Safeguarding expert to lead Rome’s new anthropology institute

Zollner has served as president of the Center for Child Protection since 2015. A member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, he is a licensed psychologist and psychotherapist.

The center was launched in 2012 to provide internet-based training to Catholics anywhere in the world on the protection of children from sexual abuse.

It was initially established in Germany by the Pontifical Gregorian University, the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising, and the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of the State University Clinic of Ulm.

The center was officially launched in Rome in February 2015. In 2016, it began offering a one semester-long diploma course of 30 credits in the protection of minors through the university’s Institute of Psychology.

With the change to an institute, the IADC will offer the degrees of a licentiate in safeguarding and a doctorate in anthropology.

Zollner told CNA in April that the change would create an academic entity in its own right, no longer dependent on other universities to award degrees or lend professors.

“And equally important is that the name has changed,” he said, noting that the center could not continue to have only “child protection” in its name, “because the world and the Church have moved on from child protection only to other forms of abuse which need protection and safeguarding.”