The Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC) appears firm on its decision oust Sr Lucy Kalapura, the nun who joined the public protest demanding arrest of Franco Mulakkal, the former bishop of Jalandhar, accused of raping a nun.
The congregation has dashed off a letter to Dr Lucy's mother (84) asking her to take her daughter back home immediately.
However, Sr Lucy has written to the Vatican detailing the events that led to the congregation taking wrongful action.
George Joseph, former president of Kerala Catholic Church Reformation Movement who first moved Kerala High Court seeking arrest of Franco, told Pennews that personal law was not above the civil one. It was a human rights issue. "When one joins a congregation, giving up all her personal belongings, including her name, an assurance is given to the family that she will be taken care of throughout her life. This has now been breached," he added.
Sr Lucy Kalapura was expelled on grounds of following a lifestyle not in line with the congregation's ways and violating the oath taken. The letter was issued by congregation Superior General Ann Joseph. It also had an affirmation from Vatican on expulsion and a letter from Apostolic Nunciature to India.
It said Sr Lucy did not follow the three vows of obedience, chastity and poverty and so would have to leave the religious house in 10 days.
She was accused of publishing a book of poems, buying a car, a low-end Alto with her money earned as a teacher, and taking part in activities that degraded the reputation of the Church.
Sr Lucy was also allowed to approach the Vatican and Apostolic Nunciature to India for any help.
The letter to Sr Lucy's mother was sent by congregation provincial superior in Mananthavady Sr Jyoti Maria directing to receive back her daughter. It also said she had sufficient money through her work to live a 'decent' life.
Sr Lucy said the letter had an 'arrogant' tone. She asserted that she had done no wrong and would fight for justice. She has written to the Vatican and said she would not move out. She was also looking at legal recourse to fight her case.