Sosa also contradicted earlier statements by the Jesuits and stated that restrictions on Rupnik’s ministry date from the earlier conviction, and not the 2021 allegations, which the Vatican’s sex crime office decided to drop because they were too old to be prosecuted, according to the AP.
According to Left.it, Rupnik (68) is accused of sexually abusing members of the women’s institute for religious life in Ljubljana in Slovenia. He was chaplain at the institution in the early 1990s. Left.it reported that one of the victims tried to commit suicide due to the abuse. A source informed ACI Prensa that at least nine women had been abused.
These sex abuse accusations were forwarded to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (now the Dicastery of the Doctrine of the Faith in 2021). After concluding that the 30-year statute of limitations for allegations of abuse between adults was expired, the dicastery closed this case in October.
This decision was revealed by Italian media reports earlier in the month. It has prompted a lot of questions about the reasons why the Vatican office did not waive the statute of limitations like it did in other cases. It is led by a Jesuit and has a Jesuit prosecutor for sex crimes. According to the AP, there was 2 at the time a Jesuit who had lived in Rupnik’s Jesuit Community in Rome.
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