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Enough Is Enough – Niece Fights for Late Father Marie-Dominique Philippe

66-year-old Marie Philippe, a mother of seven children, is the niece of Dominican Father Marie-Dominique Philippe. Father Philippe is the founder of the Community of Saint John. He died in 2006. …More
66-year-old Marie Philippe, a mother of seven children, is the niece of Dominican Father Marie-Dominique Philippe. Father Philippe is the founder of the Community of Saint John. He died in 2006. Seven years later, he was proclaimed by his own order as guilty of unspecified acts – quote – “contrary to chastity, without sexual union” against adult women. Now Philipp’s niece Marie has published a webpage defending her uncle calling the accusations unsubstantiated and unjust.

Mrs Philippe does not deny her uncle’s frequent gestures of affection towards the brothers and the nuns of his community, mainly during spiritual directions or confessions. But, she insists, that they were marked by a – quote – “pure and unequivocal intention.” Marie points out that Philippe’s accusers have serious psychological problems and that their witness was never evaluated by a psychologist.

Only one accuser against Father Philippe is publicly known: Michèle-France Pesneau. Marie Philippe contacted her and she allegedly sent her an anonymous letter in which she shows evident signs of mental derangement. For instance, Michèle-France turns a simple handshake by Fr Philippe into something she calls – quote – “almost a rape” and seems to have developed sexual fantasies regarding Father Philippe.

Marie also quotes Cardinal Rode who was Prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Religious and who had access to accusations against Father Philippe. Marie quotes him: “I had access to certain documents about him, where I didn't find anything really serious.”

Marie believes that Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, himself a Dominican who lived for years with Father Philippe in the same house in Fribourg, Switzerland, was behind the campaign against her uncle. She mentions a former nun who in 2008 accused a priest of Saint John of abuses, but neither the police nor a canonical trial confirmed her accusations. Nevertheless, Schönborn whose former secretary was a former priest of Saint John, asked the same person to write a testimony against Father Philippe.
@Holy Cannoli: Michèle-France Pesneau is the only public witness against Fr Philippe. That Fr Philippe was in her room late at night as little credibility. By the way: This is not about defending Fr Philippe (I am not too fond about him or his order), this is only about the truth.
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From the article, Marie states that “Philippe’s accusers have serious psychological problems and that their witness was never evaluated by a psychologist.”
How do we know that Marie is not the person who has “serious psychological problems”?

Furthermore, exactly what does “Enough is Enough” mean?
Is one offense enough? Two? Three?

Is it likely that the admiss…More
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From the article, Marie states that “Philippe’s accusers have serious psychological problems and that their witness was never evaluated by a psychologist.”
How do we know that Marie is not the person who has “serious psychological problems”?

Furthermore, exactly what does “Enough is Enough” mean?
Is one offense enough? Two? Three?

Is it likely that the admission from the St. John's community (acknowledging that the abuse occurred) would have been issued at all if the abuse had not occurred or if there was any doubt that it did occur?

The statement from the French community acknowledged, as the order had done in 2013, that Dominican Fr. Marie-Dominique Philippe, founder of the community, "had committed acts contrary to chastity with several adult women whom he accompanied at the time," including some of the consecrated sisters. Philippe died in 2006.

"Some sisters or former sisters have also testified that brothers and priests of the community were also responsible for abuse," the February statement added. "Many of these brothers and priests have already been sanctioned and others are in the process of being sanctioned."
The Community of St John has acknowledge the alleged "abuses" in very general terms. When there is a public condemnation, it would also be good to have a public trial. But this way too many things have remained in the dark. I have read the text of Marie Philippe. She makes reasonable state statements which would need to be discussed in order to find the truth. But this did never happen.
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Cardinal Pell and father Marie Dominique Philippe, same fight ? Nothing should surprise us. Thanks to all those who work for the truth to come out in the open.
Community of St. John acknowledges lapses by founder
May 20, 2013

The Community of St. John has acknowledged that its founder, Father Marie-Dominique Philippe, had improper relations with women under his spiritual direction.
Seven years later (in 2013), he was proclaimed by his own order as guilty of unspecified acts – quote – “contrary to chastity, without sexual union” against adult women.
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Community of St. John acknowledges lapses by founder
May 20, 2013

The Community of St. John has acknowledged that its founder, Father Marie-Dominique Philippe, had improper relations with women under his spiritual direction.
Seven years later (in 2013), he was proclaimed by his own order as guilty of unspecified acts – quote – “contrary to chastity, without sexual union” against adult women.
unspecified acts – quote – “contrary to chastity, without sexual union


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Only one accuser against Father Philippe is publicly known: Michèle-France Pesneau.

Only a few photos can still testify to the old religious life of Michèle-France Pesneau. At the age of 21, she entered the convent of Boulogne-Billancourt (Hauts-de-Seine). She is encouraged by her superior mother to meet a priest, Father Marie-Dominique Philippe. The heads-to-head are more and more recurrent, until he pushes her to break her vow of chastity: "He was in my room late at night, doing what he called 'praying together "Il mettait son sexe dans ma bouche,"

says the former nun. Facts on a large scale The priest then directed him to his brother, who was also religious and who also abused her. That's when Michèle-France Pesneau realizes hold of the two priests on her. His two alleged attackers have since died. But the Catholic Church has recognized "a breach of chastity" and "sexual acts". His case is not isolated: there is a system of large-scale sexual abuse.
www.francetvinfo.fr/…/abus-sexuels-un…
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Today in many places even making eye contact with another can be construed as sexual assault. It is reasonable to assume that an affectionate gesture by a holy founder might be misapprehended by a an uptight religious or even a pro gay prelate, don't you think?
Oremus pro Pere Marie-Do
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