Women Who Say They Were Abused By Rupnik Ask For His Mosaics To Be Removed

Five women who say they were psychologically, spiritually and sexually abused by a famous ex-Jesuit artist asked Catholic bishops around the world on Friday to remove his mosaics from their churches, saying their continued display in places of worship was “inappropriate” and retraumatizing to victims.

Separately, the pope’s top anti-abuse adviser urged Vatican offices to stop displaying the works of the Rev. Marko Rupnik, one of the church’s most celebrated artists. Continuing to do so ignores the pain of victims and could imply a defense of the Slovene priest, Cardinal Sean O’Malley wrote in a letter to the heads of Vatican offices.

The two-pronged messages were issued after the Rupnik scandal — which has been brewing for over two years after he was accused of misconduct by over a dozen women — exploded anew last week when the Vatican’s top communications official strongly defending using Rupnik artwork on the Vatican News website.

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