Clergy sex abuse, the cover up and related issues raise so many questions. In an effort to serve our readership, Catholics4Change has assembled a panel of experts to answer queries related to their specialties. Whether your question involves PA legislation, Canon Law, archdiocesan policy, spirituality, victim support – we will do our best to get it answered. Use the private contact form on the Contact tab located in the bar at the top of this Web site to send your question. Please indicate if you wish to remain anonymous.
All of these panelists have generously volunteered their time, so please be patient as you await reply. Questions and answers will be published as new posts on the site and then archived under the Q&A category.
Meet the Panel:
Father Chris Walsh is Pastor of St. Raymond of Penafort Church in Northwest Philadelphia. Prior to this assignment, he served as School Minister at Archbishop Wood High School in Warminster and Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of Ransom Parish in Northeast Philadelphia. Father Chris is originally from West Chester and is a graduate of Temple University. He firmly believes that the Holy Spirit is at work in the Church, even in these difficult days, and that the Catholic Church remains a true instrument of God’s grace in our broken world.
Sister Maureen Paul Turlish is a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur. She is a founding member of the National Survivor Advocates Coalition, a member of the steering committee of the Greater Philadelphia Voice of the Faithful and a member of the Child Victims Voice Coalition. She has taught and chaired departments at both Archbishop Wood and Lansdale Catholic High Schools in addition to teaching at St. Bernadette, Drexel Hill and St. Albert the Great, Huntingdon Valley.
David Clohessy has served as national director of SNAP (Survivors’ Network of those Abused by Priests) since 1991, setting up local support groups and doing thousands of interviews (including Oprah, Sixty Minutes, the Phil Donahue Show, Good Morning America). He’s been a community organizer in poor neighborhoods, and has done political and public relations consulting. In 2002, Clohessy was one of only four survivors to address all of America’s Catholic bishops at their historic meeting in Dallas. In 2007, he received the Lifetime Achievement in Advocacy Award from the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT).
Daniel F. Monahan has been handling personal injury cases, including clergy sexual abuse cases for state and federal courts, for more than 30 years. He graduated cum laude from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1975. He graduated from Villanova University School of Law in 1978 and earned a Masters in Law from Villanova University School of Law in 2000. Monahan is a member of the American Association for Justice, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, the National Crime Victims’ Bar Association, and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He and his wife of 35 years live in East Goshen and have three grown children.
We invited the Archdiocese to have a representative on the Question & Answer panel. They thanked us for reaching out but declined to participate.
Catholics4Change will continue to seek experts to add to the panel.