JESUITS INAUGURATE EMAIL “HOTLINE”TO REPORT ABUSE CASES
Following the confirmed but devastating story of celebrated Jesuit artist Fr. Mark Rupnik’s physical and psychological abuse of nuns in his native Slovenia, his eventual excommunication for having absolved one of his victims in confession, the eventual lifting of the excommunication but other sanctions imposed by the Jesuits, the religious order has set up an email “hotline” for the reporting of abuse cases by Fr. Rupnik or other Jesuits.
In November 2019, Jesuit superior general Arturo Sosa named Father Johan Verschueren, S.J. as General Counsellor and his delegate for the Interprovincial Houses and Works of the Society of Jesus in Rome (DIR).
Sunday, on the website Home (jesuits.global), Fr. Verschueren wrote that the Rupnik case was behind the decision to set up a structure to handle complaints and he invited anyone who has suffered abuse to contact them.
He said, “for some months now we have created a team of people, women and men, from various disciplines and with different skills to deal with these situations. They are available, and have been, to listen, support and help. The contact email is: email@example.com
AND THE EBENEZER AWARD GOES TO…
Each year Becket Law (Religious Liberty for All) reflects on the most absurd affronts to the Christmas and Hanukah season, producing a list of outrageous offenders and handing the most scandalous holiday season transgressor a present worse than coal itself: The Ebenezer Award.
The 2022 Ebenezer Award Winner is KING COUNTY, WASHINGTON!
Why? It’s a kind of Ripley’s Believe It or Not story! Ebenezer Award – Becket (becketlaw.org)