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Nuns’ spirit of service can lead to abuses, Vatican magazine says

Misunderstanding the generous service and obedience of women religious leads to their being exploited and underappreciated, according to an investigative report in a Vatican magazine.

“Sisters are seen as volunteers that one can have available as one wishes, which gives rise to genuine abuses of power,” said a nun identified only as Sr Cecile.

Her testimony appeared in the monthly magazine, Women Church World, published on 1st March in conjunction with the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano.

Sr Cecile was one of three women religious interviewed – and given pseudonyms – by a French journalist based in Rome for the expose titled, ‘The (almost) free work of nuns’.

The article described how religious women often are chosen to provide the domestic services of cooking, cleaning and laundering for cardinals, bishops, parishes and other church structures, but with little or no little financial compensation to their religious orders, no contractual arrangements and no formal work schedule like laypeople would have.

Picture: Nuns stand on a beach in Cochin, India, in this 2014 file photo. Misunderstanding the generous service and obedience of women religious leads to their being exploited and underappreciated, said an investigative report in a Vatican magazine. (CNS photo/Sivaram V, Reuters).