Catholic Church Launches Investigation After Two Nuns Return Pregnant From Missionary Trips To Africa

Catholic Church Launches Investigation After Two Nuns Return Pregnant From Missionary Trips To AfricaPope Francis. (Photo by VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

The Catholic Church which has been embroiled in several controversies in recent times including it’s handling the child abuse by priests was hit by another scandal when two nuns became pregnant during their missionary trips to Madagascar, reports The Independent.

The two nuns, who belong to different orders in Sicily, reportedly got pregnant while on separate missions to their home country. However there is no information around whether the nuns were abused in this case.

Sicily’s health councillor, Ruggero Razza, said he would launch an internal investigation to find out how the pregnancies became public knowledge.

He added in a Facebook post: “I wish to express my solidarity first of all to them and to their respective orders.”

“I find it unfair that news that should have remained in the privacy of health facilities has become public knowledge.”

The nuns will now have to choose whether to leave the Order and raise their children.

Allegations of nuns being sexually abused by priests and even bishops have been around since decades and in some cases, the nuns have recounted terrors of having to go through forced abortions - a cardinal sin in the Catholic religion.

Pope Francis earlier this year faced with mounting evidence of priests and bishops sexually abusing nuns had to admit this was a huge problem.

The Pope said, according to the Associated Press “It is true ... there have been priests and even bishops who have done this. I think it is still going on because something does not stop just because you have become aware of it.”