Pope Francis, who was reportedly close to Father Rupnik, told the AP he was shocked by the allegations.
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The investigation’s scope spanned 1950-2022 and indicated abuse occurred in all four Catholic dioceses in the state. Archbishop Joseph Naumann said: ‘You cannot read this report without your heart breaking.’
COMMENTARY: Perhaps we can better understand what is at stake by comparing Father Rupnik’s career to that of Gianlorenzo Bernini.
While debate continues about whether he should have done even more as pope to address this scourge, knowledgeable observers agree he initiated a decisive change in how the Church deals with the issue.
The report found that 70% of dioceses in Italy had set up counseling centers and that nearly 20,000 people participated in diocesan training sessions on child protection in 2020 and 2021.
The report names 44 priests who ministered in Marquette who have been accused of abuse since the 1940s. Thirty-three of the 44 priests named in the report are known or presumed to be deceased.
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse published a report on child sex abuse in England and Wales on Oct. 20.
As is required by archdiocesan child protection policies, the allegation was reported to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and law enforcement, Cardinal Cupich wrote.
The investigation anonymously quotes two alleged victims, now in their 40s, who say the bishop abused his position of power over boys in the area who lived in extreme poverty.