- Dec 14, 2019
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.
Jesuit Father Hans Zollner of the Gregorian University’s Centre for Child Protection says he believes that the final document of the Oct. 3-28 Synod of Bishops will take up the Church’s clerical sexual abuse scandals.
The opening week of October’s Synod of Bishops served up a “best of times, worst of times” dynamic with regard to the clerical sexual abuse scandals.
The president of the Pontifical Gregorian University’s Center for Child Protection said most of the victims of clergy sexual abuse whom he has met primarily want the Church hierarchy to listen to them and understand the depth of their suffering.
“Dalla parte dei piccoli” [“On the side of the small ones”] is by Angela Rinaldi, a 28-year-old Italian research assistant at the Center for Child Protection, and she argues the problem of sexual abuse in the Church “is a question of abuse of power.”
Jesuit Father Hans Zollner, a “man on a mission” when it comes to child protection and the fight against sexual abuse, spends astonishing amounts of time delivering training on the subject all over the world, and says, “I see change happening.”