Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The Death of a Romanian Nun

UPDATE Feb. 20, 2007
Justice has been served to the priest and nuns responsible for the death of the Romanian nun Maricica Irina Cornici. The Australian reports:

A ROMANIAN priest was sentenced to 14 years in prison yesterday for causing the death of a nun during an exorcism ritual.

Four nuns were also sentenced in connection with her death...
One of the nuns - Nicoleta Arcalianu - was sentenced to eight years in prison, and the other three - Adina Cepraga, Elena Otel and Simona Bardanas - each received five-year sentences.

R.I.P Sr. Cornici.

UPDATE Dec. 27, 2005
South African Independent Online has new details of Romanian nun Maricica Irina Cornici's cause of death:

Bucharest - A Romanian nun crucified by a priest and other nuns in an exorcism rite was still alive when she was rescued, but died of an overdose of adrenalin mistakenly administered by a medic, press reports said Saturday.
The latest development dominated Saturday's press, with the mass circulation Libertatea headlining the story "killed by the doctors."

Cornici was chained to a cross, gagged and deprived of food and water for several days at the remote monastery in June. Authorities had maintained the treatment proved fatal and she was already dead when other nuns called for an ambulance.

But the new autopsy, carried out after the nun's body was exhumed in September, showed that she died after a medic in the ambulance injected her with six doses of adrenalin which over-stimulated her heart, causing it to fail.


This new revelation doesn't make the priest and four nuns less responsible for her death. What happened to her was inhumane.

ORIGINAL POST Jun. 18, 2005
I read the following report with disbelief:

A Romanian nun has died after being bound to a cross, gagged and left alone for three days in a cold room in a convent, Romanian police have said.

Members of the convent in north-west Romania claim Maricica Irina Cornici was possessed and that the crucifixion had been part of an exorcism ritual.

Cornici was found dead on the cross on Wednesday after fellow nuns called an ambulance, according to police.

On Saturday a priest and four nuns were charged in connection with her death.
Mediafax news agency said Cornici suffered from schizophrenia and the symptoms of her condition caused the priest at the convent and other nuns to believe she was possessed by the devil.


Hmmmmm, I didn't know we were living in the Middle Ages.

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Blogger Jessy said...

Oh my Lord. What on Earth!??!!!!

Poor woman. :(

12/28/2005 04:37:00 AM  
Blogger Ogilvie said...

I am not sure that I wanted to read that. At any rate, you should make it clear on you blog that this was not done by a Catholic group, but by members of the Romanian Orthodox Church. As you no doubt know, they are part of the Eastern Rite that split from Rome at the end of the First Millenium. As soon as people see the words 'nun' and 'priest', they usually assume the people are Catholic. Our Church has enough problems with its image--we don't need to be burdened with the baggage of other Churches.

12/28/2005 09:27:00 AM  
Blogger Fayrouz said...

I think people can click on the links and read the whole reports. Still, this doesn't make it less brutal whether it was done by Catholic or Orthodox priests..

I blog about different religions whenever the need arise. People who read this blog are smart enough to dig through the meaning of each post.

12/28/2005 09:31:00 AM  
Blogger Fayrouz said...


I grew up in the Middle East. I'm an Eastern Rite Catholic who grew up among Eastern Rite Orthodoxs. In Iraq, we're all called Christians. We don't say we're Catholic, Orthodox or Protestant. A priest is a priest and a nun is a nun no matter which church they serve.

I had to learn to say I'm a Catholic after I moved to the states. Before that I always said I'm a Christian. It seems the word "Christian" has a different meanning in this part of the world.

12/28/2005 09:52:00 AM  
Blogger D.C. said...


Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

What people will do for fear of God or his name is frightening.

No matter the church as you say, a nun is a nun and a priest is a priest.

I hope those involved will be dealt with firmly.

Bless her soul.

12/28/2005 11:08:00 AM  
Blogger D.C. said...

Dear Ogilvie,

I don't understand why you would not want to know about human misery if you care for humanity as Jesus did himself, whether it's religious base or not.
The struggle being important enough, any abuse is sadly just human. We know it is not exclusive to one church or another, nor is it to one religion or another.

Indeed the Catholic Church is having a hard time with its image, but it does not change who the majority of Catholics are.
However, one would expect the Church would address its image in meaningful ways regarding a number of pressing issues and perhaps continue to spread intelligently a message of respect, tolerance for differences and of decent responsibility towards our communities; regional or world wide.

Diane, Ottawa

12/28/2005 11:18:00 AM  

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