Catholic church hosts another packed ‘listening session’ on sexual abuse

POWAY, Calif. -- It was another packed house at the Saint Gabriel's Conference Hall in Poway Thursday evening where the Catholic Diocese of San Diego held another in a series of "listening sessions" regarding systemic sexual misconduct by church leaders reported across the country.

Church officials say the sessions are designed to give members of the public a chance to speak out, ask questions and suggest ways the church can do better. “A lot of it really boils down to: 'How do we make sure the church is accountable, that this church is accountable, and that their voices count,'" said Kevin Eckery the Vice Chancellor of the San Diego Diocese.

The meeting was the seventh in a series of eight meetings planned across San Diego County. The last is scheduled for Nov. 5 at University of San Diego.

Previous meetings have been filled to maximum capacity and Thursday was no exception.