Latinx Communities and the Clerical Abuse Crisis

January 28, 2021



This conversation was the first in a series of four on historically marginalized U.S. communities and the abuse crisis.


J.D. Long-García (moderator and panelist) is a Senior Editor at America Media, and has worked as a journalist covering the Catholic Church since 2004. His recent writings for America include “The Wrong People Are in Charge of Protecting Our Children from Sexual Abuse” (November 2020, on the McCarrick Report) and “Is There a Sexual Abuse Reckoning Coming for the Latino Church?” (August 2018.)

Damellys Sacriste (panelist), a native of Venezuela, is the faith formation and education coordinator at the Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Atlanta, Georgia and the Hispanic outreach coordinator for the Aquinas Center at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University.

Dr. Susan Bigelow Reynolds (panelist) is assistant professor of Catholic Studies at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. An ecclesiologist, she has done extensive research in Latinx parishes, including, most recently, on clergy abuse in undocumented immigrant communities. She also serves on her parish’s task force to address the clergy sexual abuse crisis.