martedì 23 novembre 2021

‘I just want to follow Jesus, and it’s not possible here’: New book uncovers abuse within women’s religious communities

(Cindy Wooden - CNS - America) “I understood we were all like dogs. They told us to sit and we sat, to get up and we got up, to roll over and we rolled over,” said an Australia-born religious identified only as “Sister Elizabeth” in the book, “Veil of Silence.” After 30 years in religious life, she said she realizes she, too, had treated younger members of the congregation that way. “Many still use that abusive behavior that has been passed down from generation to generation,” she told Salvatore Cernuzio, a journalist and author of “Il Velo del Silenzio” (”Veil of Silence”), a book in Italian that was scheduled for publication Nov. 23. In an author’s note Cernuzio writes of a surprise meeting with a childhood friend who had joined a cloistered community of nuns; 10 years later, a “tribunal” of older sisters decided she did not have a vocation and sent her packing. (...)