The Rupnik Scandal, a Reality of Manipulation that Directly Affects the Pope’s Governance

It is a very particular case, in Bergoglio’s pontificate, the abuse scandal for which soon the former Jesuit – but still a priest – Marko Rupnik should be brought before a canonical tribunal. A particular case because it is not a bishop or a priest who committed his crimes in a distant country who knows where, but a famous, influential, intimate figure of the Apostolic Palace. A figure close to three popes and highly esteemed by them: John Paul II, Benedict XVI, Francis. It is a scandal that directly affects the pontiff’s government.

In March 2020, following a sudden indisposition of the Pontifical preacher Raniero Cantalamessa, Father Rupnik was called to hold the Lenten sermon for the employees of the Roman Curia. However, 2020 is the same year in which the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith imposes latae sentencentiae excommunication on Rupnik for having acquitted in confession a woman with whom he had had sexual intercourse. It is a type of excommunication that applies to crimes that the Catholic Church considers very serious and which therefore in the Latin definition is automatic, that is, it takes place at the very moment in which the crime is committed. Naturally the excommunication was preceded by a scrupulous investigation by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Miraculously the excommunication is lifted after a few weeks. Everything happens in a smooth way. Aumm aumm, with your mouth closed as they say in Naples. Doesn’t the Pope know anything about it? Who made the decision? Is it possible that no one informed the Pontiff of the crime and of the remission of the maximum sentence for a priest-artist, creator of mosaics that decorate basilicas and sanctuaries all over the world, from Aparecida in Brazil to Damascus, from San Giovanni Rotondo to Krakow? Rupnik, among other things, is the author of the mosaics in the Redemptoris Mater chapel in the Vatican, where the Lenten exercises of the cardinals with the pontiffs usually took place.

What is surprising is not only the lack of transparency surrounding the whole affair, but also the fact that after the supposed repentance of the guilty party there is not the slightest measure of punishment that could give public satisfaction to the victim.

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