Kerala nun asked to report to Superior for rebellious attitude

Kochi: Close on the heels of four nuns who were asked to leave their convent in Kerala recently, a nun has been asked to report to the Missionaries of Jesus congregation’s Jalandhar convent for taking part in a protest against rape-accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal in September last year.

A warning letter has been issued to Sister Neena Rose, who is reportedly staying with the victim, and she has been asked to submit the report on 26 January.

She was accused of refusing to be part of the community and its daily religious life and carrying out the protest.

It is to be noted that, recently, four nuns were issued transfer orders for taking part in the protest. They had demanded the arrest of the Bishop accused in the rape case. The nuns and the victim had written to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and asked his intervention to ensure that their transfer orders were not affected till the trial of the case was complete.

In the letter, the survivor nun alleged that the congregation’s aim was to single her out and to harass her. She would be in danger if such a situation arises, she wrote. The nuns – Alphy, Anupama, Josephine and Ancitta – were served notice by the superior general of the congregation, who urged them to take up their assigned responsibilities as befitting members of the Missionaries of Jesus congregation. In the transfer orders issued, the four nuns had been asked to join their previously-assigned convents.

In her letter to Rose, the superior general of the congregation had warned that failure to comply with the advice to report in person would be taken as a deliberate refusal to abide by the order of her Mother General.

NT Bureau