In Spirit and Truth Reading Roundup: October 2023 Edition
Welcome to your monthly collection of news and commentary about the twin crises of abuse and institutional betrayal in the Catholic Church.
The biggest news from this month is the continued saga of Marko Rupnik, and all the ways this situation has been mishandled by so many in authority. It’s still a mess, but I’m grateful for a few positive developments in the last few days. Little glimmers of hope are helpful in the midst of the all the negative news I have to share here - including the story from Nevada that hit me really hard this month.
As always, if you only have time to read a few pieces this month, I recommend you start with those in bold below. (Just a reminder: I highlight articles from a variety of sources and perspectives, and inclusion here does not mean that I agree with everything in a given article.)
On Rupnik - Again
First, the news: Fr Marko Rupnik incardinated in Slovenian diocese
Then, the reaction: The Rupnik affair goes from scandalous to contemptible
Finally, an about-face: Pope Francis waives statute of limitations in Rupnik case
And another action: Papal commission reaches out to Fr. Rupnik's known victims
More analysis: Survivors, advocates voice skepticism over Pope’s about-face
Work still needed to bring justice to sexual abuse survivors, say advocates (I offered a workshop at this conference, on accompanying survivors.)
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I will be back with a post from our Survivors’ Voices panel soon. Thank you for listening.