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Vanier admirers ‘reeling’ from recent revelations of sexual abuse

ROME – Following revelations that Jean Vanier, famous for his work with those who have intellectual disabilities, had sexually abused six women, a woman who works in the field and appreciated Vanier’s contributions has said she is shocked, and that the organization he founded needs support.

“We’re all reeling, we’re all reeling in disbelief. I think that may people will feel confused because his actions contradict his teaching and writing,” said Cristina Gangemi told Crux.

Co-director of The Kairos Forum and an expert in pastoral care for people with intellectual disabilities, Gangemi in the past has partnered with the Vatican Council for the New Evangelization in organizing and hosting conferences on catechesis for people with disabilities.

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