Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Teresa Forcades 3: Running for Office

Religión Digital (English translation by Rebel Girl)
June 9, 2015

Sister Teresa Forcades will be exclaustrated, i.e. she will leave the convent of the Benedictines of Montserrat, with permission from the Vatican and the Bishop of Sant Feliu de Llobregat, Agustí Cortés, next Monday the 15th, to run in the regional elections on September 27th.

According to sources close to the nun, the Procés Constituent movement, which she herself promoted with economist Arcadi Oliveres, will hold an assembly on Sunday the 14th where it will be decided whether Forcades will head her own slate or join the CUP [Candidatura d'Unitat Popular] one, the two proposals that have received the most votes from followers of that movement. In any case, sources close to the nun say that the latter is not her choice.

The same sources explained to EFE that the "exclaustration" authorized by the Vatican and the bishop, means that Forcades will not stop being a nun, as would have happened with a dispensation, and that she will be able to return to the convent when the one-year term -- renewable up to three -- ends.

Forcades' idea is to run in the 9/27 regional elections and -- as the legislature announced by the President of the Generalitat, Artur Mas, would be only 18 months -- return to the convent of Sant Benet de Montserrat in two years.

"Teresa Forcades wouldn't stop being a nun, she would maintain all the prerogatives and be able to return to the convent whenever she wishes, leaving it with the same permission as if it were to care for a sick relative," the same sources explained, stating that the Benedictine traveled recently to Rome to get the Vatican's consent and that she has also received Bishop Cortés' approval.

Before making her exclaustration official, the nun will attend the Procés Constituent movement assembly on Sunday, where representatives of other political parties are expected to attend as guests and which will decide how they will present themselves in the upcoming regional elections.

Participants will have to choose between a "broad social spectrum" ticket headed by Forcades or joining the CUP one.

The Procés Constituent Assembly will be held all day on Sunday at the Escolapios de Terrassa school (Barcelona) and it appears likely that the option of the nun leading the ticket will win, given the support and encouragement that she is receiving at public events she holds, according to sources.

"Her talks are very successful and there are many excited people who have asked her to present herself," said one of her collaborators, who recalled that over 47,500 people have joined the Procés Constituent movement.

The nun's exit from the convent also coincides with her trip to Gaza on a humanitarian convoy to bring medical supplies to the Palestinian territory.

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