In a stunning move, Bishop Michael Olson of Texas has unilaterally moved to dismiss a Carmelite nun from the entire religious order, claiming that he found her guilty of violating the sixth commandment with an unnamed priest.
In a statement issued June 1, the Diocese of Fort Worth announced that Bishop Michael Olson had deemed Mother Teresa Agnes (Gerlach) of the Monastery of Saint Joseph of the Discalced Carmelite Nuns, to have violated her vows of chastity.
The statement reads:
Upon conclusion of an investigation initiated on April 24, 2023, the Most Reverend Michael F. Olson, Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth and Pontifical Commissary of the Monastery in Arlington, Texas, found the Reverend Mother Teresa Agnes (Gerlach) of Jesus Crucified, O.C.D. (née Lisa Marie Gerlach), Prioress of the Monastery, guilty of having violated the sixth commandment of the Decalogue and her vow of chastity with a priest from outside the Diocese of Fort Worth.
“Therefore,” it continued, “as Pontifical Commissary of the Monastery in Arlington, Texas, and as the Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth, Bishop Olson dismissed Mother Teresa Agnes from the Order of Discalced Carmelites in accord with cann. 695 §1 and 699 §2 CIC. She has thirty days to appeal this decision to the Dicastery for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of the Apostolic Life.”
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