With the goal of a Europe-wide networking of Catholic prevention work, the international conference "One crisis – different answers" began on Wednesday in Luxembourg.
At the invitation of the Archdiocese of Luxembourg and the Diocese of Trier, experts from 13 countries will speak until Friday in the Grand Duchy and in Trier about the abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, its consequences and possible conclusions for prevention work. Speakers include the head of the Institute of Psychology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Hans Zollner.
International exchange as a goal
The meeting is the first conference of its kind at European level. Concrete examples from individual dioceses will be used to highlight examples of successful abuse prevention, but also deficiencies in individual countries. The goal is an international exchange on how to improve the prevention of sexual violence in the church.
Bishop Stephan Ackermann of Trier, who has been the German Bishops' Conference's commissioner for abuse since 2010, was represented at the congress by his vicar general Georg Batzing because of his simultaneous participation in the ad limina visit to Rome. In his opening speech on Wednesday, Batzing praised the work of the commissioners as "Karrner's work". Luxembourg Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich encouraged prevention officers to continue developing their work to make the Church a safe place to be.