When Values Collide: The Abuse Crisis in the Church and Lessons for Leadership

When Values Collide: The Abuse Crisis in the Church and Lessons for Leadership

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Date and Time

  • Monday, February 21, 2011 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


University Center, Forum C

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




The Center for Catholic Thought and Culture along with University Ministry invite you to an event to explore where the church goes from this point onwards in the aftermath of the sexual abuse crisis. The keynote speaker is Joseph P. Chinnici, OFM, professor of church history, Franciscan School of Theology, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, Calif.

Church historian Joseph Chinnici served as provincial superior of the Franciscan Friars in California when the clergy sex abuse scandal touched his order — several years before it became a national issue. He has published a book, When Values Collide, which blends his own personal experience of trying to do the right thing in a fraught atmosphere, the best social-scientific and psychological research, and serious reflection by a follower of St. Francis on the way the church’s leaders can re-establish confidence and trust.

Chinnici analyzes the church’s relationship to our age and culture and the ways in which leaders misused their power to shore up an institutional vision that ultimately has little to do with the essence of Christianity. In the example of St. Francis of Assisi, Chinnici finds a path to a humble spirit of non-acquisitive ownership, evangelical freedom, and institutional transparency. His study is a searching, balanced, and convincing look at the sexual abuse scandal in the American Catholic Church and its lessons for the future.

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