Michael D’Antonio to Speak about Sexual Abuse Crisis in Catholic Church

D’Antonio’s New Book, “Mortal Sins,” will be Focus of his Talk

HARTFORD, CT, April 12, 2013 – Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael D’Antonio will speak about his newly released book, Mortal Sins: Sex, Crime, and the Era of Catholic Scandal, on Monday, April 15 at 4:30 p.m. in the 1823 Room on the second floor of the Raether Library on the Trinity campus, 300 Summit Street.

D’Antonio’s lecture, “Radicals and Wounded Warriors: Combatting the Sexual Abuse Crisis in the Catholic Church,” is sponsored by the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life. The event is free and open to the public.

Mortal Sins is an explosive, sweeping account of the scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church, and of the brave few who fought for justice. Part history, part journalism, and part true-crime thriller, Mortal Sins brings to mind landmark books such as All the President’s Men, And the Band Played On, and The Informant, as it reveals a long and ferocious battle for the soul of the largest and oldest organization in the world. 

The Kirkus book review called Mortal Sins: “Riveting and fascinating—sure to serve future generations well as they look back on this era.” 

D’Antonio has worked as a reporter in New England, Washington D.C. and New York, covering Congress, presidential campaigns and national political conventions. During his tenure at Newsday on Long Island, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize as a member of a team for its coverage of the Baby Doe Amendment to the Child Abuse Law. 

D’Antonio has published more than a dozen books, including Atomic Harvest, Tin Cup Dreams, Mosquito, The State Boys Rebellion, and Hershey. Besides his work as writer, he has been a research associate at the Center for Policy Research in Washington D.C., and lectured at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, SUNY Empire State College, Boston University, and the University of New Hampshire. 

His media appearances have included 60 Minutes, The Today Show, CBS Morning, the Diane Rhem Show, and Science Friday.

The Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life is directed by Mark Silk: a blogger (Spiritual Politics), editor (Religion in the News magazine) and professor of religion in public life at Trinity. The Greenberg Center was established in 1996 to advance knowledge and understanding of the roles and effects that religious movements, institutions, and ideas have in the United States and elsewhere in the world.

Parking is available in college lots on Summit Street and behind the Ferris Athletic Center. 

For more information, please contact Christine McMorris at Christine.McMorris@trincoll.edu or at 860-297-2353.