Taking Responsibility will host a conference discussing its research projects on April 22-24, 2022, at Fordham University-Lincoln Center, New York, NY.

Due to ongoing campus restrictions related to Covid-19, attendance is limited. We did, however, livestream an opening plenary and the recording is available here.

Conference Schedule


Thursday April 21, 2022

5:30-7:30 p.m., Keynote Plenary (open to the general public via zoom & to Fordham faculty/staff/students in person)

  • Karen Terry, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Maka Black Elk, Red Cloud Indian School
  • Paul Elie, Georgetown University
  • Donna Freitas, Writer
  • Gerard McGlone, SJ, Georgetown University

Saturday April 23, 2022

8:15-9:15 a.m.     Breakfast

9:15-9:30 a.m.    Welcome

9:30-11:00 a.m.    Research Panel #1: Jesuits and the Abuse Crisis

  • John Seitz, “Healing, Secrecy, and Jesuit Priesthood”
  • Creighton University, “Just One Jesuit”
  • Patrick Hornbeck, “Apportioning Legal Responsibility: Sexual Abuse Litigation against the Society of Jesus”

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.     Break & Lunch

12:30-2:00 p.m.     Plenary panel #1: Survivors who work at Jesuit institutions

  • Speakers’ names temporarily withheld

2:00-2:30 p.m.      Break

2:30-4:00 p.m.     Research Panel #2: Qualitative and Quantitative Studies 

  • Santa Clara University, “Critically Examining Whys and Hows: Measuring and Understanding How Structural Clericalism Enables Sexual Violence”
  • Xavier University, “Measuring and Responding to Moral Injury Caused by Clergy Sexual Abuse”
  • Loyola University Maryland, “Understanding and Addressing the Intersection of Spiritual Struggles and Clergy Sexual Abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in Baltimore”

4:00-4:30 p.m.     Break

4:30-6:00 p.m.     Plenary Panel #2: Taking Responsibility for Safeguarding in Jesuit Life and Mission – Reflections and Proposals

  • Hans Zollner, SJ, director, Institute of Anthropology Interdisciplinary Studies on Human Dignity and Care, Pontifical Gregorian University
  • John Guiney, SJ, Project Coordinator for “Promoting a Consistent Culture of Protection (PCCP),” Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat, Society of Jesus

6:00-9:00 p.m.     Reception & Dinner

Sunday April 24, 2022

7:45-8:45 a.m.:     Breakfast

8:45-10:00 a.m.:     Research Panel #3: Race, Colonialism, and the Abuse Crisis

  • Gonzaga University, “‘Our transgressions before you are many, and our sins testify against us’ (Is 59:12a): Re-Imagining Church in Light of Colonization and Catholic Sexual Abuse
  • Bryan Massingale, “Clergy Sexual Abuse in African American Communities”

10:00-10:30 a.m.    Break

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.:     Plenary Panel #3 : Women in Leadership in Jesuit Institutions

  • Tina Campbell, Assistant Project Coordinator for “Promoting a Consistent Culture of Protection (PCCP),” Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat, Society of Jesus
  • Stephanie Russell, Vice President for Mission Integration, Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities
  • Michelle Wheatley, Vice President for Mission Integration & Co-Chair of Commission on University Response to the Catholic Sexual Abuse Crisis, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA
  • Sandra Racionero-Plaza, Associate Professor, University of Barcelona, and researcher with the Jordan Project, Unijes

12:00-1:00 p.m.:     Lunch

1:00-2:30 p.m.      Research Panel #4: Jesuit Institutions as Institutions

  • John Fortunato, “Jesuit University Leadership, Corrective Action and Crisis Communication: Taking Responsibility for the Sexual Abuse Crisis”   
  • Miguel Alzola and Oyku Arkan, “Organizational Ethics, Secrecy, and Whistleblowing in Clergy Abuse”
  • Colt Anderson, Henry Schwalbenberg, and Michael Pirson, “Identifying and Reforming Institutions in Jesuit Schools and Universities That Foster Sexual Abuse and Its Concealment”

2:30-3:00 p.m.    break

3:00-4:30 p.m.:     Research Panel 5: Hearing and Receiving Efforts on the Abuse Crisis

  • Lisa Cataldo, “Bearing Witness When “They” Are Us: Toward a Trauma-Informed Perspective on Complicity, Moral Injury, and Moral Witnessing at Jesuit Institutions and Beyond”
  • Georgetown University, “Telling and Preserving the Stories of Survivors”
  • Marquette University, “Best Practices for Lay Empowerment”

4:30-5:00 p.m.:     Closing