Courageous Bishop Bans Disgraced Jesuit’s ‘Art’

The Archdiocese of Southwark in England announced that it would ban all artwork created by Fr. Marco Rupnik, the disgraced Jesuit priest and artist at the center of an expansive sexual abuse scandal.

The Archdiocese of Southwark announced last week that it would review all artwork on archdiocesean property and any artwork attributed to Rupnik or other convicted abusers would be removed from archdiocesean property and websites. In the official announcement, the archdiocese said that it was banning all artwork made by artists convicted of rape and sexual crimes.

A spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Southwark said:

“Abuse in all its forms is abhorrent and is an affront to God. We are committed to ending abuse and have transformed our safeguarding procedures, so the experiences of those harmed by abuse are always heard.

As part of this work, we will review the artwork on display on any Archdiocese property to ensure it is appropriate and puts the dignity, care, and love of all first.”

Catholic entities to remove Rupnik’s artwork. Rupnik’s artwork is still prominently displayed on the official page for the Synod on Synodality, which begins this week in Rome.

Even amidst the mounting scandals, Pope Francis has not taken any formal canonical actions against Rupnik.

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TAKE ACTION: Ask your bishop to follow the lead of Archbishop John Wilson in banning the work of accused serial sex abuser Fr. Marko Rupnik in his diocese.

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