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Priest kicked out of Jesuits for alleged abuse of women welcomed into Slovenia diocese

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ROME (AP) — A famous priest-artist who was thrown out of the Jesuits after being accused of sexual, spiritual and psychological abuse of women has been accepted into a diocese in his native Slovenia. The diocese for the Slovenian city of Koper confirmed the Rev. Marko Ivan Rupnik was accepted as a diocesan priest in August. The diocese says he hadn’t been convicted of any crime. The scandal has been a headache for the Vatican and Pope Francis because of suspicions Rupnik received favorable treatment from the Holy See since the pope is a Jesuit and Jesuits head the sex crimes office that investigated the priest. Francis has insisted he only intervened procedurally in the case.

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