Lucy Kalapura, a member of Franciscan Clarist Congregation, hit the headlines last year when she supported an agitation demanding the arrest of then Jalandhar bishop Franco Mulakkal, who was accused of rape by a nun.
The decision to dismiss the 53-year-old was taken on May 11 by the FCC, which received approval from the powerful Congregation for the Oriental Churches on August 5 through the Vatican’s representative in Delhi. Kalapura was handed the order Wednesday.
Bishop Mulakkal, a senior member of the Roman Catholic clergy in India, was arrested last year following allegations by a nun that he repeatedly raped and sexually assaulted her at the Kuravilangad convent between 2014 and 2016.
The sister had invited the wrath of the Church leadership by participating in a street protest by five nuns belonging to the Catholic religious order Missionaries of Jesus, demanding the arrest of Franco Mulakkal, who was accused of raping a nun.
Congregation Superior-General Regina Kadamthodu has asked Rose to report at their headquarters in Jalandhar on January 26, to present her side, “for abdicating the basic tenets of religious life and resorting to activities which amount to sheer violation of congregation rules".
In her letter to Rose, the superior general of the congregation had warned that failure to comply with the advice to report in person as instructed would be construed as a deliberate refusal to abide by the legitimate order of her Mother General, thereby challenging the authority canonically bestowed on her.
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