During these days, we saw in various media that Father Marko Ivan Rupnik allegedly mentally and physically abused at least three nuns thirty years ago. The Slovenian Bishops’ Conference is not aware of the accusations, but the Society of Jesus, of which Father Rupnik is also a member, says that the father has been living in Rome for over 20 years and that the delegate of the international houses in Rome is responsible for him. Provincial Miran Žvanut from the Society of Jesus said that as part of the preliminary investigation, measures were taken which, as he points out, are not sanctions, but precautionary measures, which are still in force. Considering that Rupnik is abroad, Žvanut is not directly involved in the investigation, but he expects that he will be briefed on what is happening from Rome.
As we wrote yesterday, they were against a well-known Slovenian patron and artist Marko Ivan Rupnik charges filed last year regarding alleged psychological and sexual abuse of nuns of the Loyola community in Ljubljana, which allegedly took place in the early 1990s. The charges against Rupnik were filed in 2021, but the alleged crimes were time-barred, so the case was closed at the beginning of October this year, according to the Dicastery for Religious Doctrine in the Vatican. However, a “preliminary investigation” was launched in connection with the accusations, the Italian news agency Ansa reported yesterday, referring to the press release of the Society of Jesus.
Following allegations of abuse of nuns, the Vatican took action against Father Rupnik
The Slovenian Bishops’ Conference is not aware of the case
At the Slovenian press conference, they were not informed of the accusations against Father Marko Ivan Rupnik, but they directed us to the Provincialate of the Society of Jesus. We asked them if it was true that Father Marko Ivan Rupnik mentally and sexually abused nuns. “I don’t have that information. The investigation is being done in Rome and I have information that I get from Rome. I don’t have information about him abusing anyone. I’m also limited with information. Father has been living in Rome for over 20 years now and the delegate of the international houses in Rome is responsible for it. They inform me if there is anything important,” the father explained Miran Žvanut from the Provincialate of the Society of Jesus in Slovenia, of which Father Marko Ivan Rupnik has also been a member since 1973.
The Society of Jesus is an order in the Roman Catholic Church, founded in 1540 by St. Ignatius of Loyola and companions. The mission of the Jesuits is to accompany people to reconciliation with God, with themselves, with others and with God’s creation.
Žvanut from the Society of Jesus: The Vatican did not forbid him, it is about precautionary measures
According to the Italian agency Ansa, the measures adopted in the Vatican during the preliminary investigation against Father Rupnik are in force, which was also confirmed by Žvanut. Thus, among other things, he is prohibited from making confessions, spiritual guidance and accompanying spiritual exercises, and he was also prohibited from public activity without the permission of the local superior.
Žvanut from the Society of Jesus emphasizes that it is not a ban. “The media write that the Vatican forbade him, the Vatican did not forbid him. It is a normal procedure in the Society of Jesus that certain measures are taken when one of the priests is accused of something. But these are preliminary, precautionary measures and not sanctions. ” he explained.
“I don’t know who the victims are because I am not directly involved in the investigation,” said Žvanut, adding that no accusations were made by the nuns and that the Society of Jesus chose an external investigator, a priest from the second order, to investigate the case. Žvanut is not directly involved in the investigation, but he expects to be informed from Rome about all new developments.
At the same time, he emphasized that the Society of Jesus takes every complaint against one of its members very seriously, as its mission is reconciliation and the search for truth. “I believe that the persons entrusted with solving this case will also find the truth,” he wrote.
The Dovoli.je institution does not want to comment on the mentioned accusations. “I am not authorized to comment. The institute is dedicated to the protection of victims of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in Slovenia, those who contact us. We have not received any report in connection with the aforementioned,” he said. John Cerarrepresentative of the Dovoli.je institute.
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