we All remember the photo of Vanier and in 1998, in the churchyard of St. Peter's, kneels in front of pope John Paul II to embrace him on the occasion of a meeting with all the ecclesial movements. Is a bit the crowning achievement of his activity in the Church. Before and after that date, Vanier, received numerous awards, including the Legion of Honor in 2017, the title of "Compagnon de l'ordre du Canada", in 1989, the prize "Pacem in Terris" in 2013, and the Templeton Prize in 2015. The Arche is structured as an international Federation which has a population of 154 communities in 38 Countries, with approximately 10 thousand members with mental disabilities or without. In Italy, in addition to the Grain of Ciampino (Rome) that Francis has visited in the context of the Friday of Mercy, on the 13th may 2016, there is another Community of the Ark, the Community, the Rainbow, was created in 2001 in the Lower Quarter, near Bologna. In Cagliari, the Community, The Tree House is from 2014 a Project of the Ark.
Despite the awards and an asset that has given benefit to many disabled people, the charges on Vanier are heavy and cast a shadow on a man who was beyond all suspicion: "In the course of this investigation," reads the statement spread by the same The Arche - were received testimonies sincere and consistent evidence relating to the period from 1970 to 2005 from six adult women who are not disabled, indicating that Jean Vanier has had sexual relations with them, generally in the context of spiritual accompaniment".
According to the press release, these actions indicate a domain of psychological and spiritual Vanier on these women and emphasize his adherence to some of the theories and practices that are deviant of the father Thomas Philippe , a dominican priest, his spiritual father, who died in 1993, but has already been acknowledged as responsible for abuse in 1956. "We are shocked by these findings", says the press release signed by Stephan Posner and Stacy Cates Carneye - , we condemn without reservation these actions, which are in total contradiction with the values that Vanier claimed". It is the actions "incompatible with the most elementary rules of respect and the integrity of the person and contrary to the fundamental principles of our community."
"We are aware of the turmoil and pain that this information will cause many of us, in The Arche, but also out, just because of how Vanier had inspired many people around the world. If the great good that Vanier has done throughout his life is not in question, however, we need to give up for dead a certain vision that we have had of him and of our origins".
the Whole of France, and, more generally, the whole Church is shaken by a news item that confirms that the problem of abuse in the Church concerns also persons unsuspected, and as it often arises in people left free to exercise its power is psychological on the other. Sexual abuse, as has often also called Francis, was born the first ever by an abuse of power, from claiming to be higher compared to people who have near, carriers of the superiority of everything that is contrary to the Gospel.
The news also speak about the French bishops. Claim to have learned "with astonishment and pain" of the survey. Would like to thank the women who are victims of Vanier who have had the courage to speak "what they once" and assert "their confidence in the community of The Arche," where people with disabilities and assistants live", authentic relationships of respect and mutual help". The bishops also say that "there are indications that people with disabilities have been among the victims".
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