- Apr 9, 2021
Bishop Stephan Ackermann of Trier has ordered a reexamination of abuse allegations against Father Joseph Kentenich, the founder of the international Schonstatt movement, from his time in exile in the U.S.
Pope Francis encouraged members of the Focolare movement to remain open to and in dialogue with the world around them, and to be courageous in confronting problems within their community, particularly in regard to revelations of abuse.
After a 5-month investigation into the Maltese Community of Jesus the Savior, the archdiocese has issued a decree forbidding participation in the group after finding what it described as abusive tendencies causing harm to members.
Questions have been raised about the influence some lay groups exercise over their members and about how the church should determine whether the movement should be reformed or dissolved when there is abuse or corruption.
After causing a stir with her article about Father Joseph Kentenich in the German Catholic newspaper Die Tagespost in July, Rome-based church historian Alexandra von Teuffenbach has now presented evidence to back her accusations in her book titled Father Is Allowed to Do It!
The president of Focolare has accepted the resignations of the lay movement’s top leaders in France and announced the group will ask an independent committee to investigate how allegations of the sexual abuse of minors have been handled.
One of the leaders of a controversial lay movement in Malta has said the group was shocked to find out second-hand that the archdiocese had told priests to steer clear of the group, insisting that they have never been contacted about potential problems.
The Archdiocese of Malta has disassociated itself from the Community of Jesus the Savior, which has been accused of espousing cult-like practices, and priests are forbidden to hold any association with it.