Sister Lucy appeals to Vatican against Congregation's decision

Sister Lucy appeals to Vatican against Congregation's decision
Sister Lucy Kalappura, who took part in a protest against rape-accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar diocese.

Kochi: Sister Lucy Kalappura, the Kerala nun who was expelled by the Franciscan Clarist Congregation early this month after she took part in a protest against former bishop of Jalandhar diocese Franco Mulakkal in connection with a rape case, has filed an appeal before the Vatican.

Sister Lucy was removed from the congregation citing her 'failure to give a satisfactory explanation' for her lifestyle "in violation of the proper law of the FCC."

The FCC even issued a letter to the her elderly mother to take her back home.

"I have filed an appeal. An email was sent to Vatican yesterday (Friday). I have also sent via post today (Saturday) to Vatican as well as their representatives in New Delhi," the expelled nun told reporters at Wayanad.

The nun said the Congregation has sent a letter to her mother on August 10 asking her to take her daughter back to home from the convent in Karackamala (in Wayanad). In her letter to the nun's mother dated August 10, FCC's provincial superior in Mananthavady said the nun should leave the convent if she failed to make "recourse against the decree" within 10 days from the day on which she receives the communication.

Sister Lucy said legally the congregation could not ask her to leave the convent since she has filed the appeal challenging it's decision. The Congregation had accused sister Lucy Kalappura of publishing poems, purchasing a car and taking part in a protest against a rape accused former bishop of Jalandhar diocese.

The congregation, under the Roman Catholic Church, had said the nun was issued "proper canonical warnings", but did not show the needed remorse.

In its August 5 letter to her, head of the Aluva based congregation, Ann Joseph had said "you are hereby dismissed from the Franciscan Clarist Congregation as you failed to give a satisfactory explanation for your lifestyle in violation of the proper law of the FCC". The "unanimous decision" to dismiss the nun was taken at the congregation's General Council on May 11 this year.

This was sent to the Congregation for the Oriental Churches in the Vatican through the Nuntiature in New Delhi.

In its notice to the nun early in January, the congregation had termed as "grave violations", Sister Lucy possessing a driving licence, buying a car, taking a loan for it and publishing a book and spending money without the permission and knowledge of her superiors. Sister Lucy Kalappura had dismissed some 14 charges levelled against her by the congregation, saying many of them were a "deliberate attempt" to paint her in "bad light". In its notices, the congregation had alleged that the nun violated FCC's dress code in public without any permission" and "caused grave external scandal and harm to the Church" by participating in the protest by 'Save Our Sisters Action Council' on September 20, 2018 at Kochi, seeking the arrest of Bishop Franco Mulakkal, accused of raping a nun.

(With inputs from PTI)

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