In this episode, Karna and I discuss:
ZENIT News Service, where Karna used to work
Pope St. John Paul II's apostolic letter to young people, Dilecti Amici (1985)
Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick and the 2018 Clergy Sex Abuse scandal
The Catholic Project and the podcast "Crisis: Clergy Abuse in the Catholic Church"
The Breach of Trust, a series of conferences held by Catholic University of America that focused on dialogue around the current abuse in the Catholic Church.
Teresa Pitt Green, the co-founder of Spirit Fire and a featured guest on "Crisis"
Lumen Gentium (1964)
Listen to our conversation here:
Download and read the episode transcript here:
"Each one of us has this mission. The clergy and laity are equally responsible for the mission of the church. We have different roles—Pope Francis obviously has a different role than I do in the Church, but we're equally responsible for the mission!" — Karna Lozoya
Meet Karna Lozoya
Karna Lozoya is the Executive Director of Strategic Communications at the Catholic University of America. Karna has spent her entire career telling the Catholic story, both as a journalist and as a public relations professional. She has worked for ZENIT, Aleteia, The Archdiocese of Denver, and The Catholic University of America. She arrived at Catholic University just in time for the summer of 2018, and was instrumental in the initial launch of The Catholic Project.
The Catholic Project, through their work on "Crisis" put together a number of resources around learning about, reporting, and seeking support on issues of clergy sex abuse. You can access those here.
In November 2020, the Vatican released the McCarrick Report, a 461-page report that looked at how former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick rose to power in the Catholic Church, despite the fact that he sexually abused minors. You can read the report here.
If you have suffered abuse at the hands of someone representing the Catholic Church (priest, deacon, or other), know that it is not your fault and there are processes in place to report and seek support: