Warsaw September 19-22, 2021

OUR COMMON MISSION OF

SAFEGUARDING
GOD’S CHILDREN

A Conference of the Church in Central and Eastern Europe

The presentation by Prof. Myriam Wijlens

The presentation by Prof. Myriam Wijlens


Prof. Dr. Myriam Wijlens, professor of canon law in Erfurt and a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, analyzing the canonical legislation, pointed out the need for a responsible approach by bishops to cases of these crimes. She observed that looking back, one can see many mistakes committed by pastors who focused more on the reputation of the Church than on the protection of minors. As a result, the trust placed in them by both the community of faithful and the society has been seriously shaken and the moral authority of the Church is lost.