Rome summit looks to improve church’s handling of child sexual abuse

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Left to right; James Corkey, theology professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University; Hans Zollner, president of the Pontifical Gregorian University's Centre for Child Protection; Edward J. Burns, chairman of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ committee on child protection; Sarah Butler, president of the US Academy of Catholic Theology; Philippa Hitchen, journalist at Vatican Radio; speak to the press during a conference on how to handle the current clergy sex abuse crisis. Religion News Service photo by Rosie Scammell

Left to right; James Corkey, theology professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University; Hans Zollner, president of the Pontifical Gregorian University's Centre for Child Protection; Edward J. Burns, chairman of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ committee on child protection; Sarah Butler, president of the US Academy of Catholic Theology; Philippa Hitchen, journalist at Vatican Radio; speak to the press during a conference on how to handle the current clergy sex abuse crisis. Religion News Service photo by Rosie Scammell

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ROME (RNS) As the Vatican continues to work on policies to combat clergy sex abuse, a leading pontifical university in Rome hosted a conference this week on how the Catholic Church can better address the current crisis and released details of a new diploma program on protecting children.