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Kochi: Convent threatens to expel nun for protesting against rape-accused bishop

Daijiworld Media Network - Kochi                              

Kochi, Jan 8: A religious congregation in Kerala sent a warning to Sr Lucy Kalapura, a nun who was at the forefront of protests against rape-accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal.

The warning letter was sent for attending channel discussions, writing articles in ‘non-Christian newspapers’ and making false accusations against the Catholic leadership.

The canonical warning with the threat of dismissal from the congregation has been issued by Sr Ann Joseph FCC, Superior General of the Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC).

Sr Lucy Kalapura

The warning letter is widely seen as an act of retribution against the nun for participating in the protests against the Bishop.

Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who spent three weeks in the sub-jail at Pala before he getting bail, has been accused of raping a nun belonging to the order of Missionaries of Jesus several times between 2014 and 2016. Though Mulakkal was divested of his pastoral duties at the Jalandhar diocese in Punjab, the Church leadership has steadfastly backed him.

Sr Kalapura and some other nuns of the order had staged a hunger strike near the High Court premises in Kochi for weeks last year demanding the arrest of Bishop Mulakkal. The protest was seen by the Church leadership as questioning and bypassing its authority.

“Your deeds on 20 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 that day without the permission of your superior,” the letter to Sr Kalapura reads in part.

“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,” the two-page letter continues with these words.

The Superior General of the FCC also counts among other offences the nun’s decision to publish a book of poems, learn driving, obtain a driving license and buy a car. “These are grave violations of the vow of obedience. You cannot live your own beliefs, ideologies and convictions in FCC without respecting and keeping the values and traditions of FCC,” letters says. 

The Superior General has asked the nun to come in person and meet her in Kochi on January 9 to ‘rectify her faults’. The next canonical steps as per norms of law will be taken against the nun, the letter mentions, if she fails to appear in person before the Generalate.

Speaking to a media house, Sr Kalapura said, “I don’t think my acts, as mentioned in the notice are wrong. If I’d known they were wrong, I would have never committed them. I did them knowing well that they are right. I have no clarification to give regarding that matter. We will see what happens,”

“There’s no doubt that this is an act of revenge,” she added.

Comment on this article

  • Rita, Germany

    Thu, Jan 10 2019

    I am really shocked to hear these change of things in Nuns case.Well this is again one of the cases where church tries to hide the facts and threaten clerics as well religious people. we have to understand why nowadays hardly young people go to religious life to live.Inside convents and priesterhood life it is boiling and ready to explode.I am sure this nun has showed her guts and opposed the wrong doings and fought.It looks like she will be thrown out from the community.One has to fight for the rights.because she did it without permission from her superior?she was so wie so against it from beginning.Now I have a word to say to the Nun .Sr lucy dont worry if you have to go out,please dont feel sorry.come of your own out,God will not let you down.You can fulfill his wish out also serving the poor .you are educated..and still young.Many ways are there outside to serve God.wish you all the best.I am sure the letter had come from the Bishop concerned ,not the nun but other way.

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  • santhosh kumar, mangalore

    Wed, Jan 9 2019

    till now I thought that equality is applicable for all the citizen of this country & all are eligible for that. but after reading some comments from our DW reader & above report I feel the equality is applicable for selected case only.

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  • Rajesh, Udupi

    Wed, Jan 9 2019

    All are equal by default.. but some people are more equal than the rest, because they think they are imported commodities. LOL

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  • Vasanth K, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 9 2019

    where is the equality now? last week only there was the human wall protest at kerala in favour of women entry to shabarimala temple in the name of equality. in that protest many Christian & muslim women also participated. but they are all silent now & don't have voice to support this nun. then what kind of equality they want. it means that was the communist govt political war against hindu temple right?

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  • Clvie, Kuwait

    Wed, Jan 9 2019

    Religion has become like a mafia controlled business; where the money is huge and there is a price for every sin to be washed off.

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  • KS Mayya, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Wed, Jan 9 2019

    Some of the comments here are laughable. They seem to suggest that organization rules are more important than rule of law. Sorry, it is not.
    Nun has all the rights to protest and take the accused to court with proper evidence. If the warning given by the congregation is based on evidence to the contrary, then they are within their right to do so. However, if it is to suppress the injustice & related facts, the congregation's threat amounts to collusion/abetting the crime.
    Sadly, around the world, we see this and there is rightly a question/discussion on celibacy that is ongoing.

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  • Alwin, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 9 2019

    The concerned people must follow rules and regulations and maintain discipline and spirituality

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  • Vincent D'Souza, Belthangady

    Wed, Jan 9 2019

    It seems real facts & truth are concealed & both the accused & defendent r suppressing them. Only the Holy Spirit can reveal the scenario & True Facts through some of the Retreat Preachers &Healers who get Visions & Messages from Holy Spirit. This must be pursued & let us know who is the real hidden "Black Sheep". Lots of Purging & Flushing is needed in the Catholic Church.

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  • Wilfred J. Lewis, Matpady-Brahmavar/ New York, USA

    Wed, Jan 9 2019

    She was Sr. Lucy Kalapura. Now she is a self motivated activist, she should have gone home by now.

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  • mahesh, mangalore

    Wed, Jan 9 2019

    Of course that s the comment we expect from you.

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  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Wed, Jan 9 2019

    A Christian sect, whether it is Roman Catholic or Kerala's Malankara Orthodox Syrian church, is a private organisation.

    The members of the organisation need to follow the rules and regulations of the organisation. If not, the organisation has full legal rights to expel a member.

    In the case of these protesting nuns (and the Bishop), they all belonged to the Malankara Orthodox Syrian church. Then they sought permission from that church and joined the Roman Catholic church - to become nuns (and priests).

    Now, if they have a problem with the rules of the Roman Catholic system, they can either go back to the Malankara Orthodox Syrian church, or better still, start a fresh new church!

    Protests in this case are childish. Matured people either follow the rules or start their own organisation (and learn that 'Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown').

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Wed, Jan 9 2019

    Read the comment of Ms. Jennifer and learn how to live like a true Christian.

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  • Hariprasad, Bajpe - Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 9 2019

    Nuns have opinions too! Dear Mother superior of the convent! Instead of lauding the NUN for her BOLD STAND and vocal support to her peers - You chose to REBUKE HER! HOW SAD - You side

    with the RAPIST! Would you have done the same if the Rapist were poor/ordinary citizen????????

    Nuns living under you should be allowed to express their opinion and ANGER.

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  • Roshan, Mangalore,Dubai

    Tue, Jan 8 2019

    Why Priests are given Authorities...?, they enjoy all kind of authorities which Jesus Christ opposed it, they should be kind and humble and simple, even they should be treated as a ordinary person.

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  • Roshan, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 8 2019

    Poor nun who fights for the one raises voice against one supports candel light march...her own people keep quite even they know the truth.. I dont know why people so quite in this matter..what the people affraid of ??

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    Tue, Jan 8 2019

    Hope and trust that the Kerala nun gets justice very soon and the truth and justice will prevail.

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Tue, Jan 8 2019

    This is called intorrance.

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  • Rajesh. D., Manglore, Dubai.

    Tue, Jan 8 2019

    If there is truth in her statement church authority can support the Nun, if there is no truth in her statement then ask the nun for the explanation, if church authority cannot justify her explanation for any reason then church can forgive her as Christ did.
    Church has got faith in God hence no need to lean on any particular Priest or Nun.

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  • Jenifer, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 8 2019


    Do you know a fact ? For the clergy, the religion is their profession. Do you know that without being registered in a church of a specific region (and of-course paying the tithe) you will not be allowed even the space in the cemetery ? Yes, to that extent, its profession.

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  • Bala K, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 8 2019

    Religion and religious heads are over supreme court.

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    Tue, Jan 8 2019

    Strange, religious leaders are using titles of authority while the founder was very explicit in prohibiting them. Has the religious leaders gone too secular and enjoy power and authority and threaten truth and justice?

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  • Rajesh, Udupi

    Tue, Jan 8 2019

    conceal the truth so as to retain false supremacy..

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  • Jenifer, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 8 2019

    While a wrong-doer is a sinner, those who keep quiet while he does wrong are bigger sinners.

    Nuns are well educated to find a job and live an independent life. Take your credentials and walk to that meeting Sr. Lucy, you may not need to return. There is life beyond a suffocating convent that you are a resident of. You can serve the Lord from outside the convent too.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Tue, Jan 8 2019


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  • Clifford, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 9 2019

    Fully agree with Jenifer. There is no freedom in religious life. Even if injustice is going on she can not protest.

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  • Cynthia, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 9 2019

    Jennifer, I agree with you whole heatedly. Your first point is really great.
    If standing up against the rape and demanding for justice is considered going against the church then is rape justified? Is it not against the moral values?
    Wolves have taken over the places of the shepherds.

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  • Rajesh, Udupi

    Wed, Jan 9 2019

    Associated Press
    Catholic nuns tell AP of enduring sexual pressure from priests in India, but the scale of the problem ....

    this article went vira last week.. u did not read? Come on

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  • Rajesh, Udupi

    Tue, Jan 8 2019

    if one kicked, 1000 others will silently suffer .. million other complaints will never see the day. so powerful.. so sad on victim.

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