The Richard W. Smith Lecture Series

Blase Bonpane, Ph.D.

Sexual Abuse, Cover Ups, and
the History of the Catholic Church

September 23, 2010  / 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Whitsett Room / Sierra Hall 451

to rsvp, call (818) 677-4030


Blase Bonpane, Ph.D., was a Maryknoll priest who was excommunicated from the Catholic church more than 40 years ago because he chose to marry a former nun.

In a recent essay in which he referred to the ongoing scandals of sexual crimes committed by priests, Bopane asked what the church should do now that it's "dirty little secret" is out.

"First, the church should immediately end the nonsensical law of celibacy in the Roman Rite, and invite the clergy to marry rather than be excommunicated for "attempting marriage," he wrote.

"Priests who have married should be invited to resume their ministry. Women should be allowed to be ordained as priests. Finally, the Vatican should end the cult of silence that is also the law of the mafia, the CIA, the FBI, the military, and corporate headquarters."

Bonpane is the recipient of numerous awards recognizing his commitment to peace and social justice.  He hosts the "World Focus" program on Los Angeles radio station KPFK. 

Bonpane taught political science and sociology at California State University Northridge from 1973 to 1981.

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