Priest on PBS special offers frank accounting of past, hope for future

Catholic News Service via Catholic Courier – Diocese of Rochester

March 24, 2020

By Mark Pattison

Washington – If you tune in to the PBS special “Inside the Vatican,” slated to air 9-11 p.m. EDT April 28, you’ll have to wait more than an hour and a half to see him, and to hear what he has to say.

But German Jesuit Father Hans Zollner’s words are a necessary tonic, even if it’s sonic castor oil to some.

Father Zollner wears many hats. He is the president of the Center for Child Protection in Rome, head of the Institute of Psychology and academic vice rector at the Pontifical Gregorian University, also in Rome, and serves as a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors and as a consultor to the Vatican Congregation for Clergy.

What he has to say in the special about the scourge of clergy sexual abuse should be required listening.

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