At Villanova U, Vatican expert on abuse crisis speaks of trauma, progress


January 31, 2020

By Gia Myers

Almost 200 people filled the Driscoll Hall Auditorium on Villanova University’s campus on Thursday evening, Jan. 29 looking to deepen their understanding about global perspectives on the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church.

It was the third conference in the four-part series of discussions with Catholic theologians hosted by Villanova to examine the abuse crisis. It featured Father Hans Zollner, S.J., a licensed German psychologist and psychotherapist with a doctorate in theology and one of the church’s leading experts in the area of safeguarding minors.

Father Zollner is also the president of the Centre for Child Protection at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, a member on the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors and a consultor to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy.

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