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William P. Leahy Quotes

As a university, we're not focused on bringing about huge reforms - that's not our role.

BC is not going to replace the hierarchy, and BC is not going to lead some major reform in the Catholic Church - that's got to come out of the whole Catholic community.

By no means do I anticipate screening those who come on to campus... And I have no difficulty if a bishop across the country or some local pastor may say that's not Catholic teaching - that's fine.

Clearly there are individuals who don't understand what the church teaches, or they think it's so limiting.

I am very confident that the Spirit is with us.

I say let's respond as best we can to the victims and their families.

I think the issue of clergy sexual abuse sparked people to look at their faith in a different way.

I think we can work through a lot of these issues.

I would be with those who say the hierarchy in the United States has badly mishandled this whole situation.

I would say the hierarchy has made terrible errors in judgment and it has to seek forgiveness by its members.

Individuals will speak their minds, which I think is healthy.

No organization, whether it's police or physicians or whatever, wants to have its errors held up to the light of day, but it's wrong, as is coming out so well.

Now where people are - at least the people I talk to - they are focused on issues of trust. Accountability also comes up, to make sure that this doesn't happen again.

One of the biggest issues that we face is that we have people who have their own particular concerns, whether it's on abortion, birth control, divorce and remarriage, civil rights or social justice.

Others don't want to listen to viewpoints that members of the church have.

Some of the speakers we bring on campus may not reflect official church teaching, but that's how it is.

The church may hold whatever it holds with regard to clerical celibacy.

The hierarchy shouldn't fear what we're doing.

The more we can get together and talk about various perspectives, feelings, beliefs, the better.

The Spirit hasn't deserted the church today.