CNA Staff, Oct 6, 2023 / 09:47 am
Claim: Controversial priest Father Marko Rupnik’s artwork is featured prominently by several Catholic institutions — including the website of the ongoing Synod on Synodality.
CNA finds: Art associated with an institute run by Rupnik, and likely created at least in part by him, was indeed featured publicly on the synod’s website.
Breakdown: Former Jesuit priest Father Marko Rupnik has been at the center of controversy over the last several months over what Jesuit leaders described as “highly credible” allegations that he engaged in serial physical, sexual, and psychological abuse of numerous religious sisters. In June he was dismissed from the Society of Jesus for “stubborn refusal to observe the vow of obedience.”
Beyond the priesthood and those recent controversies, Rupnik is known for his prolific involvement with religious artwork, much of which has been featured publicly in various Church contexts — including, recently, the website of the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, or the Synod on Synodality.