Texas Nuns File $1 Million Lawsuit Against Bishop Who Accused One of Sleeping With A Priest

A small order of nuns in Arlington are suing a "pure evil" Texas bishop after he accused their Mother Superior of having sex with a priest.

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A reverend mother who oversees a small order of nuns in Arlington, Texas, is embroiled in a legal battle with the Fort Worth Diocese after a "pure evil" bishop accused her of violating her vow of chastity by allegedly having sex with a priest.

As reported by CBS News, Reverend Mother Superior Teresa Agnes Gerlach has filed a lawsuit against Bishop Michael Olson of the Fort Worth Diocese, seeking more than $1 million in damages.

According to the affidavit, the diocese was investigating Gerlach over allegations of “grave misconduct” based on accusations that she “committed sins against the Sixth Commandment and violated her vow of chastity with a priest.”

Matthew Bobo, an attorney representing Gerlach and her nuns, maintains the accusations are false.

“Per canon law, he doesn’t have the authority to start an investigation or take any action. This is an independent religious organization which answers directly to the Pope," Bobo told CBS News.

Gerlach's lawsuit claims Olson entered the Monastery of the Most Holy Trinity on April 24, and demanded that the Mother Superior turn over her cell phone and laptop. After she complied, Olson allegedly interrogated the Gerlach and Carmelite nuns over the alleged affair. The incident took place while Gerlach, fresh off a medical procedure, was still under the effects of medication.

Gerlach's lawyer is accusing Olson and "his agents" of "abusing their power," while "inflicting moral violence and psychological distress on the plaintiffs and the sisters by undertaking an illegal, unholy, unwarranted, explicit, and systematic assault upon the sanctity and autonomy of the plaintiffs and the sisters."

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