White said the podcast will not focus solely on stories of abuse, but seeks to offer a broader perspective.
“We explore the causes of the crisis and the stories of how victims are learning to live after abuse. We talk to bishops and priests about how the crisis has changed the way they see their ministries and affected their relationships,” he said. “We look at how the crisis has changed the way we think about the mission of the laity. We look closely at what the Church is doing to protect children now, and how the Church handles allegations against priests and bishops.”
The podcast will address cases of high-profile predatory priests. Lozoya said discussing these specific cases will help listeners understand the broad picture of the abuse crisis and the steps that need to be taken to address the problem.
“I think before the laity can respond adequately to the sex abuse crisis, we really have to understand it. So that's what this podcast is. It's a 10-part audio documentary on the sex abuse crisis, to help the laity understand the sex abuse crisis in an honest and transparent way,” she told CNA.
“We're not here to vilify anyone...or to make the bishops or the institutional Church our enemy,” she said. “We say some tough things, and from the early feedback that I've gotten, mostly from people close to me, it's been very helpful.”
“One of our inspirations for the podcast was [the Second Vatican Council document Lumen Gentium], where it talks about how the clergy and the laity are co-responsible in the mission of the church,” Lozoya said. “We really feel like the bishops can't, nor should the bishops try, to solve this problem on their own. We have to be involved.”
White also stressed the importance of both clergy and laity addressing this issue. He said it is necessary for the entire body of the Church to take the problem seriously in order to prevent further abuse and restore trust in the Catholic Church.
“This crisis puts souls in peril by separating people from the Church and destroying the trust of the faithful. Not to put too fine a point on it, but a Church that has earned a reputation for lying, is not a Church that can credibly proclaim the Good News,” he said.
“As I mentioned before, the scourge of sexual abuse has afflicted the Catholic Church in a particular way, but it is a society-wide problem. Hopefully, we can learn from our many, many failures, but also from a few things we have gotten right. And hopefully, other groups and organizations outside the Church can, too.”