Does the Pope defend Marko Rupnik? | EUROtoday

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ZTwo of the abuse victims of the internationally recognized mosaic artist and Catholic priest Marko Rupnik have come ahead – with their full names and their faces. They are the 59-year-old Italian Gloria Branciani and the 61-year-old Slovenian Mirjam Kovač. When the 2 former nuns of the Loyola neighborhood within the Slovenian capital Ljubljana just lately appeared earlier than the press in Rome, they have been accompanied by the Italian lawyer Laura Sgrò and Anne Barrett Doyle, co-founder of the American whistleblower group “Bishop Accountability”. . Sgrò and Doyle have performed a key position in making the Rupnik case public lately.

Matthias Rüb

Political correspondent for Italy, the Vatican, Albania and Malta primarily based in Rome.

The two former spiritual girls reported, largely calmly, concerning the misdeeds they’d suffered by the hands of the previous Jesuit priest through the years. At the tip of the press convention, nonetheless, you would see the hassle it took to recollect the injustice suffered and to disclose oneself to the general public. The move of phrases stopped, the voices broke. Branciani reported how she met Rupnik, now 69 years outdated, as a scholar in Rome and skilled him as a non secular chief. Rupnik complimented her, touched her bodily and all the time justified this by saying that he was serving to her develop spiritually and as a persona. She hoped the assaults would finish as quickly as she was “mature enough”. After Rupnik based the Loyola neighborhood along with the nun Ivanka Hosta within the early Eighties, she went to Laibach to hitch the neighborhood.