Pope Francis on Wednesday ordered the Vatican takeover of an elite Catholic society in Peru whose founder is accused of sexually and bodily abusing kids and former members of the group.
The transfer, in line with a press release that was launched by the Vatican, is the newest step in a saga that has broken the popularity of the Catholic Church in Peru.
It comes every week earlier than Francis is because of make his first go to as pope to the nation and Chile as victims of sexual abuse mentioned that he has not finished sufficient to cease root it out.
The credibility of a fee he fashioned in 2014 has been severely broken by the defections of senior members who accused the Vatican of dragging its ft.
The Vatican mentioned the pope had appointed an administrator to run Sodalitium Christianae Vitae (SCV), whose founder Luis Figari, a layman, is because of go on trial in Peru for the sexual abuse of minors later within the yr.
However, Figari has denied wrongdoing.
An inner report by the group in 2017 concluded that Figari, who based it in 1971 and headed it until 2010, and three different high-ranking ex members had abused 19 minors and 10 adults.
Most of the instances happened between the 1970s and 2000.
The report, revealed on the group’s web site, describes Figari as a charismatic, authoritarian and cult-like chief who publicly humiliated members as a part of his technique to manage them.
Peruvian authorities opened an investigation into Figari in 2015 following the publication of a ebook into the alleged abuse written by Peruvian investigative journalists Pao Ugaz and Pedro Salinas.
Salinas as soon as belonged to the ultra-conservative Sodalitium, whose members embody businessmen, writers and politicians from Peru’s higher lessons and was based as part of a backlash to the “Liberation Theology”, which took sides with the poor.
The Vatican assertion mentioned the pope had been following the group’s scenario “with worry” for years and had taken the motion “after a detailed analysis of all the documentation”.
It mentioned the pope was involved about “the gravity of information regarding the internal system, (religious) formation (of members) and economic and financial management”.
The Vatican transfer got here a month after a lawyer for victims mentioned a public prosecutor was looking for pre-trial detention for Figari and three different former leaders of the group.
The Vatican, which formally recognised the group in 1997, nevertheless, in 2017 prohibited Figari from having any contact with members.
The takeover of the SCV was just like the motion the Vatican took in opposition to one other conservative group, the Legionaries of Christ.
An administrator was appointed to run the Legionaries after its founder, the late Mexican priest Marcial Degollado, was found to have been sexually abusive with a secret household.
The Vatican mentioned the SCV could be run by a Colombian Bishop Noel Buitrago.