A Carmelite nun from the United States was suspected of violating her vow of chastity and was expelled from the order. In response, she filed a million-dollar lawsuit against the bishop and diocese, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Teresa Agnes Gerlach, 43, abbot of the Carmelite Convent of the Holy Trinity in Arlington, became the subject of an internal church investigation after, in conversations with Fort Worth Vicar General John Wallis, according to his testimony, several times mentioned – out of confession – that she had violated her vows of chastity. and had sex. Wallis allegedly learned that Gerlach had fallen in love with a priest she had recently met and was thinking about leaving the order and devoting her life to prayer. Wallis shared this information with Bishop Michael Olson of the local diocese. Having received permission from the Vatican, Olson began an investigation and already on June 1, just a day later, Gerlach was expelled from the Carmelite order. The abbess appealed to the church court, denying the violation of vows, and soon filed the usual lawsuit against the diocese and Olson and accused him of insulting her honor and dignity, interfering with her privacy, stealing her electronic devices and publishing defamatory information. Gerlach demands a monetary compensation of $1 million (about 85 million rubles) from the Catholic Church. In court, John Wallis repeated the information he gave to Olson, also saying that Gerlach allegedly mentioned “delay” and anxiety about a possible visit to the doctor back in the winter of this year. According to him, she did not name the priest, but noticed that the sexual act took place by mutual agreement. Wallis also said that Sister Teresa knew about the incident and called Gerlach a “whore.”That said, Sister Teresa is also involved in a lawsuit against Olson for the illegal use of her personal electronic devices. During the meeting, Gerlach’s lawyer Matthew Bobo asked Wallis if he knew about Gerlach’s health problems: in November, the woman experienced a series of epileptic seizures, which forced her to use a wheelchair and eat through a tube. He also asked Wallis why he only revealed the breach of Gerlach’s vows in April when he had known about them as early as January. Wallis replied that he was waiting for Gerlach herself to tell her immediate superiors about everything, and that she promised him to do just that. Related materials: A well-known TV preacher hypnotized women and lured them into a sex sect. November 2022“Are you all in yourself – to show this?” Russian TV undertook to re-educate sex workers. How did this infuriate viewers?August 14, 2022 The court played a recording in which Gerlach, during the interrogation of Olson, says that she spoke with a clergyman named Bernard Murray, who wanted to join the prayer group. Gerlach and Murray corresponded and called each other, but the man did not visit the monastery. Violation of the vow of chastity, according to Gerlach on the tape, occurred during a telephone conversation during which she was “out of her mind” due to taking epilepsy medication. The hearings on the case are currently ongoing. The Diocese of Fort Worth is trying to challenge the interference of secular courts in internal church affairs. Earlier it was reported that a miracle happened in one of the churches in the United States: during the sacrament, the number of prosphora increased. A special department of the Vatican is investigating an unusual case.