Court stays expulsion of Sister Lucy Kalappura till Jan 1

In a temporary relief to a Kerala nun, who was expelled by her Congregation for disobeying the law of the church, a court in Wayanad has granted an injunction on her expulsion from her convent till January 1.

Sister Lucy Kalappura was expelled on August 7 by the Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC) for 'failing to give a satisfactory explanation' for her lifestyle "in violation of rules.

Sister Lucy had published poems, purchased a car and taken part in a street protest by five nuns of the Catholic religious order Missionaries of Jesus, against Former bishop of Jalandhar dioecese, a rape accused.

A Munsiff court in Mananthawadi, which heard the petition by the nun on Wednesday, granted temporary injunction to the dismissal till January 1.

"Sister Lucy had moved the court over her expulsion from the FCC. The move was without even hearing her side. The court had yesterday said it will hear the matter on January 1," a relative of the nun told.

The congregation, under the Roman Catholic Church, had said she was issued "proper canonical warnings", but did not show the needed remorse.