Vatican Dissolves Loyola Community Founded by Accused Sexual Predator Marko Rupnik

Father Rupnik is said to have abused women in the Loyola community, which he founded. The former superior is said to have covered it. Now the Vatican is taking action: the community is being dissolved.

The Loyola community founded by the alleged abuser Marko Rupnik is dissolved. The Archdiocese of Ljubljana (Slovenia) announced on Friday that the responsible Vatican dicastery had already ordered in October to dissolve the community of sisters within a year. “On October 20, 2023, the Dicastery issued a decree dissolving the Loyola community due to serious problems in the exercise of authority and the common way of life,” the archdiocese said in a statement.

On Thursday, the decree was handed over to the sisters of the community in Ljubljana, according to the Slovenian Archdiocese. Archbishop Stanislav Zore visited the community in 2019 and informed the order’s dicastery of the results at the beginning of 2020. Since the community has its generalate in Rome, the dicastery referred the matter to the diocese of Rome, where it was also investigated. The final report of this visitation was presented to the Order’s Dicastery in September 2022.

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