A woman has murdered her own baby so she could conceal her sexual activity in order to become a Catholic nun, say authorities. The woman, who had traveled to Washington, DC from Samoa, purposely smothered the baby right after it was born so that the other nuns would not hear the baby crying or find out that the woman had been sexually active.
The baby was born in the convent to 26 year old Sosefina Amoa, who used a piece of wool clothing to smother the baby to death. She placed the wool over the baby’s mouth to stop it from screaming. The authorities report that she was aware of what she did. A court document explained:
She said that she placed a black wool garment over the child’s nose and mouth and applied pressure with her hand for two to three minutes. The mother said that prior to placing the wool garment over the child’s nose and mouth, the child was breathing and had cried. The mother said that after she removed the garment from the child’s nose and mouth, the child was not breathing and she knew the child was dead.
A second nun, according to authorities, helped Amoa place the baby’s corpse into a suitcase and transport it to the hospital. Amoa originally told the other nun that she had discovered the baby outside, but then revealed that she had actually given birth to the infant and murdered it. The two nuns took the baby to the hospital and the hospital called the police upon their arrival. It is unclear why the second nun did not call the police immediately upon discovering what had happened.
Amoa told authorities she wasn’t sure what she should do after she delivered the baby, especially since she had previously lied to the other nuns about her history of sexual activity. Since she was not sure what she ought to do, she decided to murder the infant.
Amoa also told authorities that she was not aware of her pregnancy. Even during the labor, when she saw she was bleeding, she thought the blood was from her menstrual cycle. She has now been charged with first degree murder.
A statement from the convent where she was studying, Little Sisters of the Poor, said that they feel the situation is “tragic” and that they are praying for the victim. “We all feel this is a very tragic situation,” wrote their spokesperson, “We are just praying for everyone involved.”
A blogger who is a nun explains that nuns express their sexual urges “in other ways.” She writes, “For a nun, we vow to be celibate and so we choose to express union and love in other ways, such as through our community life, our relationships, and our ministry…We have to acknowledge to ourselves a sexual urge we may have (not bury it as if it’s not there) and find ways to deal with it in a healthy way. Dealing with it may be solved by a splash of cold water or it may mean talking it over with a trusted friend or mentor.”
Perhaps, as this nun seems to think, “a splash of cold water” could have prevented the whole situation from occurring. A nun has murdered her own baby to conceal her sexual activity, leading some to ask if it’s time for the Catholic Church to reevaluate its stance on celibacy. Social media commentary on the incident seems largely in favor of such a suggestion, but whether the Catholic Church will take notice of this event remains to be seen.
By: Rebecca Savastio