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Forum to focus on sex abuse by priests

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Retired Journal state editor Bruce Daniels will be among the panelists discussing priest sexual abuse and the role of journalism in supporting democracy on Sunday at the KiMo Theatre in Downtown Albuquerque.

Ellen Berkovitch

Admission is free. The program runs from 2 to 5 p.m.

The discussion will follow the showing of the 2015 movie”Spotlight,” the Academy Award Best Picture winner about a team of investigative reporters from The Boston Globe who exposed a decadeslong cover-up of sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests and the ensuing shake-up of Boston’s religious, legal and government establishment.

Bruce Daniels

Daniels, who also was the Journal’s religion editor in the early 1990s, spent years covering the wave of lawsuits alleging sexual abuse of minors by Roman Catholic priests and the impact of the scandal on the church in New Mexico.

Panelists also include Ellen Berkovitch of KSFR-FM public radio in Santa Fe, who has led a special projects team in its award-winning reporting about sexual abuse and secrecy in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, and David Weiss, communications and media studies professor at the University of New Mexico. Devin O’Leary of the Weekly Alibi will moderate the discussion, which will be followed by questions from the audience.


The program is part of the Journalism, Democracy and the Informed Citizen series, made possible by the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The initiative aims to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections among democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry.

For more information, call the New Mexico Humanities Council at 505-633-7370.