Do nuns in France have employment rights?

The Civil Tribunal of Lorient ruled on 3 April that the exclaustration imposed on Sabine de la Valette, formerly Mother Marie Ferréol, from the Congregation of Dominicans of the Holy Spirit signed by Cardinal Ouellet in 2020, at the time Prefect of the Dicastery for Bishops, had amounted to her wrongful dismissal.

During the hearing on 4 October 2023, the President of Lorient’s First Civil Chamber noted that the letter from Cardinal Marc Ouellet given to the nun during her exclusion had accused her of “systematic criticism, a partisan spirit, public demonstrations of resistance or disagreement, attacks on the truth, destructive chatter and even sometimes manipulation of people”. It was argued on behalf of Ms de la Valette that she had lived in the community without incident from 1987, but that in 2011 the situation had begun to deteriorate when she denounced what she regarded as “serious abuses”. Continue reading