Archbishop Eamon Martin
In the Vatican.
From February 21 to 24.
Pope Francis will meet with all the presidents of the Catholic bishops’ conferences of the world to discuss the prevention of sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults.
The Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin will represent the bishops of Ireland at the summit.
Ahead of this, Archbishop Martin has published and circulated a questionnaire to get confidential feedback from survivors of abuse, their families and those who assist them.
The questionnaire contains seven specific questions, namely:
How would you describe the present risk to minors in Ireland by clerics and religious?
How would you describe the level of awareness of this topic among the public?
In your opinion, what is currently the greatest risk factor for the sexual abuse of minors in Ireland?
Do you feel there is currently an adequate response by the Church in Ireland in dealing with child sexual abuse?
What currently are the most effective measures in Ireland to protect minors from harm in the church?
What more do you feel could be done by the Catholic Church in Ireland in response to child sexual abuse?
Do you feel there are any limiting factors to the church’s response to child sexual abuse? If so, what are the limiting factors?
The questionnaire also asks the following:
If there was on thing you wanted to share with Pope Francis what would it be.
Read the questionnaire in full here