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William P. Leahy, S.J.
President of Boston College
In office
July 31, 1996 â€“ Present
Preceded by J. Donald Monan, S.J.
Personal details
Born Omaha, Nebraska
Alma mater Saint Louis University, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, Stanford University
Religion Catholic

I think the issue of clergy sexual abuse sparked people to look at their faith in a different way.
William P. Leahy
One of the biggest issues that we face is that we have people who have their own particular concerns, whether it’s on abortion, birth control, divorce and remarriage, civil rights or social justice.
William P. Leahy
As a university, we’re not focused on bringing about huge reforms – that’s not our role.
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BC is not going to replace the hierarchy, and BC is not going to lead some major reform in the Catholic Church – that’s got to come out of the whole Catholic community.
William P. Leahy
The more we can get together and talk about various perspectives, feelings, beliefs, the better.
William P. Leahy
The church may hold whatever it holds with regard to clerical celibacy.
I say let's respond as best we can to the victims and their families.
I think we can work through a lot of these issues.
I would say the hierarchy has made terrible errors in judgment and it has to seek forgiveness by its members.
William P. Leahy
You know how the church has been hit so hard by the sexual misconduct by clergy, and what’s that’s done to Catholics, especially here in Boston but elsewhere as well.
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Individuals will speak their minds, which I think is healthy.
The hierarchy shouldn't fear what we're doing.
What I think we can do is help individuals understand the church teaching, but also maybe help the church understand the viewpoint of lay men and women about what they want in regard to priests, or how do they want the hierarchy to deal with them?
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No organization, whether it’s police or physicians or whatever, wants to have its errors held up to the light of day, but it’s wrong, as is coming out so well.
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The Spirit hasn't deserted the church today.
Some of the speakers we bring on campus may not reflect official church teaching, but that’s how it is.
William P. Leahy
The more we can get together and talk about various perspectives, feelings, beliefs, the better.
William P. Leahy
By no means do I anticipate screening those who come on to campus… And I have no difficulty if a bishop across the country or some local pastor may say that’s not Catholic teaching – that’s fine.
William P. Leahy
Others don’t want to listen to viewpoints that members of the church have.
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What we’re about is a manifestation of the Catholic roots of Boston College.
William P. Leahy
Now where people are – at least the people I talk to – they are focused on issues of trust. Accountability also comes up, to make sure that this doesn’t happen again.
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This is a crisis, but there is an opportunity to help revitalize and renew the Catholic community.
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We've always had issues up for discussion at Catholic universities.
Clearly there are individuals who don’t understand what the church teaches, or they think it’s so limiting.
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We are the meeting place, an entity that’s trying to connect faith and culture.
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I am very confident that the Spirit is with us.
I would be with those who say the hierarchy in the United States has badly mishandled this whole situation.
William P. Leahy