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Superior of the Sodalitium explains the situation of Luis Fernando Figari

The Superior General of the Sodalicio explains in a statement the situation of the Founder Luis Fernado Figari:

To the public in general, we want to communicate the following:

On the occasion of the publication of the book “Half monks, half soldiers” by journalist Pedro Salinas, various reports and comments have appeared in the media and on social networks. As authorities of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, we have issued a public statement that today we consider insufficient.

The testimonies refer to acts of abuse, mistreatment and even sexual abuse. It hurts and deeply embarrasses us that such acts could have been committed by Luis Fernando Figari, founder and for many years also Superior General of our community. We condemn the events that may have occurred, especially those of sexual abuse, which hurt people so deeply.

The book recollects varied testimonies that are credible and that must be exhaustively clarified. In addition, there are former members of the Sodalitium who say they have been victims of abuse of various kinds by Luis Fernando Figari. We know that there are complaints that have been delivered to the ecclesiastical courts, but that they are not accessible because the courts maintain confidentiality to be able to issue their opinions independently. On the other hand, Luis Fernando Figari claims to be innocent of all accusations, but to date he has not wanted to make public statements as would be his moral obligation. The current Superior General of the Sodalitium has communicated all these things to the pertinent ecclesiastical authorities, and we know that they are carrying out an investigation, from which we expect results in the coming months.

We reiterate our desire to accompany all those affected, we apologize with all our hearts, and we offer our help in whatever is necessary. To do this effectively, we propose to create an ad-hoc commission , with the participation of experts from outside our institution, who can go out to meet any person who may have been affected. At the same time, we commit to exhaustively investigate until we clarify the truth of the facts that are intolerable because they imply serious suffering of people who trusted our institution and betray our deepest values. We are willing to collaborate in whatever is necessary with the civil and ecclesiastical authorities.

We know that as a community we have a great challenge ahead of us, which involves putting all means to ensure that something like what has been reported never happens in our institution.

Alessandro Moroni Llabrés
Superior General

Lima, October 21, 2015