Nuns kick off new webinar series on fighting sex abuse

Nuns Fight Clergy Abuse

Title: Nuns kick off new webinar series on fighting sex abuse

Author: Elise Ann Allen

Publisher: Crux Now

Date: 09JUN2020

ROME – Members of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG) Monday were the protagonists of the first of a series of webinar sessions focusing on child protection and how safeguarding efforts have been impacted by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Sister Nuala Kenny, a doctor with a background in pediatrics who has been a member of the ad hoc committee for child sexual abuse for the Canadian Catholic Bishops Conference, was the keynote for the June 8 session, which focused on the Theology of Childhood.

Consisting of four webinars extending through the beginning of July, the series is organized by the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, the Center for Child Protection at Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University, the Italian Telefono Azzuro child help line, and the UISG.

In her address, Kenny stressed that while she is not a theologian, her work as a physician, in which she has repeatedly seen instances of child sexual abuse, “has made it clear to me that there are deep-rooted spiritual issues that are at stake” in the discussion about safeguarding.

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