Vatican rejects second appeal of Kerala nun against her expulsion from congregation

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KOCHI: The Vatican has rejected the second appeal by Sister Lucy Kalappura, against her expulsion from Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC).

In her plea, Sister Lucy had demanded that her version be heard and her expulsion from FCC revoked.

Kalappura, who was at the forefront of protests against rape-accused former Bishop Franco Mulakkal, was expelled in August last year for her lifestyle, which allegedly violated church rules for nuns.

The violations include publishing books and songs, earning money from them, as well as buying and driving a car.

“My side has not been heard, this time as well. ''I got a letter from Vatican which says my appeal has been rejected”, she said.

Kalapura said the letter was in Latin and she will know the reason for rejecting her appeal after translation.

“I will continue the legal fight. I have already approached the magistrate court. I want to continue and do my duties as a nun, the convent should provide for that”, she added.

A petition of Sister Lucy is still pending at Mananthavady Munsif Court at Wayanad that demands that she should not be expelled from the convent where she is staying.

The Congregation for the Oriental Churches in Vatican had dismissed her first appeal in October for failing to give a satisfactory explanation for her lifestyle in violation of FCC laws.

 

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