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Pope accuses religious community enslavement of women

According to his spokesman, Pope Francis played on the French Johann community, as he admitted for the first time, sexual abuse of nuns in the Catholic Church.

This community was already granted before the years of violations "against chastity" and was also advised because of pedophilia in the criticism. Francis said in a conversation with journalists, in a woman's congregation that there had been abuse.

This had served "to sexual enslavement by a priest and the founder". According to his spokesman, the Pope referred to the French congregation of the contemplative sisters of St. John, a sub-group of the St. John community.

The St. John community, part of Autun in France to the diocese, had already stood in may 2013, violations of their deceased founder, Marie-Dominique Philippe "against chastity". This would have been directed against "adult women that he had accompanied".

A "sexual Union", i.e. sexual intercourse, did not, however, said the prior General of the community, Thomas Joachim. Information to the Victims and to the number of victims he made.


born in 1912, the Dominican Marie-Dominique Philippe from the North of France demanded the community of St. John in 1975, as a contemplative religious in Freiburg, founded in Switzerland, where he taught philosophy at the University of.

The community with at times up to thousands of members - men and women - came first in Switzerland and in France, to influence. Later, she was one of about 60 communities on five continents.

as The charismatic force, father Philippe was worshipped all his life, followers, requested, after his death in 2006, his beatification.

Early criticism

The French sparkling wine protection Association UNADFI criticized already since the 90s, "a true cult of personality" by father Philippe and cult-like structures in his religious community. Young people would be brought to it, "to isolate themselves almost completely from her family and old friends," it was said. There were reports of "severe depression, and even suicides, health problems, and morality crimes."

father Philippe was himself prosecuted never. Three monks were sentenced in the years 2012 to 2016 in France because of pedophilia. The St. John community asked the victims of the former members of the Convention, therefore, to "excuse me".

The French Online newspaper "Médiapart" published in 2016, an internal Letter from the Vatican in which the religious community "suspicious leniency" in dealing with the scandals, has been accused of.

community today clean

In the spring of 2017, the community stated that it had created in Accordance with the Vatican's internal structures to improve "the handling of cases of pedophilia and sexual abuse". The speech was of a close cooperation with the judiciary and the creation of a Commission, complaints to listen to. (Dec/sda)

Created: 06.02.2019, 16:37 PM

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