Heidi Schlumpf is NCR's national correspondent, based in Chicago. She has three decades of experience covering religion, spirituality, social justice and women's issues, and is the author/editor of three books, including Elizabeth A. Johnson: Questing for God (Liturgical Press, 2016). Schlumpf is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and has a master’s degree in theological studies from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University. She and her husband are members of St. Gertrude Parish in Chicago.
A liturgical canonist and teacher who had admitted abusing a minor while serving as an associate pastor in the United States is no longer teaching at the Canadian pontifical university where he had been a full professor.
Morning Briefing: Brooklyn Diocese part of $27.5 million sex abuse settlement, scandal hits Pope Francis’ popularity, Chicago priest burns a rainbow flag.
When President Donald Trump announced Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court in July, his former pastor, Msgr. John Enzler, was sitting in the audience. Since then, Enzler has praised Kavanaugh in media interviews and posed for photos with the nominee while he serves meals to the homeless.
In tackling clergy sex abuse, the "Authentic Reform" schedule includes such topics as "Humanae Vitae as a Charter for Reform," "Purifying the Clergy" and "The Problem of Homosexuality."