“How Is the Catholic Church Safeguarding Children? A Perspective after the Recent Developments in Europe” — The Keeley Vatican Lecture with Rev. Dr. Hans Zollner, S.J.
A native of Regensburg, Germany, Fr. Zollner is Ordinary Professor at the Institute of Psychology and President of the Center for Child Protection, both at the Pontifical Gregorian University. A theologian and licensed psychotherapist, Dr. Zollner is a leading expert and scholar on the prevention and healing of childhood sexual abuse who has spoken about the Church’s role in combating childhood sexual abuse in more than seventy nations. He has played a leading role in international meetings on this issue, including the “Towards Healing and Renewal” symposium on sexual abuse of minors (February 2012), the world congress “Child Dignity in the Digital World” (2017), and the summit on Child Protection in the Vatican (2019). In 2014, Pope Francis appointed Fr. Zollner to the new Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, reappointing him for a second term in 2018.
Established in 2005 through the generous support of Terrence R. Keeley ’81 and hosted by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, the Keeley Vatican Lecture deepens Notre Dame’s connection to the Holy See by bringing distinguished representatives from the Vatican to Notre Dame to explore questions involving Notre Dame’s Catholic mission. This event was recorded on April 5, 2022.
Reverend Dr. Hans Zollner, S.J.
Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors
Ordinary Professor at the Institute of Psychology & President of the Center for Child Protection, Pontifical Gregorian University
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April 5, 2022