In this Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 photo, Chris Damian poses in Minneapolis. Damian believes having more nuanced conversations about hard topics like sex abuse by priests and allegations of cover-ups by church leaders can bring about change. Damian, 27, has organized a group of Catholic young adults to respond to the church crisis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Catholic Faithful Demand Change After Sex Abuse Scandals

September 08, 2018 - 7:47 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Roman Catholics in the U.S. are raising their voices in prayer and protest to demand change amid new revelations of sex abuse by priests and allegations of widespread cover-ups.

They are writing letters to church leaders, holding prayer vigils and coming up with recommendations — all in an effort to bring about change.

Civil and canon lawyer Marjorie Murphy Campbell says she hasn't seen this level of engagement from laity before.

One woman, Adrienne Alexander, says she was angry when a priest didn't address a grand jury report about abuse in Philadelphia. So she organized a prayer vigil in Chicago, which sparked similar events nationwide.

In the last week, more than 39,000 people have signed a letter demanding answers from Pope Francis. Another effort is organizing events nationwide this weekend.

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