Nun Banished From Order for Spending Too Much Time on Facebook

The Santo Domingo el Real convent in Toledo, Spain, brought a computer within its walls 10 years ago so that the nuns could save time with online banking. Sister Maria Jesus Galan took it upon herself to digitize the Dominican convent's archives, earning herself a prize for digital initiatives from the local government. But she didn't know when to stop. After her personal Facebook page grew to more than 600 friends, her convent asked her to leave.

Her fellow nuns reportedly claimed that Sister Maria's Facebook activity "made life impossible." She was therefore asked to leave and now lives with her mother.

The Dominican order has refused to comment on Sister Maria's departure. However, her Facebook page is overflowing with sympathy. Some posters tell her that now that she has her freedom, she can travel to places like Australia. Some declare themselves sad that she was the victim of such an injustice.

Jose Maria Blanco Jimenez, for example, wrote: "Even though I am an agnostic, I respect your beliefs, and if you have dedicated 35 years of your life to this order, it is very bad that they treated you this way."

Another poster, Gerry Livingstone, offered: "They don't deserve you and you don't need them!"

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Nicholas Jackson is a former associate editor at The Atlantic.

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