January 21, 2005

Catholic investigator says lay people are key to recovery

South Bend Tribune

Tribune Staff Writer

SOUTH BEND -- Illinois Appellate Justice Anne Burke, former head of the board that investigated child abuse by clergy in the Roman Catholic Church, said lay people will transform the church as it recovers from the scandal.

"The church needs to be reborn and it needs the heroic service of the laity to do it," she said Thursday at the University of Notre Dame.

"No more passive Catholics. And this is my mantra now."

About 40 people attended Burke's speech, sponsored by Call to Action Michiana, a Catholic reform-minded organization.

Burke served on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops-sponsoredAbuse Tracker Review Board for the Protection of Children and Young People from June 2002, until fall 2004.

Posted by kshaw at January 21, 2005 08:39 AM