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Healing the Breach of Trust
Session 2

February 6 @ 8:15 am - 4:00 pm

The Role of the Laity in Responding to the Crisis: Theological and Historical Foundations

The Catholic University of America will host a day of talks, which will constitute the second of a series of planned conferences on the Church’s current crisis. You may join us for all or any of the sessions during this FREE event.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo – Archbishop of Galveston-Houston
President John Garvey – Catholic University
Christopher Ruddy – Catholic University
Carlos Eire – Yale University
Sr. Nancy Bauer, O.S.B. – Catholic University
Bronwen McShea – Princeton University
Michael Root – Catholic University

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Can’t make it in person? Livestream it here.

For questions or accommodations, please contact ihe@cua.edu.


  • 8:15 a.m. – Mass celebrated in Caldwell Chapel
    Cardinal Daniel DiNardo
  • 9:30 a.m. – Welcome and Introductory Address followed by Questions & Answers
    President John Garvey,
    The Catholic University of America;
    Cardinal Daniel DiNardo,
    Archbishop of Galveston-Houston
  • 10:30 a.m. – Break
  • 10:45 a.m. – Morning Session
    Moderated by Michael RootThe Engagement of the Laity and Vatican II
    Chistopher Ruddy, Catholic UniversityThe Age of the Laity? Historical Reconsiderations in Light of the Crisis
    Bronwen McShea, Princeton University
  • 12:15 p.m. –Lunch
  • 1:15 p.m. – Afternoon Session
    Moderated by Lucia SilecchiaThe Engagement of the Laity and Canon Law
    Sr. Nancy Bauer, O.S.B., Catholic University ‘Won’t Someone Rid Us of These Troublesome Priests?’ The Long History of Lay Engagement with Clerical Misbehavior
    Carlos Eire, Yale UniversityEvery Christian Prophet, Priest, and King
    Michael Root, Catholic University
  • 3:00 p.m. – Break
  • 3:15 p.m. – Panel Discussion with Speakers
  • 3:45 p.m. – End

A video of the introductory address by President John Garvey and Cardinal DiNardo is available here:


February 6
8:15 am - 4:00 pm
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