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Dr. Karlijn Demasure

Karlijn Demasure holds a doctorate in practical theology from KULeuven (Belgium, 2003). She was the president of the Interdiocesan Service for Pastoral Care in Flanders (Belgium, 2003–2007). In 2008, she became a professor at the Faculty of Theology at Saint Paul University in Ottawa, Canada. She held the Sisters-of-Our-Lady-of-the-Cross Chair in Christian Family Studies from 2008–2014 and was appointed dean of the Faculty of Human Sciences and Philosophy (2010–2014). From 2012 until 2014, she was the president of the “Société Internationale de théologie pratique.” She was a professor at the Gregorian University in Rome (Italy) and the Executive Director of the Center for Child Protection at the same university (2014–2019). In 2019, she returned to Canada, where she founded the Centre for Safeguarding Minors and Vulnerable Persons at Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada. She is now professor emeritus at the same university and works with a research team on the international project: Towards a Trustworthy Church.

Her field of research is sexual and spiritual abuse, trauma, and pastoral care for victims and survivors.

Karlijn Demasure has been accompanying survivors of sexual abuse for more than 25 years.

Dr. Axel Liégeois

Axel Liégeois is full professor of care ethics and practical theology in the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at KU Leuven, the Catholic University of Leuven, in Belgium. He holds the Brothers of Charity chair in theology, mental health and disability. He is also seconded as ethics advisor to the Brothers of Charity organisation in Gent, Belgium, where he coordinates ethical reflection and ethics committees for a vast network of care facilities. His teaching and research focus on ethics in spiritual accompaniment and in the care of persons with mental health problems or intellectual disabilities. His passion is accompanying persons in their own ethical reflection and deliberation. A recent publication is Ethics of Care : Values, Virtues and Dialogue (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2021).

Dr. Juan Narbona

Juan Narbona (Seville, Spain, 1976), Phd on Social Communication, is Associate Professor at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (Rome). He teaches “Digital communication”; “Industry and communication markets” and “Storytelling of values”. His main areas of research are: Trust and institutional communication and Faith communication and digital narratives. Is also member of the Interdisciplinary Forum on Anthropology ( Author of the books: “Inspiring trust”, “Comunicare la fede: strategie digitali per realtà religiose” and “Industria e mercati della comunicazione”.

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Dr. Marie-Jo Thiel

Professor of philosophical and theological ethics at Strasbourg University’s Faculty of Catholic Theology, emeritus since 2022, Marie-Jo Thiel is a doctor by training, and a researcher at UR 4377. She founded and directed the CEERE (Centre européen d’enseignement et de recherche en éthique) from 2005-2022. She is a former president of the European Association of Catholic Theology. She is a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Fribourg (CH). She has written numerous books and articles, notably on bioethics (life, death, disability, old age… published by Bayard and Presses universitaires de Strasbourg) and sexual abuse and violence (published by Bayard, Salvator, DDB…).

On bioethics : L’automne de la vie (PUS, 2013), Ethical challenges of Ageing (RSM, 2013), Les enjeux éthiques du handicap (PUS, 2014), Ethische Fragen der « Behinderung ». Ethical Challenges of Disability (Lit, 2014), Souhaitable vulnérabilité ? (PUS 2016), Au nom de la dignité de l’être humain. Bayard, 2013. Faites que je meure vivant ! Vieillir, mourir, vivre. Bayard, 2013. La Santé augmentée : réaliste ou totalitaire ? Bayard, 2014. Le défi de la fraternité. The Challenge of Fraternity (Lit Verlag 2018).

On sexual violence and the Church’s systemic crisis: L’Église catholique face aux abus sexuels sur mineurs (Bayard, 2019) ; Abus sexuels : écouter, enquêter, prévenir les abus sexuels, Strasbourg (PUS 2022 ; rééd. APUS Sept. 2023) ; Plus forts, car vulnérables ! Quand la vulnérabilité interroge la crise des abus dans l’Église. (Avec la contribution de Patrick Goujon). Paris, Salvator, 2023. Se réformer ou mourir. Sept théologiennes prennent la parole sur l’avenir de l’Église. Salvator, 2023.

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Dr. Matthew Pawlak

Matthew Pawlak is the Academic Network Leader of Trust and Society – The Global Network on Trust. He is responsible for defining and implementating T&S’ vision, strategy, and goals—working in close collaboration with the T&S coordination team—as well as building relationships and collaborations with trust researchers, practitioners, and networks. He holds a PhD in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Cambridge and is the author of the award-winning book Sarcasm in Paul’s Letters (Cambridge University Press, 2023).

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