Catholic faithful demand change after sex abuse scandals

  • In this Sept. 7, 2018 photo, Adrienne Alexander poses for a photo in downtown Chicago. Alexander is among countless members of the Catholic laity in the U.S. who are raising their voices in prayer and protest to demand change amid new revelations of sex abuse by priests and allegations of widespread cover-ups. Alexander organized a prayer vigil in Chicago, and became a catalyst for similar laity-led vigils in Boston, Philadelphia and other cities nationwide. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

  • In this Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 photo, Chris Damian poses in Minneapolis. Damian believes having more nuanced conversations about hard topics like sex abuse by priests and allegations of cover-ups by church leaders can bring about change. Damian, 27, has organized a group of Catholic young adults to respond to the church crisis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

MINNEAPOLIS — The day after a grand jury report revealed that Roman Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania molested more than 1,000 children over decades, Adrienne Alexander went to Mass at a Chicago church and waited for the priest to say something about the situation.