Vatican Communications Prefect: Removing Rupnik Art ‘Not The Christian Response’

The prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Communication told a group of Catholic journalists Friday that removing artwork by disgraced religious artist and alleged serial sexual abuser Fr. Marko Rupnik is “not the Christian response.”

“I don’t think we have to throw stones, thinking it is the way of healing someone,” said Paolo Ruffini, according to video footage of his remarks obtained by The Pillar. “The Christian faith is saying other things. Jesus said other things.”

Ruffini, who since 2018 has headed the Vatican communications department, spoke at a Catholic Media Conference gathering in Atlanta on June 21.

During a Q-and-A session after his talk, Ruffini was asked why his dicastery’s website continues to use Rupnik’s artwork. He was also asked what message he would like to give abuse victims.

Ruffini claimed that the Church’s closeness to victims “is clear,” but that it is necessary to wait for the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF) to conclude its investigation into the allegations against Rupnik before “judging.”

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