Two former consecrated women who say they were abused by Fr. Rupnik speak out

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21/02/2024
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This is the first time that two former consecrated women who allege they were abused by mosaic artist, Fr. Marko Rupnik, have spoken out publicly. One of the women claims she is a victim of psychological, spiritual, and sexual abuse.

GLORIA BRANCINI
Alleged abuse victim

(I felt) a sense of disorientation, a state of confusion, a feeling of violation of my integrity and my relationship with the Divine —this is the most devastating point for me. And the deep humiliation of my whole being—body, soul and spirit. Along with feeling the pain of evil. A weight on my heart…

Fr. Rupnik was expelled from the Jesuit order for failing to testify on charges of abuse and for breaking his vow of obedience.

Now the alleged victims, along with their lawyer, are demanding that the Vatican provide the clarity and transparency that will allow them to go forward with case.

LAURA SGRÒ
Lawyer

It is a case that deserves transparency, the victims deserve it, the Jesuits deserve it in my opinion, and so do all of the faithful who pray in churches and find themselves in front of a Rupnik mosaic.

While the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith compiles information on the case, both women have been called to testify. In the meantime, they are pursuing other judicial options.

LAURA SGRÒ
Lawyer

Since there is also the statute of limitations, we are considering things in depth. But since it has been lifted by the Holy Father in the canonical forum, we have room for action.

If the Vatican’s doctrinal office finds Fr. Rupnik guilty, the verdict could result in his being expelled from the priesthood.

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