The investigation of a Catholic nun accused of violating her vow chastity with a priest has taken an interesting turn as the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth released a photo purportedly taken inside the Monastery of the Most Holy Trinity in Arlington where the nun resides.
Fort Worth (WBAP/KLIF) – The Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth is defending its bishop as pushback continues from lawyers representing a nun accused of violating her vow of chastity with a priest.
The allegation has sparked a criminal investigation of Bishop Michael Olson who is accused by the nun’s lawyers of abuse of power by allegedly taking an iPad and laptop from the nun at her residence at the the Monastery of the Most Holy Trinity in Arlington; part of a Carmelite Monastery.
In an email circulated to the media this morning, the Diocese responded by calling the accusation a “baseless attempt to embarrass Bishop Olsen over his investigation of the Carmelite Monastery.”
The diocese included a photo that is purported to be from a “confidential informant inside the monastery” showing numerous containers marijuana edibles, along with a marijuana pipe.
The email goes on to say, “The photograph speaks for itself and raises serious questions that the bishop is tirelessly working to address with law enforcement.”
–Read full email from the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth below:
June 7, 2023
Attorney Bobo’s press release is yet another transparent attempt to spread baseless and outrageous accusations regarding Bishop Olson’s legitimate investigation of the Carmelite Monastery. Attorney Bobo’s unilateral press releases are all designed to attempt to embarrass Bishop Olson and undermine his authority. Bishop Olson and the Diocese have taken the approach that this is an internal matter and should not be played out in the press.
To be perfectly clear, neither the Bishop nor anyone at the Diocese have been involved in any criminal activity regarding the Monastery. For Attorney Bobo or anyone else to suggest otherwise is preposterous. The mere fact that Attorney Bobo initiated and made a report to the Arlington Police Department was not unexpected given the aggressive manner he has litigated this ecclesiastical dispute in the press. To be clear, however, the Diocese initiated and is in communication with the Arlington Police Department regarding serious concerns it has regarding the use of marijuana and edibles at the monastery, along with other issues that the Diocese will address at another time and in a proper forum. The attached photographs were provided by a confidential informant within the monastery. The photograph speaks for itself and raises serious questions that the Bishop is tirelessly working to address with law enforcement and in private in accordance with canonical norms and within his authority as Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth and as Pontifical Commissary.
Diocesan Communications Director
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