Establishing protocols and procedures for the safeguarding of minors is not as easy as installing a software application. Protecting minors in Jesuit institutions from sexual abuse needs careful evaluation of how Jesuits and collaborators operate in their apostolates, discernment on policies and steps to take when cases arise, reparation when mistakes and harm have been done, and willingness to change and provide structures for children to grow fully.
Fr John Sullivan SJ, noted for his untiring attention to the sick and the poor, was beatified on May 13, 2017 in Gardiner Street Church in Dublin. The ceremony, attended by almost 2,000 people, consisted of a mass during which a formal request for beatification was made publicly. In an unprecedented ecumenical gesture, the request was made jointly by the Church of Ireland and the Catholic Archbishops, reflecting the fact that Fr John was Anglican for the first half of his life and Roman Catholic for the second.