Posts Tagged ‘Father Hans Zollner’

Differences in abuse responses are cultural

Monday, May 20th, 2024
Hans Zollner

When looking at the entire church, it should not be assumed that everyone is on the same page when it comes to abuse. There are cultural differences in the way abuse is handled within the Catholic Church, according to child protection expert Hans Zollner. Speaking to, Fr Hans Zollner emphasised that in many countries, Read more

Pope’s safeguarding commission disheartens victims

Thursday, April 20th, 2023
top anti-abuse expert

The pope’s safeguarding commission must not merely be engaged in “PR”, but become a refuge for those abused by clergy and silenced by the church, says top anti-abuse expert Jesuit Fr Hans Zollner (pictured). As the commission moved into a palace in Rome’s historic centre, Zollner expressed his hope that the commission’s new home will Read more

Fr Hans Zollner resigns from Vatican’s sex abuse commission

Monday, April 3rd, 2023
Fr Hans Zollner resigns

Fr Hans Zollner has resigned from the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. Zollner is one of the most respected experts in the Vatican’s fight against clergy sex abuse. He cited disagreements over the way the body is being operated. “I have noticed issues that need to be urgently addressed and that have made Read more

Better guidelines for priests hearing confession from sex abuse victims – and abusers

Thursday, November 18th, 2021
America Magazine

Better guidelines are needed to protect the sacrament of reconciliation as a “channel of grace” for sexual abuse victims, says Jesuit Father Hans Zollner. “If the church did more to help confessors be empathetic listeners as well as skilled interpreters of the church’s moral teaching, it would make it clearer that the sacrament of reconciliation Read more

Online abuse – Vatican expert calls out big tech

Thursday, April 15th, 2021
Big tech online abuse

A leading expert in child protection says big tech companies are reluctant to use profits to prevent online abuse and the exploitation of minors. Speaking to Crux, German Jesuit Father Hans Zollner said advancing developments in technology, are “allowing new forms of abuse online to take root.” “The internet and new technologies represent fertile ground Read more

More work to be done on safeguarding; Pope’s advisor writes to survivors

Thursday, December 3rd, 2020
survivors sexual abuse

One of the Pope’s key advisors on clerical child sexual abuse has written to survivors recognising the suffering and distress they have endured. Fr Hans Zollner is president of the Centre for Child Protection at Rome’s Gregorian University and a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. He wrote in response after Read more

Lay group reform: Divide power and spiritual direction

Monday, November 9th, 2020
Lay movement reform

Pressure is growing for lay movement reform due to the influence some lay communities exert over their members. Lay movements and communities have given countless Catholics a chance to rediscover and deepen their faith. But a clear separation is needed between the spiritual and mission aspects of the organisations. In 1998 St. John Paul II Read more

Anti-abuse summit – be realistic

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

A leading expert in the field of child protection, Jesuit Father Hans Zollner, says while one goal of the Vatican’s upcoming anti-abuse summit aims to get the world’s bishops on the same page about abuse prevention, a uniform solution to the clerical abuse issue doesn’t exist. Zollner says he believes the reason for calling the Read more

Pope encourages work against sexual abuse

Friday, June 7th, 2013

The ongoing work of protecting young people from sexual abuse has received strong encouragement from Pope Francis. “This is important work; keep it up!” he said three times during a meeting with a participant in an international conference on the subject. The annual Anglophone Conference on the Safeguarding of Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults Read more