Dr. Tom Curran explores the theme of clericalism: What is it? How does it show up? How does it relate to the unfolding sexual assault crisis in the Catholic Church? Tom reads the scripture passage Ambition of James and John (Mark 10:35) explores teachings on the Sacrament of Holy Orders in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and shares stories from his many decades serving in church ministry.
Dr. Tom Curran concretizes the theology of reconciliation into five sentences that will heal your life and the church: “I did it,” “I’m sorry,” “Forgive me,” “I’ll make it up to you,” and “I will never do it again.” Tom talks about the recent discussion that convicted him into boldly addressing the traumatic sexual assault crisis in the church.
Dr. Tom Curran ponders the questions: How did the priests and bishops involved in the unfolding sexual assault scandal get into positions of leadership? And, why haven’t more bishops taken strong action against it? Tom talks about three types of leaders: catalyst, organizer, and operator.
Dr. Tom Curran remembers the tragedy of 9-11 and calls on the spiritual weapon of the Rosary to combat the enemies of God attacking the Church today. Tom meditates on the five sorrowful mysteries, inserting petitions before each Hail Mary prayer.
Dr. Tom Curran is joined by Monday Co-hosts Fr. Kurt Nagel and Pam Gunderson to discuss the unfolding clergy sex abuse scandal. Fr. Nagel gives his priestly reflection and testimony on the recent crisis and talks about the connection to the sexual revolution of the past decades.