Posts Tagged Fr. Hans Zollner

Papal abuse commission member suggests changes to group expected in fall / National Catholic Reporter

“The mandate is of three years and at the end of this year the mandate finishes.”

A member of Pope Francis’ commission on clergy sexual abuse has suggested the composition of the advisory body may change at some point this fall, as the original three-year terms granted to individuals in the group expire.

“Jesuit Fr. Hans Zollner, who was appointed by Francis with seven others in March 2014 as the initial members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, said the group is hosting its last planned plenary session in September.

“‘People know that the mandate of this commission comes to a close,’ said Zollner, speaking Thursday at the Pontifical Gregorian University. ‘The mandate is of three years and at the end of this year the mandate finishes.’

“‘We look forward to seeing what will be the follow-up,’ the Jesuit said.”

By Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter — Read more …

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Witness: Fr. Hans Zollner, S.J., Member of Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors

In this television interview, Fr. Zollner talks about the intersection between psychology and spirituality, the progress of the the Catholic Church in dealing with the clergy sexual abuse scandal, and how his involvement in addressing the scandal has changed his life. He wraps up the hour-long video by discussing the role of clericalism in the scandal.

Fr. Hans Zollner, SJ, born in Regensburg, Germany in 1966, is a member of the Society of Jesus, currently serving as Academic Vice Rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Fr. Zollner, a licensed psychologist and psychotherapist is professor in the Gregorian University’s Institute of Psychology. He is also Honorary Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion of the University of Durham (England) and serves as President of the ‘Centre for Child Protection’ at the Gregorian. He is also a Member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. Over the past decade, Fr. Zollner has become an articulate, leading, sought after expert and prolific author in the area of the Safeguarding of Minors and Child Sexual Abuse Prevention as well as in the area of Spirituality of Priesthood and Consecrated Life. He has visited over 35 countries and addressed the ecclesial leadership of each country on these topics.”

Interview by Fr. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., CEO, Salt & Light Catholic Media Foundation — Click here to watch this interview.

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Member of Vatican Abuse Commission Says ‘Put Victims First’ / The Boston Globe

Pope Francis on Saturday named eight people with reputations as reformers in the fight against child sexual abuse as members of a new “Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors,” a line-up that includes German Jesuit Fr. Hans Zollner, who’s long been on the front lines of the church’s recovery efforts …

“Zollner spoke to the Globe on March 22 about the Vatican’s new anti-abuse commission.”

By John L. Allen, Jr., The Boston Globe — Click here to read the rest of this interview.

Allen will be a guest speaker at the Voice of the Faithful® 2014 Assembly: Turning Talk into Action on April 5 at the Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, Connecticut.

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