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Statement – Sodalitium explains investigation into Germán Doig

After concluding its General Assembly held in the city of Lima, the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae has issued a statement explaining the investigation into the life of Germán Doig.

STATEMENT

After concluding the General Assembly, gathered to elect new authorities, the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae feels the duty, in the light of justice and charity, to communicate painful facts referring to the former Vicar General of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, Germán Doig, died on February 13, 2001.

In June 2008 we received a testimony reporting sexual misconduct by Germán Doig that was at odds with his status as a Christian and consecrated layman of the Sodalitium.

After the initial surprise, pain and confusion – because this double life was unknown to us – a commission of authorities from our community began an investigation process during which it received two additional testimonies between June 2008 and December 2010. In no case was it about child abuse.

The people who have given their testimony have asked to remain anonymous. Therefore, this process has been carried out in the strictest and due confidentiality.

Knowledge of the facts led us above all to provide assistance to the affected people to reconcile the wounds they may have, both spiritual and psychological.

Knowledge of the facts led us above all to provide assistance to the affected people to reconcile the wounds they may have, both spiritual and psychological.

Given the consistency and credibility of the testimonies, we communicated these facts to various ecclesiastical authorities, to the members of the Sodalitium and the spiritual family.

We decided to stop the preliminary acts that we were carrying out to begin the process of public recognition of who we believed had an exemplary life; as well as removing his portrait from different places. We have not closed the possibility of taking further measures.

We want to make it clear that these behaviors contrary to our Christian vocation and our freely issued commitments before God not only cannot have a place in our community but must be denounced and rejected with energy, clarity and transparency. Serious acts like these entail a process of expulsion from the Sodalitium.

As a community we also declare that we cannot consider Germán Doig as an exemplary person. Today we entrust it to the merciful heart of God and to the intercession of Mary, knowing that she, the Blessed Virgin, to whom we have entrusted our community since its beginnings, never stops interceding for all of her children.

In the face of this painful situation, we humbly ask that you join us in offering prayers for all the affected people and their families and so that those of us who are part of this community can always live up to the ideals of faith, hope and charity.

January 2011

Communications Office of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae