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Catholics offer child protection diplomas

Catholics offer child protection diplomas

The first diploma course of its kind within a Catholic environment – a one-semester diploma course in the protection of children – is being launched by the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

Broken down into six two-week seminars, the first course is set to run from February to June 2016.

Seminars, according to this report, will delve into topics including terms and definitions surrounding the protection of minors, child rights, development and safety, safeguarding and prevention, theology, truth and justice, and care for those who have been abused.

Jesuit Father Hans Zollner, President of the Pontifical Gregorian University’s Center for Child Protection (CCP) said at the recent announcement of the course that this was a “first” for pontifical and Catholic universities.

Zollner, a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, created by Pope Francis last autumn, added that the spiritual and theological approach to child protection has “not been substantially reflected upon” since the full gravity of the clerical abuse crisis began to surface 40 years ago.

Zollner said that “strangely enough”, no theologian has really taken on the task of developing a theological understanding of the issue.

He revealed that since there was no literature on the theological approach to safeguarding children, the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors had created working groups studying the various theological and spiritual implications of the topic.

A working group within the commission dedicated to organising a day of prayer for abuse survivors has also been formed.

Earlier this year, in an interview with the Boston Globe, Zollner said he hoped that the Catholic Church:

Becomes a global frontrunner in child protection, as it already is in some countries.

But Zollner is lukewarm about reporting abuse to the police:

I read again and again in a lot of American commentary that there should be an absolute duty to report charges of abuse to the police.

The fact is, that requirement doesn’t exist in more than half the countries of the world, and there can be good reasons why not.

In Germany, the former Minister of Justice suggested such a requirement and was opposed by both victims of abuse as well as organizations of psychotherapists, who were concerned not only about protecting confidentiality but also the risk of re-traumatization. We have to listen to what the victims think, rather than imposing our solutions.

13 responses to “Catholics offer child protection diplomas”

  1. AgentCormac says:

    The utter, bare-faced cheek of some of Zollner’s comments actually beggars belief. A ‘global frontrunner in child protection…in some countries.’ Really? ‘We have to listen to what the victims think…’. Unbelievable! The hypocrisy of the man and the vile organisation he represents is genuinely breathtaking.

  2. Angela_K says:

    I suspect Zollner means child abuse cover up diploma.

  3. asquith says:

    Do you need a theologian to tell you it’s not ok to fuck kids?

  4. Rob Andrews says:

    Of course this is a public relations thing to make it look like they are taking on the issue–got to counter the bad press. That is, without actually pointing fingers at themselves. So let’s hope THEY read their own publicationa on child abuse.

    They’ve known about the power of publicity since Guttenburg.

    “An Atheist is a person with no invisible means of support”. –‘Atheist Empire’, website

  5. JohnMWhite says:

    They’re taking the piss now.

  6. Robster says:

    This has to be a funny catholic joke of some sort, bit like the fun and laughs of eating Jesus with a smile each week, believing snakes can talk or that silly pope person, the Argentinian version, can talk to a non existent god. Almost as funny as the catholics setting themselves up as moral arbiters. Ha!

  7. Cali Ron says:

    “We have to listen to what the victims think, rather than imposing our solutions.” What a load of rubbish! How do you listen to the victims when you are covering it up and denying it. “…global frontrunner in child protection, as it already is in some countries.” In what countries? Must be some imaginary ones in his head. “…the spiritual and theological approach to child protection has “not been substantially reflected upon” since the full gravity of the clerical abuse crisis began to surface 40 years ago.” Hasn’t and still won’t, and the full gravity still hasn’t surfaced yet. So he’s saying, it’s OK now, we realized there was a problem and it’s all better now, so move along and never mind. We got those kid’s back now. Or is it their backside they’ve got. Reminds me of the snake in “Jungle book”.

    Trust in me, just in me
    Shut your eyes and trust in me
    You can sleep safe and sound
    Knowing A PRIEST is around

  8. .Korgu says:

    What caring parent could leave a child in the care of an unsupervised priest … … Or even a supervised one.

  9. .Korgu says:

    There are various ways of attenuating child rape by catholic priests..
    1) All priests to be married with two kids. No wife no kids no job.
    2) The rcc to recruit battalions of sex workers, of both sexes,to attend to the sexual needs of its priests with each priest allocated one, based upon sexual orientation and deviancy, as a live in constant companion,on annual rota basis.
    3) Castrate priests at ordination. They have no need of the male sex drive anyway and it would make the burden of celibacy bearable.

    I think that’s enough from me … … Anyone else have suggestions?

  10. Melvin Polatnick says:

    Dads are the ones doing 98% of the child fucking. If it its ok with the mom it is mostly overlooked. Some say child fucking parents should be jailed and the child sent to an orphanage. But kids will likely be sexually violated by the staff in an orphanage. Child fucking is wrong, dads and moms must control their sexual impulses.

  11. Vanity Unfair says:

    “Zollner said that “strangely enough”, no theologian has really taken on the task of developing a theological understanding of the issue.
    He revealed that since there was no literature on the theological approach to safeguarding children, the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors had created working groups studying the various theological and spiritual implications of the topic.”

    I think I have mentioned this before. Yes, there is; it involves millstones and necks.

  12. Laura Roberts says:

    What a massive pile of steaming, stinking, festering shit this Zollner is spewing! The proper solution is: any priest caught fucking or beating a child should be handed over to the civil authorities. If a priest is merely suspected of either crime, the civil authorities should be invited to investigate with the church’s full and open cooperation.

    …and I see this happening… um, not ever.