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Law & Scandal: What Canon and Civil Law Can Teach Us About the Crisis in the Church

Thursday, January 31, 2019

6:30 pm EST - 7:30 pm EST

Co-sponsored with:

Thomas More Society of America

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The Thomas More Society of America, in partnership with the Catholic Information Center, is bringing together two experts to help the lay faithful understand the role law can play in addressing the sexual abuse crisis. Canonist and investigative journalist Ed Condon will be joined by former prosecutor and law professor Mary Leary for a deep dive into how disregard for legal norms led to the crisis and whether reforms to the Code of Canon Law or civil law, can bring justice and prevent future scandals.




About the Speakers

Mary G. Leary is a professor of law at The Catholic University of America. Professor Leary’s scholarship examines the intersection of criminal law, constitutional criminal procedure, technology, and contemporary victimization. She focuses on the exploitation and abuse of women, children, and “vulnerable peoples.” She is a recognized expert in the areas of criminal law, victimization, exploitation, human trafficking, missing persons, technology, and the Fourth Amendment.

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Edward Condon, J.C.D. is the DC editor of the Catholic News Agency. Before that position, he spent several years practicing canon law in dioceses across three continents and the Holy See. Previously he spent nearly ten years working in professional politics in the United Kingdom.

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