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                                                                   Feb. 18, 2004


CUA to Host Televised Town Hall Meeting On Sex Abuse Findings

EWTN Broadcast to Air on Day the National Review Board Releases Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of their coverage of an upcoming report by the National Review Board for the Protection of Children and Youth, the EWTN Global Catholic Network will broadcast a live town hall meeting from The Catholic University of America campus on Friday, Feb. 27, 2004, at 8 p.m. The panelists invited by EWTN will include review board members, bishops and other Catholic leaders.


WHAT:             “An EWTNews Town Hall Meeting: the National Review Board’s Report on

  Clerical Sexual Abuse”


WHEN:             8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27, 2004


WHERE:           Caldwell Hall Auditorium

                        The Catholic University of America

                        620 Michigan Ave. N.E.

                        Washington, D.C.


DETAILS:         Raymond Arroyo, news director of the Eternal Word Television Network, will host and moderate an EWTN News Town Hall Meeting on a much anticipated report from the National Review Board for the Protection of Children and Youth. 


On Friday, Feb. 27, the board is scheduled to release the last of three reports on clergy sexual abuse in the U.S. Catholic Church. The report is expected to contain the findings of a survey by criminologists, detailing all known allegations of sexual abuse of minors by priests in the past 50 years. The report also is expected to contain preliminary analysis of the causes and context of the abuse, based on interviews the review board conducted with bishops, victims and offenders.


Members of the review board, Catholic scholars and writers, and members of the clergy will discuss the report and its implications. Panelists include national review board members Robert Bennett, Anne Burke, William Burleigh and Dr. Paul McHugh; religions leaders including Bishop John D’Arcy, of the Diocese of Ft. Wayne-South Bend, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and Archbishop Raymond L. Burke, of the Archdiocese of St. Louis; and other prominent Catholics, including scholar George Weigel and editors Kate O’Beirne and the Rev. Richard John Neuhaus. The 90-minute live show will include discussions with the invited experts and questions from a studio audience as well as from a worldwide viewing audience.


MEDIA:             Media coverage of the event is welcome, but space is limited. Registration is required. Media wishing to attend must register by 3 p.m, Friday, Feb. 27, and must bring media credentials to the event. Call Chris Harrison or Katie Lee at 202-319-5600 to register or obtain additional information.


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