In the most recent sexual abuse scandal to hit the Catholic Church, a nun who stated a bishop raped her 13 times claims the church tried to silence her, whereas fellow nuns who confirmed help for the sufferer have been intimidated.
The Indian nun from the southern state of Kerala stated Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal first raped her in 2014 when he visited the convent and referred to as her into his room one evening.
“I was numbed and terrified by his act. I took all efforts to get out, but in vain. He raped me brutally,” she later wrote in a letter to the Pope’s consultant in India.
The information comes simply days after Pope Francis lastly acknowledged that sexual abuse of nuns by the clergy is an ongoing drawback.
The nun first spoke out concerning the abuse in January 2017, and approached numerous church officers and Vatican representatives, some of whom advised her not to inform the police and to as an alternative look forward to the church to kind it out.
It took 5 different nuns rebelling and publicly displaying help for the sister in a days-long protest exterior the High Court in September for the church to even acknowledge the accusations.
Two weeks later, Mulakkal was stripped of his administrative duties by the Vatican and was arrested the following day, and at present faces expenses of rape and intimidation and trial by a particular prosecutor. Police consider they might have proof that he raped her and intimidated each his alleged sufferer and the nuns who supported her.
Mulakkal maintains his innocence and has claimed the nun had a vendetta in opposition to him. Upon his launch on bail in October, he was given a heat welcome by his diocese.
“We used to see the fathers of the church as equivalent to God, but not any more,” the sufferer’s sister told the New York Times. “How can I tell my son about this, that the person teaching us the difference between right and wrong gave him his First Communion after committing such a terrible sin?”