Sister Makamatine Lembo, a Togolese nun, made historical past on Thursday when she efficiently defended her dissertation on the sexual abuse of nuns by monks at a Vatican-sanctioned college and received her diploma—and summa cum laude honors—within the course of, reported U.S. News and World Report and the Associated Press.
Lembo’s dissertation, given at Pontifical Gregorian University, centered on 9 nuns victimized by monks in 5 sub-Saharan nations and the relational parts therein. Her conclusion—that decades-old entrenchments of energy imbalances between the nuns and monks made consent inconceivable, because it typically concerned monks buying and selling cash with impoverished sisters in alternate for intercourse after a years-long strategy of grooming—relationships that, Lembo mentioned, the nuns felt trapped into and could not escape.
Lembo realized these exchanges of intercourse for money weren’t consensual when her fellow sisters shared a sense of religious torment together with her, telling her the relationships brought on them emotional misery. She was impressed to embark on her research due to these girls.
Sister Lembo’s examiners praised her braveness in identified and questioning these entrenched authorities.
Examiner Sister Brenda Dolphin praised Sister Lembo “on behalf of consecrated women all over the world.”
“After these experiences, they live, but they don’t live,” mentioned Lembo of the sisters who participated in her analysis to the Associated Press.
“I said, ‘Why, we have to do something to free these women. We have to help her have the courage to say “‘no.”‘”
Pope Francis has mentioned that the church should do higher in treating circumstances of sexual abuse inside its ranks—however as of Lembo’s examiners identified, multiple reports of sexual misconduct by monks have emerged since Pope Francis’ assertion with out additional remark by the Vatican.
The curtain of silence across the abuse of nuns by monks started to be lifted by an article within the February Women Church World, a complement of the official Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, written by editor Lucetta Scaraffia.
“These nuns believe they’re the guilty ones for having seduced that holy man into committing sin,” she mentioned. “Because that’s what they’ve always been taught.”
She identified that raped nuns who’re impregnated by monks are sometimes shed from their orders and compelled to boost their youngsters with no assist from the church. “These poor women are forced to leave…and live alone raising their child with no help,” she says. “Sometimes they’re forced to have abortions—paid by the priest because nuns have no money.”