Thursday, March 30, 7:00-8:00 p.m. (EST)
“Exploring Theologies of the Child” - Sandra Hassink, M.D.
ACS approved. All are welcome to attend.
The sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church has been framed as a legal issue that requires internal structural and canonical reform. Scant attention has been paid, however, to the way in which the discipline of theology has unwittingly fostered a climate of adultism and the marginalization of children. Sandra Hassink, M.D., a longtime advocate for children, past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and current Ph.D. student in the Theology and Religious Studies Department at Villanova University thinks that the only way to achieve genuine, effective reform in the Church is to consciously develop a theology of the child, which puts the welfare of children front and center on the Church’s radar screen.