AMERICA/CHILE - Chilean Religious in defense of the Carmelite nuns who see their cloistered life threatened

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 orders   development   environment  

Maipo (Agenzia Fides) - Since 2012, there has been a legal battle in Chile between the hydroelectric company, Coyanco, and the Carmelite cloistered nuns of Cajon del Maipo. Coyanco is trying to steal part of the monastery grounds to allow the waters that feed the hydroelectric plant under construction to flow, which is part of a series of other plants located on the south bank of the Maipo River.
The building was approved by a Commission of Ministers of the central government without considering the environmental damage, the invasion and confiscation of part of the monastery’s land, which would be cut in two by the river, and the destruction of a cave dedicated to the Madonna that is on the route in question and that is part of the local popular devotion.
The Conference of Religious of Chile (CONFERRE) issued a letter of support to the nuns, sent to Fides, in which it "publicly expresses its support in this critical moment that the communities of the Discalced Carmelite Nuns of the Merciful and the Virgin del Carmen of Cajon del Maipo are going through".
"The approval of the project, decided unilaterally by a Committee of Ministers, violates the very nature of the cloistered life", the letter continues, recalling a very important detail: "The Chilean law recognizes the canon law and the rules of all properties owned by the Church.
"As religious in Chile we want to express our firm support and our prayers for the nuns of the Monastery of the Discalced Carmelites and we will remain close to them in everything that happens" the letter concludes. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 27/09/2016)