Bergoglio: I Knew Nothing about the Rupnik Case, I Did Nothing. Credible Denial? : STILUM CURIAE

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At length, the conversation dwells on the problem of abuse by the clergy. The reference is immediately to the story of the Jesuit Marko Rupnik, a well-known mosaicist, today at the center of accusations of sexual, psychological and conscience abuse, which are made against him by nuns and which allegedly took place about 30 years ago in Slovenia and then in Italy. Asked about it, Francesco says: “It was a surprise for me, really. This, a person, an artist of this level, was a great surprise and a wound for me”. The whole affair was managed by the Society of Jesus, while the instruction of the process was entrusted to the person in charge of legal affairs of the Dominicans. He then assures that he did not have a role in the management of the case but that he only intervened procedurally “in a small process that reached the Congregation of the Faith in the past”. Francesco explains that he has given indications that the two series of accusations should be dealt with by the same court that had examined the first ones: “That it continues with the normal court … Otherwise the procedural paths are divided and everything gets confused”. As for the fact that the Vatican has not waived the statute of limitations in this case, the Pontiff agrees that it is right to “always” renounce the statute of limitations in cases involving minors and “vulnerable adults”, to instead maintain the traditional legal guarantees with cases involving other adults, as happened with Rupnik”. Francesco explains that he has given indications that the two series of accusations should be dealt with by the same court that had examined the first ones: “That it continues with the normal court … Otherwise the procedural paths are divided and everything gets confused”. As for the fact that the Vatican has not waived the statute of limitations in this case, the Pontiff agrees that it is right to “always” renounce the statute of limitations in cases involving minors and “vulnerable adults”, to instead maintain the traditional legal guarantees with cases involving other adults, as happened with Rupnik”. Francesco explains that he has given indications that the two series of accusations should be dealt with by the same court that had examined the first ones: “That it continues with the normal court … Otherwise the procedural paths are divided and everything gets confused”. As for the fact that the Vatican has not waived the statute of limitations in this case, the Pontiff agrees that it is right to “always” renounce the statute of limitations in cases involving minors and “vulnerable adults”, to instead maintain the traditional legal guarantees with cases involving other adults, as happened with Rupnik”.

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Bergoglio: Non Sapevo Nulla del Caso Rupnik, non Ho Fatto Nulla. Smentita Credibile? : STILUM CURIAE

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