Abuses Category

CHILE, Fr. Juan Pablo Rovegno, National Director • Perhaps now more than ever, Schoenstatt is suffering – within the Universal Church, with her and like her – from one of its deepest crises in the face of sexual abuse and the abuse of power and conscience. The Church and the Movement in Chile are the most affected, with senior representatives having been condemned by Pope Francis and the justice authorities. We publish a text by the Movement director that calls for deep interpretation and conversion. —   “As a family,Read More
Juan María Molina, Schoenstatt Fathers seminarian • In August, I returned to Chile with a question: what will continuing on the journey to the priesthood be like under these circumstances? It is clear that the reality of the Church in the world is not the best, but it is something altogether very different to be studying and living in the center of the storm… The first half of 2018 had me living in Germany at our community’s central house for a time of prayer and study. My seventh year ofRead More
IN COVENANT SOLIDARITY WITH FRANCIS, editorial team • In his address to the Roman Curia on 21 December, Pope Francis emphasized the Church’s commitment to eradicating all abuse against minors. He gave “heartfelt thanks to those media professionals who were honest and objective and sought to unmask these predators and to make their victims’ voices heard.” They are the “new Nathans” who show David the gravity of his sin, new Nathans, new prophets, that the Church needs more than ever today.— Instead of commenting on the comments that we haveRead More
CHILE, Francisco Javier Troncoso • Chile, recent news: CORFO (state owned company) is about to recover “the vase.” CORFO, the Chilean Economic Development Agency, where I used to work and where Mario Hiriart also worked in the 1940s, was the victim of a 85 million dollar scam in 2003. The theft was made possible because of a flaw in their management systems, which their control department had warned them about. Chilean President Ricardo Lagos tried to downplay the incident, saying: “they took a jar, we’ll recover the jar and caseRead More
Editorial Team • After the 13 October announcement in a communiqué by Fr. Juan Pablo Catoggio (General Superior) and Fr. Fernando Baeza (Regional Superior, Chile), (“We reaffirm our willingness to collaborate with the justice in everything they require. That’s why we’ll ask for a medical evaluation to determine whether it is possible that Francisco Jose Cox returns to Chile”), and following the results of a 42-page medical assessment, the decision has been made public of the return to Chile of Francisco José Cox, the former bishop who was released fromRead More
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CHILE, Fr. Juan Pablo Rovegno, Director of the Schoenstatt Movement in Chile • “It was a very necessary and purifying Family moment,” commented Fr. Juan Pablo Rovegno, National Director of the Schoenstatt Movement in Chile.  This was in regard to the Mass celebrated on October 18, 2018, in Bellavista.  The occasion was the anniversary of the Covenant of Love and the closing of the “Father Kentenich Year” in the Metropolitan Region, and it became an encounter for uniting as family to “heal and restore, to offer, and to purify.”— “WeRead More
Sexual abuse – what now? Elmar Busse, Schoenstatt Father • “For the last thirty years, and not just since the Cox case, I have known anger and shame well up in me on account of colleagues who had destroyed in minutes what I have been unable to heal in many hours over many years with the people concerned.” –   Fr Elmar Busse, born 1951 in Heiligenstadt, and ordained a priest in 1980, has worked as a pastor to youth and families, and for the last few years has ledRead More
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Editorial column • We have never seen anything like this before. Opening the Schoenstatt Twitter and social media accounts, we are confronted by a wave of disillusioned and hateful comments about our beloved movement. We understand. These are like the comments one finds about the Church in the press, social networks and interactions between believers and non-believers. The Catholic Church is once again suffering the fallout as a result of the storm of allegations of sexual abuse and the abuse of power and conscience. — Our beloved Schoenstatt has alsoRead More
Sexual abuse – now what?, Fr. Pedro Kühlcke • Today’s Gospel[1] presents us with a very strong contrast: On the one hand we have Peter and the other apostles, who left everything and followed Jesus – they received the promise of recompense and eternal life. On the other hand is the unnamed “rich man”: he preferred his material goods to following Jesus – he remained alone with his sadness.– In these days, we have experienced a similar, but perhaps stronger contrast: today the Pope Francisco canonized 7 people, wonderful examplesRead More
SCHOENSTATT FATHERS • Declaration Today the Vatican has announced that the Holy Father Pope Francis has decreed the dismissal from the clerical state of Francisco José Cox, ex-archbishop of La Serena. Allegations of child abuse that have been denounced in recent months and weeks were the subject of relevant investigations in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and led to this decision. Likewise, they have expressly asked us that he should remain under the custody of our Community.— We receive this news with much shame for the damageRead More