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#ArrestBishopFranco: Sr Lucy receives canonical warning with threat of dismissal from congregation

Kochi: Sister Lucy Kalapura who stood in defiant support of the 44-year old nun who accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal of rape, has received a canonical warning with a threat of dismissal from the congregation.

The warning notice was issued by Sister Ann Joseph FCC, Superior General of the Franciscan Clarist Congregation.

The letter to Sr Kalapura, revealed to, stated “Your deeds on 20th 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 20-9-2018 without the permission of your superior.”

“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 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,” the letter reads.

“You cannot live your own beliefs, ideologies and convictions in FCC without respecting and keeping the values and traditions of FCC.”

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 mentioned, if she fails to appear in person before the Generalate.

Bishop Franco Mulakkal has been accused a raping a 44-year old nun of the Missionaries of Jesus congregation 13-times between 2014 and 2016. He was arrested and is currently our-on-interim-bail.

Sr. Lucy

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