An elderly Catholic nun asked by a nursing home to remove the nuns' clothing in the name of the principle of collective tranquility brought the clash between secularism and modest dress to the French dialogue, La Croix said.
The 71-year-old nun returned to her home in Vezzol Bhut Saone after spending her life in a monastery in the Drum region, but her return was painful because of a request to abandon her religious habit after the shelter saw her dress in violation of "tranquility" and order. Procedure of the institution.
After six months on the waiting list for independent housing in Vezol, the nun finally received a positive response last July, but on the condition that "secularism is respected so that no sign of belonging to a religious group can be accepted to ensure tranquility for all," the paper said.
But the nun, who was living in the city's parish care, rejected the offer and eventually decided to find an apartment on her own, according to Mayor Vezzol.
|After six months on the waiting list for the nun to enter independent housing, she was asked to abandon the nun's uniform (Getty Images)|
Claude Ferry, mayor of the Social Work Center of Vezol, which runs the foundation, said the case was over. "The nun rejected the place offered to her and did not want to accept the rules of procedure," he said.
However, the head of the center said when contacted by the newspaper La Croix that "the sister has its place in this residence and can live in full when you want."
Father Florent Beilin, pastor of Notre Dame de la Motte in Vezol, reacted strongly to the issue and said in an editorial he had criticized a misunderstanding of "principles of secularism" fueled by "old demons of mistrust."
"Secularism is to give everyone the opportunity to live according to their faith without harming anyone," the father said, adding that he did not believe that the nun's dress could hurt "because it is not a sign of submission but dedication to service."
He compared the case of the nun to the veiled Muslim woman, who was intercepted by a lawmaker from the National Rally Party during a school trip and caused a sensation, saying that the nun only looked for an apartment for herself.
The newspaper concluded that the general rapporteur of the Secular Observatory Nicholas Caden criticized through his Twitter account "the drift of secularism in order to neutralize all people and everywhere," explaining that this nun has the right to wear monastic uniforms at home and in housing "because secularism imposes neutrality only on the administration and practitioners the public".