The nuns accused the archbishop of physical violence, including a representative of the Vatican

A community of nuns has accused the archbishop of a province in northern Argentina of physical and psychological violence.


The nuns accuse the archbishop of physical, psychological and economic violence.

A community of eighteen Argentine nuns filed a lawsuit against the archbishop in court in mid-April. Mariu Antoniu Cargnellu, accused of physical and psychological violence. In addition to Cargnell, the complaint lists two other names – priest Lucio On time and the bishop Martin de Elizabeth.

The latter was sent by the Vatican to a monastery, where the alleged violence took place, in order to investigate the events and compile a report on it. The nuns do not accuse Elizald of participating in the violence, but of silencing him in front of the Vatican and thus contributing to their oppression.

In the complaint the nuns write that “they desperately ask for help,” as they feel abused “like women,” their lawyer told the public Claudia Zerda Lamas. As she said, nuns have been constantly afraid and feel threatened for a long time, as Cargnello has been violent towards them in recent years and will threaten them that they could be expelled from the congregation.

The nuns also accuse the archbishop of harming them economically by obstructing the appointment of a new abbess, thereby jeopardizing the functioning of the monastery.

The first hearing in the case was supposed to take place today, but was canceled due to the announced absence of the archbishop.

Several feminist organizations have announced rallies in support of the nuns for today. “To warn the bishop’s court and other religious leaders in this way is a historic event in the feminist struggle,” she said Tania Kiriacoa legal adviser to Gema, one of those who called for protests in support of nuns.

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