Friday, May 10, 2019

Pope vows not to allow rape of nuns anymore

Associated Press (, May 10, 2019); Seth Auberon, Crystal Q. (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
Pope Francis speaks during a meeting with the dioceses of Rome, Vatican, May 9, 2019.
Pope vows to fight nun abuse, urges service not servitude
Did the Holy Father tell us to "Just say no"?
VATICAN CITY, Holy See - Pope Francis vowed Friday to combat the sexual abuse [including the rape] of nuns [by celibate Catholic clergy] and urged religious sisters to just say no when clergy want to use them as [sexual hand-] maids.

Pope Francis told 850 superiors of religious orders gathered for the triennial assembly of the International Union of Superiors General [Is Roman Catholicism a militant cult?], the main umbrella group of nuns, that theirs is a vocation of service, not servitude.

US nuns urge church to address sex abuse
The union's president, Maltese Sister Carmen Sammut, told Pope 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.

Ssiter Sammut added that there were also cases of [lesbian/cruel] nuns abusing other nuns [and children under their authority or care].

I was an abused nun, so I like to abuse nuns.
Pope 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."

Pope 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 [aggressive] bishops, to the detriment of her own sisters and novices.

"You didn't become a sister to become a priest's [sex playmate or] maid," Pope Francis told the sisters in a Vatican audience hall.

At least use a condom, Father! (Getty Images)
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."

Pope Francis was also asked about his recent comments about the role of female deacons in the early Christian church. Francis said this week that scholars on a Vatican commission looking into the role of women... More

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