The nun no longer goes to confession regularly, after an Italian priest forced himself on her while she was at her most vulnerable: recounting her sins to him in a university classroom nearly 20 years ago.
At the time, the sister only told her provincial superior and her spiritual director, silenced by the Catholic Church‚Äôs culture of secrecy, her vows of obedience and her own fear, repulsion and shame.
‚ÄúIt opened a great wound inside of me,‚ÄĚ she told the Associated Press. ‚ÄúI pretended it didn‚Äôt happen.‚ÄĚ
After decades of silence, the nun is one of a handful worldwide to come forward recently on an issue that the Catholic Church has yet to come to terms with: The sexual abuse of religious sisters by priests and bishops. An AP examination has found that cases have emerged in Europe, Africa, South America and Asia, demonstrating that the problem is global and pervasive, thanks to the universal ...