Kinshasa, 04 March, 2020 / 10:30 pm (ACI Africa).
At a three-day training on safeguarding children and vulnerable adults in the Church, the Archbishop at the helm of the Episcopal Conference of the Democratic Republic of Congo (CENCO) has called for justice that guarantees that the Church remains a “safe house of healing and renewal.”
“In the face of crimes that violate the dignity of children and create scandal in the Church, we all have a shared responsibility to administer justice well in order to make our Church a safe house of healing and renewal,” CENCO President, Archbishop Marcel Utembi Tapa said Monday, March 2, during the opening of the training held in DRC’s capital, Kinshasa.
The Archbishop advocated for professionalism in dealing with cases of child safeguarding saying, “The goals of good justice can only be achieved with qualified personnel, with proper respect for procedures and with appropriate disciplinary measures.”
The training that concluded Wednesday, March 4 had the theme, “Protection of minors and vulnerable persons.”
It is “a painful theme when one considers especially the crime of sexual abuse committed by clerics against minors and vulnerable persons,” Archbishop Utembi told his brother Bishops who gathered at Caritas reception centre, the venue of the training.