Responding to the Needs of the Church in a Time of Crisis

The Catholic Church is in crisis. Its inability to address clergy sexual abuse has caused a crisis of faith,
a breach of trust. The Catholic University of America has an opportunity, and a responsibility,
to help restore what has been broken. That is the work of The Catholic Project.

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The Catholic Project serves the Church as part of The Catholic University of America, so our work reflects the particular mission of our university, which is “to discover and impart the truth through excellence in teaching and research, all in service to the Church, the nation and the world.”

The Catholic Project seeks renewal and healing in the Church through education and formation, by deepening understanding through research, and through events, conferences, and media initiatives, which promote collaboration and genuine dialogue.

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John Paul II committed sins too. Just like all the other saints.
Over at America Magazine, Executive Director Stephen White reflects on the Pelagianism of those who call into question the sanctity of John Paul II because he made mistakes in his… Read More
Stephen's Column
Mistakes Were Made
Stephen White offers initial analysis of the McCarrick Report, released on Tuesday, November 10, 2020. “For those who don’t think clericalism has played a major role in the abuse crisis… Read More
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Bishops' Statements on the McCarrick Report
As of this writing, 44 US Bishops have responded to the Vatican’s release of the “McCarrick Report.”  The following is a list, in alphabetical order by diocese/ archdiocese. Albany, Bishop… Read More
In the News
The Truth Will Set You Free
Statement From The Catholic Project on the release of the McCarrick Report The wounds inflicted by Theodore McCarrick upon his victims and upon the whole Body of Christ cannot be… Read More
Stephen's Column
Warring Spirits
Stephen White reflects on the fact of evil spirits as the country celebrates Halloween and prepares for Election Day. “The truth is that evil spirits are (as the St. Michael… Read More
VAC Interview
VAC Interview: Heather Banis, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Do you have a family? Where did you go to school? I am the Victims Assistance Ministry Coordinator for the Archdiocese of… Read More
Stephen's Column
Amy Barrett and the Intolerable
Stephen White reflects on the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court and the consternation that it has caused in some circles. “If being Catholic isn’t… Read More
Stephen's Column
On the Feast of the Little Flower
Stephen White reflects on his time in the St. Patrick Evangelisation School in London. “St. Thérèse of Lisieux, on whose feast I first arrived in London all those Octobers ago,… Read More

Collaboration Between Clergy & Laity

Over 50 years ago, Vatican II articulated the role of the laity in the Catholic Church in a document entitled Lumen Gentium. All members of the Church, not just the clergy, “contribute toward the renewal and building up of the Church.” Lumen Gentium says pastors should “willingly employ” the “prudent advice” of the lay faithful, and “confidently assign duties to them” in service to the Church. With the help of the laity, “pastors can more clearly and more incisively come to decisions regarding both spiritual and temporal matters.“

The Catholic University of America is uniquely situated to be a place where laity and clergy can come together in a spirit of mutual respect and charity to address the most challenging issues of our times. We believe, in the words of Lumen Gentium, that by drawing on the contributions of all its members, “the entire Church . . . may more effectively fulfill its mission for the life of the world.”

Our Mission

A new state of affairs today both in the Church and in social, economic, political and cultural life, calls with a particular urgency for the action of the lay faithful.
—  St. John Paul II,   Christifideles Laici, 3

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