After decades of silence, handful of nuns are now finding their voices as they come forward to call on the Catholic Church over the sexuaI abuse and harassment of priests.
An examination found by AP shows that cases of abused nuns have emerged in Europe, Africa, South America and Asia, demonstrating that the problem is global and pervasive, thanks to the sisters’ second-class status in the Church and their ingrained subservience to the men who run it.
Buoyed by the #MeToo movement, some nuns are now coming forward letting the Church know that even adults can be victims of sexual abuse when there is an imbalance of power in a relationship.
Some of the nuns are going public to denounce the Church’s inaction on the issues, even after major studies on the problem in Africa were reported to the Vatican in 1990s.
These issues of the Church flared in the wake of scandals over children abuse, and recently to adults, including the revelation that one prominent US cardinal Theodore McCarrick, reportedly sexuaIIy abused and harased his seminarians.
McCarrick, was the former Archbishop of Washington, he was removed from the ministry in June after a review board found “credible” evidence that he had assaulted the teen while working as a priest in New York in the early 1970s.
The Vatican also confirmed McCarrick’s resignation as a member of the College of Cardinals.
“Yesterday evening the Holy Father received the letter in which Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington (U.S.A.), presented his resignation as a member of the College of Cardinals,” the Vatican said in a statement on Saturday.
“Pope Francis accepted his resignation from the cardinalate and has ordered his suspension from the exercise of any public ministry, together with the obligation to remain in a house yet to be indicated to him, for a life of prayer and penance until the accusations made against him are examined in a regular canonical trial.” It added.