Victim of Rupnik utterly condemns Papally-sponsored whitewashing of scandal

Bishop of Slovenian diocese agreed to incardinate Father Rupnik

It is now evident that, when last July, the Society of Jesus resigned and disassociated itself from Rupnik, he already had the ecclesiastical situation resolved. 

“Nothing happened, everything is fine!” could be the appropriate phrase to apply to Father Marko Rupnik who, after having abused nuns for years, after being excommunicated, and having blatantly ignored the penalties applied by the Society of Jesus to which he belonged, he has just been incardinated in a diocese in Slovenia, with the green light from the Vatican.

According to the website of the Slovenian Catholic magazine Druzina, the Diocese of Koper, in southwestern Slovenia, confirmed that the priest-artist requested “ad experimentum” (on a trial basis) incardination (a type of official registration and incorporation) and that the The respective bishop accepted the request, after consulting the apostolic nuncio. He will have argued for the right of an accused to be considered innocent as long as a court finds him guilty.

7MARGENS, bearing in mind that both the request and acceptance, kept secret until now, took place in June this year, contacted the press service of that diocese during Wednesday, seeking to obtain, in addition to confirmation, information about any missions or pastoral tasks assigned to the cleric. However, the response, awaited until the end of the day, did not arrive.

It is thus evident that, when last July, the Society of Jesus resigned and separated from Rupnik, he had already resolved the ecclesiastical situation, since, according to the website Silere Non Possum, the request presented in Koper had been made on 11 June and the bishop's confirmation occurred a few days later, more precisely on the 20th, which is seen as surprising, given the complexity of the case.

Despite the speed of the response, the apostolic nuncio in Ljubljana was heard and, according to the same source, the response was: “Incardination in Koper is an excellent solution. There is no problem, because there are no convictions anyway.”

But there were also, on the part of the bishop who incardinated Rupnik, consultations with the cardinal vicar of Rome, Donatis, and the canon lawyer who recently analyzed the functioning of the Aletti Center, which Rupnik created and of which he continues to be the reference name. The canon lawyer also studied the process that led to the excommunication of the priest-artist (in other words, he evaluated, as Sillere Non Possum notes, the process triggered by the then Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith).

Now, with the cardinal vicar's public statement being understood as an attempt to clean up Rupnik's image, everything comes together so that the facts of these last months are linked together and are seen as a process and an attempt to pass this scandal to the plane of history and oblivion.

Fabrizia Raguso, professor of Psychology at the Portuguese Catholic University, in Braga, was the first signatory of an open letter addressed to the Pope and other high-ranking Church officials released last September, in which, with four other former companions from the Loyola Community, precisely denounces the Rupnik cleansing operation, operated by Cardinal de Donatis and, above all, the silence, abandonment and contempt shown to Rupnik's victims (and the former superior Ivanka Hosta, who covered it up for more than 30 years) were voted on all these years, including by Francis.

Invited by 7MARGENS to comment on this apparent outcome of the Rupnik case, Fabrizia Raguso began by drawing attention to the care that is now evident in considering Rupnik with a clean record until a judicial instance decides otherwise, but denies victims their right to be considered as victims.

Referring to the ostensible way in which Rupnik evaded the sanctions determined by the Jesuit superiors, even refusing to appear before them to be heard, Raguso considers that this “arrogance of the accused is assumed as innocence”, while the victims continue, in this way , “publicly abused”. Which leads her to consider that “this Church is with the arrogant”, which constitutes a “perverse” message regarding the renewal intended by Pope Francis.

The Letter to the People of God, released this Wednesday by members of the synodal assembly, states that “the Church of our time has the duty to listen, in a spirit of conversion, to those who have been victims of abuse committed by members of the ecclesiastical body and to make a concrete and structural commitment to ensure that this does not happen again.”

The entire process surrounding Father Rupnik's case presents itself as a paradigmatic example of the contrast that still exists between the Church's discourse and practice.


Cathcon:  It is not the scandal that should be whitewashed, it is his wretched art.  Better still, take it al down.  The Rupnik scandal is a wound on the Body of Christ inflicted by the Pope.


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