Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Dec 14, 2022 / 14:46 pm
The Jesuit Superior General, Father Arturo Sosa, has confirmed that Jesuit artist Father Marko Rupnik incurred an automatic excommunication in 2019 for absolving a woman he had sex with, a fact his religious order was aware of but did not disclose until now.
According to a report by the Associated Press, Sosa disclosed this new information Wednesday in a briefing with journalists in Rome.
Abusing the sacrament of confession in this manner is one of the most serious crimes in the Catholic Church.
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith “said it happened, there was absolution of an accomplice,” Sosa said. “So he was excommunicated. How do you lift an excommunication? The person has to recognize it and has to repent, which he did.”