“Therefore, a renewed formation is also recommended in the spirit of the Rule and according to the Carmelite tradition, observing its own tradition of monastic life. In dialogue with the local ordinary, a stable form of regular meetings should be instituted, which would serve to deal with problematic situations on an ongoing basis," the text noted.
Another point mentioned in the dicastery’s statement is that, although the San Bernardo monastery "enjoys its due autonomy," the "bishop has the right to visit the monastery and to receive, and the Prioress has the duty to present, an annual report on the administration of the goods and finances of the monastery.”
“The administration of the temporal goods of the monastery must be transparent and presented to the community in all its aspects, because the temporal goods are goods of the entire community and the Prioress and the bursar are only their administrators on behalf of the community,” the dicastery specified.
On April 12, a formal complaint was filed with the Office of Family and Gender Violence, which is under the Salta Judiciary, by three Discalced Carmelites from Salta against Archbishop Cargnello for allegedly having committed gender violence and harassment against the prioress and the sisters.
The case is currently in Family and Gender Violence Court No. 3, with Judge María Carolina Cáceres Moreno in charge of the case. The local press has reported that the Archbishop of Salta will testify before the judge May 3.
“What the complaint seeks is for the danger to end and the acts of physical and/or psychological violence against the Prioress and also against the other Carmelite sisters who are inside the monastery. What they are suffering is because of their status as women. It is also aggravated by the inequality in the relationship of power that hierarchical superiority entails, which the archbishop has at the ecclesiastical level,” the nuns’ lawyer, Claudia Zerda Lamas, told the Argentine news website Infobae.
ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish language sister news agency, contacted the Archdiocese of Salta via email to determine its position regarding the accusation.
Eduardo Jesús Romani, a lawyer for the archdiocese, replied that the complaint filed with the Court of Family and Gender Violence No. 3 "is generic and none of the facts constitute gender violence."
The lawyer said that the charge of “moral and financial violence” is being foisted on the archbishop. “Clearly this situation doesn’t exist nor is it documented in the file, since the relationship was always based on the obligations that the archbishop has towards the Convent. We understand that the background to the complaint is related to the so-called ‘Virgin of the Hill,’” he said.
Finally, Romani said that the archdiocese is "concerned about the situation of the nuns since we believe that they are being manipulated" by those who promote the alleged Marian apparition in Salta.
"This comes out very clearly in all the facts under study," the lawyer said.
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