Incidence 61: Diocesan Priest Impregnates 30 Nuns
- Pope Francis has confirmed reports for the first time that a particular Malawian Diocesan impregnated 30 nuns.
- According to Pope Francis, he revealed that priests and bishops in the Catholic Church had sexually abused nuns and that some priests have been suspended on several occasions.
(peacefmonline.com, 10 August 2020)
Incidence 62: You Tube: Catholic priest impregnates 30 nuns.
Incidence 63: A conspiracy of silence: Sexual harassment of Mary Rajasekaran in Loyola College
- The 95-year-old Loyola College, a Catholic institution in Chennai, looms larger than life. The premier educational institution is ranked sixth in the country by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (2020). Over the years, the Loyola College has become synonymous with academic excellence thanks to its galaxy of distinguished faculty and meritorious students.
- However, recently, the Catholic institution seems to be in the limelight for an entirely different reason—the sexual harassment of one of its employees at the workplace. However, the conspiracy of silence and the cover up of this issue by the college authorities is disconcerting and violative of the rights and dignity of the person concerned.
(hindupost.in, 9 August 2020)
Incidence 64: Justice delayed, denied for victims of sexual abuse in Catholic Church
- Victims of sexual abuse and harassment in the Indonesian Catholic Church face “thick walls” of silence, secrecy and denial, having to bear trauma while the priests who they have accused remain on a moral pedestal.
- Sisca, who has chosen to use an alias to protect her privacy, said she was molested by a Catholic priest in Jakarta when she was 11 years old. The 38-year-old watches the same priest greet school children in the same Catholic school every morning, and in December of last year, she heard His Eminence Ignatius Cardinal Suharyo, the highest-ranking member of the Indonesian Catholic Church, deny that he had ever received any reports of sexual abuse in the Church.
Incidence 65: Bishop moves Supreme Court for quashing of rape charge
- Nun rape case accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal has moved the Supreme Court seeking discharge in the case, claiming he has been implicated after he questioned financial dealings of the victim.
- Mulakkal (56) — the deposed Bishop of Jalandhar diocese — has challenged the July 7 order of the Kerala High Court dismissing his plea. The trial court had also rejected his plea.
- He was arrested in September 2018 after a nun in the Missionaries of Jesus congregation filed a complaint accusing him of raping her 13 times between 2014 and 2016 in Kottayam in Kerala. The Kerala Police have already filed a chargesheet against him in the case. The chargesheet has listed 83 witnesses, including Cardinal of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, three bishops, 11 priests, and many nuns against him. The Kerala High Court had on July 7 dismissed his plea seeking to discharge him in the case and directed him to face the trial.
(tribuneindia.com, 25 July 2020) News Link
Incidence 66: All India Christian Forum extends support to victim of sexual harassment case at Loyola College Chennai
- The All-India Christian Forum (AICF) has extended full support to the victim of a sexual harassment case by Father Xavier Alphonse that happened at the Loyola College, Chennai. The victim is a senior member of the faculty who was sexually harassed by Father Xavier Alphonse, former principal of the Loyola College and former Director for Loyola College Alumni Association.
- With no support to her fight for justice from the Loyola College, the victim approached the Madras High Court in 2016. The High Court issued notices to the accused in the sexual harassment case but till date no response has been submitted by the accused in court. And the case has not moved forward for the last four years.
- Speaking on the issue, Savio Rodrigues, president, All India Christian Forum, stated, “Sexual abuse and sexual harassment is an evil in the Catholic Church. It is a grave crime in any institution anywhere in the world. It needs to be dealt by law firmly and swiftly. Fr Xavier Alphonse assumes that under the protection of a powerful institution of the Jesuit Order – Loyola College, Chennai, he is safe. This attitude is behind the reason there has been no reply to High Court notices for 4-years from the accused priest and from the Loyola College as well. We believe in the judiciary therefore we will use our legal expertise to ensure that the victim gets justice.”
(goachronicle.com, 20July 2020) News Link
Incidence 67:New Vatican Guidance Urges Clergy To Report Cases Of Sexual Abuse
- The Vatican on Wednesday published a handbook for clergy and church lawyers that lays out the steps to follow when investigating and reporting alleged cases of sexual abuse of minors and others by priests, deacons and prelates.
- A Vatican official described the “vademecum,” as the document is titled in Latin, as simply a “tool” for correctly conducting probes into such allegations.
- “No new law is being promulgated, nor are new norms being issued,” Cardinal Louis Ladaria, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, writes in the in-house outlet Vatican News. “It is, instead, an ‘instruction manual’ that intends to help whoever has to deal with concrete cases from the beginning to the end.”
Incidence 68: CDF Church Procedure manual released
- The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) issued Thursday a manual to help bishops and dioceses follow Church procedure in respect to accusations of sexual abuse of a minor by a cleric. The handbook does not issue new norms or make alterations to current Church law, but is intended as a guide for bishops, dioceses, and religious communities on how to follow Church procedure in sex abuse cases.
- Abuse of a minor by a cleric is considered by the Church to be a grave delict (graviora delicta), or crime. The disciplinary measures for grave delicts are the competence of the CDF. According to the vademecum’s introduction, “the present manual is meant to serve as a handbook for those charged with ascertaining the truth in such criminal cases, leading them step-by-step from the notitia criminis (notice that a crime is alleged to have occurred) to the definitive conclusion of the case.”
- The introduction states that use of the manual is encouraged “since a standardized praxis will contribute to a better administration of justice.”
(catholicnewsagecy.com, 16 July 2020) News Link
Incidence 69: Bishop Franco Mulakkal tests COVID-19 positive hours after Kerala court issues arrest warrant against him
- Franco Mulakkal, the former Jalandhar Bishop accused of raping a Kerala nun, tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, reports have said. He tested positive hours after a court in Kottayam cancelled the bail granted to him and issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against him.
- Hindustan Times quoted the spokesperson of the Jalandhar Diocese Father Peter as saying that Mulakkal’s health is “not so good.”
- However, members of Save Our Sisters (SOS) Action Council, a group of clergy members and laity who fought to get Mulakkal arrested, raised doubts on the claim. One of them, Riju told The News Minute, “We seriously doubt the legitimacy of this update. We have confirmation that the Bishop House where the accused is residing is not under a lockdown. The incumbent Administrative Bishop has been stepping out of the residence. The other priests too have not been in quarantine. If there is a COVID-19 patient in Bishop House, then their approach would not be so lax and casual.”
(firstpost.com, 14 July 2020) News Link
Incidence 70: Police ordered to protect dismissed Indian nun
- Sister Lucy Kalapura claims threats have been made to her life by members of her congregation State High Court in Kerala has directed police to protect a dismissed Catholic nun after she claimed to have received threats to her life from her superiors and some priests.
- The top court in the southern Indian state on July 9 ordered authorities to “ensure that the law and order is maintained and if necessary, to afford adequate protection to the life and property of the petitioner.”
- The petitioner Sister Lucy Kalapura, was dismissed from her Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC) on Aug. 5, 2019, citing disobedience and breaking religious vows of poverty.
- However, the congregation gave her the canonical opportunity to appeal to the Vatican and continue in the convent in Mananthavady diocese in Kerala.
- The court has also served notices on all the respondents seeking their reply within 10-days ahead of a full hearing to be held at a later date.
(ucanews.com, 13 July 2020) News Link
Incidence 71: Kerala HC dismisses Franco Mulakkal plea seeking discharge from rape case
- The Kerala High Court dismissed Catholic Bishop Franco Mulakkal’s revision petition against a lower court’s rejection of his discharge application. The priest has been implicated in a complaint filed by a nun accusing him of rape (Franco Mulakkal v. State of Kerala)
- A Single-Bench of Justice V Shircy pronounced judgment in the case on Tuesday. Drawing on various Supreme Court decisions, Justice Shircy found that a prima facie case was made out for the prosecution of Father Mulakkal.
- The Court added that ascertaining whether the complainant’s case was concocted or true would have to be decided in trial, after evaluating the evidence.
- “If such a case is thrown out at the threshold it will give a wrong message to the right-thinking people in the society.”
(brandbench.com, 8 July 2020) News Link
Incidence 72: Salem man, 81, who worked with kids gets 5 years for attempted sexual abuse of child
- A Salem man who worked with children for decades in the Willamette Valley was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for attempting to sexually abuse a 9-year-old girl.
- James Allen Moore, 81, was initially arrested last year on three counts of first-degree sexual abuse. He pleaded guilty in March to attempted first-degree sexual abuse and admitted to trying to touch the 9-year-old victim intimately.
- Though Moore was a longtime Salem resident, the conduct occurred in Deschutes County and Oregon State Police conducted the investigation of Moore.
- According to investigators, Moore was actively involved with the Valley Baptist Church in rural Polk County, where he worked with children for decades.
(ucanews.com, 8 July 2020) News Link
Incidence 73: Father Cyriac, Director of Don Bosco Youth Centre molests a Tribal girl
- 22-year tribal girl was molested by the priest of Don Bosco Youth Centre Father Cyriac in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh. The incident came to light when a youth from the state posted about it on Facebook on Wednesday morning.
- An FIR was filled by the victim on June 15 at the women police station in Itanagar and a case has been registered against the accused — Father Cyriac Pulinthanathumalayil under Section 354 of IPC.
- The accused, who is the founder director of DBYC Itanagar and recipient of many awards for excellence in youth work, was arrested later by the police.
- Meanwhile, the accused is out on bail. Surprisingly, the reason behind the bail was that his test for COVID-19 was not done before he was arrested and put behind the bars, said sources in the police department.
(eastmojo.com, 8 July 2020) News Link
Incidence 74: Church suspends 2 priests over abuse
- The Thalassery Archdiocese of Syro-Malabar Church in Kerala on Wednesday suspended two priests, who were accused of sexual harassment last year, after audio clips of their purported sleazy conversation went viral on social media.
- In a statement, the diocese apologised to the believers saying the two, Father Joseph Poothattil and Father Mathew Mullappallil, were supposed to “hold a high moral ground but they failed”.
- It said the priests have been debarred and restrained from carrying out priestly duties indefinitely.
- A woman last year complained to the diocese about the alleged harassment while others have also complained about their behaviour even. But the church brushed aside these charges and defended them.
Incidence 75: 175 children abused by Mexican branch of Catholic Church: report
- The report notes that 18 of the 33 individuals who committed abuses are still part of the organisation, but says they have been removed from tasks connected to the public or minors.
- At least 175 children were sexually assaulted by priests belonging to an ultra-conservative Mexican branch of the Roman Catholic Church, according to an internal report published Saturday.
- The founder of the Legionaries of Christ, Marcial Maciel, abused as many as 60 children, with a total of 33 priests or deacons acknowledged to have committed sexual assaults against minors since 1941, the document says.
Incidence 76: Known cases of sexual abuse in Indonesian Catholic churches, institutions are ‘tip of the iceberg’
- At least 56 people have been subjected to sexual abuse in Catholic churches and institutions across Indonesia, according to a weekly magazine report published by a parish in West Jakarta.
- The report, titled “Sexual Abuse in Indonesian Churches: An Iceberg Phenomenon?”, appeared in Warta Minggu, a weekly magazine published by Tomang Parish on Dec. 8.
- It is based on a discussion held at Atma Jaya University last month to mark the international campaign 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.
- During the discussion, Indonesian Bishops Conference (KWI) seminary commission secretary, Father Joseph Kristanto Suratman, admitted that his commission had received reports from sources detailing at least 56 abuse victims
(lucas.news, 11 December 2019) .
Incidence 77: Nun’s autobiography reveals churches’ sexual harassment
- A nun in Kerala is raising serious sexual allegations against the churches in Kerala, especially sexual harassment being faced by young nuns from priests, in her autobiography.Sister Lucy Kalappura, who was a member of the Franciscan Clarist Congregation under the Roman Catholic Church, even says in the autobiography that she had faced sexual harassment at least four times. Sister Lucy, who was with the Mananthavady dioce…
- Sister Lucy, who was with the Mananthavady diocese at Wayanad in Kerala, had faced expulsion order from the congregation after she supported the nun who was allegedly sexually harassed by the former bishop of Jalandhar, Franco Mulakkal. The autobiogr…
- Sister Lucy alleges that many priests who arrive as visitors at convents of nuns were sexually harassing nuns. She said that she faced four sexual harassment attempts after she became a nun. There also used to be many instances of young nuns being forced to go to churches. She also alleges that there were instances of senior nuns sexually exploiting young nuns.
Incidence 78: Almost 1,700 priests and clergy accused of sex abuse are unsupervised
- Nearly 1,700 priests and other clergy members that the Roman Catholic Church considers credibly accused of child sexual abuse are living under the radar with little to no oversight from religious authorities or law enforcement, decades after the first wave of the church abuse scandal roiled U.S. dioceses, an Associated Press investigation has found.
- These priests, deacons, monks and lay people now teach middle-school math. They counsel survivors of sexual assault. They work as nurses and volunteer at nonprofits aimed at helping at-risk kids. They live next to playgrounds and daycare centers. They foster and care for children.
Incidence 79: Abused nuns reveal stories of rape, forced abortions
Another scandal is engulfing the Catholic Church. At a time when the Vatican has taken its most concrete steps to address a long ordeal with sex abuse and coverups, a growing chorus of nuns is speaking out about the suffering they have endured at the hands of the priesthood, including rape, forced abortion, emotional abuse and labor exploitation. Special correspondent Christopher Livesay reports.
Most of the attention has focused on child victims, but as special correspondent Christopher Livesay reports from the Vatican, now, in the MeToo era, there’s a growing chorus of nuns speaking out as survivors of abuse as well.
Incidence 80: Expelled Kerala Nun’s Memoir Sheds Light On Abuse And Harassment In Catholic Church
- The autobiography of a Catholic nun with scandalous accounts of sexual abuse and exploitation by priests, illicit relationships and homosexuality among the clergy threatens to hurtle the Catholic Church in Kerala into another crisis.
- Karthavinte Namathil, which translates roughly as “In the name of Christ”, is written by 52-year-old Sister Lucy Kalapura. The 203-page book, written in Malayalam, was released on Saturday.
- Kalapura is no stranger to controversy herself. In August, she was expelled by the Kerala-based Franciscan Clarist Congregation for her lifestyle, which it said did not conform with church rules. This reportedly included publishing books, and buying and driving a car. Kalapura petitioned the Vatican against the congregation’s decision but her appeal was denied. Refusing to accept her expulsion, she remains at her convent in Wayanad.
Incidence 81: Pope Acknowledges Nuns Were Sexually Abused by Priests and Bishops
- Pope Francis said on Tuesday that the Roman Catholic Church had faced a persistent problem of sexual abuse of nuns by priests and even bishops, the first time he has publicly acknowledged the issue.
- Catholic nuns have accused clerics of sexual abuse in recent years in India, Africa, Latin America and in Italy, and a Vatican magazine last week mentioned nuns having abortions or giving birth to the children of priests. But Francis has never raised the issue until he was asked to comment during a news conference aboard the papal plane returning to Rome from his trip to the United Arab Emirates.
Incidence 82: B’luru woman attempts suicide, accuses bishop of sexual harassment and intimidation
- A woman’s attempt to take her own life on Saturday revealed a case of sexual harassment and intimidation by a bishop and a member of the Church of South India in Bengaluru. Bishop PK Samuel of the Holy Trinity Church has been accused of sexually harassing 27-year-old Hema*, while he and CSI member Vinod Dasan allegedly intimidated her after she refused to back down on six-year-old sexual harassment case she had been fighting against Vinod.
- Hema attempted to kill herself on January 31 following a verbal altercation with Bishop PK Samuel, said DCP East Rahul Kumar.
- Bishop TK Samuel has been booked under Sections 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 506 (criminal intimidation), 504, and 34 of the Indian Penal Code, according to DCP East Rahul Kumar. Vinod Dasan has been booked for criminal intimidation.
Incidence 83: Priest who took Kerala woman’s confession, blackmailed for sexual favours, in custody
- A day after the Kerala High Court rejected the anticipatory bail petitions of three priests of the Malankara Orthodox Church accused of raping a woman from Thiruvalla, Fr Job Mathew has been taken into custody by the Department of Crime Records Bureau, Kollam on Thursday. While some reports say that he surrendered, others say he has been arrested. The police is yet to give an official statement.
- 40-year-old Fr Job Mathew, a native of Kollam, is the second accused in the case. He has been accused of blackmailing the survivor using her confession secret in 2009. While the survivor’s husband has accused five priests, sources in the department say that the survivor has named only four priests.
Incidence 84: Tamil Nadu school pastor, accused of sexual harassment bid, absconding; students protest
- Students of a school in Thiruvotriyur near Chennai held a protest inside its premises and refused to attend classes on Tuesday demanding action against a pastor who allegedly attempted to sexually harass their colleague.
- The pastor started calling him very often and his discussions often drifted to sexual activities and homosexuality. Following his initial conversations with the pastor, Sudhakar started recording all the conversations, which proved to be useful evidence.
Incidence 85: ‘Sex for secret:’ Malankara Orthodox Church suspends five priests
- The Malankara Orthodox Church has suspended five priests following a man’s complaint that his wife has been subjected to serial sexual abuse by the clergy by exploiting her confessional secrets. The husband, hailing from Pathanamthitta, is yet to file a police complaint. The woman is a mother of two. Church spokesperson P. C. Elias told DC that all five priests have been divested of their responsibilities pending inquiry. Three priests belong to Niranam diocese, one Thumpamon diocese and another from the diocese of Delhi.
Incidence 86: #MeToo: Male students accuse school principal of sexual harassment in Chandigarh
- Three former students of a Catholic school in Chandigarh have levelled sexual harassment charges against the former principal and co-founding director of the school on social media.
- Harold Carver, who is the principal of the school has been accused of sexual harassment by Manraj Singh.
- Manraj, a student of the 1980 batch, has called Carver a sexual predator on his Facebook page. He said that he and his hostel mates were aware of the principal’s activities. He mentioned that he was a Class 7 student when the accused called him to his office and initiated an uncomfortable conversation with him.
Incidence 87: Sexual Abuse by Christian Priests in Bharat – A Hidden Truth
- In recent times, there has been news that Pope Francis “has quietly reduced sanctions against a handful of pedophile priests, applying his vision of a merciful church even to its worst offenders.” How can rape and molestation be pardoned by some godman? Just because such a crime has been committed by Christian priests? Law takes its own course but when a high command of a worldwide religion tries to protect its culprits, it surely is a disgusting reality. Such crimes of rapes and molestation by Christian priests have been reported from around the world.
- Coming to Bharat, certain infamous cases of rapes and molestation, where the religion of the rapist and victim suit the narrative of left-liberals, are extensively covered by English-language media. A crime is a crime and criminals must not be spared. But at the same time, not much space on prime-time news and debates is given to similar crimes committed by Christian priests and pastors. Liberals, feminists opt to keep mum and ignore such crimes committed by a specific community.
Incidence 88: Women tell tales of abuse by village church pastor to Andhra women’s commission chief
- After the pastor was exposed by a local TV channel, locals held a public meet along with Rajakumari and police officials.
- A pastor who allegedly sexually exploited young women in Andhra Pradesh’s West Godavari district is facing potential arrest after AP Women’s Commission chairperson Nannapaneni Rajakumari visited Jagannadhapuram village on Wednesday.
- Following Rajakumari’s visit, several women approached her, and narrated tales of how they were sexually exploited by pastor Didde Ebenezer who was running a church in the village.
- “He would start by asking us to do simple things like giving him a massage, and then move his way up to more unspeakable actions. He would say that we have to follow whatever he says, or else something evil would befall us, no matter how disgusting his demand is,” a victim told media persons.
Incidence 89: Interfaith dialogues and Inculturation: The real face of the Church
- The Church itself provides ample evidence of its true face as one of the most barbarous persecutors in the world. Everywhere that it invaded, it persecuted the natives and destroyed their culture, converted them and christianised the entire land. Christian Clergy world over has an ugly track record of child abuse, sodomy, rape, and what not. Their sex crimes date back officially to Didache [2nd century AD] which instructs, “Thou shalt not seduce young boys!
Incidence 90: சிகிச்சைக்கு வந்த பெண்ணிடம் சில்மிஷம் செய்த பாதிரியார்
- கேரளா மாநிலம் இடுக்கி மாவட்டம் அடிமாலி கல்லர்குட்டி சாலையில் பாலக்காடு ஆயுர்வேத மருத்துவமனை வைத்துள்ளார், பாதிரியாரான ரெஜி. அந்த மருத்துவமனைக்கு, வயிற்று வலிக்கு சிகிச்சை பெற 22 வயது இளம்பெண், தனது தாயுடன் வந்துள்ளார். தாயை தனியாக அமர வைத்த பாதிரியார் ரெஜி, இளம் பெண்ணுக்கு பரிசோதனை செய்யும் போது பாலியல் சீண்டல் ரீதியிலான செய்கையில் ஈடுபட்டுள்ளார்.
Incidence 91: 10 வயது சிறுமிக்கு பாலியல் தொல்லை கொடுத்த 65 வயது பாதிரியார்!
- கேரளா மாநிலம் திருவனந்தபுரத்தில் 65 வயதான கிறிஸ்தவ பாதிரியார் ஒருவர் 10 வயது சிறுமிக்கு பாலியல் தொல்லை கொடுத்ததாக கூறி கைது செய்யப்பட்டுள்ளார்.
- திருவனந்தபுரத்தை சேர்ந்த தேவராஜ் என்ற 65 வயதான பாதிரியார் கந்தந்திட்டா பகுதியில் உள்ள தேவாலயம் ஒன்றில் கடந்த ஒரு வருடமாக பாதிரியாராக பணியாற்றி வருகிறார். இவர் விடுமுறை நாட்களில் அங்குள்ள சிறுவர்களுக்கு பைபிள் குறித்து போதித்து, நல்லொழுக்கங்கள் குறித்து போதனை வழங்கிவந்துள்ளார்.
Incidence 92: பெண்களிடம் ஆபாச பேச்சு மத போதகர் கைது
- நீலகிரி மாவட்டம், கோத்தகிரி அரவேனு முடியகம்பை பகுதியில் உள்ள, ‘பெதஸ்தா’ சபையில், அசோக் ஸ்டீபன், 58, என்பவர், மத போதகராக உள்ளார்.இவர், சபைக்கு, ஜெபிக்க வரும் பெண்களிடம், ஆபாச வார்த்தைகள் பேசி, கையை பிடித்து இழுத்து மானபங்கபடுத்தியதாக, மூன்று பெண்கள், கோத்தகிரி போலீசில் புகார் கொடுத்தனர். மேலும், அசோக் ஸ்டீபன், ஆபாசமாக பேசிய, ‘ஆடியோ’ பதிவு, சமூக வலைத்தளங்களில் பரவி வருகிறது.கோத்தகிரி போலீசார் விசாரணையில், பாதிக்கப்பட்ட பெண் ஒருவரின் வீட்டுக்கு சென்ற அசோக் ஸ்டீபன், அங்கிருந்த கார் கண்ணாடியை உடைத்து, அந்த பெண்ணின் கையை பிடித்து இழுத்து, மிரட்டல் விடுத்தது, தெரிய வந்தது.இதையடுத்து போலீசார், மத போதகர் அசோக் ஸ்டீபனை கைது செய்து, குன்னுார் நீதிமன்றத்தில் ஆஜர்படுத்தி, சிறையில் அடைத்தனர்.
Incidence 93: குழந்தைகளுக்கு பாலியல் தொந்தரவு: தனியார் காப்பக நிர்வாகிக்கு 14 ஆண்டு ஜெயில் தண்டனை
- தூத்துக்குடி மாவட்டம் நாசரேத் அருகே உள்ள மூக்குபீறியில் தனியார் ஆதரவற்றோர் காப்பகம் செயல்பட்டு வந்தது. இந்த காப்பகத்தின் நிர்வாகியாக ஸ்டீபன் ஜோசப் என்பவர் இருந்து வந்தார்.
- இங்கு 41 குழந்தைகள் இருந்தனர். அதில் 23 பெண் குழந்தைகள் ஆவர். கடந்த சில ஆண்டுகளுக்கு முன்பு இங்குள்ள 8 குழந்தைகளுக்கு பாலியல் தொந்தரவு கொடுக்கப்பட்டதாக நாசரேத் போலீசில் புகார் செய்யப்பட்டது. இந்த புகாரின் பேரில் போலீசார் காப்பக நிர்வாகி ஸ்டீபன் ஜோசப்பை கைது செய்தனர்.