Mark Ivan Rupnik Photo: AgenciaSIR

Rupnik Case: Pope Lifts Prescription and Reopens Investigation Against Former Jesuit

The Holy Father has entrusted the task of reinvestigating the case to the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, one day after a Slovak Bishop communicated the incardination of the former Jesuit Religious

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(ZENIT News / Rome, 27.10.2023).- The case of Marko Ivan Rupnik, former Jesuit expelled from the Society of Jesus for disobedience and accused of abuses against adults of both sexes, makes news again. One day after the Slovak Bishop of Capodistria confirmed the incardination of the priest (which occurred in August of this year) and suggested that there are no documents that blame the former Jesuit accused of sexual, authority and conscience abuses against adult women and men, the Pope has given the case a turn around.

On Friday, October 27, the Holy See Press Office stated that “In September [2023], the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors informed the Pope that there were grave problems in the way that the case of the priest Marko Rupnik was handled and the lack of closeness to the victims. Consequently, the Holy Father requested the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith to revise the case, and he decided to lift the prescription to enable a process to take place.”

The press release also underscored that “The Pope is firmly convinced that if the Church is to learn anything from the Synod it is to listen with attention and compassion to those that are suffering, especially those that feel marginalized by the Church.”


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