Ex-Nun Speaks out about Rape Accusations

Irish Independent [Ireland]
Downloaded February 6, 2004

FORMER nun Nora Wall, who was accused and convicted of rape only to have the sentence quashed, has described the ordeal of being wrongly accused of sexual abuse as her own "personal Stations of the Cross".

Speaking for the first time about her experience in an article in The Irish Catholic, Ms Wall, a former Mercy Sister, says: "My way of the cross couldn't have been more painful, extreme or despising. Everything was there aplenty - cross, condemnations, nails, thorns, spears, sponge, towels, helpers, rejections, disowning, consolers, and public stripping and lashings by the media."

Ms Wall describes how she was "stripped of all humanity and dignity" by the ordeal and was called a "beast", a "sadist", "evil" and a "mercy devil".

Ms Wall and Paul 'Pablo' McCabe were arrested in 1996 and charged with the rape of a 12-year-old girl in St Michael's Child Care Centre in Waterford six years before.

David Quinn

Religious Correspondent


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