Law & Scandal: What Canon and Civil Law Can Teach Us About the Crisis in the Church

  • 06:30 PM

The Thomas More Society of America, in partnership with the Catholic Information Center, is bringing together two experts to help the lay faithful understand the role law can play in addressing the sexual abuse crisis. Canonist and investigative journalist Ed Condon will be joined by former prosecutor and law professor Mary Leary for a deep dive into how disregard for legal norms led to the crisis and whether reforms to the Code of Canon Law or civil law, can bring justice and prevent future scandals.

Reception to follow.



Mary G. Leary is a professor of law at The Catholic University of America. Professor Leary’s scholarship examines the intersection of criminal law, constitutional criminal procedure, technology, and contemporary victimization. She focuses on the exploitation and abuse of women, children, and “vulnerable peoples.” She is a recognized expert in the areas of criminal law, victimization, exploitation, human trafficking, missing persons, technology, and the Fourth Amendment.

She is the lead co-author of Perspectives on Missing Persons Cases (Carolina Academic Press), the only comprehensive multi-disciplinary book on this type of victimization. Her most recent works include an article discussing how § 230 of the Communications Decency Act facilitates sex trafficking online, The Indecency and Injustice of the Communications Decency Act (Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy 2018) and an analysis of the implication of touch DNA, Touch DNA and Chemical Analysis of Skin Trace Evidence: Protecting Privacy While Preserving Security, (William and Mary Journal of Constitutional Law 2018).

Edward Condon, J.C.D. is the DC editor of the Catholic News Agency. Before that position, he spent several years practicing canon law in dioceses across three continents and the Holy See. Previously he spent nearly ten years working in professional politics in the United Kingdom. He has degrees in Theology and Canon Law, which he studied at Catholic University of America, writing his doctoral dissertation on penal law in the Church

Co-sponsored by the Thomas More Society of America