James Carroll Explains Why Priesthood Should Be Abolished

Nearly two decades after the sex abuse horrors in the Catholic Church were exposed, a new Pew poll finds more than 25% of U.S. Catholics say they’re skipping church more and pulling back on donations because of it. Author James Carroll is one of the disillusioned, but he’s no ordinary churchgoer. A former priest, he now has a radical idea for how the Church can save itself: abolish the priesthood.

About the Program

PBS and WNET, in collaboration with CNN, launched the new one-hour late-night public affairs series Amanpour and Company on Monday, September 10 on PBS (check local listings).
The new series features wide-ranging, in-depth conversations with global thought leaders and cultural influencers on the issues and trends impacting the world each day, from politics, business and technology to arts, science and sports.  Christiane Amanpour leads the conversation on global and domestic news from London with contributions by prominent journalists Walter Isaacson, Michel Martin, Alicia Menendez and Hari Sreenivasan from the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center in New York City. Major support for Amanpour and Company is provided by Uniworld River Cruises, a first-time supporter of public television, Rosalind P. Walter, Bernard and Irene Schwartz, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim, III, the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Seton Melvin, Judy and Josh Weston and public television viewers.