Thomas P. Doyle

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Thomas Patrick Doyle (1944) is an American Catholic priest in the Dominican Order. He attended Aquinas Institute of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin, Aquinas Institute of Theology, Catholic University of America, and the University of Ottawa.


Doyle also holds a Pontifical Licentiate in Canon Law from St. Paul University, and a Pontifical Doctorate in Canon Law from Catholic University of America. Doyle also served as an officer in the United States Air Force from 1986 to 2004. Doyle has taught at several universities and seminaries, including Catholic Theological Union, Catholic University of America, and the Midwestern Tribunal Institute of Mundelein Seminary. Doyle also held several positions in Catholic dioceses. He served as a Tribunal Judge for the Archdiocese of Chicago, Diocese of Scranton, the Diocese of Pensacola/Tallahassee, the Archdiocese of Military Services, and the Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana. He served as the Advocate and Defender of the Bond for the Archdiocese of Chicago.[1]

Doyle was one of the first people in the Catholic church to bring attention to sexual abuse by clergy. In 1985, Doyle authored a report on medical and legal issues raised by pedophilia in the priesthood, and "warned of a national scandal if the hierarchy did not adopt a sound policy."[2]

Doyle is a columnist for the National Catholic Reporter.[3] His work with clergy abuse survivors has been featured in the documentaries Holy Water-Gate: Abuse Cover-up in the Catholic Church, Deliver Us From Evil, Alex Gibney's Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, in Robert Kaiser's book Whistle: Fr. Doyle's Steadfast Witness for Victims of Clerical Abuse, and on PBS's show Frontline episode Secrets of the Vatican.[4]

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  1. ^ Reform-Net
  2. ^ Fr. Thomas Doyle
  3. ^ National Catholic Reporter
  4. ^ Breslow, Jason M. (February 25, 2014). "Tom Doyle: Vatican is the World's "Last Absolute Monarchy"". Secrets of the Vatican. PBS Frontline. Retrieved March 2, 2016.

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