Reenvisioning our Relationship With Children in Light of the Abuse Crisis

September 28, 2021



This conversation featured two leading experts on Catholic ethics, both of whom specialize in considering childhood and children’s moral agency, in dialogue on how changing understandings of childhood shape our analysis of the abuse crisis — and how what we have learned about sexual abuse in the church should shape our thinking on childhood.



Cristina L.H. Traina, Ph.D., is the Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J. Professor of Catholic Theology at Fordham University and the author of Feminist Ethics and Natural Law and Erotic Attunement: Parenthood and the Ethics of Sensuality.

Jennifer Beste, Ph.D., is the College of Saint Benedict Koch Chair in Catholic Thought and Culture and Professor of Theology at the College of Saint Benedict and St. John’s University. She is author of God and the Victim: Traumatic Intrusions on Grace and Freedom (Oxford University Press, 2007).