Friday, December 23, 2022

Pope condemns psychological abuse as the Church is rocked by the Jesuit case

Pope denounces psychological abuse as Jesuit case rocks Church


VALENCIA CITY: As the case of a prominent priest who is accused of using his authority to sexually abuse nuns has rocked the Vatican, Pope Francis condemned psychological violence and abuse of power in the Church on Thursday.

In his annual Christmas address to cardinals, bishops, and other members of the Curia, the Vatican's central administration, the 86-year-old pope made the remarks.

Francis has frequently used this occasion to criticize what he sees as flaws in the top bureaucracy, such as cliques, infighting, and gossip.

The pope made these remarks after mentioning war: Verbal violence, psychological violence, power abuse, and the hidden violence of gossip are all forms of violence in addition to physical violence.

He went on to say that nobody should "profit from their position and role in order to denigrate others."

The case of Father Marko Ivan Rupnik, a Slovenian priest known in the Church for his artwork, including the design of a chapel at the Vatican, has rattled the Jesuit order, of which the pope is a member, even though he did not specifically mention this.

Three decades ago, while he was the spiritual director of their Slovenian convent, Rupnik was accused of psychologically and sexually abusing nuns.

Rupnik did not respond to messages left at his school for religious art in Rome, despite repeated attempts to contact him there.

The Jesuits acknowledged earlier this month, under pressure from the media, that Rupnik was quietly pardoned by the Vatican's doctrinal office after being disciplined at least twice in recent years as alleged victims came forward.

The term "absolution of an accomplice" refers to when a priest has sex with a person and then absolves them of their sin in one case.

He has been accused of having "psycho-spiritual control" over her by a former nun.

By posting a letter on their website on Sunday requesting that anyone who wishes to make new complaints or discuss existing ones get in touch with them, the Jesuits effectively reopened the case.

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