Kochi: Not relenting in their attempt to stop the fight for justice put up by some of the Sisters of Missionaries of Jesus for a fellow nun who has accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal of the Jalandhar Diocese of repeated rape, the Missionaries of Jesus – a Catholic Church body – after its transfer orders to four nuns ten days ago, have now issued a warning letter and transfer order to the fifth nun – Sister Neena.
Ten days ago, Sister Anupama, Sister Josephine, Sister Alphy and Sister Ancitta received transfer orders from the Superior General of the Missionaries of Jesus congregation, now, Sister Neena Rose Edathil has been issued a notice asking her to report to Generalate at Aradhana Bhavan, Jalandhar Cantonment, Punjab.
According to the letter, she is to meet Superior General Regina Kadamthottu personally on January 26, in order to present her defence for abdicating the basic tenets of religious life and resorting to activities which amount to the sheer violation of their congregational rules
Sister Neena has also been informed that the MJ Congregation and its members will not make any sort of intervention or interference into the due process of law and justice; and her failure to comply will be construed as a deliberate refusal to abide by the legitimate order of the Mother General, thereby challenging the authority canonically.
The Catholic Church is coming out vindictively against all those religious members of the Church who have come out in support of the raped nun and are using the canon laws to enforce a measure of fear of speaking out against the church under the guise of discipline.
Bishop Franco Mulakkal is the first Bishop in India to be arrest on accusation of rape.
The Catholic Church continues to maintain a stoic silence on the case.