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Congregation sacks nun who disobeyed authorities

Sister Kalapurakkal had last year supported the nuns' strike in the state demanding the arrest of rape-accused Bishop.

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The Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC) has dismissed Sister Lucy Kalapurakkal from their religious congregation in Kerala for disobeying church authorities.

A high-level committee of the FCC took the decision of Sister Kalapurakkal's dismissal on May 11 after getting a clearance from the Vatican.

The news of dismissal became public Aug. 6 after it was given the canonical approvals by the Church authorities in the Vatican.
Church sources said the nun had been given several opportunities to correct his lifestyle incompatible with the rules of the congregation and spirit of religious life.

Over the past several years, she has used her salary as a teacher on herself to buy a motor car, publish her own books and to violate the dress code of the congregation against the advice of her superiors.

The case of her rebellion came to be noted in the media after she supported the nuns' strike in Kochi demanding the arrest of the rape-accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar.

A nun complained to the police against Mulakkal of having raped her at Kerala's Kuravilangad church between 2014 and 2016. Mulakkal was arrested in September following the protest and is currently out on bail.

The action and notices against Kalapurakkalsince then began to get media attention as Church’s vindictive action against her for supporting the nun.

Speaking to the media at her convent, Kalapurakkal said that two senior nuns today asked her to sign a letter.

"I told them will not sign the letter until I read it. It was after that they allowed me to read the letter, the first sentence of which said that I have been dismissed and asked to vacate the convent in 10 days," she said.

"I never did anything wrong. All I did was to lend support to the hapless nuns, who were protesting. What's the problem, if I own a car or write a book?" asked the nun.

"I will now seek legal recourse with the help of my well-wishers. I don't think I am bad in any respect compared to the over 7,000 nuns in our congregation. I consider myself a very good nun," she added.

With input from IANS

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