The case of an Indian bishop charged with raping a nun recently took a major step forward. The case has rekindled coverage on sisters’ abuse at the hands of clergy; prompted women religious to decry abuse, and divided India’s Catholic Church.
More than 1,500 nuns came together with an estimated 1,300 other Catholics to correct a negative portrayal of religious life they say has arisen in wake of rape charges against bishop.
Nearly 10,000 people living in eight villages in northwestern India have found new meaning in their lives after the intervention of the Missionary Sisters, Servants of the Holy Spirit in 2012. Through water projects, micro-loans, farming diversity and other means, the nuns not only checked migration to cities but also fought several social evils that subjugated women, such as child marriage.
Global Sisters Report spoke with Sr. Lucy Kalappura, who says she was dismissed by her congregation for using media outlets to seek justice for a nun who accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal of rape. Kalappura describes the struggles with her superiors and church leaders that led to her dismissal.