A woman religious is consoled during a Sept. Galvanized by the MeToo movement and the sex abuse crisis commanding the attention of the Vatican, women religious are now openly discussing a subject that was once taboo — sexual harassment, abuse and rape of sisters by clergy — in congregational motherhouses and national conference offices. Slowly, an era is ending in which Catholic women religious were silent victims of sexual abuse by priests and bishops. Consider these developments in the past year:. In India, Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar has been arrested on charges of raping a former superior of a congregation — multiple times. He is the first bishop in India to be arrested for sexual abuse of a nun.
Tessera: Sexual Abuse of Women in the Church
Sylvia Poggioli. Thomas in Rome. The key to these secrets and silence is They climb up a career staircase toward evil.
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Survivors of clergy sexual abuse and experts from across the country traveled to Maine March 29 to support legislation making it a crime for clergy members to abuse their positions of trust to have sexual relations with adults. Four years ago Pooler surveyed survivors of sexual abuse perpetrated by clergy. Just 4 percent of women say their abuser was prosecuted, he said, and most knew they were not the only victim.