Shepherds to a Wounded Flock
How Our Priests See the Crisis
Over the past year, much of the discussion about the abuse crisis has focused on justice for victims, accountability for bishops, and the role of lay people. There are obvious reasons for this. Yet genuine renewal in the Church must include our priests, who have experienced the pain of the crisis in a particular way. For this reason, The Catholic Project is pleased to host a conversation with four local priests about the fallout of the abuse crisis—how it affects our priests, how it affects their ministry, and what it means for the future of the Church in the United States.
Fr. Paul Scalia is Vicar for Clergy in the Diocese of Arlington and Pastor of Saint James Parish in Falls Church, Virginia. He is the author of That Nothing May Be Lost and editor of Sermons in Times of Crisis.
Fr. Carter Griffin is a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington and rector of St. John Paul II Seminary. He served as a naval officer before entering the seminary and was ordained in 2004. He is the author of Why Celibacy: Reclaiming the Fatherhood of the Priest, published earlier this year.
Fr. Matthew Fish is the Administrator of Holy Family Church and School in Hillcrest Heights, Maryland. Originally from Washington State, he did his undergraduate studies at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. He holds graduate degrees in philosophy and in theology from The Catholic University of America and the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas in Rome.
Fr. Robert Boxie III was born and raised in southwest Louisiana, is a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, and was ordained in 2016. He completed his seminary studies at Theological College at CUA and at the North American College in Rome. He is currently the parochial vicar at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Largo, Maryland.