On Thursday, the Catholic order of Jesuits announced that it had dismissed a Slovenian priest who was also a world-renowned mosaic artist. The priest was accused of sexual and psychological abuse. Pope Francis is a member of the Jesuit order.
Marko Rupnik, 68 years old, was kicked out of the order on June 9 “due to his obstinate refusal to observe the vow of obedience,” according to a statement released by the order.
Rupnik has not yet responded to the charges made against him. According to the order, he has thirty days to file an appeal.
In the early 1990s in Slovenia, there were allegations of abuse against members of a community of adult religious women, and Rupnik was punished twice by the order as a result of these allegations.
Complaints range in date from the middle of the 1980s to 2018 and include allegations of sexual harassment as well as spiritual and psychological abuse. These allegations come from members of the Slovenian community as well as an artistic center in Rome.
The order had previously barred him from hearing confessions and prevented him from engaging in any form of public artistic expression, especially in places of worship like chapels and churches.
The Jesuits, who are one of the most prominent orders in the Roman Catholic Church and were established in 1540, said in the previous year that Rupnik had been temporarily excommunicated in the year 2020 for forgiving someone for having sexual intercourse with him.
According to the decision, he was allowed back into his position after he publicly admitted his guilt and expressed his contrition for his actions.