Faith Briefs for May 6

CDA meeting Monday

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas will be having their monthly meeting on Monday in Carlin Hall following the 5:30 p.m. Memorial Mass (6:15 p.m.). Come to gather, offer to help with their memorial activities and enjoy the fellowship. They will be celebrating the life of six Catholic Daughters who have passed away this past year.

Feminists rally for Argentine nuns who denounced archbishop

SALTA, Argentina (AP) — Feminist groups have rallied to the support of 18 cloistered Carmelite nuns who have filed an unusual complaint of gender violence against the local Catholic archbishop.

Dozens of activists gathered Tuesday in the esplanade of the Convent of St. Bernard in Salta, some 1,400 kilometers northwest of Buenos Aires.

The nuns, members of the Discalced Carmelites order, have filed a complaint with a local court accusing Salta Archbishop Mario Antonio Cargnello, Bishop emeritus Martín de Elizalde and vicar Lucio Ajalla of “physical, psychological and economic violence.”

The archbishop has denied the accusations and the position of the other two is unclear because they have not given statements or officially named attorneys.

Elizalde had been designated by the Vatican to hear the nuns’ complaints, but they complain he had accepted the behavior they denounced.

Protesters carried posters reading “Sister, We Believe You” and “Enough of Violent Priests!” The woman joined hands and spread out around the historic structure in a symbolic hug.

“Sometimes one thinks that the sisters are in harmony, in a contemplative live, but the violence of the church itself has made them say, ‘enough!'” said Irene Cari of the Forum of Women for Equal Opportunities, one of several groups that participated in the demonstration.


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