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Lourdes bishop says Rupnik art will no longer be illumined

July 03, 2024

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CWN Editor's Note: Bishop Jean-Marc Micas of Tarbes and Lourdes, France, said that Father Marco Ivan Rupnik’s artwork at the famed Marian shrine will no longer be illumined in the evening as a “first step.”

“My role is to ensure that the Sanctuary welcomes everyone, and especially those who suffer, among them, victims of abuse and sexual assault, children and adults,” he said. “My personal opinion is that it would be preferable to remove these mosaics.”

“They will one day need to be removed,” he added—but he has “decided not to remove them immediately, given the passions and violence the subject incites,” and there is “real opposition from some” to the removal. (The prelate did not specify who the “some” are.)

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  • Posted by: grateful1 - Jul. 05, 2024 7:40 PM ET USA

    Turning the lights off isn't near enough, and thank God even Bishop Micas realizes that. I'd love to know the names of those persons opposing him in his push for elemental decency.

  • Posted by: feedback - Jul. 03, 2024 8:48 PM ET USA

    Of all places, the Shrine of Our Lady in Lourdes should be the first to get rid of the Rupnik stain. The local bishop should know better than be afraid of an undisclosed "real opposition from some." Let the opposition fight and come out in the daylight. Flipping the light switch off isn't - in this situation - the most courageous act by a Successor of the Apostles. The bishop needs our prayers.