While many safeguarding advocates are concerned the Covid-19 pandemic has diverted attention away from the Church abuse scandal, Sister of Charity Nuala Kenny said she believed the health crisis has increased the possibility of people finally understanding “the nature of vulnerability” so they “can commit anew to this task of safeguarding”.
“We have, I believe, an unprecedented experience of vulnerability for many of us in the West. We have an experience of powerlessness and dependence on others to care and protect,” said Sr Nuala, who is a medical doctor, ethicist and expert involved in safeguarding efforts.
For many people, “if anything, this pandemic gives us a shared sense of vulnerability and I believe there is possibility for a new commitment to protect the vulnerable,” she said.
Sr Nuala was the first speaker in a ‘Safeguarding Webinar Series’ organised by the International Union of Superiors General with the collaboration of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, the Centre for Child Protection of Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University and the ‘Telefono Azzurro’ abuse hotline in Italy.
The series was to feature four online conference talks from 8th June to 6th July. More than 700 people registered for the 8th June talk with Sr Nuala and many more listened in as it was livestreamed on the UISG’s Facebook page.
Picture: Sr Nuala Kenny, a Canadian Sister of Charity and a medical doctor, spoke at the ‘Safeguarding Webinar Series’ on 8th June 2020. More than 700 people registered for the talk, and many more listened in as it was livestreamed on the UISG’s Facebook page. Sr Nuala is pictured in an undated photo. (CNS photo/courtesy UISG).