Beyond Abuses

A course for Formators “to overcome a culture of abuse and move forward on a path of renewed conversion in the Christian community”

More than 120 participants will attend the online course for trainers starting today and finishing on Friday. Among them, there are priests- including rectors of seminaries- some members of religious orders but mostly lay people involved in ecclesial communities coming from Asia (Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, Philippines), USA, Hungary, France and Italy.

The format of the course is not new. It started in 2007 as a Course for trainers in seminaries that enhanced the spirituality of communion of the Charisma of unity and seven areas of training and provided a comprehensive vision of formation with a strong sense of community and mission in the wake of the indications of the “Evangelii Gaudium”.

With the creation of the Evangelii Gaudium Centre (CEG) at Sophia, this course was updated and addressed to a broader public. Now, it is not only dedicated to seminary trainers but also to people dealing with training. The objective is to encourage a knowledge that shows that we “walk together” as the people of God. Moreover, the course explores the way one can exercise authority not only in a Gospel-centred way but also dealing with major issues of today’s culture (including abuses).

Every day some time will be dedicated to dialogue. Specifically, on Thursday afternoon participants will be divided into groups according to personal areas of interest.

Professors of the course include: Alessandro Partini ofm, psychologist and theologian, Chiara D’Urbano, psychologist, Msgr. Charles J. Scicluna, “promoter of justice” of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Stefano Lassi, psychiatrist and psychotherapist, member of the Executive Committee of CEI’s National Service for the protection of minors and professor Amedeo Cencini fdcc.