India Catholic nun ‘denied justice’ by Vatican

20 October, 2019 12:00 AM printer

NEW DELHI: An Indian Catholic nun expelled after she spoke out against a bishop accused of rape says she has been “denied justice” by the Vatican, reports BBC.

Sister Lucy Kalappura said she was disappointed by a Vatican decision to reject her appeal against her dismissal from the Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC) in Kerala state.

She said she would not leave the convent and now plans to go to court. Sister Lucy took part in protests against Bishop Franco Mulakkal in 2018.

He was later arrested over allegations he repeatedly raped a nun between 2014 and 2016. The bishop denies all the charges against him.

The FCC has said Sister Lucy was expelled on the grounds that her “lifestyle was in violation of the proper law” of the congregation. Sister Lucy, however, has said she was actually dismissed because she took a prominent role in the protests against the bishop.