The sessions today dealt with reporting procedures when an allegation of abuse is made. This was an important dimension of the workshop and the Brothers entered into it with commitment and energy.
As part of the morning prayer, we read the words of Pope Francis concerning youth. It is worth citing this quotation in full, as it situates the whole question of safeguarding children in an important context:
“Our generation will show that it can rise to the promise found in each young person when we know how to give them space. This means that we have to create the material and spiritual conditions for their full development; to give them a solid basis on which to build their lives; to guarantee their safety and their education to be everything they can be; to pass on to them lasting values that make life worth living; to give them a transcendent horizon for their thirst for authentic happiness and their creativity for the good; to give them the legacy of a world worthy of human life; and to awaken in them their greatest potential as builders of their own destiny, sharing responsibility for the future of everyone. If we can do all this, we anticipate today the future that enters the world through the window of the young. “