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John Allen’s preview of the Synod for Africa, which begins in Rome on Sunday, has some interesting observations from Sister Teresa Okure.

Sister Teresa, the Nigerian academic dean of the Catholic Institute of West Africa who is attending the Synod as a papally appointed “expert”, says the Synod must tackle the marginalisation of African women in the Church.

That might seem an obvious point, but she goes on to speak of the shocking oppression of young Sisters in some African religious orders:

In some cases, superiors live a different lifestyle, have a different menu from other members of the community. The initiative of young Sisters is often crushed under the guise of enforcing the vow of obedience … At times, people running for office in the congregations bribe members with all kinds of promises, including sending them for further studies if elected.

She hopes the Synod will strongly condemn such abuses.

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Written by Luke Coppen

October 2, 2009 at 6:21 pm

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