Porn for 'spiritual growth': nuns detail abuse by renowed priest

February 21, 2024

Gloria Branciani, one of the former nuns accusing Slovenian artist priest Marko Rupnik of abuse (Andreas SOLARO)Two former nuns said Wednesday that a world-renowned artist priest made them take part in threesomes and watch porn so they would "grow spiritually". Slovenian mosaic artist Marko Rupnik, 69, is accused of sexually and psychologically abusing at least 20 women for nearly 30 years at a religious community in Slovenia. "He took me to pornographic theatres to help me 'grow spiritually'," Gloria Branciani, who was a member of the community until 1994, told journalists at a press conference in Rome. "He said that I would not grow spiritually if I did not meet his sexual needs," she said, describing how he sexualised religious concepts. The press conference comes five years after an unprecedented summit at the Vatican on sexual abuse in the Church, at the end of which Francis promised a "zero tolerance" approached.