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Ex-nun seeks justice against priest for 'deceptive sexual violence' (Part 1 of 3)

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Evi Mariani and Budi Sutrisno (The Jakarta Post)
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Jakarta   ●   Tue, April 20, 2021

The Jakarta Post has been collaborating with other media outlets to shed light on alleged sexual abuse cases surrounding the Catholic Church over the past year. This time, the Post collaborated with Katolikana, an independent Catholic media outlet. This is the first in a three-part story.

Afra (not her real name), a 41-year-old woman and former Catholic nun, has been struggling to restart her life after miscarrying a child she conceived with a 33-year-old priest of her diocese in Southwest Sumba regency, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT).

She accuses the priest of breaking his promise, and has said it is unfair that the man was able to remain a priest after his “punishment”, whereas she could no longer become a nun, even though she wanted to.

The accused priest, identified only as MT, is currently being given shelter by the R...

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