Father Puig explained that from the point of view of canon law, despite his expulsion from the Society of Jesus, ‘there is no problem’ with Father Rupnik having been accepted in another diocese.
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In August, Father Rupnik was accepted for priestly ministry in the Diocese of Koper in his native Slovenia.
The once-popular mosaic artist was dismissed from the Jesuits on June 9 for failing to obey the directions of his superiors, including restrictions on his ministry imposed at the recommendation of investigators.
The letter was signed by Fabrizia Raguso and other former sisters of the Loyola Community, a Slovenian community co-founded by Father Rupnik and Sister Ivanka Hosta.
The Vatican did not provide any information on the meeting between Pope Francis and Campatelli other than to state it had taken place.
COMMENTARY: The Jesuits had an option to pursue justice for Father Rupnik’s victims and to punish him for his crimes. They chose not to do so.
In his letter, Father Verschuren also noted that the Jesuits would disaffiliate from the Centro Aletti, an artistic community founded by Father Rupnik in the 1990s and has since been linked canonically with the order.
Various media reported that the Slovenian priest would move to live in Croatia in the Diocese of Split-Makarska.