Some nuns are now finding their voices, buoyed by the MeToo movement and the growing recognition that adults can be victims of sexual abuse when there is an imbalance of power in a relationship. She recalled exactly how she and the priest were seated in two armchairs face-to-face in the university classroom, her eyes cast to the floor. Peter's Square at the Vatican. A nun in India recently filed a formal police complaint accusing a bishop of rape, something that would have been unthinkable even a year ago.
He was suspended until he issued an apology in May, even though Ugandan newspapers regularly report cases of priests caught in sex escapades. It was a reference to the fact that the Catholic Church has no clear measures in place to investigate and punish bishops who themselves abuse or allow abusers to remain in their ranks — a legal loophole that has recently been highlighted by the McCarrick case. It does not only involve sexual abuse but also the exploitation of the work of nuns. Nuns are there to clean and cook for the priests, bishops and cardinals they serve and often paid very modestly for their services. Last fall she filed a report for violence and sexual abuse she suffered in She suffered under the influence of "Jean," a priest of her congregation that she had met in In , when "Jean" went to work elsewhere the nun managed to tear herself away from that dependence although she felt destroyed. The man's gestures when they met "were increasingly inappropriate. The extent of the abuse of nuns is unclear, at least outside the Vatican. And he pays for that. The victims said they told their mother superior, but that she did nothing. The sisters are going public in part because of years of inaction by church leaders, even after major studies on the problem in Africa were reported to the Vatican in the s. The sisters are going public in part to denounce years of inaction by church leaders, even after major studies on the problem in Africa were reported to the Vatican in the s. Denouncing abuses is still a huge taboo but the problem is very real and, slowly, victims have begun to overcome their convictions that no one will listen or believe what they say and have started to free themselves of their very heavy burdens. Anthony Musaala in Kampala, Uganda, wrote a letter to members of the local Catholic establishment about "numerous cases" of alleged sex liaisons of priests, including with nuns. Four years later, in a report to top religious superiors and Vatican officials, Sr. Once word got out, the Vatican poured the full force of its Inquisition to investigate and punish. And he pays for that. Some nuns are now finding their voices, buoyed by the MeToo movement and the growing recognition that adults can be victims of sexual abuse when there is an imbalance of power in a relationship. And he pays for that. But the assault — and a subsequent advance by a different priest a year later — eventually led her to stop going to confession with any priest other than her spiritual father, who lives in a different country. Petite but not frail, she was so shocked, she said, that she grabbed him by the shoulders and with all her strength, stood up and pushed him back into his chair. He has always denied all accusations saying he had "an emotional tie but nothing sexual, that his love was an innocent one which he had to interrupt and she felt wounded. Father Vincent Wambugu, the secretary general of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops KCCB could neither deny or confirm the sex allegations saying that he needs accurate information so as to give an informed response. By virtue of his position, Wambugu speaks on behalf of all Catholics in the country.
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