Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
10:00 - 11:00 Major Panel 1 - Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
(Hall 8C) – EN 🎧 ES, IT, FR
Moderator: Baroness Prof Sheila Hollins, former member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, England
• Marie Collins, Survivor of Abuse, Former member of the Pontifical Commission for Protection of Minors and Patron of ‘The Marie Collins Foundation’, Ireland
• Barbara Thorp, Social Worker, Former Head of The Office for Pastoral Support and Child Protection, Archdiocese of Boston, USA
• Prof. Gabriel Dy-Liacco, Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, Philippines
Marie Collins, Survivor of Abuse, Former member of the Pontifical Commission for Protection of Minors and Patron of ‘The Marie Collins Foundation’, Ireland
Marie Collins was born in Dublin, Ireland and is married with one son. A survivor of clerical sexual abuse she is Patron of the Marie Collins Foundation, a UK NGO dedicated to the needs of those for whom sexual exploitation and harm has arisen via the internet and mobile technologies. A founding member in 1985 of the Irish depression support group "Aware" she ran their voluntary "Helpline" for many years, and was a founding board member of the Advocacy and Counselling support group for abuse survivors, One in Four (Ireland). Marie assisted the Archdiocese of Dublin in setting up their Child Protection Service and drafting of the Catholic Church's all-Ireland child protection policy, "Our Children Our Church." Marie is a former member of Pope Francis’ Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors and is currently a member of the board of the Catholic Institute for Deaf People.
The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors
“The Commission’s specific task is to propose to me the most opportune initiatives for protecting minors and vulnerable adults, in order that we may do everything possible to ensure that crimes such as those which have occurred are no longer repeated in the Church. The Commission is to promote local responsibility in the particular Churches, uniting their efforts to those of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, for the protection of all children and vulnerable adults.” (Pope Francis, Chirograph, 22 March 2014)
Barbara Thorp, Social Worker, Former Head of The Office for Pastoral Support and Child Protection, Archdiocese of Boston, USA
Barbara Thorp, LICSW is a mother, grandmother and social worker with thirty-five years ministry in the Archdiocese of Boston. In 2002 she was asked to design, implement and oversee a program of outreach and pastoral care for women and men sexually abused as children by clergy. Under the leadership of Cardinal Sean O’Malley Barbara coordinated a nine day pilgrimage of atonement to parishes profoundly impacted by clergy sexual abuse and was part of the team that facilitated the meeting with clergy abuse survivors and Pope Benedict in Washington, DC. In 2010-11 she was a member of the Apostolic Visitation team led by Cardinal Sean to the Archdiocese of Dublin. Currently, Barbara is the Program Director at the One Fund Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has been responsible for responding to the complex recovery needs of those injured at the Boston Marathon Bombing on April 15, 2013.
Baroness Prof Sheila Hollins, former member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, England
Professor Sheila the Baroness Hollins is an independent Life Peer in the UK House of Lords and was a founder member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. She is also Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at St George’s University of London and Honorary Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Durham. She accompanied Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor in the Vatican Visitation to the Church in Ireland in 2011, and was a founder member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors from 2014-2017. She gave evidence to the Australian Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in 2017 speaking on behalf of the Pontifical Commission. She and her husband, Martin, have 4 children (two of whom are adults with disabilities) and 4 grandchildren.
Prof. Gabriel Dy-Liacco, Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, Philippines
Gabriel Dy-Liacco was born the youngest of six children in 1969 in Lima, Peru. He lived there for two years, spent the next seven years in Japan, and then moved to the Philippines. He is married with five children. Gabriel serves in family and life ministry in the Philippines as a moderator for Middle Childhood modules of EduChild: Loving Couples, Great Parents, Happy Families and as an instructor in the Institute for Marriage and Family Development (IMFD) of University of Asia and the Pacific. Dr. Dy-Liacco is a licensed professional counselor and began his psychotherapy work in 1999 treating a wide range of mental health concerns. Since 2006, his clinical work has focused on clergy perpetrators of sexual abuse and adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. In December 2014, Pope Francis appointed him to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors and renewed this appointment in February 2018.