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Friend of Tortoise Exclusive

The Catholic Church and abuse: what next?

The Catholic Church and abuse: what next?

This event is exclusive to Friends of Tortoise

This is a newsroom ThinkIn. In-person and digital only tickets are available. 

“If it was any other organisation, they’d have shut it down.” This was the response at a Tortoise news meeting to the recent revelation that French Catholic Clergy abused over 200,000 children since 1950. The Pope has met with the French Prime Minister on Monday this week. At this week’s Open News meeting we will ask what happens next? How wide is the gap between what should and what will happen to the clergy themselves and those who enabled and protected them, to the Church’s safeguarding protocols and its finances? And moreover, can we really believe that France will be the last country to reveal staggering, widespread abuse at the heart of its Catholic Church, or is it just the most recent? 

Don’t forget, this is a live editorial meeting that’s open to our members – and a chance for you to have your say and propose angles that we, and others, are missing. If you have an idea for a story that hasn’t got the attention it deserves, this is the time to pitch it.

editor and invited experts

Ceri Thomas
Editor and Partner

Marty Baron
Former editor of The Washington Post from 2012, and before that editor of The Boston Globe from 2001 during the paper’s reporting on the Boston Catholic sexual abuse scandal, the story featured in the film Spotlight