A nun who gave birth unexpectedly to a baby boy on Wednesday in Rome has humiliated members of her convent. The nun, who was a member of the Little Disciples of Jesus order in Rieti, has drawn quite a reaction from her fellow sisters...as well as the local bishop there. He said she will have to leave her convent after breaking her vows of celibacy of the Catholic Church.
"It would be preferable that she now lead a secular life with her baby, away from religious institutions," said Lucarelli.
Mother superior of the convent -- Sister Erminia -- had her own reaction to the embarrassing event.
"It seems she was not able to resist temptation," she remarked.
When the nun developed stomach cramps, she was rushed to the hospital. The Italian press reports that she told doctors was impossible that she was pregnant.
"It's not possible, I'm a nun," she reportedly said.
The nun who gave birth has not been identified and the town mayor -- Simone Petrangeli -- has requested that her privacy be respected. She named the nine-pound baby boy Francesco – after Pope Francis.
"Both mother and baby are in good health," said Pasquale Carducci, director of the local Rieti hospital.
Sisters at the convent were not aware the nun was pregnant. One of them said she noticed that she had "put on weight but recently she had kept to herself."
The nun will receive help from local residents in the local community until she decides on her future. The mayor will make contributions in the effort..
"If she needs assistance we will provide it, as we would for anybody," mayor Petrangeli said.
The nun birth scandal has shocked the world and upset the Catholic Church. Although the nun broke a major vow within the institution, she is still human. Many will argue she sinned, but many also believe the Lord is very forgiving.