Posts Tagged Fr. Thomas Rosica

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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U.S. sisters’ apostolic visitation report to be released Dec. 16 / Global Sisters Report

The Vatican will be releasing the results of one of its controversial and contentious investigations of U.S. women religious at a press briefing in December, a priest who assists the Vatican’s press office has said.

“Basilian Fr. Thomas Rosica, a Canadian who frequently helps the Vatican with English and French language press, said the Vatican will release a report on the investigation, known as an apostolic visitation, Dec. 16.

“The visitation, one of two separate investigations of U.S. women religious launched by different Vatican offices in recent years, sparked protest from both the women and lay people throughout the country who said it was based on unfair and unfounded judgments about the women’s lives.”

By Joshua J. McElwee, Global Sisters Report, National Catholic Reporter — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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