the Vatican, the pope subsequently apologized to Cruz during their first three-hour, one-on-one meeting.
  • Peter Steinfels, a Chicago native with a doctoral degree from Columbia University, is a lifelong journalist and educator who has written for Commonweal since 1964, authored the “Beliefs” column for The New York Times from 1990 to 2010 and wrote a lengthy review of the Pennsylvania attorney general’s report on Church misconduct.
  • Archbishop William E. Lori has served as Archbishop of Baltimore since 2012.
  • John Allen, the editor of Crux, will serve as moderator of the Sept. 25 event.

This event is part of the 2019-20 Notre Dame Forum entitled, Rebuild My Church: Crisis and Response, which will examine the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church.