• Does the Church cover up sexual abuse?
  • Aren't these accusations being used against the Church?
  • How should victims of abuse be treated?

Sexual abuse by priests and consecrated persons is a grief of the Church. How to approach this difficult phenomenon and protect the victims? Have we made serious mistakes in the approach in this topic? At the festival, we will talk with those, who help the victims of sexual abuse and who at the same make an effort to educate and prevent happening of other similar cases, about current situation in Slovakia.


Agnieszka Ewa Jarkowska

Sr. Agnieszka Ewa Jarkowska is a nun from the Institute of the Capuchin Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She is an expert in pedagogy, pastoral vocations and protection of minors from sexual abuse, with an academic diploma in the protection of minors from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. She has been working with youth and families in Slovakia since 2014, lecturing at the Catholic University of Ružomberok since 2017 and collaborating with the Conference of Major Superiors of Religious. Since 2019, she has been a member of the Centre for the Protection of Minors in Košice and a member of the Commission of the Slovak Bishops' Conference for Cases of Sexual Abuse of Minors. She deals with prevention and assistance to victims of sexual abuse.

Andrej Kačmár

Andrej Kačmár

Andrej Kačmár is an ecclesiastical lawyer, vice rector of the seminary and since 2019 also director of the Centre for the Protection of Minors of the Archdiocese of Košice. He also serves as the secretary of the KBS Commission for the Protection of Minors in the Church. He completed his studies in Canon Law at the Pontifical Lateran University and additional studies at the Gregorian University.

Jan Heriban

Ján Heriban

Editor-in-chief of nm.sk. Graduated in mass media communication in Trnava. Worked as an editor and presenter in the Bratislava studio of Radio Lumen and has collaborated with the religious and sports editorial staff of RTVS. He is married and lives in Bratislava.