Texas Nuns Legal Battle with Diocese: Amidst Sin, Denial and Property Values


Attorney Mathew Bobo, representing the nuns, raised concerns about the validity of the decree. 

He pointed out discrepancies in the case number and year, as well as the failure to deliver the decree to the nuns’ canon lawyer, as required by canon law. 


Bobo also suggested that Bishop Olson may have an interest in the financial records of the nuns, which the church does not have access to. Speculation has arisen that Olson may also covet the valuable 50-acre land on which the monastery sits. And he may be interested in the legacy donations and proceeds from the nun’s online store.

Sheila Johnson, a supporter of the nuns, expressed her belief that Bishop Olson desires the property, despite articles of incorporation indicating that it would likely be given to another order of nuns if the Arlington group were to dissolve.

 Johnson accused Olson of unbecoming behavior unbecoming of a member of the clergy and emphasized the support for the nuns within the community.

The scandal reached its climax when the Vatican seemingly sided with Bishop Olson’s investigation, finding Reverend Mother Teresa Agnes guilty of violating her vow of chastity with a priest from outside the Fort Worth Diocese.