Catholic Church in Kerala’s has sent out a stern warning to sister Lucy Kalapura, who has been one of the forefront faces of nuns protest against rape accused, Bishop Franco Mulakkal. The warning issued by the Superior General of the Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC), accuses the sisters with charges of “attending channel discussions”, writing articles in “non-Christian newspapers” and “making false accusations” against the Catholic leadership.
The latest move by the Catholic Church against nuns demanding their rights and safety in religious institutions, is being seen as as an act of retribution. The other offenses of the nun, as pointed out by the Superior General of FCC, include, publishing a book of poems, learning driving, obtaining drivers license and buying a car.
The warning, asks the sister to appear before the Superior General on January 9th to ‘rectify her faults.’ The next canonical steps as per norms of law will be taken against the nun, the letter mentioned, if she fails to appear in person before the Generalate.
The warning letter to Sister Lucy Kalapura, reportedly read, “Your deeds on 20th September 2018 and on the following days were of most grave external scandal and harm to the Church and the FCC. You went to the Ernakulam High Court junction and participated in the protest held by the SOS Action Council on 20-9-2018 without the permission of your superior.”
“You have published articles in some non-Christian newspapers and weeklies like Mangalam and Madhyamam etc gave interviews to Samayam without seeking permission from the provincial superior. Through Facebook, channel discussions and articles you belittled the Catholic leadership by making false accusations against it and tried to bring down the sacraments. You tried to defame FCC also. Your performance through social media as a religious sister was culpable arising grave scandal,” it further adds.
Reacting to the letter, Sister Kalapura has termed this as an act of revenge. She said that her acts were not wrong, as alleged by the Catholic Church and further added that she has no clarifications to give.