Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Peruvian-based movement distances itself from founder accused of abuse

The book 'Half Monks, Half Soldiers' stands for sale at a bookstore in Lima, Peru,
A Peruvian-based Catholic movement has publicly distanced itself from its founder and asked for Vatican intervention in the wake of accusations of sexual, psychological and physical abuse of members.

Sodalitium Christianae Vitae asked forgiveness from the victims, those who had denounced the abuse and were ignored, members of the organisation and others associated with it.

Alessandro Moroni Llabres, the organisation’s superior general, said: “We consider Luis Fernando Figari guilty of the abuses of which he is accused and declare him persona non grata for our organisation, which totally deplores and condemns his behaviour,”

He said Sodalitium had asked the Vatican to order Figari’s “immediate separation from our community and end his unsustainable spiritual retreat in our facilities.”

Figari resigned as head of the movement in 2010 and has been living in a Sodalitium house in Rome, although immigration records show that he visited Peru regularly through late last year.  (more...)

Another Legionaires-type scandal? Are these communities being infiltrated?

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