National Review Board Calls for Lay Leadership Amid Sexual Abuse Reports

The National Review Board, a lay-led board created by the U.S. bishops in 2002 following the first revelations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy, has called for more lay leadership in overseeing and holding accountable the episcopacy of the Catholic Church in the U.S. “The only way to ensure the independence of such a review is to entrust this to the laity,” the Board stated this week. The Board called for “a genuine change in the Church’s culture, specifically among the bishops themselves,” and for “the laity to assume courageous leadership to help the Church respond and to heal and for the bishops to listen carefully to our recommendations.” For the full statement, click here.