Nuns take a vow of celibacy when they join the Roman Catholic Church. However, there is now an investigation being opened up by the church to determine how two nuns on different charity missions in Africa became pregnant. Both nuns were sent to their home countries in Africa from Sicilian orders so that missionary work could be completed.
One nun, a 34-year-old woman, found out she was pregnant after being given an ultrasound due to complaining of stomach pains. The other nun, a mother superior hailing from Madagascar, also found herself pregnant.
Both nuns are planning on leaving the order.
The investigation is being opened due to the nuns breaching the “strict rules of chastity.”
Neither of the nuns have identified that they engaged in sexual activities. However, it is also unlikely that they are experiencing the second coming of Christ – especially since there are two separate nuns who have become pregnant.
ASNA, the Italian news outlet, has reported that both of the nuns visited their home countries in Africa. They belonged to different orders within Sicily, Italy.
Pope Francis is well aware that there are serious issues going on throughout the Catholic Church. Earlier in the year, he spoke about some of the widespread abuse taking place, including male members of the clergy sexually abusing nuns. He identified it as a “grave problem.”
Now, two women have no choice but to leave the order even though they felt a genuine call many years ago to belong to the Roman Catholic Church. They were to remain chaste as nuns.
With neither of the women reporting that they were sexually abused in Africa, it leaves a number of questions unanswered – including wondering whether they were sexually abused by various members of the clergy or if it is something else entirely.
Leaving the order is an unsurprising response to finding out that they are pregnant. One is going to return to her home country of Madagascar are while another is planning to leave monastic life in order to raise her child in Palermo, Italy.
Nuns should likely plan on being a little cautious when going to Africa since two nuns have returned pregnant. However, both women went to different areas of Africa. The investigation will likely focus on the African clergy to find out what is going on in terms of whether they attacked the women or if the women chose to give up their celibacy willingly. Either way, it is a complete abuse of the vows that they made when joining the Roman Catholic Church.
Over the past decade, there have been a number of disturbances throughout the Roman Catholic Church. The most sexual abuse cases happen for boys between the ages of 11 and 14. A number of criminal cases have been established to focus on sexual harassment – and this has been happening since the late 1980s.
From 1990 to mid-2018, 382 priests were identified in various sexual abuse reports. This encompassed abusing a total of 625 children, mostly under the age of 18 – with quite a few happening under the age of 16 and even as young as three.
There have also been a number of sexual abuse cases in New York regarding the Roman Catholic Church, particularly with clergy members being accused of either sexual abuse or misconduct. Some of the accused priests have had calls to resign while others have actually been prosecuted for their sexual abuse convictions.
The abuse of nuns in a sexual manner is something relatively new, as it has not been reported as heavily as the sexual abuse of minors, mainly under the age of 16. However, it could have been happening for years without anyone saying anything because of the way that the Catholic Church protects its own.
No one, including nuns, want to face having to identify that they have been sexually abused, particularly if they have taken a vow of celibacy. With nuns now showing up pregnant, however, they may not have a choice but to speak out in order to prevent this from happening further.
Pope Francis will likely be issuing a statement soon to discuss the pregnancy of two nuns and to identify a more about what is happening with the investigation. The number of Sicilian nuns who will be going over to Africa will likely diminish drastically as well in order to protect them and their vow of celibacy until a full investigation has been conducted to ensure that their virtue remains intact throughout their missionary trips.