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Von Hügel Institute

for Critical Catholic Inquiry

In recent decades the Catholic Church, alongside other institutions, has been rocked by revelations about widespread physical and sexual abuse of minors by its clergy. This lecture will take global stock of that crisis after six years of Pope Francis’ pontificate and ask where the Church has got to in remedying this situation. What has the worldwide church done to improve its safeguarding of those in its care? What more could it do? What are the the systemic factors which helped create this situation and how could they be addressed? Are there any signs of hope to be found in such a global and systemic crisis?

Fr Hans Zollner SJ is founding President of the Centre for Child Protection and Professor at the Institute of Psychology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He is member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors and consultor to the Congregation for Clergy. He is honorary professor at Durham University, UK. Lectures and conferences have taken him to many countries on six continents.

This event is part of the VHI #CatholicitySeries

Free entrance, no booking required.

Friday, 25 October, 2019 - 16:00 to 18:00
Event location: 
St Edmund's College, Garden Room (Library Building)



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