Judge Tosses Nun’s Lawsuit Against Fort Worth Diocese; Arlington Police Close Investigation

Both the court battle and a criminal case involving a group of Arlington nuns and the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth is over.

Arlington Police told NBC 5 Friday afternoon that they did not find probable cause to pursue a criminal case after drug use was reported to be taking place inside the secluded monastery and after the nuns accused the diocese of stealing personal property.

Also on Friday, after hearing testimony earlier this week, District Court Judge Don Cosby ruled the civil court didn’t have the jurisdiction to rule over a canonical dispute.

The diocese argued earlier this week that the lawsuit filed against them and Fort Worth Bishop Michael Olson by the Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Arlington, including the Rev. Mother Teresa Agnes Gerlach, was a church matter and not for secular courts.

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