The big-budget media investigation, "Sex Slaves in the Catholic Church", was broadcast in March and has been sold widely internationally since. Its broadcast came weeks after Pope Francis admitted that some rogue priests had used nuns as "sexual slaves" and that the Vatican had to dissolve a French order because its founder was preying on its sisters. The Vatican's women's magazine, Women Church World, also reported that some nuns had been forced into having abortions. Arte told AFP Tuesday that it was forced to pull the documentary from its replay site earlier this month after a press tribunal in Hamburg slapped a temporary injunction on the film following a complaint from a priest. The tribunal told AFP the priest complained that, while he was not shown in the documentary, he was "recognisable" from an interview given by a nun. In the interview, the nun "gave the impression that the priest had forced a nun into sex against her will". The film has been the most-watched documentary of the year so far on the French arm of the channel, seen by 1.
It was born out of a fascination with the women who choose to eschew conventional modes of living. Mon 7 Oct In , I began what was to become a long-term project exploring the lives of nuns in the Holy Hearts of Jesus and Mary convent in Rome. I would often walk around Rome, my hometown, and see nuns going about their daily lives. Though they are a common sight in the city, their existence within the walls of the convent had remained relatively obscured from public view. And what is life like inside their community?
Cahill was a teenager back then, wire thin with long, chestnut brown hair framing her face. One cousin was playing outside that day and Cahill had another little one in a high chair in the kitchen. So when she saw the nun leaning over the baby, Cahill said, she sprinted outside to protect the child. The woman introduced herself as Sister Eileen Shaw, telling Cahill that she was out on a walk from her nearby convent.
Catholic nuns have accused clerics of sexual abuse in recent years in India, Africa, Latin America and in Italy, and a Vatican magazine last week mentioned nuns having abortions or giving birth to the children of priests. But Francis has never raised the issue until he was asked to comment during a news conference aboard the papal plane returning to Rome from his trip to the United Arab Emirates. A top official in the Vatican office that handles sexual abuse allegations resigned last month after a former nun accused him of making sexual advances during confession.