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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
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
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
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
We publish the comunique on Francisco José Cox given by  Fr. Juan Pablo Catoggio, General Superior of the Schoenstatt Fathers, given in the context of the recent formal accusations made to the civil and church authorities and published in several Chilean and German media. Communique about Mons. Francisco José Cox   In the context of the recent formal accusations made to the civil and church authorities, and published in the Chilean media, against the archbishop emeritus of La Serena, and a member of our Institute, Francisco José Cox, we wishRead More
DILEXIT ECCLESIAM, Editorial board (jz.pjmg.mf) • We ask for forgiveness. We ask for forgiveness for the abuse of power, the abuse of conscience and sexual abuse committed by the Church. We are the Church. A prayer for forgiveness spoken by Pope Francis during the penitential act at the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families. Our hearts break when we hear this good shepherd asking for forgiveness, not just in general terms, but precisely where it hurts, concretely and painfully, mentioning each form of abuse by name. We askRead More
CHILE, Fr. Juan Pablo Rovegno • We share “a text to reflect on the ecclesial moment we are experiencing in light of our spirituality”, by Fr. Juan Pablo Rovegno, the Director of the Schoenstatt Movement in Chile. Given the importance of the topic and the way it has been handled, we decided, with the author’s permission, to publish it on Schoenstatt.org . Dear family, I wanted to share the content of a talk from two Family retreat days that I was asked to lead: the Family from Valle de Maria (Maipo area) lastRead More
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DILEXIT ECCLESIAM, Sarah-Leah Pimentel • I read the news and was horrified. Not again. Boston in 2002. The mass resignation of the Chilean bishops earlier this year after they admitted to covering up cases of abuse. The many reports of the years in Irish institutions, a possible case in a parish I once belonged to but we never found out if or how it was resolved, the story of a friend who didn’t know how to deal with the brokenness of her spouse who revealed to her after their marriageRead More