Posts Tagged ‘Bishop Michael Olson’

Vatican reinstates Carmelite nun after bishop’s dismissal in Texas over affair with priest

Thursday, May 30th, 2024

The Holy See has reinstated a Carmelite mother superior nearly a year after the bishop of Fort Worth, Texas, dismissed her after alleged inappropriate conduct with a priest. Bishop Michael Olson issued a decree on June 1, 2023, dismissing Reverend Mother Teresa Agnes Gerlach from religious life following a nearly six-week-long investigation into the affair. Read more

Vatican overturns Texas bishop’s dismissal of Carmelite nun but backs his investigation

Monday, May 27th, 2024

The Vatican has overturned a Texas bishop’s dismissal of a Carmelite nun from her order after she was accused of breaking her vow of chastity with a priest, weighing in on a power struggle and scandal that drew national attention. The Dicastery for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life found in favour Read more

Nuns withdraw application for injunction against bishop

Thursday, May 2nd, 2024

The Carmelite nuns of Arlington have withdrawn their application for a temporary restraining order against their bishop and their superior, who was appointed by the Vatican. In an interview with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram newspaper (Tuesday), their lawyer, Matthew Bobo, said that there was no need for the hearing originally scheduled for Tuesday in the Read more

Carmelite nuns reject new Vatican decree

Monday, April 22nd, 2024

The Carmelite nuns who sued the Bishop of Fort Worth last year have fiercely rejected a new decree from Vatican City that they be governed by an association of monasteries, calling the decision a hostile takeover. “We are not things to be traded or given away in backroom deals,” the nuns wrote in a four-page Read more

Carmelite nuns abandon appeal plans against Texas bishop

Thursday, August 3rd, 2023
Texas bishop

A group of Carmelite nuns involved in a lawsuit against a Texas bishop has decided not to pursue initial plans to appeal the dismissal of their case and instead are putting their faith in a Vatican canonical investigation. The nuns’ legal representative, Matthew Bobo, confirmed this development in a statement released on Monday. The decision Read more

Bishop Olson ‘grateful’ after Texas court dismisses nuns’ lawsuit

Monday, July 3rd, 2023

A judge in Texas has ruled that a district court does not have jurisdiction to hear a lawsuit brought by a monastery of Carmelite nuns against Bishop Michael Olson of the Diocese of Fort Worth. The decision, handed down on Friday, June 30, ruled that the nuns’ suit is “dismissed for want of subject-matter jurisdiction.” Read more

Bishop Olson will ‘not be drawn’ into public debate on Carmelite monastery

Thursday, June 15th, 2023

On Sunday evening, Bishop Michael Olson of Fort Worth released a video message addressing his interventions at the Carmelite monastery in Arlington, Texas. Saying he would not be drawn into public discussion of the matter, the bishop attempted to refute accounts that the convent’s superior had been heavily medicated when allegedly admitting to sexual sins Read more

Bitter dispute between diocese and Carmelite nuns escalates amid allegations of drug use

Monday, June 12th, 2023
Nun adds defamation claim

A bitter dispute between the Diocese of Fort Worth and a Carmelite monastery in Texas has reached new heights as charges and counter-charges of illegal activity, including drug use, have been made. The latest salvo in this protracted legal and public relations battle came from the diocese itself on Wednesday. The diocese released photographs purporting Read more

Nun adds defamation claim to lawsuit against bishop

Thursday, June 8th, 2023
Nun adds defamation claim

A nun has expanded her lawsuit against Texas Bishop Michael F Olson (pictured) with a defamation claim following her dismissal from the Order of Discalced Carmelites. The move comes just a day after the bishop utilised his newly granted authority from the Holy See to decree her dismissal from the order. Reverend Mother Teresa Agnes Read more

Carmelite nuns face dismissal over alleged sexual misconduct by superior

Monday, May 29th, 2023
sexual misconduct allegations

A Texas bishop has issued dismissal threats against an entire monastery of Carmelite nuns as he investigates sexual misconduct allegations by their superior. The Carmelite Monastery of the Most Holy Trinity, located in Arlington, Texas, is embroiled in a conflict with Bishop Michael Olson of Fort Worth. Olson claims to be investigating allegations of sexual Read more