Pope Francis acknowledged this week that some priests and bishops have sexually abused nuns. Pope Francis made history earlier this week as the first pontiff to visit the Arabian Peninsula. And, on the plane flying back to Rome, he made history again.
By Ann Cusack For Mailonline. A woman who was physically, mentally and sexually abused in a covent from the age of six has told how breaking her silence after 60 years has prompted other victims to speak out. The mother-of-three, who was one of 10 children living in poverty, was housed there between and when her parents struggled to cope.
They spill out in church meeting halls bathed in fluorescent lights, and over cups of cheap instant coffee in convent kitchens. Always, the stories come haltingly, quietly. Sometimes, the nuns speak at little more than a whisper.
For at least eight years, victims of child molesting nuns and members of SNAP have repeatedly urged America's largest organization of nuns to expose the truth about child sex crimes and cover ups by women religious. Now more than ever, since they're being attacked by bishops like we have been and are beingnuns should be sympathetic to our plight. It grieves us to have to keep prodding them to take long-overdue, simple steps to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded.
Graffiti in Lisbon, Portugal of a priest chasing two children, from For more than two decades, the Catholic Church has been reeling from sexual abuse scandals. Stories of predatory priests have emerged around the world.
When Patricia Cahill was 15, a nun who taught at a nearby Catholic high school invited her to perform at a hootenanny mass. Cahill, who lives in Lancaster, Pa. One invitation from Sister Eileen Shaw led to another.
Cahill was a teenager back then, wire thin with long, chestnut brown hair framing her face. One cousin was playing outside that day and Cahill had another little one in a high chair in the kitchen. So when she saw the nun leaning over the baby, Cahill said, she sprinted outside to protect the child.
The book became a best-seller. Awful Disclosures of Maria Monk was published in January In it, Monk claimed that nuns of the Religious Hospitallers of St.
When a law firm released a report earlier this month naming Catholic clergy members from New Jersey accused of sexual misconduct there was something striking about the list-- it included women. Most nuns are overseen by their individual orders, which would probably have handled any accusations of abuse in the past. While sexual abuse by priests has been widely publicized in recent years, sexual misconduct by nuns has been less discussed.
Inafter decades of religious turmoil in Europe, the Vatican was faced with shocking allegations against one of its convents in Rome. Katharina had denounced the convent to the Vatican for the continued worshipping of the founder, Maria Agnese Firrao, who had been condemned of false holiness by the Inquisition inand claimed that the current madre vicariaMaria Luisa, was guilty of feigned holiness. The book itself is a thoroughly compelling, meticulously researched and coherent account of a fascinating course of events.