Vatican dismisses appeal by Sister Lucy Kalappura

The Vatican has dismissed an appeal by a Kerala nun, challenging the Franciscan Clarist Congregations decision to expel her for "failing to give a satisfactory explanation for her lifestyle in violation of FCC laws."

Sister Lucy Kalappura was expelled by the Congregation in August.

The Congregation had charged her with publishing poems, purchasing a car and taking part in a protest against a rape accused former bishop of Jalandhar diocese. The Congregation, under the Roman Catholic Church, had said the nun was issued "proper canonical warnings", but did not show the needed remorse.

"The Vatican has dismissed her appeal," a Church source said here without elaborating.

The source said she would have one more opportunity to file an appeal.

If that was also rejected, she would have to leave the convent, the source told.