BRAVO! D.C. Knights’ Council Calls for Removal of Rupnik Art from National Shrine

A Knights of Columbus council has called for the removal of artwork by Father Marko Rupnik at a national shrine, following the disgraced priest’s decades-long legacy of sexual and spiritual abuse claims by multiple victims.

The Knights’ Patrick Cardinal O’Boyle Council 11302, based in Washington, reportedly adopted an April 9 resolution urging the fraternal organization’s executive leadership to remove and replace mosaics created by Father Rupnik for the St. John Paul II National Shrine, which the Knights established in the nation’s capital in 2011. The resolution was disclosed April 16 by The Pillar, which stated it had obtained a copy of the document.

The council requested that the Knights’ state and supreme councils “immediately make a public apology to survivors of Fr. Rupnik’s abuse for the Order’s continued inaction in addressing the matter of the mosaics in the Shrine.”

The Slovenian-born Father Rupnik, who was expelled from the Society of Jesus in July 2023, gained international recognition both for his liturgical art and for the numerous accusations of sexual, spiritual and psychological abuse leveled against him in the course of his career.

The priest’s mosaics have been installed in the Vatican as well as in numerous churches and religious sites throughout the world, with his work adorning the Redemptor Hominis Church and the Luminous Mysteries Chapel at the St. John Paul II National Shrine. The shrine’s website does not credit him for the mosaics, although it names sculptor Edoardo Ferrari, whose work appears in the church.

Father Rupnik — who was incardinated into the Diocese of Koper, Slovenia in October 2023 — remains on the staff of Centro Aletti, the scholarly and artistic center he founded in Rome in 1993.

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