A new testimony casts further shadows on the figure of Don Marko Rupnik, a Slovenian theologian and artist famous throughout the world for his mosaics and expelled last summer from the Society of Jesus after the superiors considered the degree of credibility of the accusations of abuse made against him “very high”. Despite this, in October the Diocese of Koper agreed to incardinate the former Jesuit. The controversy resulting from this decision led the Pope, under pressure from the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, to grant an exemption from the statute of limitations to allow a trial by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith on the cases of abuse alleged against Rupnik at the time of his stay in the Loyola Community in the nineties.
“Arrogant and narcissistic, he broke my finger”
Precisely a former nun of the Loyola Community, founded in Ljubljana at the end of the 1980s by Sister Ivanka Hosta and which a month ago was closed by the Dicastery for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life due to “serious problems regarding the exercise of authority and community coexistence”, pointed the finger at Rupnik’s behavior at the time when he acted as spiritual director of the Ignatian-inspired community. The woman told journalist Federica Tourn of the newspaper Domani: “Once, sitting at the table facing each other, Rupnik said to me: ‘now let’s see who is stronger!’. He grabbed my hands on the table and, palm up palm, began to press with great force. I screamed that it hurt, but he didn’t stop.” In the end, the then Jesuit would have put such pressure on the novice’s hand to the point of breaking her index finger. The alleged victim continues: “Rupnik did not apologize. He remained calm and said: ‘now you have the permanent seal of the Society of Jesus’. And he added: ‘I did it out of love.’
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