Kochi: On recommendation of the Vatican, the Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC) expelled Sister Lucy Kalappura – a strong supporter of the 44-year nun raped and sodomised by Bishop Franco Mulakkal – from the congregation.
In a letter issued on August 5th, 2019 to Sister Lucy, Superior General of FCC stated, “You did not show the needed remorse and you failed to give a satisfactory explanation for your lifestyle in violation of the proper law of the FCC”.
Sister Lucy’s crimes that led to her dismissal were writing and publishing her poems, learning to drive a car, buying a car and most of all supporting the protests against accused rapist Bishop Franco Mulakkal.
In the General Council held on 11 May 2019, it was unanimously voted to dismiss her from the FCC. This decree was sent to the Congregation for the Oriental Churches in the Vatican through the Nunciature in New Delhi.
FCC received its confirmation for dismissal of Sister Lucy from the Vatican.
The letter of confirmation stated, “The Congregation for the Oriental Churches, by virtue of the faculty given to it by the Supreme Pontiff Pope Francis having considered everything seriously, has granted the confirmation, as per the request, so that the same professed one remains freed from her religious profession and other obligations and separated from her Religious Congregation, and to be considered dismissed from her religious life, and to be considered as a simple layperson the other things to be done what are to be done according to the law.”
Bishop Franco Mulakkal is the first Bishop in India to be arrested for raping a 44-year old nun repeatedly. He was later released on conditional bail and is currently awaiting trail.