- Feb 27, 2021
A leading expert in the field of child protection has said that the Catholic Church still has a long way to go in terms of acknowledgment and awareness of the issue, noting that the pope’s environmental encyclical Laudato Si in many areas of the world is more visible than safeguarding efforts.
Theologian Karlijn Demasure has been researching the sexual abuse of children, inside and outside the Church, for years. “In all cases it concerns someone who abuses his position of power.”
One of the Catholic Church’s leading experts in child protection has said that more dangerous than clericalism in the clerical abuse crisis is a “paternalistic” attitude within the Church that both devalues laypeople and puts clergy on a pedestal.
Jesuit Father Hans Zollner, one of the world’s leading experts on safeguarding minors, said the church is suffering “institutional trauma” from clerical sexual abuse, trauma that it must learn to integrate into its theology and understanding of salvation if it is to overcome it.
Almost 200 people filled the Driscoll Hall Auditorium on Villanova University’s campus Jan. 29 looking to deepen their understanding about global perspectives on the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church.
An African nun who recently graduated from a course on safeguarding minors has said that ready or not, her culture must face up to the fact that clerical sexual abuse is a problem, and bishops must start listening to victims.