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After Vatican rejection, Sister Lucy to approach court for justice

Kochi: Negating the opportunity to put forth a second appeal to the Vatican against her expulsion order from Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC), Sister Lucy Kalapurakkal will challenge the injustice meted out in Court.

“I am not going to leave the convent,” Sister Lucy told GoaChronicle.com. “The lifestyle I lead as a nun is as per the rules and regulations of the congregation. I will now fight for justice with court. I appealed to the Vatican in order to highlight the truth of my case.”

Sister Lucy has been a fierce supporter in the fight for justice for the 44-year old nun who has accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal of raping and sodomising her 13 times from period of 2014 to 2016.

The Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC) expelled Sister Lucy for violating rules and participating in public protests demanding the arrest of rape accused bishop Franco Mulakkal in 2018.

In its letter seeking her expulsion on August 5, 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

“The Vatican has not heard my side of the story. They have not made any calls, sent any emails to me. I will continue to fight,” Sister Lucy told GoaChronicle.com.

The congregation, under the Roman Catholic Church, had said that Sister Lucy was issued “proper canonical warnings” on numerous occasions, but that she did not show the need for remorse.

Sister Lucy made the appeal against her expulsion on August 16 through the Apostolic Nuncio, the Vatican’s representative in India.

“I have nowhere to go. I have devoted my entire life to the congregation, where I joined at the age of 17. I am old now. So I have no option but to fight to get a favourable order,” she said.

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