Protection by justice

Protection by justice

Justitia figure © Britta Pedersen

A district court in Kerala, southern India, has halted the expulsion of a Catholic nun from her convent. Franciscan nun welcomed verdict and hopes Indian justice system will protect her – unlike the Vatican.

With the temporary injunction, the court followed a request by the Catholic network "Justice for Lucy Kalappura," the Asian press service Ucanews reported Friday. The Franciscan welcomed the ruling, telling the portal, "I am sure that the Indian judiciary, unlike the Vatican, will protect nuns persecuted by misfortune."

Alleged multiple rapes of religious superior

The Franciscan Poor Clare Congregation in Kerala had expelled Sister Lucy from the order in August for "violating the vows of poverty and obedience. The religious, on the other hand, sees the reason for her exclusion in her role in the protest actions of five sisters of the Missionaries of Jesus, with which they demanded the arrest of Bishop Franco Mulakkal for alleged multiple rapes of the former religious superior. The protest led to the arrest of Mulakkal, who is now facing trial in a secular court in Kerala.

Two days after her expulsion from the convent, Sister Lucy was expelled from the convent. However, she continues to live in the convent. After rejection of her first appeal against expulsion by the Vatican's Congregation for the Eastern Church, she is awaiting a decision by the Apostolic Signature, the Vatican's highest court of justice. In her book "In the Name of the Lord," published in early December, Lucy Kalappura also describes sexual abuse of women religious by Catholic bishops and priests in India.

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