How is the Catholic Church across the world responding to the problems of sex abuse and child protection?
That was the subject of a conference at
Rome’s Gregorian University on Tuesday evening – exactly a year after
the first ever Vatican sponsored symposium for church leaders dealing
with the clerical abuse crisis.
Participants presented the full
proceedings of the 2012 three day symposium which was attended by
bishops from a hundred countries around the globe.
They also outlined
the work of an online child protection and awareness programme being
rolled out across Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America, especially in
countries with scarce resources to tackle this crucial training work.
Hitchen spoke about this e-learning programme with Jesuit Fr Hans
Zollner, Dean of the Gregorian’s Institute of Psychology and head of the
steering committee at the Centre for Child Protection…..
of all we're happy we can present 12 language editions of the
proceedings of the Symposium....we have 6 major West European languages
and 6 East European languages and I'm happy especially that we can offer
a resource for countries where the discussion about abuse will start or
has only started recently....
Secondly, we present the results
of the visits of our co-workers in different countries with project
partners of our Centre for Child Protection, which we founded here at
the Gregorian one year ago - it's an e-learning platform which is still
in the experimental phase...already we have many requests from
countries, dioceses, institutions which want to participate....
we have very encouraging signs......we work with various people, for
example in East Europe with people at state level also who look forward
to having an instrument which could be a very helpful tool for