- May 28, 2020
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.”
Jesuit Father Hans Zollner spoke at the graduation ceremony for students who have completed a course in safeguarding people from abuse held at the Jesuit-run Pontifical Gregorian University.
A writer for Rome’s Centre for Child Protection says that Pope Francis has admitted he failed victims of clerical sexual abuse in Chile, but that failure is also a chance to double down on efforts for change.