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Denial and Dissonance
I recently had Liz Hansen on the podcast to talk about abuse and cover up at Franciscan University. It was a really great conversation.
Over on the “Letters from a Catholic Feminist” substack, Liz just wrote further reflections on that story and how it has impacted her own faith life. What she has to say is important.
Here’s an excerpt:
“I think much of what animates Franciscan University is rooted in sincere faith. I especially think most of the students, who I’m positive are still singing songs like “I Shall be Healed” with all their hearts, are genuine in their desire to seek the Lord. They deserve better. And they deserve to know what a Church willing to undergo painful purification looks like. You want to rebuild the Church? First, St. Francis stripped naked and renounced his nobility in front of everyone who mattered. You want to send disciples out into the world with the Splendor of Truth? Clean your house – and shine the light of that Truth in every dark corner. Show us. Anything less either inflicts new wounds or creates another generation of Catholics unable to come to grips with the depth and layers of the abuse crisis.”
Read all of it here: