Vatican official to train Polish bishops how to prevent sexual abuse

Father Adam Żak SJ, the children and youth protection coordinator of the Polish Episcopate Conference (KEP) said that Archbishop of Malta, Charles Scicluna, is coming to Poland to train Episcopate how to deal with a problem of sexual abuse of minors.

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The Maltese hierarch, an Adjunct Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith of the Roman Curia, will attend the plenary session of KEP in June. The meeting was scheduled earlier this year and will take place on the request of KEP.

The Pope assigned Abp Scicluna to investigate this problem in Chile, and his mission resulted in the resignation of all Chilean Episcopate members. Some those have been accepted.

“Archbishop Charles Scicluna has no secret mission to accomplish,” Father Żak told Polish Press Agency. “This was an initiative of the Clergy Commission of KEP, presented on a session of the Permanent Council of Episcopate. This is when the decision about inviting Abp Scicluna was made,” Father Żak said.

In his opinion, the visit of Maltese hierarch will have a positive influence on Children Protection Centre (COD). “During his visit, he will meet delegates and legal representatives of children abuse victims, as well as people responsible in Church for protection of children and youth,” he said.

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Children Protection Centre

Starting from 2013, COD has carried out a number of paedophilia prevention pieces of training. At the turn of 2013/2014, an e-learning course in preventive and interventional methods was jointly organised by COD and the Georgian University in Rome’s own Child Protection Centre. Forty out of 60 participants have graduated.

The COD also organised an international conference on crisis management for bishops from East-Central Europe. The conference was repeated in 2015, 2016, 2017.

Furthermore, the Centre trained 1,400 laymen volunteers and priests engaged in the organisation of World Youth Day 2018 that took place in Poland.