The Catholic Church investigates after two missionary nuns have become pregnant
The Catholic Church investigates after two missionary nuns became PREGNANT despite vows of chastity while working in Africa
- The two monastic women belonged to separate religious orders in Sicily
- One of them noticed that she was pregnant after going to the hospital with a stomachache
- Both are under pressure to leave the church and the scandal has & # 39; consternation & # 39; causes
The Catholic Church started an investigation after two missionary nuns became pregnant during their work in Africa.
The two women, who belonged to separate religious orders in Sicily, are expecting children despite their vows of chastity.
One of them, a mother superior, discovered that she was pregnant for a few weeks, while the other woman discovered the news when she complained of stomach pain.
Both nuns are now under pressure to stop religious life and the scandal has & # 39; consternation & # 39; caused by the clergy.
Scandal: the Catholic Church started an investigation after two missionary nuns became pregnant while working in Africa (illustrative file photo)
One of the women, 34 years old, discovered her pregnancy when she went to the hospital with stomach pain, according to the Italian news agency ANSA.
Her religious order has not been identified, but reports say she belonged to a monastery in the Nebrodi Mountains of Sicily.
She has now moved to Palermo to prepare for the birth of her child.
The nun can now choose to give up her monastic life completely and to concentrate on raising her child, it is believed.
In a second case, it was discovered that a nun originally from Madagascar was several weeks pregnant.
The nun was a maternal superior – a higher monastic – and cared for the elderly in an institution in Ragusa.
Research: The Catholic Church, led by Pope Francis (pictured yesterday at the Vatican), has launched a probe after the two nuns became pregnant
According to reports, she has already returned to her homeland, but the double scandal has caused concern in the church hierarchy.
& # 39; There is dismay at this news, & # 39; told a church source in Rome, where the catholic church has its headquarters The sun.
& # 39; It seems that both women were back in their home country and clearly had some form of sexual encounter.
& # 39; An investigation has been started. They have both broken strict rules of chastity, but the well-being of their children is paramount. & # 39;
Earlier this year, Pope Francis admitted that many nuns had been sexually abused and called it a & # 39; serious, serious problem & # 39 ;.
& # 39; We must combat this, and also the service of religious sisters: Please: service yes, service no, & # 39; he said at his papal level in January.
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