Kochi: Sister Lucy Kalappurakkal, who had invited the wrath of the Church leadership for participating in protests against rape-accused Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal, has been expelled from the Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC).
The dismissal order, issued by the congregation’s Mother Superior Sister Ann Joseph, was handed to Sr Lucy on Wednesday.
Sr Lucy has been living in FCC’s St Mary’s convent in Mananthavady in Wayanad. She has now been ordered to leave the convent within 10 days. She can, however, appeal to the Apostolic Nuncio, the Vatican’s representative in India, against the dismissal.
Sr Lucy actively participated in the street protest against Bishop Franco in Kochi along with nuns belonging to the Missionaries of Jesus demanding his arrest.
Bishop Franco was arrested last year following allegations by a nun that he had repeatedly raped her at the Kuravilangad convent in Kerala’s Kottayam district between 2014 and 2016. The bishop had denied all the charges.