A Vatican magazine denounced widespread exploitation of nuns for cheap or free labor in the Roman Catholic Church on Thursday, saying the male hierarchy should stop treating them like lowly servants.
The article in the monthly âWomen, Church, Worldâ, remarkable for an official Vatican publication, described the drudgery of nuns who do work such as cooking, cleaning and waiting on tables for cardinals, bishops and priests.
The article, based on the comments of several unnamed nuns, described how some work in the residences of âmen of the Church, waking at dawn to prepare breakfast and going to sleep once dinner is served, the house is in order and the laundry cleaned and ironedâ.
It said their remuneration was ârandom and often modestâ. ...