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Bishops uphold decision to dismiss Sister Kalapura

Sister Lucy Kalapura continues to live in her convent awaiting a decision on an appeal she filed in the Vatican against her dismissal.

 
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Thiruvananthapuram: 

The synod of bishops of the Syro Malabar Church on Tuesday upheld the dismissal of Sister Lucy Kalappura from the Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC).

The nun was dismissed early this month following all canonical procedures and with the approval of the Vatican, the synod said in a press release.

It was deplorable that some organizations and groups are trying to meddle in the internal affairs of a religious congregation, it said.

The synod, attended by 57 of 63 bishops of the Kerala-based Church, was referring to the ongoing protests and social media discussions that FCC violated the rights of the 54-year in her dismissal.

“Anti-social elements, anti-Church groups, and groups linked with terror organizations” have joined together against the Church “masquerading as protectors of religious life,” the synod statement said.

The nun was dismissed for her defiance disobedience and violation of her religious vows. But she claims that she is targeted because she openly demanding the arrest of rape-accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal.


Sister Lucy Kalapura continues to live in her convent awaiting a decision on an appeal she filed in the Vatican against her dismissal.


Sister Lucy is a vocal member of the Save our Sisters (SOS) Action Council, an inter-faith group seeking justice for a nun of the Missionaries of Jesus, who accused Bishop of rape in 2017.

Since last September, the council has organized several meets and protests demanding Bishop Mulakkal's arrest on multiple occasions.

Bishop Mulakkal was eventually arrested and granted bail. The bishop is awaiting court proceedings now.

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