Posts Tagged ‘Jean Vanier’

Second Vanier report shatters L’Arche community

Thursday, March 30th, 2023

The findings of a second report into the activities of L’Arche founder Jean Vanier are even worse than the initial report. While the first report found Vanier perverted Catholic doctrine about Jesus and Mary to justify his own sexual compulsions and abuse women, a subsequent report discovered an even worse side to the great man. Read more

L’Arche is not dependent on Jean Vanier

Thursday, February 16th, 2023
L’Arche Anne-Marie Pike

Over the weekend, I read the almost 900-page report of the Investigation which L’Arche had mandated to investigate the allegations of abuse of Jean Vanier and Thomas Philippe. I am impressed by the courage of L’Arche International in mandating this report and in the expertise, and thorough investigation carried out by the people who made Read more

Catholic orders call for action over L’Arche abuse scandal

Monday, February 13th, 2023
L'Arche abuse

The Catholic Church in France is facing demands from its religious orders to take responsibility for the evidence of sexual, spiritual, and psychological abuse in L’Arche, a former lay community for people with developmental disabilities. A 437-page report, published after a two-year investigation, exposes the shocking details of how L’Arche’s founder, Jean Vanier (pictured), created Read more

New report confirms founder of L’Arche sexually exploited women

Thursday, February 9th, 2023
L'Arche sexually exploited women

An independent commission appointed by L’Arche International has published a new report confirming that the founder of L’Arche, Jean Vanier, sexually exploited and abused women. The report provides evidence that the sexual exploitation of women was the primary motivation for Vanier’s founding of the organisation. Jean Vanier, who founded the organisation in 1964, has been Read more

Ireland’s former president threatens Pope

Monday, March 9th, 2020

Ireland’s former president Mary McAleese has written to the Pope saying she’ll leave the the Catholic Church if it is found the Vatican “failed to act to protect members of the L’Arche community” from the community’s founder Jean Vanier. In her letter to the pope (which she published on her personal website on 26 February) Read more

When saints fall

Thursday, March 5th, 2020
jean vanier

In one of my earliest memories, my father is warning me about a famous man, “Remember, he still puts his pants on one leg at a time.” I remembered this warning when I heard about the fall of another famous icon, Brother Jean Vanier, the revered founder of L’Arche, an ecumenical community where disabled and Read more

Catholics still don’t get it: sexual abuse is not about sex

Monday, March 2nd, 2020
church crisis

We continue to hear of incidents that more than suggest that Catholics – and, in particular, their bishops – have learned very little from the clergy sexual abuse crisis. This is quite alarming and depressing because the Church in North America has been dealing with issues regarding priests who abuse children and teenagers for at Read more

Reconciling good and evil of Jean Vanier?

Monday, February 24th, 2020
Colleen Dulle

I keep a photo of Jean Vanier on my desk. It is painful to look at today. I’ve written almost completely uncritically about the founder of L’Arche several times at America: I called him a “revered spiritual master and prophetic voice” whose messages “always bear repeating” in a review of his last book; I wrote Read more

L’Arche founder Jean Vanier accused of sex abuse

Monday, February 24th, 2020

L’Arche founder Jean Vanier has been accused of sexual misconduct. The allegations follow months of investigation into the man praised by popes and politicians for his humanitarian work in establishing a global network of institutions serving adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. The accusations involve six women of various “ages, geographic origin and status – Read more

A beautiful study of Jean Vanier and L’Arche

Thursday, July 11th, 2019
summer in the forest

Jean Vanier who died earlier this year features a documentary being screened in New Zealand this month. Summer in the Forest Summer is a beautiful and moving study of this extraordinary man and the organisation he founded. Vanier founded L’Arche, a community based outside of Paris for individuals with developmental disabilities, in the 1960s. His goal Read more