Our Common Mission of Safeguarding God’s Children – this is the theme of the international conference gathering representatives of Episcopal Conferences and professionals working in the field of child and youth protection in nearly 20 countries of Central and Eastern Europe.
It is another of the continental or regional conferences organized by the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.
The conference is dedicated to issues related to the Church’s response to the crisis of the sexual abuse of minors. It will also be an attempt to look at a certain post-Communist mentality and its impact on the approach to the issue of the sexual abuse of minors by members of the Catholic clergy.
To be discussed during the conference are topics related to prevention, intervention (reporting abuse and implementating existing procedures described in the Motu Proprio Vos estis lux mundi) and proven best practices already adopted and in use in other parts of the Church, and what still needs to be implemented to ensure the maximum protection to minors.
Another aim of the conference is the exchange of experiences and the networking of people involved in the field of the protection of minors to establish closer collaboration.
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The conference is an initiative of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors (PCTM) and the Polish Bishops' Conference is co-organizing it.
The conference is co-financed by the Polish Bishops' Conference and the Saint Joseph Foundation PBC.
Professor of Constitutional Law and specialist in human rights at the University of Poznan, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland (1992-1993), Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Republic of Poland (1997-2000) and Ambassador of Poland to the Holy See (2001-2013). She has received honorary degrees from the Pontifical Institute for Marriage and Family at the Lateran University, Cardinal Wyszynski University in Warsaw, and John Paul University in Krakow. Among many awards, Prof. Suchocka has received the Max Schmidheimy Stiftung Peace Prize and the Gold Medal of the “Jean Monnet” Foundation (Lausanne) for her activity in favor of integration and human rights. In 2018, Pope Francis appointed Professor Suchocka for a second term to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.
Director of the Institute of Anthropology – Interdisciplinary Studies on Human Dignity and Care (IADC). Fr. Zollner, SJ, was Chair of the organizing committee for the Symposium “Towards Healing and Renewal” on the sexual abuse of minors (February 2012) and meeting of the presidents of bishops’ conferences and religious major superiors „Awarness and purification” (Fabruary 2019). Born in 1966 in Regensburg (Germany), he holds a Doctorate in Theology and is a licensed psychologist and psychotherapist. He was the chairman of the Child Protection Center at the Institute of Psychology at the Pontifical Gregorian University (2015-2021). Also he was a member of the Scientific Working Group of the Round Table on Sexual Violence Against Juveniles of the Federal Government of Germany. In 2018, Pope Francis appointed Fr. Zollner for a second term to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.
She graduated from psychology in Lublin and completed postgraduate studies in clinical sexology and human resource management. She also graduated from the study of psychotherapy. He is a member of the Polish Psychological Association. She was the chairman of the Association of Christian Counselors branch in Katowice for 3 terms. Works as a psychologist and therapist. She is also a forensic expert.
She was an auditor at the 12th and 13th Plenary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome. In 2012, she attended the Vatican Symposium on the sexual abuse of minors for representatives of episcopal conferences from around the world on the sexual abuse of minors: Towards Healing and Renewal. She was a co-initiator of the foundation of the Child Protection Center at the Ignatianum Academy in Krakow, of which she has been the deputy director responsible for training programs since 2014. She was a member of the organizing committee of the first international conference in Poland dedicated to the subject of sexual abuse of minors in the Catholic Church (2014). She co-created the postgraduate studies program on the prevention of sexual violence against children and adolescents at the Ignatianum Academy in Krakow where she works as a lecturer. She is the author of many preventive training programs as well as many articles on prevention and has conducted many trainings.
He graduated in philosophy in Krakow, Munich and Rome, and in theology in Naples. In the years 1990-1994 he was the rector of the Jesuit College in Krakow, in the years 1996-2002 he was the superior of the Southern Poland Province of the Society of Jesus. From September 2003, he worked in the Jesuit Roman Curia, where he was the general consultor and regional assistant for Eastern Europe. In 2008, he became the first assistant to the newly created Assistance for Central and Eastern Europe. In 2012, he finished his work in Rome. In 2013, he was appointed by the Polish Bishops’ Conference as a Coordinator for the Protection of Children and Youth at the Polish Bishops’ Conference, creating from scratch the structures of protecting children and youth in Poland. In 2014, he initiated the Child Protection Center at the Ignatianum Academy in Krakow, of which he became its director. In 2014, he co-organized the first international conference on sexual abuse in Poland. He has conducted over 100 trainings on the protection of children and youth in Poland and other countries. He is an active participant in the debate on the protection of minors in the Church and society. As the director of the CPC, he is responsible for postgraduate studies in the prevention of sexual violence against children and adolescents, where he works also as a lecturer.
Fr. Studnicki heads the Office of the Delegate for the Protection of Children and Youth of the Polish Bishops’ Conference and teaches at the Institute of Journalism and Social Communication at the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow. He studied theology at the Pontifical Academy of Theology in Krakow and was ordained to the priesthood in 2006. From 2008 to 2015 he pursued a Doctorate at the Faculty of Social Institutional Communication of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome. From 2015 to 2017 he worked as deputy press secretary and spokesman in the press office of the Archdiocese of Krakow and from 2018 to 2019, as a media coordinator for the Child Protection Center at Jesuit University “Ignatianum” in Krakow.
The Conference brings together representatives of Episcopal Conferences, major superiors of male and female religious institutes and lay people from nearly 20 countries of Central and Eastern Europe. The representative of the Catholic Aid Agency for Eastern Europe “Renovabis” will also take part in it.
The aim of the conference is to exchange experiences and establish closer collaboration among Church personnel and professionals from different countries and with the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.
Using a workshop style, the regional meeting in Warsaw seeks to enable the exchange of experiences and the initiation of joint activities, as well as the closer collaboration of the local churches in Central and Eastern Europe in the field of preventing sexual abuse.
PRAYER AND TESTIMONIES
|A time of common prayer will open and close each day. There will also be a penance service, a concelebrated Liturgy, and a Vespers service in which testimonies will be heard from people who have experienced clergy sexual abuse.|
|Nine presentations are scheduled during the conference. According to the theme of each of the conference days, they will focus on the following issues: responsibility - accountability – transparency. Three presentations will be dedicted to each topic, demonstrating the issue in relation to: - the person of the bishop and his duties; the bishop’s relationships with other bishops; the relationship of the bishops with God’s people and society.|
|In addition to listening to the presentations, participants will work in language groups, sharing what the issue of the protection of minors looks like in the individual countries - both in terms of prevention and in the area of assistance procedures for victims. Participants will also look at the challenges faced by the Churches in this part of Europe.|
|On the first day of the conference, Pope Francis will address participants via a video message.|
The speakers were selected so that the conference would represent different continents, cultures and contexts in the Church.
PCPM - United States
Archbishop of Boston, President of the Commission, member of the Council of Cardinals that advises Pope Francis
Metropolitan of Poznan, President of the Polish Bishops’ Conference
Metropolitan of Gniezno, Primate of Poland, Delegate of the Polish Bishops’ Conference for the protection of children and youth
PCPM - Australia
PCPM - Netherlands
PCPM - Poland
PCPM - United States