Loyola Community founded by Rupnik dissolved on order of Vatican.

After visitation and sanctions against former supervisor  

Father Rupnik is said to have abused women in the Loyola community, which he founded. The former superior is said to have covered it. Now the Vatican is taking action: the community is being dissolved

The Loyola community founded by the alleged abuser Marko Rupnik is dissolved. The Archdiocese of Ljubljana (Slovenia) announced on Friday that the responsible Vatican dicastery had already ordered in October to dissolve the community of sisters within a year. “On October 20, 2023, the Dicastery issued a decree dissolving the Loyola community due to serious problems in the exercise of authority and the common way of life,” the archdiocese said in a statement.

On Thursday, the decree was handed over to the sisters of the community in Ljubljana, according to the Slovenian Archdiocese. Archbishop Stanislav Zore visited the community in 2019 and informed the order's dicastery of the results at the beginning of 2020. Since the community has its generalate in Rome, the dicastery referred the matter to the diocese of Rome, where it was also investigated. The final report of this visitation was presented to the Order's Dicastery in September 2022.

Former superior sanctioned

This year, at the end of September, it became known that the previous superior of the Loyola community and Rupnik confidante Ivanka Hosta was given a church disciplinary decree by the Roman auxiliary bishop Daniele Libanori because of her leadership style. Libanori was also responsible for the visitation in the diocese of Rome. Allegations of abuse have been made against Rupnik from within the community, relating to alleged acts between the mid-1980s and 2018. Hosta is said to have known about the allegations in the 1980s and 1990s but did nothing. The decree attested that Hosta had a leadership style “detrimental to the dignity and rights of all religious who make up the community.” In particular, there are complaints about a mixture of "forum internum" and "forum externum", i.e. pastoral care and leadership activities.

In October, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis had commissioned the Dicastery of Faith to investigate the allegations against the ex-Jesuit Rupnik. After his release from the Jesuit order, Rupnik was accepted into the diocese of Koper, which belongs to the ecclesiastical province of Ljubljana. In order to make the ecclesiastical proceedings against Rupnik possible, the Pope lifted the statute of limitations. The Pontifical Child Protection Commission had previously massively criticized the treatment of Rupnik, while the visitation report of the mosaic workshop in Rome founded by Rupnik expressed doubts about the allegations. Nothing is known about the current status of the proceedings.



gsk said…
What is the difference between this community and the Legion of Christ? Both have depraved founders, creation of community wherein to practice perfidy, scandal to the faithful, corruption of members in the name of holiness, black eye to the reputation of the Church. The only difference I can distinguish is the amount of money raised by the Legion.