Sr Lucy, who protested against rape accused Bishop Franco expelled for her 'lifestyle'

The News Minute | 8/7/2019 | TNM Staff
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She wrote and published her poems, learnt how to drive, bought a car and even supported the protests against rape accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal. These are Sister Lucy Kalappura’s crimes according to the Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC), for which she has been dismissed from the congregation on Monday.

Superior General of FCC, Ann Joseph, issued the letter, dated August 5, to Sister Lucy, stating that she “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”.

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The General Council, which was held on 11 May 2019, 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.

This, according to the letter, received confirmation from the Vatican. “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,” a part of the letter of confirmation from Vatican read.

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Sister Lucy has been given a deadline of 10 days to make recourse to the Congregation for the Oriental Churches against this decree of dismissal.

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