- Congregation of Oriental Churches rejects Sister Lucy’s plea; she wants to take it to Vatican authorities
Kerala: Sister Lucy Kalappura, who raised her voice against the rape of her colleague, was disappointed by the Congregation of Oriental Churches in the Vatican. The latter had rejected her plea against her dismissal. Sister Lucy is a nun of Franciscan Clarist Congregation at Karackamala in Wayanad district in Kerala. She was dismissed from the church because her behaviour was against the norms of the law of the FCC (The Fellowship of Churches of Christ).
Sister Lucy has been in the news for the last year when she joined a protest by nuns seeking action against Franco Mulakkal, a prelate of the Catholic Church. He was serving as a Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jalandhar. He was accused of raping three nuns when he visited a convent in Kottayam in Kerala.
Lucy was one among the nuns who protested in front of the High Court in Kochi demanding severe action against the errant bishop. Later, Kerala police arrested Franco, and he was barred from performing his duties as bishop.
However, trouble had only started for Sister Lucy. She was asked to stay away from the convent, initially. She was defamed on Facebook, saying that she had an affair with journalists. On her complaint, the Wayanad police booked cases against six persons.
Franciscan Clarist Congregation’s superior general, under whom she works, issued a show-cause notice asking her why she should not be dismissed for violating Church norms. Sister Lucy submitted her explanation, which did not satisfy the Franciscan Clarist Congregation. They dismissed her from the convent, but she was given ten days to the Congregation of Oriental Churches.
She appealed the Superior General Ann Joseph explaining to her the conditions for which she had to come to the streets. However, to her utter disappointment, the Congregation of Oriental Churches had also rejected her plea against her expulsion. Lucy wants to appeal to the Vatican higher authorities for justice.