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Members of our spiritual family participate in the Third Congress on “vulnerability and abuse”

From March 12th to 14th, the third edition of the Congress “Vulnerability and abuse: towards a broader view of prevention” organized by the Center for the Protection of Minors (Ceprome) was held in Panama, with the participation of nine members. from our spiritual family from Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia and Peru. Four of them tell us about their experience participating in this event.

Members of the spiritual family with Mons. Pascual Benjamín Rivera Montoya, TOR. Prelate Bishop of Huamachuco (Peru).

Members of the spiritual family with Mons. Pascual Benjamín Rivera Montoya, TOR. Prelate Bishop of Huamachuco (Peru).

Reflections on vulnerability, trust and building safe environments

Our brother Jorge Luna, regional superior of Sodalitium in Peru, highlighted that this event has been a good opportunity to reflect on vulnerability. “It helped me be aware that we are all vulnerable and that therefore we have to create safe spaces so that that vulnerability is not abused . ” On the other hand, it was very enriching to participate in the congress together with several members of the spiritual family, and to see that we are making progress in various places in this concern for the care of everyone.”

“Another point that seems important to me is to advance in the understanding and integration into our history of the painful events we have experienced,” Jorge added.

On the other hand, Ronny Macías, Ecuadorian psychologist and member of the safe environments team of the Christian Life Movement, shared: “It has been a very nice experience to understand my relationship with God from a new perspective and obviously also understand myself from that perspective.” framework of openness, in which, in one way or another when interacting with others, I am exposed but it is not an experience that generates fear or it is not an experience that generates insecurity, but it is the experience of building a framework of trust around to a relationship that is illuminated from the same treatment that God would give to me and would obviously expect me to give to the other person.”

“I think that one way to consolidate what God wants from us regarding this issue is to contribute to the formation of our brothers, and that this be projected to the generation of truly healthy environments in each of our activities and apostolic works,” he shared. Malena Loayza, who is also a psychologist and is part of the MVC safe environments team.

Another participant was Rosario Pantoja, clinical psychologist and specialist in abuse prevention and safe environments, who shares: “See the phenomenon of abuse from different angles; for example looking at vulnerability as a risk factor; analyzing the emotional area; It leads us to meditate on what makes the other person not able to relate appropriately. Working on prevention is hopeful, with a view aimed at humanizing interpersonal relationships, emotional relationships in a healthy way; “God put us in this world to take care of us with eyes of love.”

Pope Francis’ message

In his message addressed to the participants of the Third Latin American Congress in Panama, the Holy Father Francis emphasized the urgency of eradicating abuses in all spheres of society. He highlighted the importance of seeing in each victim “the face of the suffering Jesus,” while urging us to recognize “the suffering we have received and caused.”

On the other hand, he invited us to adopt a divine perspective in addressing vulnerability, highlighting the need to privilege relationships based on “humility” and “service.” Likewise, he emphasized the importance of forming mature and coherent people, capable of confronting evil and witnessing the truth. Recognizing “human weakness,” Pope Francis urged us to trust in “the strength that comes from God” and to be witnesses of his grace in the world.

“We trust our weakness in the strength that the Lord gives us. And we recognize that “we carry this treasure in clay containers, so that it may be clearly seen that this extraordinary power does not come from us, but from God” (2 Cor 4:7)”, the Pope said.

About the event

The Congress, which brought together nearly 400 participants from 21 countries in America, the Caribbean and Europe, focused on an examination of institutional conscience, seeking to broaden the perspective on the causes and consequences of abuse, both sexual and of power and conscience. It was recognized that these power dynamics have remained in the shadows for a long time, causing deep damage to the people affected and to the credibility of the Church.



The event featured the participation of prominent experts, such as Card. Seán P. O’Malley, president of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors (PCPM); Father Daniel Portillo, former director of Ceprome; doctors Amedeo Cencini and Jordi Pujol, renowned university professors; doctors Patricia Espinosa and Carolina Montero; and María Inés Franck, director of Ceprome Latin America; and Mons. Jordi Bertomeu, from the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith.