Keeler, priests to discuss scandal


Cardinal William H. Keeler will meet today with at least 165 of his priests for a "listening session" to hear their thoughts and concerns about the clergy sex abuse scandal that has rocked the U.S. Catholic Church.

The meeting at St. Mary's Seminary & University in Roland Park will be closed to the public, but Keeler said he will address the media afterward.

He said wants to hear from priests about how the crisis is affecting them and their parishes. The cardinal said he will use the input to refine the child sex abuse policy in the Archdiocese of Baltimore and to help form a national policy.

It is being held as Keeler prepares for the meeting next month in Dallas of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which is expected to adopt a national policy including a so-called "zero-tolerance" stance on priests suspected of abuse.

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