Nun rape case: Sister Lucy Kalappura accuses priests of attempting to molest her
Sister Lucy Kalappura in her autobiography 'Karthavinte Namathil', has accused priests of attempting to molest her in the convent. She is one among the five nuns who staged a protest on September 8 in front of Kochi high court opposing the alleged rape of a nun by former Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal
Sister Lucy Kalappura, has raised serious allegation against priests in her autobiography. She said in her autobiography titled 'Karthavinte Namathil' that during her nun-hood, she had faced several sexual abuse attempts by priests.
She was one among the five nuns who staged a protest on September 8 in front of Kochi high court, opposing the alleged rape of a nun by former Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal.
Sister said those priests who had arrived at the sister's convent as visitors tried molesting her. Her autobiography also states that a sister living in the convent even gave birth. The priest who was responsible for the pregnancy was protected by the church, she added. Another revelation was Father Robin, who is an accused in the rape case of a minor girl, also had relationships with many nuns, she added in the autobiography.
Meanwhile, Sister Lucy, who challenged the Franciscan Clarist Congregation’s decision to expel her, has written to the Vatican seeking an opportunity to present her case directly to Pope Francis. In her letter, she has alleged that disciplinary action was taken for participating in protests by a group of nuns seeking the arrest of Franco Mulakkal, accused of raping a fellow nun. Further, she also sought an opportunity to appear in person before a tribunal which would consider her appeal against the Congregation’s decision.
This is not the first time she has made an appeal to the Vatican regarding her expulsion. On October 17, the Congregation for the Oriental Churches in the Vatican had dismissed Sr Lucy’s first appeal challenging the Franciscan Clarist Congregation’s decision to expel her for “failing to give a satisfactory explanation for her lifestyle in violation of FCC laws”.
The Congregation had charged her for her involvement in social media. Its report further states that though several chances were given to her to “correct her mistakes”, she paid no heed. Lucy's stance on the Kerala nun rape case has led to many discussions in the state about the freedom and the individual rights of a nun. The congregation, under the Roman Catholic Church, had said the nun was issued 'proper canonical warnings', but did not show the needed remorse.