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2 days to remove the Poor Clares from the convent by force

Jesus Carames

June 7, 2024 | 5:36 pm

The Final Deadline: Two Days to hand over the keys to the nuns of Belorado

The nuns of the Santa Clara monastery in Belorado (Burgos) face a final situation. After announcing their resignation from the Catholic Church on May 13, they now have a period of two business days to deliver a copy of the keys to the convent to the Pontifical Commissioner, a position that the Holy See has conferred on the Archbishop of Burgos, Mario Iceta.

Administrative requirements

This requirement is part of a series of administrative procedures notified by the civil notary María Rosario Garrido. Garrido was the only person in the delegation sent by the Pontifical Commissioner that the nuns allowed to enter the monastery last Thursday..

Presence of the Civil Guard

The other members of the delegation, including the secretary of the Federation of Poor Clares Nuestra Señora de Aránzazu, Sister Carmen Ruiz, the representative of the Pontifical Commissioner, Don Rodrigo Sáiz, and the notary of the Ecclesiastical Court, Don Carlos Azcona, had to remain in the outside accompanied by the Civil Guard. The nuns had notified the Civil Guard in an act that the Archbishopric of Burgos described as a "gesture of hostility".

Requirement details

The Archbishopric of Burgos has explained that the requirements do not mention the possibility of a forced eviction nor do they force the nuns to leave the convent. Two requests were delivered: one on the opening of the canonical procedure and another on administrative issues of the monastery, which are now the responsibility of the Pontifical Commissioner..

Civil Guard intervention

The intervention of the Civil Guard was necessary due to the nuns' refusal to receive the delegation sent by the Holy See. The Archbishopric of Burgos denounced that these events demonstrate the community's lack of intention to establish any dialogue with the person designated by the Holy See and his team..

The situation in the monastery

The secretary of the Federation of Poor Clares Nuestra Señora de Aránzazu, Sister Carmen Ruiz, the representative of the Pontifical Commissioner, Don Rodrigo Sáiz, and the notary of the Ecclesiastical Court, Don Carlos Azcona, went to the convent. The mission of the delegation was to establish a line of dialogue with the nuns and communicate to them the legal powers that correspond to the Pontifical Commissioner over the administration of the monasteries..

Hostile reception

After being attended to by Sister Belén at the lathe and by Sister Sión in the parlor, and requesting an interview with the former abbess Sister Isabel, the latter transmitted through Sister Belén that, except for the notary, the other members of the delegation were not well received into the monastery and that they should leave it. Given the refusal of the Holy See envoys to withdraw, the presence of a Civil Guard patrol was required..

Ultimatum of the Archbishopric of Burgos

The Archbishopric of Burgos has interpreted these events as "gestures of hostility" that show the community's lack of intention to establish dialogue with the representatives of the Holy See. This incident highlights the tension between the nuns and the ecclesiastical hierarchy, and highlights the difficulties in resolving the conflict..

The period of two business days for the delivery of the keys marks a critical moment in this dispute, and the next actions of both parties will be decisive for the future of the Santa Clara monastery in Belorado.

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