“Spiritual lives not to be confined within walls”

The Hindu

September 1, 2019

Sister Lucy Kalappura, who faced expulsion from her congregation in Wayanad for allegedly violating its guidelines, remains unperturbed by the tribulations she has been facing ever since she earned the wrath of the Catholic Church for speaking out against Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who has been accused of raping a nun.

Awaiting the outcome of an appeal she has filed before the Vatican against the decision to expel her from the Franciscan Clarist Congregation convent, Sr. Lucy is hopeful of receiving justice that would vindicate her rather bold stance against the Church authorities.

The prospect of an unfavourable verdict, on the other hand, does not worry the nun. “I do not fear about what the future holds for me. I will remain righteous in my actions and continue to lead a life of asceticism, this time in a manner I can closely interact with the marginalised and share their sorrows,” she said.

Sr. Lucy spoke her mind during a panel discussion on “Behind cloisters — Nunneries, Seminaries and Monasteries”, at the Spaces Fest, organised by DC Books here on Saturday.

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