False Prophet vows to fight nun abuse and his ‘advice’ to nuns is; “Just say no.” Really? How well does that stop a rapist or an authoritarian clergyman who needs his pants pressed?
NICOLE WINFIELD. Associated Press•May 10, 2019
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis vowed Friday to combat the sexual abuse of nuns and urged religious sisters to just say no when clergy want to use them as maids.
Francis told 850 superiors of religious orders gathered for the triennial assembly of the International Union of Superiors General, the main umbrella group of nuns, that theirs is a vocation of service, not servitude.
The union’s president, Maltese Sister Carmen Sammut, told Francis that clergy abuse of sisters was “diffuse in many parts of the world,” and included sexual abuse, spiritual abuse, as well as taking of their property. She added that there were also cases of nuns abusing other nuns.
Francis said sexual abuse of sisters was “a serious, grave problem” of which he was well aware.
“We have to fight this, and also the service of religious sisters: Please: Service yes, servitude no.”
Francis noted that sometimes the problem lies with the superior herself, a reference to cases where religious superiors submitted to demands placed on them by bishops, to the detriment of her own sisters and novices.
“You didn’t become a sister to become a priest’s maid,” Francis told the sisters in a Vatican audience hall. He said if they want to do domestic work, they should join orders that care for the elderly in old-age homes because “that is service, not servitude.”
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