Rape and sexual abuse of nuns (and lay women and boys) by Indian priests


MARCH 2015/OCTOBER 24/26, 2016/JANUARY 24/FEBRUARY 28/MARCH 4, 2017

Rape and sexual abuse of nuns (and lay women and boys) by Indian priests

 

In our internet ministry commencing 2003, we have remained dedicated to exposing

-Liberals and dissenters in the Indian Church

-Hinduisation of the Indian Church in the guise of inculturation; false ecumenism and interreligious dialogue

-Liturgical abuses and aberrations in the Indian Church

-Errors and abuses in the mainstream Catholic Charismatic Renewal and in major retreat centres in India

-Indian evangelical- (and New Age-) influenced retreat preachers masquerading as Catholics

-Threats to the Catholic faithful from private/unapproved mystics, false revelations, etc.

-New Age (alternative therapies, eastern meditations, psycho-spiritual counseling techniques and devices, etc.) promoted by parishes, Catholic laity and religious institutions and individuals in India, but we have never concerned ourselves with moral issues for fear of sitting in judgement over people.

 

We have always been receiving information from individuals about predator priests who seduce or sexually exploit women, more so in the recent past. But we have never till now put such information on our web site.

We now feel constrained to publish on our site certain information in the hope that the Church hierarchy concerned will see that justice is done wherever it still remains to be done, and for three reasons:

1. The predator is being protected by the very authorities who should be disciplining him and comforting the survivor/s;

2. The matter has already been reported or is known to the perpetrators’ authorities but to no effect;

3. The news is no secret and is already in the public domain.

 

It is a matter of great concern to Catholics that the only persons who are taking up and fighting these cases with the Church authorities are liberal nuns, liberal theologians and their forums (see page 28). Their liberal (excuse the thrice-repeated word) agenda of militating for justice and redressal uses innocent terminology like women’s “rights”, women’s “emancipation”, “gender equality”, but two among their ultimate objectives are the use of inclusive language in the Holy Mass and the ordination of women as priests.

 

I received this letter from one such liberal priest (who once wrote me that he favours women’s ordination, see the list of files at the end of the present file):

From: Subhash Anand subhash@gmail.com
Date: Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Subject:
Do We Have Any Responsibility?

Sr. Panikulam, “Many nuns have faced sexual harassment“, Conference of Religious India Bulletin, October 12, 2011,

www.religiousindia.org/2011/10/12/huge-number-of-nuns-have-faced-sexual-harassment-sr-panikulam, 20-10-2011.

http://www.religiousindia.org/2011/10/12/huge-number-of-nuns-have-faced-sexual-harassment-sr-panikulam/

Sr. Panikulam MMS, who helps religious with psycho-sexual counseling, told the 75 religious present that abuse cases of young religious are increasing and a cause of much concern.

Question: Who are the persons who abuse nuns?

A high proportion of nuns have been “victims of rape and sexual abuse” either before or after entering religious life, according to Sr. Agnes Panikulam.

The Medical Mission Sister made the disclosure at a program on October 8, organized by the Conference of Religious India at Mount St. Mary’s School, Delhi Cantonment. Another consequence, she said, is that “a significant number of abuse victims are attracted to religious life which offers safety and a respected personal identity”.

Sr. Panikulam spoke of the trauma of such experiences which lead to psychological problems and spiritual crises for the victims at the program titled “Sexual abuse in the church and society and its adverse impact on individuals and the Gospel ministries”. “Some of the consequences are anxiety, anger – expressed or suppressed – low self-esteem, suicidal tendencies, loss of faith and accepting sexual activity as part of life, in clear denial of the vowed commitments.”

Sr. Panikulam, who helps religious with psycho-sexual counseling, told the 75 religious present that abuse cases of young religious are increasing and a cause of much concern. Noting that the problem is wide-spread across the country, she said there is urgent need to raise the consciousness of the problem within the Christian community, especially among the clergy and the religious.

 

 

She said it is believed that in India some 50% of minors among the general population have been abused and called for professionally-trained counselors.

Sr. Panikulam along with Tessy Anthony, secretary for Commission for Women of Delhi archdiocese, held interactive open sessions.

It was observed that there was a pressing need of ‘non-judgmental’ love and an attitude of compassion towards the victims and short-term courses to help tackle such problems.

Sr. Shalini Mulackal* gave a short introduction of the CBCI document on Gender Policy. She said “it offered the accepted policy by our bishops regarding the gender relationships in the Church and it can be helpful in cases of conflicts and tensions.” *See page 28

 

Testimony of the Persecuted and appeal to higher authorities for action

https://silentmaj.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/religious-sr-in-search-of-justice-against-sexual-abuse/

March 8, 2015 on Silent Voice, the blog of Gregory Pereira, Mumbai, silentvoice58@gmail.com

“Taking action against the
seminarian
Pradeep John Ekka

By Sr. Anupama Joseph SRA (CNUA)

Sr. Anupama Joseph SRA, petitioned to His Beatitude Baselios Cardinal Cleemis Catholicos, President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India

Your Beatitude,

I am Sr. Anupama Joseph SRA, a sister of the congregation of the Queen of the Apostles, Ranchi Province, working currently in the Catholic Charities of Diocese of Jamshedpur as the Health coordinator of the Diocese from 3rd July 2014.

With a lot of pain and sadness I would like to bring to your kind attention a very traumatic experience I have had at the Social Development Centre (SDC) Ranchi on 16th August 2014, for which I have not received justice till today.

I was at the SDC, Ranchi, to attend the Annual General Body meeting of the Catholic Health Association of Bihar- Jharkhand-Andaman (CHABIJAN) and to present the Diocesan report in the said AGBM. I was allotted the room No. 14 in the ground floor of SDC along with Sr. Sneha PHJC, President, CHABIJAN, and Sr. Rosita SRA, Executive Director, CHABIJAN.

On the first day after the meeting while I was having bath between 09.00 and 09.30 pm, I noticed someone taking my video through the ventilator from the bathroom of the adjacent room, which is room no.15. I called for help and came out of the room and I locked room no. 15 from outside so that the person inside won’t escape. Soon many sisters and fathers gathered and I sent someone to call the in-charge of the Social Development Centre. Fr. Praful Tigga, the Assistant Director of the SDC, came to the place. I explained to him that someone had taken my video from the next room, so please open the room and get me the video. He refused to act saying, “It’s my brother inside, I can’t do that, I can’t do harm to my brother.” Then we realized that it was a seminarian inside. I was shocked by his stand and asked him, “Then who am I?” Then I also told him “you are in charge of this place, please do something and get me the video immediately.” I repeatedly asked him to get me the video and he kept repeating that it is his brother. At this juncture, I lost my cool and I slapped him, though I realized later that it was not the right thing to do.

I sent Fr. Petrus, one of the participants at the meeting, to call the priests from bishop’s house. When they came, they opened the door and we realized that he is a seminarian belonging to the Archdiocese of Ranchi doing theology in Rome. When the priests inquired about the incident, he denied at first, but later confessed that he had taken the video through the ventilator of the bathroom. In his room we found a laptop, a tablet, a camera, an external disk and his mobile. Sr. Sneha PHJC and Sr. Rosita SRA took all that and kept them in our room.

In desperation I called up my provincial superior Sr. Laila to come to SDC immediately and she came within 30 minutes along with her counselors. They took me to the Provincialate, and on arrival there, Sr. Laila asked me to give her all the gadgets which we collected from the seminarian’s room and I handed them over to her.

The following day, on the 17th August 2014 about 09.30 a.m., the then auxiliary bishops elect of the Archdiocese of Ranchi, Rev. Theodore Mascarenhas SFX, and Rev. Telesphore Bilung SVD came to my Provincial House and met my Provincial and me. Both the bishops elect promised me saying, “Sister, we are sorry for what has been done to you by our seminarian, this should have never taken place, you are important to us, we are with you and we will do everything to protect your privacy and dignity. We will recommend to Cardinal Telesphore Toppo not to promote the seminarian to priesthood, and that’s our strong stand. As soon as the Cardinal comes back from Bangalore we shall dismiss the seminarian. We do not want such priest for the Catholic Church. We will do justice to you.”

Rev. Theodore Mascarenhas SFX, and Rev. Telesphore Bilung SVD went to the SDC along with my Provincial Sr. Laila to verify the matter with the seminarian. At about 11.00 am, Sr. Laila called me to SDC to check how the seminarian took the video as there was a confusion as to whether he used a mobile camera or a video camera. The seminarian confessed that he used his mobile and had taken the video through the ventilator of his bathroom. At the request of the bishops elect, in the presence of the Provincial Sr. Laila, Sr. Jaya SRA, Fr. Shishir and myself, he demonstrated how he climbed on the chair and took the video. Before leaving the place the Bishops elect asked the seminarian if he had anything to tell me. He said he was sorry for what he did. Then they asked me if I had anything to say to him. I asked the seminarian “if it was your sister in my place what would you do?” and his reply was, “I will kill him”. Then I told the seminarian, “I leave you, if you change your life and become a holy man. Then that will be great before God.”

On 19 August, Sr. Laila met the Cardinal and he told her that he had spoken to the seminarian, Bro. Pradeep. (Initially I was told by someone at SDC that the seminarian’s name is Pradeep Xalxo, but later I came to know that he is Br. Pradeep John Ekka). Since the bishops elect were to be consecrated at the end of August, the Cardinal expressed his difficulty to address the issue then as he was going to be occupied until then.

 

 

On 26th of August my provincial and her councilor Sr. Kavita SRA took me to SDC again to meet Fr. Praful and ask his forgiveness for slapping him. I asked pardon for what I did and Fr. Praful said that he has forgiven me. He also said that he was unable to respond to my request that time as he did not know what to do at that moment.

Meanwhile, I contacted my Superior General Sr. Nandita Pereira who was already informed of the matter and she also assured me that justice will be done to me. Time lapsed without any action being taken by the Cardinal or by my superiors and in the beginning of October I got the information that Br. Pradeep was sent back to Rome to continue his theological studies. On hearing this, I was deeply pained, hurt and troubled, and I asked myself why the authorities concerned are taking such a stand on the heinous crime done to me.

Feeling more desperate about the situation, that no action had been taken even after two months, I took the matter to Fr. Francis Kurian SJ, President of CRI, BIJAN; Fr. Thomas SDB President of National CRI; Fr. Tomy IMS, Director General of CHAI; Fr. Mathew, Health Secretary to CBCI and Sr. Manju Kulapuram SCSC, the National Secretary of Forum of Religious for Justice and Peace (FORUM) asking their intervention in this matter.

Now more than four months have passed since the incident has happened and yet no action has been taken. I am unable to sleep thinking whether the seminarian would abuse me further using what he has videotaped. I am terribly perplexed and shocked at the irony of the situation- the offender is sent back to continue his studies while me the victim remains broken, undergoing mental torture on being denied justice. I am in trauma, being distressed at the delay in getting justice. However, I continue with my regular work as the health coordinator.

Your Beatitude, I am writing this letter to you at the end of the year 2014 with much anguish, but also with some hope that at least you will address this issue. As the President of Catholic Bishops Conference of India, I trust that you will heed this plea and respond to this issue. Br. Pradeep needs to be tried according to the law of the land. Besides this, I would earnestly request you to take some action to see that sexual violence in any form is not tolerated or covered up in the Catholic Church in India. I hope you will not disappoint me in this matter.

Thanking you in anticipation,

Yours sincerely

Sr. Anupama Joseph SRA, Catholic Charities, Patel Bagan, Sundernagar, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand – 832107.

Mobile: +91-9973962232 (See also page 25)

*****

 

Extract from the Letter submitted to CBCI President by Indian Women’s Theological Forum (IWTF)

To His Beatitude Baselios Cardinal Cleemis,

•    Dismiss the seminarian Pradeep John Ekka from his priestly formation.

•    Ensure justice to Sr. Anupama Joseph, SRA

•    Advise the member bishops of CBCI to show earnestness in implementing the gender policy of CBCI by showing zero tolerance of sexual crimes and misconduct. (Ref. Gender Policy of the Catholic Church of India, 2010, p. 29).

Kudos to Sr. Metti for her excellent thought provoking article in The New Leader, March 1-15, 2015 entitled, “The Silenced Half in the Church Dares to Speak”. Thank you for daring to speak about the skeletons in our own cupboard-the Church. In early January 2015, I got an email from Theological Forum, Women for Change and CRI, Delhi-together with a copy of the letter submitted to CBCI to give my views on the sexual harassment to Sr. Anupama Joseph SRA. On reading the letter, I was shocked and disturbed, and immediately dashed off a brief letter to Cardinal Toppo, the Archbishop of the Ranchi Diocese, a part of which was published by CNUA. I also wrote personally to Sr. Anupama SRA and wanted to meet her during my brief visit to Jamshedpur on 18th January but finally could not meet her.

I stayed with the SRA sisters from 11th to 13th February 2015 while attending the Vatican Colloquium at Bodh Gaya, where I got first-hand information from a significant sister of the SRA congregation. While she told me that the matter was amicably settled, I found it difficult to accept the fact that the seminarian Pradeep John Ekka was sent back to Rome to continue his theology studies, without any written assurance from Archbishop Toppo that he would not be allowed to continue with religious life. I was also informed that he could perhaps teach as a lay theologian.

On deeper reflection I wondered, “Do we want such sick theologians to teach our impressionable young seminarians? We can only give others what we have. If I as a teacher am sick, what do you expect me to give my students?” Only mature, balanced theologians, who live by what they preach in their daily lives, should be allowed and entrusted the care of our malleable young formees to religious life.

The assault on Sr. Anupama Joseph SRA is only the tip of the iceberg-of a larger problem that exists in Holy Mother Church. It is a fact that women and religious sisters are being sexually victimised by some clergy. What bothers me is the lack of fear – “once a priest, always a priest”, the patriarchal attitude and the lackadaisical ecclesiastical response. The consequence is that we women especially religious, continue to experience pain, sadness, fear, feel intimidated and unsafe, are treated unjustly and as second class citizens and at times even blamed as temptresses.

The only silver lining in the dark cloud is our present Pope Francis who is pro-women. In the recent Vatican Colloquium at Bodh Gaya-among the 60 special delegates from across the globe, there were 5 Catholic religious sisters, 2 Buddhist abbesses, and one lay Buddhist woman. What’s more! A Buddhist abbess and I were facilitators for two of the five groups and we were also asked to be the Mistress of Ceremonies for two separate sessions. The interventions made by some of us women were seriously taken up by the Vatican which was evident in the final message of the colloquium. I feel hopeful. Cheer up women, we are slowly but surely being noticed, accepted and respected as God’s images and not sexual objects!

Dr. (Sr.) Mudita Sodder RSCJ, 6th March 2015, Patna, Bihar, India

 

 

 

Comment at
https://silentmaj.wordpress.com/2015/03/18/one-arrested-in-church-attack-as-modi-seeks-reports-cardinal-cleemis-rushes-to-meet-violated-nun/:

Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, if you are so very concerned about the 71 year old nun who was raped, then why have you not taken action against the seminarian Br. Pradeep Ekka John who secretly video-graphed a nun Sr. Anupama Joseph SRA from a bath-room ventilator when she was taking a bath in a Ranchi, Bihar convent. Instead of the Cardinal dismissing him for good and sending down a stern message on the integrity and discipline within the Catholic Church, he has sent him to Rome for further studies in theology. This is totally unacceptable and condemnable!!!

What is your explanation on the above matter? Please clarify by a reply. –Cedric Vaz, March 23, 2015

 

I telephoned and spoke with Sr. Anupama Joseph seven months after the occurrence of the incident.

She admitted to me that she has not received any justice from the ecclesiastical authorities. But she was hopeful that she would receive a reply from Rome to whom she had appealed – “in two weeks”.

 

*****

Rev. Fr. Dominic Emmanuel SVD – Director and Spokesperson – Delhi Catholic Archdiocese Communication/ Information Bureau

After ignoring my two letters of March 2013, he replied to me in November 2013 asking for more time to respond, but only when I finally copied a letter to the Archbishop and the Archbishop Emeritus of Delhi.

 


Where’s his cassock?

 

Further correspondence (all email ids in the present report are disguised) below:

From:
Michael Prabhu
To:
cib…@gmail.com; Fr. Dominic Emmanuel; svd…@gmail.com

Sent: Friday, November 29, 2013 4:25 AM Subject: MORAL ADVISOR TO ETHOS INSTITUTE

Dear Fr Dominic,

I wrote to you in March on an issue which I consider most important, but even after eight-plus months of my writing to you I find that you still haven’t the time to study the documentation that I sent you, and respond to me.

What’s more, you indicate that you are busy for the next more than two months till end January.

I could see how you find time for so many other things as your column has commenced in The New Leader, you are already editor for The Word Among Us, your duties as a prominent public official of the Delhi Archdiocese, etc.

I’ll expand a little on what my concern is.

You are “Moral Advisor” for Bangalore-based Dominic Dixon’s Ethos Institute, an organization that behaves immorally as per the documentation that I sent you.

You should have been interested to know why I wrote that letter to you in March and again reminded you last week, but you weren’t.

I have sent you some of my reports on important pastoral issues on earlier occasions too, but I’m not sure you ever replied.

I wonder if you have ever visited my apologetics web site and familiarised yourself with what it is that I do as a ministry at www.ephesians-511.net.

Now, I have the unpleasant task of informing you that I am aware of Nirmala Nazareth and I intend to call in question, among other things, your eligibility to be “Moral Advisor” to the Ethos (Bible) Institute (of Dominic Dixon) in Bangalore.

I request you to please write to them to relieve you from that position without assigning any particular reason for your doing so. Mark the letter BCC to me.

After doing that, please acknowledge this letter and let me have your mobile telephone number as I wish to call you up and speak personally with you. Thank you,

Michael

 

From:
Fr. Dominic Emmanuel
To:
Michael Prabhu
Sent: Thursday, December 05, 2013 11:24 AM Subject: Thanks

Dear Michael,

Thanks again for your mail, this time with a smell of threat in it with some information you have about an individual and me. Let me also inform you that this totally fabricated information has been around now for nearly four years and has been thoroughly investigated by all and sundry. It also reached my own SVD General in Rome. So much for the threat.

I told you in my mail that I will read the website links as soon as I possibly can. Here it is what I wrote. “At the moment I am extremely busy and I will go through the mails and website links as soon as I can. The days ahead are very busy to almost till the mid of January. But I will try and have a look at it soon”. 

In two places I say that I will try soon and that will remain so. You seem to ignore that and are bringing in another angle. […] All this I will look into when I HAVE TIME, AS SOON AS I POSSIBLY CAN.

 

 

With regards and prayers for peace of your mind,

Dominic Emmanuel SVD
Director and Spokesperson
Delhi Catholic Archdiocese
Communication/Information Bureau +91 11 23363214; 23369582

From:
Fr. Dominic Emmanuel
To:
Michael Prabhu
Sent: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 5:18 PM

Subject: Re: REMINDER PLEASE

Dear Michael,

Just to let you know that despite my badly injured right hand finger, I have started reading the 58 pages document [on Dominic Dixon], initially addressed to Fr. Faustine Lobo. I managed to reach only 8 pages so far, as your writing to him is in single space and with too many details. I have just returned from after the Golden jubilee celebrations of one of my nun aunts (my mother’s own sister) missionary in Orissa.

Is there anything specific that you want to point out to me? I am reading the stuff and without going into the details of what you write, I am also right now busy organizing the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, as I am also in charge of Ecumenical and Inter-religious dialogue in the Archdiocese. So I have many things in my plate + the ecumenical attitude towards accommodating different views confessing our faith in one Lord Jesus Christ.

That’s all for now. 

I also forgot to give you my mobile number last time which is 9810018071. With regards and prayers,

Fr. Dominic

 

From:
Michael Prabhu
To:
archbishopdelhi

Sent: Thursday, February 27, 2014 3:27 PM

Subject: FR DOMINIC EMMANUEL SVD

Dear Archbishop Anil Couto,

Several weeks ago, I received by snail mail a considerably large packet of papers from a nun in your archdiocese.

A part of the papers constitute a letter written in Hindi by a nun sister detailing her now-ended sexual affair with Fr Dominic Emmanuel SVD. In it she accuses him of sexual exploiting her and other nuns whom she names.

Another bunch of papers are copies of email correspondence between the afore-named priest and another nun sister; they admit to a sexual affair as well as his having unnatural sex
with her.

When I wrote to the priest a couple of months ago enquiring about these matters, he replied that “this totally fabricated information has been around now for nearly four years and has been thoroughly investigated by all and sundry. It also reached my own SVD General in Rome.

The contents of the two documents are too detailed and interspersed with factual information for me to believe the priest.

Fr Dominic Emmanuel is “Director and Spokesperson, Delhi Catholic Archdiocese, Communication/Information Bureau”.

During the preceding months, I have watched him defend the church (not too well I might add) on moral issues such as homosexuality/Section 377 of the IPC.

 


 

In my opinion, considering his history of disregard for his vow of celibacy and sordid sexual escapades, he does not seem to be the right person to be defending the Church on these sensitive issues, especially when he himself condemn unnatural sex (between members of the same sex). If the papers that I have are made available to the media, the priest will be torn apart by the anchors of the TV programmes in future debates, and the Church disgraced.

Can you confirm to me that the priest has been cleared of these charges by the archdiocese and the SVD Generalate as he claims?

Yours obediently, Michael Prabhu

 

 

From:
archbishopdelhi To:
Michael Prabhu
Sent: Tuesday, March 04, 2014 2:44 PM

Subject: Fr. Dominic Emmanuel

Dear Michael Prabhu,

No such accusation has been brought to my knowledge so far.  Perhaps he was cleared of the charges by my predecessor Archbishop Vincent Concessao and his SVD Superiors.  

In any case Fr. Dominic Emmanuel’s term is expiring on March 31, 2014.

With regards,

Yours sincerely in Christ,

+ Anil J.T. Couto

Archbishop of Delhi

 

“Father Dominic Emmanuel is a founder-member of Parliament of Religion

Source:
http://www.asianage.com/mystic-mantra/miracle-faith-118, April 14, 2016, and

http://www.pressreader.com/india/deccan-chronicle/20160928/281891592761913 and

http://wsds.teriin.org/2015/pdf/speaker/dominic.pdf, undated

He is heavily involved in inter-religious activities and is also a social worker and human rights activist.

 

A gay victory

“Homosexuals have gifts to offer to the Christian community”

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/141018/commentary-columnists/article/gay-victory

By Fr. Dominic Emmanuel, October 18, 2014 […]

 

I will post the parcel of incriminating papers to any senior church authority that desires to see them -Michael

*****

 

Indian priest granted bail in sex abuse case

Investigators revealed that they had found numerous files containing pornographic videos on the computer of the Catholic priest.

http://www.ucanindia.in/news/indian-priest-granted-bail-in-sex-abuse-case/21497/daily

Hyderabad, July 23, 2013

An Indian Catholic priest, who was arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a girl, in the US, has been granted bail.
Father Leo Charles Koppala, who is serving in the St Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Winona diocese in the US, was granted bail July 21.
During the prosecution, investigators revealed that they had found numerous files containing pornographic videos on the computer of the Catholic priest from Nellore in Andhra Pradesh.
According to Faribault country register, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension unlocked the files after Koppala’s arrest.
Some 10 to 15 porn videos, a home-made video and 10 to 20 videos with porn covers and three clip art posters were found.
Prosecutors, however, informed the court that though the material was sexual in nature, no videos showing child pornography were found.
The priest was lodged in the Faribault County Jail and is charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct.
The priest’s name still remains on the Marquee at his church in Blue Earth.
The diocese has placed the priest on administrative leave, saying that they had not received complaints on his conduct in the past.
The alleged incident happened June 12 at the home of the girl’s grandmother where he had been invited to dinner.
A criminal complaint filed in Faribault County says after dinner the young girl went downstairs to watch television.
It goes on to accuse the 47-year-old priest of grabbing the girl, kissing her and touching her breasts.
The complaint also alleged that the priest told the 11-year-old girl that when she was done with school, he wanted them to… “be free together.”
If proved guilty, the priest could face up to 25 years in prison.

 

Indian priest from Andhra Pradesh to be deported for sexually abusing 11 year-old girl

http://www.americanbazaaronline.com/2014/04/04/indian-priest-tamil-nadu-deported-sexually-abusing-11-year-old-girl/

By Deepak Chitnis, Washington DC. April 4, 2014

An Indian priest from Andhra Pradesh, living in Minnesota, who pleaded guilty to charges of sexually assaulting a minor last year, has now been sentenced and is likely to be deported back to India as a result.

Father Leo Charles Koppala, of Blue Earth, Minnesota, had inappropriate contact with an 11 year-old girl on June 8 of last year. According to the court documents, Koppala was invited to the home of the girl’s grandmother for dinner that night. Everything was going fine until, when the grandmother was on the phone with someone, the girl went downstairs to watch television.

 

 



 

Koppala followed the girl into the basement, and began telling her that he was glad they could finally be alone now. He then kissed her on her cheeks and lips, and fondled her in several places. When the two of them came upstairs, the grandmother told the court that she could see her granddaughter was upset about something. When Koppala left for home, the victim told her grandmother what happened, and the police were subsequently involved.

The Diocese of Winona put Koppala on leave two days later, and now, he has been sentenced to 25 years of supervised probation. The sentence, passed down by Judge Douglas Richards, is a far sight more lenient than what Koppala initially faced if he didn’t accept the plea deal – 36 years in prison.

He will also be required, like all sex offenders, to enter into the national registry, and will not be allowed to have any contact with females under the age of 18. The severity of his crimes means that he is eligible to be deported, which is what is most likely to occur at this point.

Koppala has the right to appeal the sentence, but his attorney has said that Koppala will probably not fight anything. Speaking to the Fairmont Sentinel, Philip J. Elbert said that Koppala knew all along deportation was a possibility, and had surrendered to it from the start.

The sentence was read earlier today at the Fairbault County Courthouse; Koppala has already served 31 days in the County jail, and will continue to stay in the custody of the Department of Corrections. It is now known when Koppala first came to the US, or what the status of his immigration and naturalization process was at the time of his crime.

Lots more at
http://www.searchindia.com/2013/07/17/andhra-native-leo-koppala-sex-monster-or-good-catholic/.

*****

 

Indian priest arrested in Florida for showing pornographic material to minor

http://www.americanbazaaronline.com/2015/01/08/indian-priest-arrested-florida-showing-pornographic-material-minor/

Washington D.C., January 8, 2015

A visiting Catholic priest from India, Rev. Jose Palimattom, was arrested by Florida’s Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies on charges of indecency for asking a 14-year-old boy for help in deleting some alleged child pornography items off of his cellphone.

Palimattom was serving at Holy Name of Jesus Parish in West Palm Beach, reported ABC affiliate WPBF.

The Sun Sentinel reported that Palimattom is serving a two year residency, and has been serving only since December.

According to the report by the police, the boy, while attempting to remove the items, saw some 40 thumbnails which appeared to include child pornographic images and words including “little boys,” and “young boys 10-18 years of age”.

 


 

On returning home, the victim’s father was told of the incident and he immediately called the police. Deputies say that evening, the victim received a text message from Palimattom that said, “goodnight, sweet dreams,” the WPBF report said.

In speaking directly with the head Pastor, Palimattom admitted to asking the victim for help in deleting items off of his cell phone and also admitted that while in India he was involved with a minor male and was reprimanded by his superiors, but that the incident was not reported to law enforcement, the report said.

 

 

In a taped statement, Palimattom admitted to viewing child pornography privately as a “curiosity,” and stated while he knew the victim’s age, he considered him to be mature and viewed him as an adult, the report by deputies added.

The Diocese of Palm Beach issuing the following statement:

“The Diocese of Palm Beach is greatly concerned and takes very seriously the charges against Father Jose Palimattom, OFM. Father Palimattom is a priest of the Franciscan Province of St. Thomas the Apostle in India and began serving in December 2014 at Holy Name of Jesus Parish in West Palm Beach, a parish of the Diocese of Palm Beach. Father Palimattom was arrested yesterday on charges of possession of pornography and distributing it to a minor.

“Upon learning about the allegations, the Diocese of Palm Beach immediately contacted authorities and cooperated in the investigation conducted by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. This cooperation resulted in the arrest of Father Palimattom.

“The Diocese of Palm Beach completes a thorough screening of visiting priests and religious before granting them faculties to minister or celebrate sacraments within its diocese. As part of its due diligence, the diocese completed a background screening which also included a screening in India, and received a Certificate of Aptitude from the Minister Provincial in India. During this background process, no prior misconduct was revealed.

“Bishop Gerald Barbarito wishes to assure the faithful community that this allegation is being taken very seriously and expresses sincere regret to the family involved and all the faithful hurt by this regrettable matter.”

Palimattom is charged with obscenity and is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail. The diocese has refused to issue the bond for bail.

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Vatican says it is cooperating with U.S. effort to extradite Indian priest

http://www.cleveland.com/world/index.ssf/2010/04/vatican_says_it_is_cooperating.html

Vatican City, April 5, 2010


 

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Anderson points to a poster-size photo of Rev. Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul during a news conference Monday, April 5, 2010 in St. Paul, Minn., to draw attention to the case of the Catholic priest charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in Minnesota and demand he be suspended and returned to face justice in the United States. Jeyapaul is working in his home diocese in India and has no plans to return to the U.S. to face the courts, he and his bishop told The Associated Press on Monday.

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The Vatican says it has cooperated with U.S. law enforcement officials working to extradite an Indian priest charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in Minnesota.

In a statement to The Associated Press, Vatican attorney Jeffrey Lena says the Holy See had handed over the Rev. Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul’s address in India.

Jeyapaul told the AP on Monday that he is innocent and has no plans to return to the U.S. to face charges.

Lena says the Vatican had recommended Jeyapaul be defrocked, because it believed the charges were serious enough, but that his local bishop in India refused.

The bishop, the Most Rev. A. Amalraj of the diocese of Ootacamund, said he had disciplined Jeyapaul by sending him to a monastery for prayer.

Prosecutors in Minnesota said Monday they are trying to extradite Jeyapaul. Jeyapaul denied the abuse allegations and said he has no plans to return to the United States to face the courts.

Jeyapaul was charged in January 2007 while he was in India. He said officials from the Diocese of Crookston, Minnesota, told him to stay put.

His current bishop, the Most Rev. A. Amalraj of the diocese of Ootacamund in southern India, said Jeyapaul works in his office processing teacher appointments for a dozen church schools and does not work with children.

In a May 2006 letter to the Bishop Victor Balke of the Diocese of Crookston, Archbishop Angelo Amato wrote that Jeyapaul’s bishop had been instructed to monitor him “so that he does not constitute a risk to minors and does not create scandal.”

 

 

Amato was secretary to Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which handles all abuse cases. In subsequent letters, Balke warned both Levada and a top Vatican official in the U.S. about Jeyapaul. “It is difficult for me to quantify the harm that this man has done to the dignity of the priesthood,” Balke wrote to Levada on Dec. 21, 2006.

The letters are among evidence against Jeyapaul provided to The Associated Press by Jeff Anderson, the attorney for Jeyapaul’s accuser.

Jeyapaul is wanted in the U.S. on two counts of criminal sexual conduct stemming from accusations he assaulted a young, female parishioner in the fall of 2004 at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenbush, where he was working. Each charge could result in a sentence of up to 30 years.

According to the criminal complaint, the teenage girl accused Jeyapaul of threatening to kill her family if she did not come into the rectory, where he then forced her to perform oral sex on him and groped her.

“It is a false accusation against me,” Jeyapaul told the AP in a phone interview. “I do not know that girl at all.”

Lisa Hanson, the prosecutor in northern Minnesota’s Roseau County, said her office is in the process of trying to extradite Jeyapaul. She wouldn’t provide specifics on the timing or approach but said her office has been working with the U.S. Justice Department. Officials at India’s Foreign Ministry were not immediately available to discuss whether the U.S. asked for Jeyapaul’s extradition.

“He’s charged with serious felonies here in this country,” Hanson said. “We want justice for the victim here and we want to do whatever we can to protect potential future victims everywhere.”

Amalraj said the Vatican did not take any part in disciplining Jeyapaul. He received only a minor punishment.

“We cannot simply throw out the priest, so he is just staying in the bishop’s house, and he is helping me with the appointment of teachers,” Amalraj said. “He says he is innocent, and these are only allegations. … I don’t know what else to do.”

Anderson held a news conference Monday to draw attention to the Jeyapaul case, demanding he be suspended and returned to the U.S. to face justice.

“Everyone knew there was a serious problem, but they chose not to ask and they chose not to tell,” Anderson said.

The Vatican has denounced such accusations and has blamed the media for what it calls a smear campaign against the pope and his advisers.

The Vatican has insisted Pope Benedict XVI takes such accusations seriously and cracked down on abuse in 2001 by ordering dioceses to inform the Vatican of all such cases. However, the Vatican hasn’t issued any guidelines requiring bishops to heed civil authorities, though it insists nothing in its directives precludes such cooperation.

Amalraj said the church had never discussed asking Jeyapaul to return to the United States to appear in court.

“No steps were taken. Nobody talked about that. Nobody asked about that,” Amalraj said.

Right after the accusations against Jeyapaul first surfaced in 2005, the priest returned home to visit his ailing mother.

“My mother told me to remain here, and the (Crookston) bishop also told me not to come back, because these allegations have come against you,” Jeyapaul said.

On Dec. 21, 2006, Balke wrote about the accusations against Jeyapaul to both Levada and the Most Rev. Pietro Sambi, Apostolic Nuncio, the Vatican’s ambassador, to the United States. “I hope that for the good of the Church you are able to reach a speedy resolution to this case,” he wrote to Levada, according to a letter obtained by AP.

A week later, Rev. Sambi wrote to Bishop Balke: “I assure you that this material has already been forwarded to the Holy See.” Officials in the office of the Diocese of Crookston, which was closed Monday, did not immediately respond to a phone message.

Amalraj said he sent Jeyapaul to a monastery for a year of prayer and asked the local parishes where the priest had worked previously if there were any prior cases of possible abuse. None came to light, he said.

Amalraj then assigned Jeyapaul to the bishop’s house, where he is in charge of compiling seniority lists for teachers in the diocese’s schools.

 

Fugitive priest arrested in India after SEVEN years on the run after he ‘sexually assaulted 14-year-old girl who sought his advice about becoming a nun’
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2117651/Joseph-Jeyapaul-Fugitive-priest-arrested-India-7-years-run-sexually-assaulted-girl.html

By Beth Stebner, March 20, 2012
A former Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl in Minnesota has been arrested in his native country of India, where he was a fugitive for the past several years.

The Rev Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul fled to southern India after he was accused of molesting Megan Peterson, now 22.

Ms. Peterson came forward last fall to say she was abused by Jeyapaul in 2004 when she was seeking advice about becoming a nun.

The Rev. Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul appeared Monday in a New Delhi court and will be held in custody pending a formal U.S. request for his extradition, to be filed along with case evidence, government officials said. 

But he won’t go to trial any time soon – processing the request could take up to three months.

Police detained Jeyapaul on Friday near the southern Indian town of Erode after Interpol issued an alert, police Subinspector Pugal Maran told the Associated Press.

 

 

Jeyapaul, 57, an Indian citizen, has denied molesting a Ms. Peterson when he was working at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenbush, a Minnesota town near the Canadian border.

 


Alleged victim: Megan Peterson (right) now 22, claims she was sexually assaulted by Jeyapaul when she was 14; she is pictured with attorney Jeff Anderson

He returned to India in 2005 to visit his ailing mother, and was asked not to return to the Minnesota church after being accused of having an inappropriate relationship with another 16-year-old.

The criminal case relating to the 14-year-old was filed later. Jeyapaul never returned to the United States and has been a fugitive there ever since.

Vatican officials recommended Jeyapaul’s removal from the priesthood, but the local Indian bishop instead sentenced him to a year in a monastery through a canonical trial, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Jeyapaul was one of many foreign priests brought to the United States to help fill shortages in American parishes.

Ms. Peterson told the paper she was shocked that Jeyapaul was arrested so quickly, following a March 11 interview she did with the Tribune.

‘I find it quite ironic that we did that interview and then a week later he is in handcuffs,’ Ms. Peterson said.

‘I wasn’t expecting it to happen this fast.’

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Sex trial: Indian priest to be extradited to US

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/140908/nation-crime/article/sex-trial-indian-priest-be-extradited-us

By B. Ravichandran, Ooty, September 8, 2014

The extradition of Catholic priest Fr Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul, accused of sexually assaulting two teenage girls during his tenure at the Crookston Diocese in Northern Minnesota, US, during 2004-05, now looks imminent with a Delhi court recommending that India should concede the request from the U.S. to secure the ‘fugitive criminal’ to stand trial there. Additional chief metropolitan magistrate Ajay Garg in Delhi said prima facie case had been made out for extraditing Jeyapaul, accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl who, according to records, is undergoing treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. The other victim of the priest was 16-years-old. The US court had begun prosecution process after the first victim, Megan Peterson, now 20, complained that Jeyapaul raped her several times after she went to speak to him about becoming a nun. The priest vehemently denied the allegations, made after he returned to Tamil Nadu to attend to his ailing mother.

On his return, Jeyapaul was appointed as the director of community education at Ooty diocese, but was placed under suspension in 2010 when the charges surfaced. Fr. A. Antonysamy, vicar-general of Ooty diocese of the Roman Catholic Church told DC that the diocese had held an enquiry and suspended Jeyapaul as soon as the allegations surfaced. “He left Ooty mid-2010 and we learnt subsequently that he was arrested at Thalavadi near Erode in 2012 by Interpol intervention and has been lodged in Tihar prison in Delhi since then”, said the vicar-general.  The Interpol could have been activated after a court in Roseau County in US issued arrest warrant against Jeyapaul on December 28, 2010. Some reports have said that the Crookston Diocese and Ms. Peterson agreed for payment of $750,000 to settle the lawsuit and the amount was covered by the diocese’s insurance. That was on July 13, 2011, prior to the trial.

But now with the U.S. court going ahead with the trial and the Delhi magistrate advising extradition, it appears that Jeyapaul could soon be on his way to face trial in Minnesota.  Magistrate Garg rejected his counsel’s plea that the priest had been falsely implicated due to (racial) discrimination. “The instant case is based on the testimony of a young girl, duly investigated by competent authorities who have no concern with the appointment of fugitive criminal as a priest.

“Therefore, chances of false implication of the fugitive criminal are prime facie ruled out. Further, fugitive criminal would get an opportunity to raise his defence and assail the prosecution case at the time of trial,” Garg said. The Ministry of External Affairs had moved Garg’s court saying that a request was received from the US in February 2011 seeking Jeyapaul’s extradition to stand trial in the case. If convicted by the US court, the ex-priest could be jailed up to 30 years.

 

 

Indian Catholic priest Palanivel Jeyapaul pleads guilty to sexually assaulting 16-year-old girl in Minnesota

http://www.americanbazaaronline.com/2015/06/04/indian-catholic-priest-palanivel-jeyapaul-pleads-guilty-to-sexually-assaulting-16-year-old-girl-in-minnesota/

By Raif Karerat, Washington D.C., June 4, 2015

 


 

Jeyapaul was extradited from India

An Indian American priest pleaded guilty on May 22 to sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl while serving in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Crookston, Minnesota. The plea arrived nearly a decade after Rev. Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul took advantage of the young girl, and was extradited from India.

According to the Duluth Tribune, Jeyapaul had previously fled the United States in September 2005 before criminal charges were filed; he was subsequently arrested in March 2012 in India before being extradited last November to face criminal charges in two different cases alleging sexual abuse of underage female parishioners.

The charge he pled guilty to being involved with an unnamed girl who told police Jeyapaul had forced her to touch him and pulled her on top of him while kissing her on her 16th birthday in 2005, which is classified as fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct and is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

She said she had first met the priest when she was 15, at which point he had touched her thigh. A few weeks later, he began calling her home and telling her he would marry her if he were younger, reported The Tribune.

The victim in the other case, Megan Peterson, has spoken publicly about the horrendous ordeal she underwent as a child. She told police Jeyapaul “violently forced her to give him oral sex and fondled her in the rectory of Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenbush when she was 14,” according to court documents obtained by the Grand Forks Herald.

Peterson later informed investigators the sexual abuse occurred with regularity from 2004 to 2005 and that Jeyapaul would sexually abuse her as often as twice a week during the school year, per court records.

Jeyapaul has not pleaded guilty to Peterson’s allegations, for which he faces 30 years in incarceration for every charge leveled.

However, according to The Herald, the unnamed victim who fell prey to the torrid abuse of Jeyapaul’s priestly station, now 25, will finally see her tormentor sentenced in a court of law on June 15.

 

Church lifts ban of Indian priest convicted of U.S. sexual assault

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/church-lifts-ban-of-indian-priest-convicted-of-us-sexual-assault/

New Delhi, February 13, 2016

The Roman Catholic Church in southern India has lifted the suspension of a priest convicted last year of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in the United States more than a decade ago, a spokesman said Saturday.

The suspension of the Rev. Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul was lifted last month after the bishop of the Ootacamund Diocese in India’s Tamil Nadu state consulted with church authorities at the Vatican, said the Rev. Sebastian Selvanathan, a spokesman for the diocese.

Bishop Arulappan Amalraj of Ootacamund had referred Jeyapaul’s case to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and the suspension was lifted on the church body’s advice, Selvanathan said.

“After Jeyapaul’s release from the United States and his return to India, this matter was referred to Rome, and according to the guidelines of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the suspension against Jeyapaul was removed,” Selvanathan said.

The Vatican office of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith declined immediate comment.

Jeyapaul was sent to Minnesota in 2004 and served at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenbush, near the Canadian border.

He was suspended in 2010 after being charged with sexually assaulting two girls who were both 14 at the time of the alleged abuse.

Jeyapaul fled the United States, but was arrested in India by Interpol in 2012 and extradited to the U.S. Jeyapaul pleaded guilty to molesting one of the teenagers who hasn’t been identified publicly. The charges involving sexual abuse of the second teenager, Megan Peterson, were dropped as part of a plea deal.

Peterson accused Jeyapaul of raping her in his office in a statement posted under her name on the website of The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, which has advocated for victims’ rights.

 

 

Jeyapaul, now 61, was sentenced to a year in jail, but was freed on account of time served while awaiting trial.

Jeyapaul returned to India five months ago, and the process to lift the suspension was started soon after, Selvanathan said.

Bishop Amalraj lifted the suspension in mid-January, but Jeyapaul has not yet been assigned any responsibilities, Selvanathan said. “That will be decided in May, when decisions are taken by the diocese on changes and assignments,” he said.

Jeyapaul could not be contacted, with Selvanathan saying the church did not know his whereabouts.

The two Minnesota women both sued the Diocese of Crookston, Minnesota, and settled out of court.

Attorney Jeff Anderson of St. Paul, Minnesota, who represented the women, criticized church authorities for lifting Jeyapaul’s suspension.

“The Vatican must be held accountable…. This is on them. This is on the pope,” Anderson said.

While Peterson has spoken publicly about her case before in hopes that it would help others, Anderson said she was too upset to comment Saturday.

“They’re both quite upset, disturbed and feel deeply betrayed that they would have the audacity to consider even putting him back in ministry,” Anderson said. “To use Megan’s words, ‘They’ll never get it and I’m feeling re-victimized.'”

Anderson, who has represented hundreds of victims of sexual abuse by clergy, said they’re exploring further legal action over the decision to lift Jeyapaul’s suspension and will announce details soon.

“We’re not going to let this go. We’re not going to stand silent,” Anderson said.

 

Priest convicted of sexual assault on teenage girl has suspension lifted by church

Rev Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul fled to India after allegations he sexually assaulted two 14-year-old girls

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/india-priest-convicted-sexual-assault-teenage-girl-suspension-lifted-catholic-church-joseph-a6873476.html

By Chloe Farand, February 15, 2016

An Indian priest convicted of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in the United States more than 10 years ago has had his suspension lifted by the Roman Catholic Church.

Rev Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul, 61, had the suspension lifted by the bishop of the Ootacamund Diocese in India’s southern Tamil Nadu state after he was instructed to do so by authorities at the Vatican, spokesman for the diocese Rev Sebastian Selvanathan told CBS News

“After Jeyapaul’s release from the United States and his return to India, this matter was referred to Rome, and according to the guidelines of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the suspension against Jeyapaul was removed,” Rev Selvanathan said.

The Vatican office of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith declined to comment, when approached by CBS News. 

In 2004, Rev Jeyapaul was sent to Minnesota and served at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenbush, near the Canadian border.

But in 2010, he was charged with allegations of sexually assault on two 14-year-old girls and suspended.

The deposed priest fled the United States, but was arrested in India by Interpol in 2012 and extradited to the United States, where he pleaded guilty to molesting one of the teenagers, who has not been identified for legal reasons.

The charges involving sexual abuse of the second teenager were dropped as part of a plea deal.

Rev Jeyapaul was sentenced in 2015 to a year in jail, but was freed on account of time served while awaiting trial. He returned to India five months ago, when the process started for his suspension to be lifted.

According to Rev Selvanathan, the priest has not yet been assigned any responsibilities but decisions should be taken in May. 

Attorney Jeff Anderson of St Paul, Minnesota, who represented the priest’s victims, criticised church authorities for lifting Jeyapaul’s suspension and urged the Vatican to be held accountable for what happened. 

He is exploring further legal action over the decision to lift the suspension.

 

Catholic Church under fire for rehabilitating convicted Indian priest

http://religionnews.com/2016/02/17/catholic-church-under-fire-for-rehabilitating-convicted-indian-priest/

Vatican City (RNS), February 17, 2016

The Catholic Church is under fire for revoking the suspension of a priest in India, despite his previous extradition to the United States and conviction for sexual abuse.

Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul, 61, was suspended by the southern Indian diocese of Ooty in 2010 and later turned over to the U.S. justice system. He was found guilty of abusing a girl between 2004 and 2005 while working as a priest in the Diocese of Crookston in Minnesota.

Despite the conviction, the Vatican lifted his suspension last month, on advice from an Indian bishop, news agency AFP reported on Wednesday (Feb. 17).

Ranjana Kumari, director of the Centre for Social Research, an advocacy group for the rights of women and girls, called the move “totally unacceptable.”

“The lifting of the suspension amounts to the Church condoning his actions,” Kumari reportedly said.

A spokesman for the Ooty Diocese, Sebastian Selvanathan, told AFP that despite the lifting of the suspension Jeyapaul would not return to active service.

 

 

The case has also been highlighted by the U.S.-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, which published an article online asking: “Why has south India’s Catholic Church re-inducted a convicted child molester priest.”

Jeyapaul was sentenced to a year in jail for assaulting a 16-year-old girl, although he was subsequently released and deported last year owing to time already served. A second woman who said she was abused by Jeyapaul as a girl dropped the charges.

 

Catholic Diocese in India Reinstates Priest Who Admitted Child Sex Abuse

http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2016/04/22/catholic-diocese-in-india-reinstates-priest-who-admitted-child-sex-abuse/

By Kenan Machado, April 22, 2016

A Roman Catholic diocese in southern India said Thursday it consulted with the Vatican before reinstating a priest who pleaded guilty last year to the sexual abuse of a minor in the U.S.

The suspension of the priest, Father Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul, 61 years old, was lifted by Bishop Amalraj Arulappan from the Diocese of Ootacamund in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, earlier this year, Father Sebastian Selvanathan, a spokesman for the diocese said.

Father Jeyapaul was deputed to serve in the Diocese of Crookston in Minnesota in the U.S. in 2004. He returned to India in September 2005 and two years later, criminal charges were filed against him in the U.S. accusing him of sexually abusing a girl between 2004 and 2005. Father Jeyapaul was suspended from the Indian diocese in 2010.

He was arrested in India in March 2012 and extradited to the U.S. where he was held jail in Roseau, MN. In May 2015, he pleaded guilty to criminal sexual conduct, according to court documents.

He was released from jail, after having been jailed for three years and four months, and was deported from the U.S. in July 2015.

On Monday, a lawsuit was filed in Minnesota against the Indian diocese on behalf of a woman who alleges that she, too, was sexually abused by Father Jeyapaul in 2004.

The priest is living in the residential premises of the diocese, Father Selvanathan said, adding that “he has no responsibilities whatsoever.” When asked if Mr. Jeyapaul was prevented from having contact with children, Father Selvanathan said: “It is not a jail.” He didn’t comment on why Father Jeyapaul was reinstated.

The diocese said Mr. Jeyapaul wasn’t available to comment and his public defender in the U.S. couldn’t be reached.

The Bishop lifted the suspension on Father Jeyapaul after consulting with higher officials, Father Selvanathan said. “There was guidance of the Vatican,” he said without commenting on whether it approved the reinstatement. Vatican spokesman, Rev. Federico Lombardi, declined to comment.

Pope Francis has taken a strict stance on child abuse. In September 2015, he met with victims of sex abuse by priests, expressing his “solidarity” for their suffering and assuring them the guilty will be punished.

In the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in Minnesota on Monday, the plaintiff alleged that Father Jeyapaul engaged in unpermitted sexual contact with her on multiple occasions in 2004 when she was about 15 years old and he was serving in the Diocese of Crookston. The U.S. court doesn’t have jurisdiction over the action of an Indian diocese but it can award damages in the U.S. which are enforceable on any property or money the diocese may have in the U.S.

The lawsuit alleges that Father Jeyapaul’s reinstatement has caused the woman “severe and permanent emotional distress, physical manifestations of emotional distress, embarrassment” and other injuries. The woman is also unable to go about her normal daily activities, the lawsuit says.

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Action Against Priest Accused of Raping 14-Year-Old Girl, Kerala Church Awaits Directions From Vatican

http://www.ndtv.com/kerala-news/action-against-priest-accused-of-raping-14-year-old-girl-church-awaits-directions-from-vatican-764199

Kochi, Kerala, Press Trust of India, May 19, 2015

Roman Catholic Church in Kerala is waiting for “directions” from the Vatican after taking initial action against a priest based on Canon law for allegedly raping a teenaged girl earlier this year.
Police had on Sunday issued a lookout notice against Father Edwin Figarez, a priest attached to the Lourdes Matha Church, Puthenvelikkara in Ernakulam district after Kerala High Court rejected his anticipatory bail plea.

The priest, who remained underground to evade the police, has been missing ever since the High Court rejected his anticipatory bail plea on May 5.
A spokesperson for Kottappuram Diocese said Father Figarez has been “suspended for the time being” from parish services after a pastoral commission appointed by the Bishop prepared a “preliminary report” about the alleged incident of sexually assaulting the 14-year-old in a church complex between the month of January and March this year, mostly when she came for confession.
“The report has been sent to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) in Vatican which looks into the cases of sexual abuse of minors by priests. They may appoint another Commission to further probe the matter. We are waiting for directions from the Vatican,” Kottappuram Diocese Spokesman Fr Rocky Roby Kalathil told PTI.
“He (Figarez) is still a priest. For the time being he is suspended based on Canon law. Further decision will be taken by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Vatican,” he said.

 

Father Kalathil, however, said the Church is not expecting a “sudden decision” from the Holy See.
Meanwhile, police, who are finding it difficult to trace the priest, rejected the theory that Father Figarez went abroad using a fake passport. His passport has been confiscated soon after the High Court rejected the priest’s bail plea.
Police sources said they are conducting probe into the case in many places including Bengaluru to nab the accused.
In her complaint, the girl’s mother alleged that the priest abused her daughter many times when she sought his services for confession.

Lots of images and links to articles on this priest at https://christianityindia.wordpress.com/category/பள்ளிமாணவி/:

 

 

Famous Kerala priest arrested for raping minor girl

http://www.americanbazaaronline.com/2015/12/08/famous-kerala-priest-arrested-for-raping-minor-girl/

By Sreekanth A. Nair, December 8, 2015

Father Edwin Figarez allegedly raped a 14-year-old girl.

Police have arrested a fugitive Catholic priest for allegedly raping a minor girl, on Tuesday.

Father Edwin Figarez, 41, from Poomangalam, Thrissur district in Kerala, had been absconding for the last six months after the police registered a case against him.

He allegedly raped a 14-year-old Catholic girl for three months in his room near the church from January to March when he was serving at Puthenvelikkara Kurisingal Church.

The shocking incident came to light when school teachers noticed some changes in her behaviour at school. After school officials told her parents about her behavioral changes, and upon them questioning, she revealed that the priest had sexually abused her.

Her parents filed a complaint with the Aluva police immediately. Later medical examinations confirmed that the girl was sexually abused.

When the parents filed the complaint, the priest fled to Dubai in April to avoid arrest and moved the Kerala High Court for anticipatory bail. But the court rejected his plea seeking anticipatory bail.

On Tuesday, he surrendered at the Vadakkekkara police station in Ernakulam and revealed that he was hiding in Bengaluru for some months.

Earlier, police had arrested two relatives of the priest, Silvesto Figarez and Ben Gari Figarez, for helping him to abscond from the state.

 


 

 

The Kottappuram Diocese, to which the priest belongs, had initially rejected the allegations against him, but, later on, suspended him when the police registered the case and confirmed the crime.

Father Edwin Figarez was famous for his spiritual lectures and music compositions. He has many spiritual music albums to his credit.

The police said that the priest was exploiting the girl’s interest in music.

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Chargesheet soon against defrocked priest for teen rape, murder

Chargesheet ready against defrocked priest for teen’s rape and murder

http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/kerala/Chargesheet-soon-against-defrocked-priest-for-teen-rape-murder/2016/08/23/article3592677.ece

http://news-express.in/news/chargesheet-ready-against-defrocked-priest-for-teens-rape-and-murder-72710/

Indian Express, Palakkad/Coimbatore, Kerala, August 23, 24, 2016

As the chargesheet is being readied against defrocked priest, H Arockiaraj, accused in the suspicious death of a teenage girl at the pastor’s residence attached to the St. Stanislaus church in Walayar in 2013, the Coimbatore Bishop and three members of the clergy are likely to be made approvers.

According to police summons might be issued to Bishop Thomas Aquinas and the priests, Fr BF Madalaimuthu, Fr Kulandairaj, Fr Lawrence Melcure arrested and later released on bail for withholding information, to give a statement under section 164 before the Magistrate. If they supported the prosecution, they are likely to be made approvers. The Bishop and the three priests would have to give a statement to the Chief Judicial Magistrate which will determine the course of the case.

On July 23, 2013, the body of Fathima Sofiya was found in the living room of Fr Arockiaraj’ residence attached to the St. Stanislaus church in Chandrapuram. She was then 18 years and 4 days old. Subsequently, four weeks after the ‘murder’, a canonical court was set up by the Coimbatore Bishop, which found that Fr Arockiaraj guilty. He was suspended from the diocese and defrocked.

Sources, privy to the investigation, said the post mortem report by police surgeon Dr. PB Gujral has clearly stated that rape had been committed on the girl while ruling out ligature strangulation. However, Shanthi Roselin, the mother of the girl, continued to maintain that her daughter was strangulated. As such, investigators are learnt to have sought medico legal opinion on whether under these circumstances Section 302 (murder) could be included in the chargesheet.

On a petition from Shanthi Roselin, the Additional Sessions Court I, Palakkad had issued warrants against the Bishop and the four priests. They were charged under section 201 and 202 of the IPC for withholding information about Fr Arockiaraj from the police.

On August 12, Bishop Thomas Aquinas, Fr Madalaimuthu, Fr Kulandairaj, Fr Lawrence Melcure had appeared before the investigation officer MK Zulfiquer at the Palakkad South police station and their statements were recorded. They were later let off on bail.

The Walayar police who investigated the crime had collected the shawl in which the body was reportedly found hanging. But this crucial piece of evidence was now missing after the police had closed the case within two weeks after writing it off as suicide.

It was in July 2015, after two years, Shanthi Roselin after recovering a letter Fr Arokiaraj had written to Sofiya and based on the photographs showing bruises on the face of the deceased, had approached the police for a reinvestigation. By then, Shanthi had also recorded many telephonic conversations she had with Arokiaraj in the background of her daughter’s death.

Later, Fr Arockiaraj was arrested on charges of rape and under Posco for abusing a minor. He is now out on conditional bail.

Shanthi had also approached the Kerala High court and met the DGP of Kerala seeking justice.

She admits that her family had known Fr Arockiaraj since 2007 when her daughter was in Class VI. He was the Assistant Vicar of the St. Michael’s church in Coimbatore. The family kept in touch after he was transferred to Valparai in Tamil Nadu and later to Chandrapuram in Walayar. He used to visit Shanthi’s house Coimbatore and bring Sofiya in his car to Walayar, located 35 km away, for an eye treatment, counselling and catechism classes. It was during one such trips that the body of Sofiya was found in the living room of Fr Arockiaraj

Meanwhile, the Vicar General of the Catholic Diocese of Coimbatore, speaking to Express, clarified that the question of hiding evidence from the police by four members of the clergy, never arose as the Kerala police had never sought any information from them in the first place.

Bishop Thomas Aquinas, and the three priests, Kulanthai Raj, Madalai Muthu and Lawrence Melcure, were part of the canonical commission that inquired into the issue. Despite Arockiaraj having confessed to have “used” the girl, to the canonical court, the information was not divulged to the Kerala police.

“The inquiry was conducted in 2013, and Arockiaraj was defrocked. We did not divulge information to the police as they did not seek it from us,” said Father John Joseph, Vicar General.

“At the time the girl was supposed to have died, the Bishop was away on ecclesiastical duty. The police had already conducted an autopsy into the teen’s death and were proceeding with the investigations,” he added.

Following the arrests of the four priests for concealing evidence, the church has submitted documents relating to the inquiry to the Kerala police, officials confirmed.

 

 

Walayar girl’s death: Bishop, priests appear in Palakkad court

Holy men held for withholding information

http://m.dailyhunt.in/news/india/english/the+new+indian+express-epaper-newexpress/walayar+girl+s+death+bishop+priests+appear+in+palakkad+court-newsid-57661402

Indian Express, Palakkad, Kerala, September 8, 2016

The Bishop of Coimbatore and four priests named in the case relating to a girl’s death in Walayar in 2013, appeared before Palakkad Judicial First Class Magistrate Court-III on Wednesday to give statements.

Bishop L Thomas Aquinas and priests Fr BF Mudalaimuthu, Fr Kulandairaj, Fr Lawrence Melque and Fr Malaqur were charged with withholding information regarding the death of Fathima Sofiya, 18, who was found dead in the living room of residence of H Arockiaraj, then priest of St Stanislaus Church in Walayar at Chandrapuram on July 23, 2013.

Earlier, the Additional Sessions Court-I, Palakkad had issued warrants against the five under sections 201 and 202 of IPC on the basis of the complaint of S Shanthi Roselin, Sofiya’s mother.

They had appeared before investigation officer M K Zulfiquer at Palakkad South police station and got their statements recorded, before being let off on bail.

The Walayar police investigating the crime wrote off the case as suicide within two weeks. The shawl from which police found Sofiya’s body hanging, has also gone missing.

The case was reopened after Roselin petitioned the High court alleging her daughter was murdered by strangulation and accused Arockiaraj of the crime.

Police sources privy to the investigation said the post-mortem conducted by police surgeon PB Gujral clearly stated that rape was committed, but ruled out ligature strangulation.

Arockiaraj was a friend of Sofiya’s family while he was assistant vicar at Coimbatore. He maintained the friendship while posted at Valparai in Tamil Nadu and then in Walayar. He regularly brought Sofiya to Walayar in his car for eye-treatment and counselling. It was during one such trip she was found dead.

Subsequently, the Coimbatore Diocese defrocked Arockiaraj after an internal investigation. He was on conditional bail.

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Why the priest of Gunadala Mary Matha Church is involved in sexploitation and it is reported selectively?

https://vedaprakash.wordpress.com/2016/03/14/why-the-priest-of-gunadala-mary-matha-church-is-involved-in-sexploitation-and-it-is-reported-selectively/

Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, March 14, 2016

The management of a Catholic church at Gunadala Mary Matha Church here, which landed in a major controversy following charges of sexual misconduct of a priest, reportedly began inquiry into the episode[1]. “The Times of India” mentions its name, whereas, “The Hindu” (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Vijayawada/priest-blackmailed-by-gang-paid-hefty-amount-says-cp/article8351138.ece) does not mention the name of the church involved. The roots of this case seem to be deep as the city police reportedly had to take 11 members into police custody for interrogation as on Saturday 12-03-2016[2]. The religious head had paid ransom to a gang [3]. Not satisfied with the payment, the gang demanded more money and threatened the victim, who approached the police. The priest is understood to have told the police that he paid more than Rs. 1 crore [10 million] to the gang [4]. He alleged the extortionists, who befriended him, morphed his image in a pornographic film and collected money from him. “It is a fact that a gang blackmailed the religious head and extorted huge money from him. We are investigating the case from all angles,” said City Police Commissioner D. Gautam Sawang.

The involved priest has already been accused of misappropriation of funds etc. However, the church management is inquiring into the behaviour of the religious head and his source of income. It was alleged that a portion of the funds allocated to the shrine and for the poor were misused by him. The City Task Force police collected details of the gang from the priest and rounded up many of the accused. Police are investigating why the religious head was targeted, how he was trapped and the mode of payment made to the extortion gang. Investigation officers are trying to find out whether the pornographic film was original or morphed, if so where the film was shot and the persons involved in the act, including the woman. Police collected the call data of the gangsters and are collecting scientific evidence in the case. The media has been very selective in reporting the facts, as evidently, a Catholic priest has been involved.

The Church management is planning to replace the priest after conducting an inquiry. It is said that a follower of the religious head shared sensitive information about the priest, including his financial standing, with the gang which lured him on the pretext of offering a party a few months ago. Later, they started blackmailing him. The role of some media persons came to the fore as they took duplicate copies of the film and collected money from the priest for not telecasting his illegal activities in the news channels. “The extortion gang committed similar offences in other places in the State. We are trying to find out whether the media personnel and advocates whose phone numbers were surfaced in the call data recordings were part of the gang?” an investigation officer told The Hindu. It is learnt that the church management is planning to replace the priest after conducting an inquiry [5]. The heads of the church reportedly sought clarification from the priest on the allegations. However, nothing has been reported the version of the accused priest in the case. In fact, his name itself is not revealed.

 

 

 

[1]  The Times of India, Catholic priest case: 11 persons taken into custody, Phanindra Papasani | TNN | Mar 13, 2016, 12.36 AM IST.

[2] http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/vijayawada/Catholic-priest-case-11-persons-taken-into-custody/articleshow/51376906.cms

[3] The Hindu, Priest, blackmailed by gang, paid hefty amount, says CP, by Rajulapudi Srinivas, Vijayawada, March.14, 2016; Updated: March 14, 2016 05:46 IST.

[4] http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Vijayawada/priest-blackmailed-by-gang-paid-hefty-amount-says-cp/article8351138.ece

[5] http://www.nyoooz.com/vijayawada/389661/priest-blackmailed-by-gang-paid-hefty-amount-says-cp

 

Police investigate blackmail of Vijayawada priest

Equivalent of US$154,000 given to extortionists, say media reports.

http://www.ucanindia.in/news/police-investigate-blackmail-of-vijayawada-priest/31719/daily

Vijayawada, March 15, 2016

Police are questioning eight people in connection with the blackmailing and extorting of money from a Catholic priest in the southern Indian city of Vijayawada.
No arrests have been made but police are investigating the case following a complaint made by
Father M. Chinnappa, rector of the Gunadala Matha Marian shrine, city police commissioner Gautam Sawang told ucanews.com March 14.
“Professional extortionist gangs are involved. We are trying to recover the money paid,” said Sawang.
Local media reports said the priest paid some 10 million rupees (US$154,000) to the blackmailers and made a complaint to police when he could not meet the growing demand for money. The 64-year-old priest from Vijayawada Diocese told police March 6 that a gang had been blackmailing him, threatening to expose a sex video that they said included him.
“The priest sold his family property to pay the money. No money form the shrine is involved,” Sawang added.
An investigating officer — who asked not to be named — said the priest seems to have been trapped in a situation where it appears he was drugged and had photographs taken of him.
The gang then claimed to have more images in a memory stick. Not knowing what the situation was the priest paid the money, the officer said.
The Catholic shrine that Father Chinnappa is rector of is one of the richest in southern India and attracts millions of pilgrims every year, said diocesan spokesperson Father Muvvala Prasad.
Father Chinnappa was not available for comment as he was hospitalized for high blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Father Prasad said the developments “have put severe pressure on the aged priest.”
Father Prasad said Bishop Joji Govindu of Vijayawada has freed Father Chinnappa of his responsibilities at the shrine since “he now needs medical leave.”

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Database of Publicly Accused (INDIAN) Priests in the United States

http://bishop-accountability.org/priestdb/PriestDBbylastName-A.html
EXTRACTS

Larger sources details are available at the above link in the column on the extreme right of the pages.

Fr. Anthony Abraham, Diocesan, Fargo, ND. Accused.

 


 

Anthony Abraham was charged 4/00 with gross sexual imposition, sexual assault, and disorderly conduct for allegedly having sexual contact with two boys and harassing a third. He left the country before he could be questioned. He worked as parish priest in Austria for a time and then returned to India for more parish work. By 1/04, the DA had decided not to pursue the charges.

 

Fr. Francis Arakal, Carmelite, Stockton, CA. Sued.

Born in India; came to U.S. in 1998. Placed on leave 4/02 but reinstated 7/02. Woman filed suit 9/02 claiming Arakal had touched her 13 year old daughter on her breasts in a sexual manner in 2001. Also accused of touching the breasts and pelvic area of younger daughter. One girl told another priest who told Arakal; both men confronted the girl. Jury cleared Arakal of sexual battery but awarded family $20K for way the 2 priests responded. In 2009 he was parochial vicar at St. Bernard in Tracy, CA.

 

Fr. Absalom Coutinho, Diocesan, Paterson, NJ. Accused.

Came to US in 1970 from India. Began working for Paterson Diocese in 1984 and went to Florida “on loan” in 1998. Accused of abuse of 2 females (at least one a minor) in Paterson and removed from duty 2002. Diocese asked Vatican for permission to hold court trial. At least 2 variations of last name.

 

 

Fr. Antony Muthu Hilary, Diocesan, Manchester, NH. Accused.

 


 

Accused in 1995 of getting drunk and molesting girls in his home diocese of Kottar, India. One allegation was investigated and “proved.” Sent to the US by Bishop Tharmaraj, perhaps because of the allegations, where he was allowed to work despite his history. Accused 12/95 of using the confessional to scout victims and of mauling a woman during confession, rubbing his body against hers and attempting to kiss her. Manchester Bishop O’Neil deemed the claim credible. Hilary returned to Kottar 12/95.

 

Fr. John Jangam, Diocesan, Tulsa, OK. Accused.

In 2002 girl said that Jangam, a visiting priest from India, had kissed and fondled her in 1999. She was 13 at the time. Girl told her parents who reported it to church. Diocese sent him back to India but did not report abuse to police since they considered it a matter of “inappropriate behavior.” Diocese said he was excommunicated. Jangam later wrote to Tulsa parishioners asking for money for an orphanage he was running in India and stating that he was still a priest. Diocese denies this.

 

Fr. Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul, Diocesan, Crookston, MN. Convicted.

 

 

India native. In Crookston diocese 2004. Diocese knew rumors by 8/04. Abruptly returned to India 9/05; given job by bishop overseeing schools. In 2006, girl told diocese he abused her many times 2004-05, age 14, including rape and forced oral sex. Per diocese, allegations credible. She sued 7/09; settled 9/11 for $750K. Another girl said he sexually assaulted her on her 16th birthday, 2005. Sued; settled. Vatican recommended laicization; Bishop in India refused. Suspended from ministry in India 2010. Arrested 3/12 on Interpol warrant. Extradited to US 11/14 to face charges in both cases. Pled guilty 5/15 to the 2005 sex assault of 16-yr-old girl; sentenced to 1 year; freed due to time served. No conviction in other case due to plea deal. Deported to India. Bishop Arulappan Amalraj in Ootacamund, India, lifted suspension 1/16, citing consultation with Vatican’s CDF. MN victim filed fed suit 4/19/16 vs India diocese. She won 10/16. As part of terms, diocese removed him.

 

Fr. Leo Charles Koppala, Diocesan, Winona, MN. Sentenced.

 


 

Priest of Nellore Diocese, India. Came to US 10/08. Assigned to Saints Peter and Paul in Blue Earth MN 8/09. Accused in 6/13 of kissing and fondling 11 year old girl. Arrested 6/8/13. Charged with 2nd degree criminal sexual conduct. Released on bail 7/11/13. Put on administrative leave without privileges. Admitted everything but fondling girl’s breasts Pled guilty 3/14 to criminal sexual misconduct. On Diocese’s 12/16/13 list. Sentenced to 25 years’ probation 3/31/14 but will be deported to India instead. He was finally deported and handed over to Indian authorities 5/14/14. Diocese’s information on Koppala was updated 06.23.14.

 

Fr. Jose Ignatius Kuruthukulaugara, Diocesan, Trenton, NJ. Accused.

Accused of abuse of 7 year old girl in 1988. Priest was visiting from India. He was allowed to return to India. Spelling of last name is per 1988 Catholic Director. News article spelled it “Kuruthurukulangara.”

 

Fr. Abraham Mathews, Diocesan, Tyler, TX. Sued.

Native of India. Ordained in Fuji. Came to Tyler TX diocese from West Indies (where he was transferred 5 times). Woman and daughter filed suit in Tyler 9/02 saying Mathews sexually exploited her while counseling her in a troubled marriage and that he physically and verbally abused her 12-yr-old daughter. Mathews fled after Diocese withdrew its sponsorship. No info on current whereabouts.

 

 

Fr. Francis X. Nelson, Diocesan, Brooklyn, NY. Convicted.

Charged in 2002 after DA obtained Brooklyn church files. Nelson pled not guilty. He was accused of visiting a 12-year-old girl in 1999, taking her on his lap, touching her breasts under her bra, and pushing his penis into her buttocks through her clothing, while her terminally ill grandmother sat nearby. Parents reported the abuse, Nelson was removed, then accepted in the NY archdiocese after Bishop Tharmaraj of Kottar, India, wrote letter of recommendation. Convicted and sentenced 2003 to 4 months jail.

 

Fr. Simon Palathingal, Salesian, Milwaukee, WI. Convicted.

 


 

From India. Arrested 6/04; charged with sexual assault of a young boy in 1990-1991 in Milwaukee. When arrested, he was working in South Amboy, NJ, Metuchen diocese. Left WI 1991 and lived in India for some time before living and working in several states between 1993 and 2004. Diocese knew in 1993 when youth testified regarding abuse by his uncle, Fr. Dennis Pecore, and by Palathingal. Also abused in Louisiana. Sentenced to 16 years prison in 2004. Released 12/11. Noncompliant on Sex Offender Registry 1/12.

 

Fr. Jose Palimattom, Franciscan, Palm Beach, FL. Charged.

 


 

Arrested, charged with obscenity in 1/15 for showing child porn to a 14-yr-old boy. Admitted behavior. Boy’s father alerted police. Priest sought help of a 4-yr-old boy to help delete the photos. India native, working at Holy Name of Jesus, West Palm Beach FL since 12/14. Police said Palimattom had gotten in trouble in India for involvement with a boy.

Diocese says background check prior to Palimattom’s arrival showed no prior misconduct. Holy Name pastor told police he was told when Palimattom arrived he was to have no contact with minors without adult present. Priest who alerted authorities re Palimattom claimed demotion/poor treatment by diocese as a result in 1/16. Diocese refuted claim.

 

Fr. Emmanuel Palikunnen, Vincentian, Chicago, IL. Accused.

 


 

Extern priest from India. Member of (Indian) Vincentian of Syro-Malabar Rite of Kerala Province. Came to Chicago in 1955 to study education. Worked in 7 parishes until 6/66. Accused by at least one woman of abuse when she was a child in 1966 and he was at St. Mary’s in Buffalo Grove. Died 02/17/78 in India. Personnel file is one of 30 files of priests credibly accused of sexually abusing minors produced by Archdiocese in 1/14 and released by Plaintiffs’ counsel.

 

Fr. Varghese Pereppadan, Diocesan, Boston, MA. Convicted.

Pereppadan, a visiting priest from India, was arraigned 8/04 on charges that he sexually molested a teenage girl at Our Lady of the Presentation Church in Brighton. Placed on leave by Archdiocese. He had been studying in Cambridge and working at the church since 10/03. Admitted guilt 12/04 and received 1 year probation. Charges to be dropped if he successfully completed probation. Omitted from 2011 Boston Archdiocese database.

 

Fr. Sleeva Raju Policetti, Diocesan, Chicago, IL. Arrested.

 

 

 

Native of India, he had been working in Chicago since 1986. Fled US in 2002 after being reported to Archdiocese for allegedly having an “inappropriate relationship” with 16 year old girl. Warrant issued 5/02. Arrested in India 6/03; extradition pending in 3/12. Girl’s attorney indicated she might not want to pursue criminal charges. Chicago will drop plans to extradite as of 5/1/12. Archdiocese previously reached out-of-court settlement with the accuser. Laicized by Vatican in 2008.

 

Fr. Samuel Punnoor, Diocesan, Toledo, OH. Accused.

 


 

Placed on leave 5/22/15 after diocese received allegation against him of child sexual abuse. Punnoor visiting his native India when report made 5/6/15; suspended upon return to Ohio. Working in Toledo diocese since 4/11. From diocese of Pathanamthitta, India.

 

Fr. Anthony Putti, Diocesan, Kansas City, KS. Accused.

 


 

Putti, a priest of the Diocese of Guntur, India, worked in the Archdiocese for several years while pursuing graduate studies in theology. In 2010, he left his position at St. Gregory Parish, Marysville, and St. Malachy Parish, Beattie and returned to India after admitting sexual relations with an adult. On April 2, 2013 the Archdiocese received an allegation that Putti had abused a minor. No parish information was provided. He denied the allegation.

 

Fr. Anthony J. Rebeiro, Diocesan, Boston, MA. Accused.

 


 

Rebeiro, a native of Goa (off coast of India) was ordained at the Vatican and served in Italy and Paris before coming to US in 1965. Incardinated in Boston 1977. Removed 8/02 from Quigley Memorial Hospital after Archdiocese received allegation of incident involving 12 or 13 year old girl in early 1970s. Accused of molesting at least half a dozen teenage girls and boys and adult women. Canonical proceedings are still in process per Boston Archdiocese database. He is still on leave as of 6/14 per Archdiocese.

 

Fr. Arulappan Savrianandam, Diocesan, Los Angeles, CA. Accused.

Removed 2002. Accused of abuse of girl. Left for India.

 

Fr. James Selvaraj, Diocesan, Trenton, NJ. Cleared.

 


 

From India, became U.S. citizen. Worked in diocese since 1998 but still assigned to diocese in India. Accused in 2005 of improperly touching an 11-yr-old girl. Removed from duties. In 2/06 a grand jury dismissed the charges. State AG expunged his record so there would be no trace of the accusation or charge. Nonetheless, Bishop Smith removed him from ministry and tried to send him back to India, saying Selvaraj had been repeatedly warned of his “overly friendly personality.” As of 2012, Selvaraj still in NJ without privileges. His appeal to the Vatican was denied when it ruled that Diocese had followed proper protocol and was within its rights. Said in 2/12 he would return to his home parish in India when he received a formal declaration from the diocese that he was a priest in good standing.

 

 

Fr. Protasio Soares, Diocesan, Brooklyn, NY. Sued.

Woman wrote letter to NY Times in December 1997 claiming abuse by Soares, a priest from Goa India in late 1950s. He is now retired and living in Mysore, India. She complained to Diocese and to Cardinal O’Connor but no results. Named as one of 24 abusive priests in civil suit filed 10/1/03 in Brooklyn. Suit alleges he abused female plaintiff from 1954 to 1955 when she was 9. He was assigned to St. Bartholomew Parish in Elmhurst.

 

Fr. Jacob Vellian, Diocesan, Kalamazoo, MI. Accused.

 

 


 

Priest of the Archeparchy of Kottayam, India, of the Syro-Malabar Church. Per USCCB Advisory, Vellian was working in Kalamazoo on temporary basis in 1973-1974. Diocese said in Fall 2010 it had recently received an allegation of sexual abuse of a female minor by Vellian. Review Board concluded the charges had merit. Vellian had been in active ministry in various dioceses in the US in the recent past. In 9/11 he was said to be living in Kerala India’s Kottayam district, in a Kaduthuruthi seminary.

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There are multiple reports available on the Net on each of these stories. They are almost never reported in the Indian Catholic media, and if ever they do, one never gets to know what happens eventually to the accused/arrested priest.

 

Most of us are aware of this sordid story:

Former nun tells of sex and suffering inside Indian convent

Catholic Church stung by autobiography recounting harassment and abuse

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/former-nun-tells-of-sex-and-suffering-inside-indian-convent-1627077.html

By Andrew Buncombe in Delhi, February 20, 2009

A former nun’s tell-all story which details illicit relationships, sexual harassment and bullying in the convent where she spent three decades is causing ructions in the Catholic Church in the south Indian state of Kerala.

In Amen – an autobiography of a nun, Sister Jesme says when she became a nun she discovered priests were forcing novices to have sex with them. There were also secret homosexual relationships among the nuns and at one point she was forced into such a relationship by another nun who told her she preferred this kind of arrangement as it ruled out the possibility of pregnancy.

“I did not want to make this book controversial. I want to express my feelings and to explain what happened to me… I want people to know how I have suffered,” she told The Independent last night, speaking from the town of Kozhikode. “People say that everything is OK, but I was in the convent and I want them to know what goes on. I have concerns for others.”

Sister Jesme, who quit last year as the principal of a Catholic college in Thrissur, alleges senior nuns tried to have her committed to a mental institution after she spoke out against them.

In her book, she says that while travelling through Bangalore, she was once directed to stay with a purportedly pious priest who took her to a garden “and showed me several pairs cuddling behind trees. He also gave me a sermon on the necessity of physical love and described the illicit affairs that certain bishops and priests had”. The priest took her to his home, stripped off his clothes and ordered her to do the same.

She also alleges that while senior staff turned a blind eye to the actions of more experienced nuns, novices were strongly punished, even for minor transgressions. She was not allowed to go home after she learnt her father had died. “I was able to see [the body of] my father barely 15 minutes before the funeral,” she writes. “The [response] of the superiors was that the then senior sisters were not even lucky enough to see the bodies of their parents.”

When she resigned as a college principal, she claimed convents had become “houses of torture”, saying: “The mental torture was unbearable. When I questioned the church’s stand on self-financing colleges and certain other issues, they accused me of having mental problems. They have even sent me to a psychiatrist. There are many nuns undergoing ill-treatment from the order, but they are afraid of challenging it. The church is a formidable fortress.”

The allegations are not the only controversy to rock the Catholic Church in Kerala. Last summer, a 23-year-old novice committed suicide and left a note saying she had been harassed by her Mother Superior. Reports suggest there have been a number of similar suicides. And in November, police in Kerala arrested two priests and a nun in connection with the killing of Sister Abhaya in a notorious 1992 murder.

Last night, a spokesman for the Syro-Malabar order of the Catholic Church, Dr. Paul Thelakkat, dismissed Sister Jesme’s allegations as a “book of trivialities”. “It’s her experiences, but these are things that might creep into a society of communal living,” he said. Asked if the church would be shocked by the allegations, he replied: “Absolutely not. The church knows about these things.”

 

 

Spotlight shows clergy abuse in Ollur

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/in-other-news/220316/spotlight-shows-clergy-abuse-in-ollur.html

Kochi, March 22, 2016

Ollur in Thrissur has gained worldwide attention because of Fr.
Raju Kokken who was arrested for allegedly molesting a nine-year-old girl two years ago. This year’s Oscar winning film ‘Spotlight’ deals with child molestation cases involving Catholic priests all over the world and the credits at the end of the film mention Ollur, the only place from India.

If you open a blog called Sylvia’s Site, you will find the rape victim’s entry on this case, which has received a lot of comments. Most of them say “Came here after watching Spotlight” that  shows  how the ‘Boston Globe’ published stories on the huge number of child molestation cases by Catholic priests – as many as 90 of them – in Boston alone. The final credits give a list of places across the globe from where molestation by priests have been reported, including Ollur.
“When a writer or director wants to make a movie on a theme, they will make a study. Here their intent is to show the priestly class, the persons supposed to protect the weaker groups, violating them,” says Fr. Philip Parakkat, member of the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR).

“In Kerala, it is not so rampant like in the west. But there have also been incidents where helpless children are exploited by the people who are supposed to protect them, like the father, teacher, police, or someone in authority. But when the priestly class, who are expected to be a model in protecting women and children, does this, it gains special attention. And it is not only limited to priests of the Christian community, but of all religions. Any person who violated children or women should be prosecuted,” he said.

Many supportive institutions have come up after the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act, 2012 came into force. And this has brought to light a number of cases.  The legal system has come in very forcefully, a special court has been constituted, speedy inquiry happens. There are also many supportive agencies like counselling centres, Child Line and SCPCR, he said.

Ms. Shoba Koshy, who works as chairperson at SCPCR, said the code of silence has been broken ever since Pope Benedict XVI apologised to the victims of sex abuse by Catholic priests in Ireland back in 2010.

“If something like this comes to light, the answer is not to remain silent but to do what is correct and proper. The important thing is the child. Where a child has been harmed in any way by any person, action should be taken. The message here is clear. By giving the best picture award to Spotlight, the world community is acknowledging the fact that you need to stand together in support of child rights,” she said.

 

No Spotlight in India: Sex abuse in Catholic Church a blind spot?

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india/no-spotlight-in-india-sex-abuse-in-catholic-church-a-blind-spot/story-OHXOQtmm5VWA2z7qDCEvEN.html

By Paramita Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi, March 2, 2016

For Roman Catholics, February has not been a good month to be Christian. Pictures of one of its latest saints, the much-revered Pope John Paul II, surfaced, showing the late pontiff in the company of a married woman; one photograph is of them skiing, not a punishable offence. However, an exchange of letters also came to light that suggested a relationship of ‘more-than-friends-and-less-than-lovers’.

March, the month that did Macbeth in, seems to be no better. The 2016 Oscars, in which the journalism drama Spotlight won Best Picture , brought focus back on sex abuse by priests, a reality that intermittently stalks the Catholic Church and undermines the institution – mainly for its culture of cover-up.

Mitchell Garabedian, the Boston attorney for many victims who is also portrayed in Spotlight, said the film restored to survivors the “lost dignity that was stolen by clergy sexual abuse”.

Paedophilia and other instances of sexual coercion have blown up in the face of the church at a time when it is being forced to re-think many of its rigid controls. Some priests are demanding the right to marry while women are demanding the right to be priests. Celibacy, some say, is the Reformation moment of the Catholic Church in this century. It is certainly a big challenge.

Though the Boston Globe’s reporting led to the issue being unearthed across several continents, in India, these instances are only whispered about and have never been documented.

The only publicised case in recent times has been that of an Indian American priest. Rev. Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul pleaded guilty on May 22, 2015, to sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl while serving in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Crookston in Minnesota, US. The apology came nearly a decade after Jeyapaul was extradited from India.

Before that, there was the arrest of two priests by the CBI for the murder of Sister Abhaya of Kottayam, Kerala in 1992. The two had illicit relations with Sister Sephy, another nun, known to Sister Abhaya. According to the CBI, the priests had entered the convent through the kitchen door, left unbolted by Sister Sephy, and were chanced upon by Sister Abhaya. For fear of being exposed, the priests killed her and dumped the body in the convent well.

We have no film, let alone a Pulitzer to draw attention, however there is a book.

In 2012, Sister Jesme, a former nun and principal of a college, published a tell-all book, titled Amen. She detailed priests forcing novices to have sex with them. At a literature festival, Jesme told me about lesbianism among nuns. Per se, this is not a problem, except for the fact that the nuns were coerced into it.

Then there is The Thorn Birds. For girls in the 80s, for girls who had just been officially allowed to read pulp novels where adults do adult things, this was the book. We read it and found illicitness and romance.

 

 

 

We didn’t find sex abuse or a betrayal of trust. It didn’t leave us with a sense of outrage that Ralph de Bricassart, a young, capable and ambitious priest in a remote town in the Australian Outback, became the romantic partner for a poor parishioner’s young daughter. But with age, one reads it differently.

In an article in Alternet, ‘What’s really behind the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse problem’, Leslie Lothstein, a therapist who treats abuser priests, offers an explanation. “The sexual immaturity of priests, who by entering the seminary often as young as 14, miss a critical passage of maturation — first-time sexual experimentation — that is accessible to their non-seminarian peers,” he says. This is one of the reasonable explanations for the problem. “Caught in a bind of stunted sexual growth, such men may be driven emotionally to claim and possess their past unexplored adolescent territory that the rules of a celibate priesthood had placed out of bounds.”

Father Kulandai, who teaches Christian ethics at the University of Madras, says the structure of the Catholic Church is traditional and may not “welcome” an end to celibacy. But until such time it manages to overcome the paralysing bind of such a tradition, the least the church can do is not put a shroud over sex abuse crimes if and when they do occur.

 

Child Abuse by priests in India-The shadow that just won’t go away

http://www.bodahub.com/indian-church-sex-scandal/

March 16, 2016

A Cardinal, and top advisor to Pope Francis, has recently acknowledged that the Church has made enormous mistakes by looking the other way when it came to child abuse by priests over the centuries. This comes as a refreshing acceptance of a problem that has plagued the Church and has seen a lot of media coverage internationally.

THE GOOD

Christianity is India’s third largest religion, but still a minority.  It is a diverse religion in India with several denominations and a centuries-old history. Recently, the Indian Church has presented progressive views on legalization of gay relationships, which is a touchy topic fighting an antiquated colonial (and Victorian) law. This came against the backdrop of citizens’ movements and an effort to bring legislation in to Parliament.

And the centuries-old problem of child abuse by priests also persists in India.

THE BAD

Even in the backdrop of the Cardinal’s comments, the Church lifted a ban on a priest from the state of Tamil Nadu who was convicted of raping a 14 year old in the US. The incident, which the priest plead guilty to happened in Minnesota over a decade ago.

In the neighbouring state of Kerala, which has a large Christian population and history, a priest was arrested for raping a teenager over a four-month period. The priest was on the run for six months before finally surrendering to the police. A priest was recently sentenced to 40 years in prison for the rape of a minor girl.

Another Indian priest was arrested for child pornography possession, in Florida when serving a two year residency.

THE UGLY

It points to a larger problem that the religion is facing in India. It is a minority with less than 3% of the population, but the Indian Church presents a liberal and compassionate side alongside the ugly side of child abuse by priests—that continues to raise its head in the country. There are the debates that also range around proselytisation and conversion of the marginalized, with the discourses ranging from the temperate and compassionate aspect of The Bible to the aggressive hell fire and brimstone speeches that provide salvation and the only true path away from sin.  In retaliation, there was the Right Wing Hindu program called “Ghar Wapsi” (return home), which dominated news a year or so ago.

Christianity is definitely not the only religion in India to face these issues—including abuse and sexual harassment—there are enough examples in other religions (watch this space for more).

The current situation with the Indian Church is symptomatic of the problem that religious bodies face in India. On one hand, they present a side that is in tune with today’s world and what the people in the community are saying but, on the other hand, the dark sides keep coming up—from abuse, to propaganda, to external funding, hidden agendas, private armies and arms, and the murky mix of political influence and endorsement. There have even been two recent movies from a godman that have him single-handedly ridding society of all ills in his over the top way.

All religious bodies should take a simple example from their rich histories and strive to become beacons of hope and positivity in their local communities (read, physical neighbourhoods) and use their influence and social presence in the neighbourhoods for positive impact.

After all, that will keep them more in connection with the people following their faith and help them adapt a lot quicker to what the world needs from them.

 

 

Vatican Directs Catholic Church of India to re-induct a Convicted Child Rapist Priest

http://www.hindupost.in/news/vatican-directs-south-indias-catholic-church-to-re-induct-a-convicted-child-rapist-priest/

April 19, 2016

In a shocking incident that demonstrates a cynical contempt for the rule of law and lack of ethical responsibility towards the ‘flock’ (families) it claims to protect, the Vatican has directed the South India Catholic Church to reinstate an Indian Catholic priest who was convicted of sexually assaulting minor girls in USA.

As per this news report:

 

 

“On August 24, 2005, the diocese of Crookston in Minnesota received an anonymous complaint stating that an Indian priest, Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul, working at the church had sexually assaulted a minor.

A second victim later came forward. Another young girl who had wanted to become a nun had been sexually assaulted by Jeyapaul. The man hailing from Tamil Nadu rushed back to India and after almost a decade of legal wrangles, he was convicted by the Minnesota court and sentenced to a year in prison in 2015.

After serving a shorter prison term, Jeyapaul returned to India a few months ago. And in a move that has shocked child right activists in the state; the Roman Catholic Church of Southern India has now lifted the suspension against him.

He was sentenced a shorter term in jail based on a plea bargain, with the condition that he does not get back to ministerial duties or get in contact with children.

Sebastian Selvanathan, Spokesperson, Ooty Diocese told TNM, “He was released from the prison in USA through a court order. His case was then referred to the Doctrine of Faith in Rome. According to the direction from there, the suspension was lifted. He has not been given ministry now, if he is given, it will be given with certain restrictions.” Doctrine of Faith is a congregation of the Roman Curia.

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India refuses to comment

Father Gyanprakash Topno, spokesperson of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India refused to comment on Ootacamund diocese’ decision. “We cannot comment on the decision sitting here in Delhi. It is the decision taken by the Ootacamund diocese. They must have reinstated him keeping in mind various factors that we cannot at the moment question. As far as I know he is not been given a position as yet,” he said.

This is in clear contrast to the position taken by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India in 2010.A plenary meeting of this apex body of catholic churches in India had then said that they would have a zero-tolerance policy to abuse of children in institutions run by the Church.

The church body had then said that “any clergy member accused of sexual abuse would be suspended from all priestly duties, and in extreme cases, the Church would consider defrocking the priest”.

When asked about the Child Protection Policy of the church, Father Gyanprakash Topno reiterated that the decision was by the Roman Catholic Church in South India, and they cannot comment.

Vidya Reddy of – Tulir – Centre for the Prevention and Healing of Child Sexual Abuse (CPHCSA) calls it a case of mockery. “It is unfortunate that child protection is treated so trivially by the church that runs so many educational institutions. If this is the way Jeyapaul is being dealt with, what is going to be the church’s response to all the cases in which Indian priests have been accused? It makes a mockery of the recent proclamation by the church that they will look at child protection seriously,” she told TNM.

Attorney Jeff Anderson of St. Paul, Minnesota, who represented the girls in the case, criticized church authorities for lifting Jeyapaul’s suspension, said, “The Vatican must be held accountable…. This is on them. This is on the pope,” Anderson said.

While Peterson has spoken publicly about her case before in hopes that it would help others, Anderson said she was too upset to comment Saturday. “They’re both quite upset, disturbed and feel deeply betrayed that they would have the audacity to consider even putting him back in ministry,” Anderson said. “To use Megan’s words, ‘They’ll never get it and I’m feeling re-victimized.'”

But why is the Ooty church backing Father Jeyapaul relentlessly?

In 2005, despite repeated letters from Bishop Victor Balke of the Minnesota church, the Ootacamund diocese failed to act against Jeyapaul. Bishop Balke, through several letters, clearly said that he believed Jeyapaul was guilty not just of sexual misconduct, but of financial misappropriation. The News Minute has these letters.

That’s not all. In spite of the complaints, Jeyapaul was made the secretary for the Diocesan Commission for Education in the Diocese of Ootacamund.

Statement of Megan Peterson during the case-

“Father Jeyapaul then told me that it was a sin if I didn’t cooperate. He raped me, both orally and vaginally.

After he was finished with me, he told me that I had to confess. I had always been taught how wrong it was to have pre-marital sex.  I felt as if I didn’t have a choice. So I did as he asked. Most mornings before school or in the afternoons following class, he would continue to rape me while I was in the confessional.  Then he would give me penance.”

Catholic Church sexual abuse

Since the late 1980s, several hundreds of cases of child sexual abuse crimes (and subsequent cover-ups) committed by Catholic priests, nuns, and members of Roman Catholic orders have come to light in countries across the world such as Ireland, Canada, USA, Australia, France, Germany, Philippines, Kenya, UK, Brazil, Chile, Bharat etc. The abused include boys and girls, some as young as 3 years old, with the majority between the ages of 11 and 14. Cases have also been brought against members of the Catholic hierarchy who covered up sex abuse allegations, moving allegedly abusive priests to other parishes, where abuse sometimes continued

From 2001 to 2010, the ‘Holy See’, the central governing body of the Catholic Church, considered sex abuse allegations concerning about 3,000 priests dating back up to fifty years. Cases worldwide reflect patterns of long-term abuse and of the church hierarchy regularly covering up reports of alleged abuse. Some of the worst physical, sexual and emotional abuse occurred at residential institutions run by various Christian orders.

Protestant Churches Also Part of Child Sex Abuse Endemic*

Church abuse is not just a “Catholic problem”, but is endemic across denominations. As this article says, the 2015 formal apology for 1,885 cases of abuse by the Methodist church in Britain might just be the tip of the iceberg:

 

 

“When it comes to issues of sex and violence, most churches are, to put it bluntly, messed up. I know clergy who preach of God’s love for the vulnerable, but dismiss the vulnerable when they make allegations of abuse.

Christian communities need to be more questioning, less hierarchical and composed of people determined to treat all others as equals, not to be impressed by status.”

*[See http://www.huffingtonpost.in/entry/the-protestant-clergy-sex_b_740853 -Michael]

Church’s Deep Penetration in Polity of Bharat

With the homeland of Christianity, the West, just waking up to the scale of the child sex abuse problem involving clergy and priests of all denominations, the problem in Bharat is still largely under wraps. Especially given the huge clout of the generic Christian Church in our media, politics and powerful civil society groups. The PR machinery of the Vatican is especially powerful, as can be seen by the reverential and fawning coverage accorded to the Pope in mainstream newspapers of Bharat.

Church in Bharat rocked by sex scandals

A series of cases of abuse of minors and nuns have surfaced in the last few decades in Bharat as well – most of these have received limited coverage in national and regional media. Few prominent cases are –

In 1995, Father Cyriac Karthikapally, a parish priest of Kurumbanadam church in the Changanacherry archdiocese, lured a 15-year old school-going girl to his bedroom. For the next two years, the priest entered into a sexual relationship with the minor girl that she gave birth to a female child on September 15, 1998.

In 1993, the dead body of 21-year old Sister Abhaya was flushed out from the well of St Pius X Convent, Kottayam. Six years of police investigations reached nowhere and the CBI closed the sensitive case as it failed to fix the liability of the young nun’s murder. Church critics circulate two theories for Sr. Abhaya’s death. One, she was murdered when she refused the sexual advances of a priest or a bishop. Second, she was killed because she knew that some of her colleague nuns had sexual relationships with two Catholic priests — Fr. Jose Putrukayal and Fr. Thomas Kattoor.

In 1998, Sr. Jyothis of Sacred Heart Convent at Mukkom in Kozhikode district was found murdered in the convent’s well. Investigations so far have made no headway, but the police suspect that sexual motive could have been the cause behind the murder.

3 insider exposes written by ex-nuns and priests reveal the true horror story of what goes on in many convents-

Sister Jesme in her book Amen: The Autobiography of a Nun writes:

“Later, I’m taken to the priest’s room for coffee. While I’m having coffee sitting on the cot, the only place in the room to sit, he comes and embraces me hard, almost suffocating me. When I struggle to escape from his clutches, he squeezes my breasts and asks me to show them to him. ‘Have you seen a man?’ Stunned, I shake my head ‘no’. In no time, he undresses himself.”

Father Shibu Kalamparambil in his memoir Oru Vaidikante Hrudayamitha (The Heart of a Priest) writes:

“The convents and nunneries are being converted into brothels. The priests have sex with the nuns at night in these convents. Because of these acts, the chastity of the priests and nuns has come under suspicion. Their love for God has shrunk … some of the clergy protect their chastity by watching pornography and reading pornographic material. They lose themselves in this habit. These books and DVDs are kept in secret places and can’t be found easily.”

Sister Mary Chandy in her autobiography Nanma Niranjavale Swasthi (Peace to the One filled with Grace) writes:

“The cry of a baby came from the bathroom of one of the inner rooms along with the sobs of a woman. We used our might to force open the bathroom door and what we saw would break anyone’s heart. A nun who had given birth to a child was pushing the head of the baby into the closet. The bathroom was filled with blood. The legs of the child, which were sticking out of the closet, were kicking for life.”

Of late, there has been a spurt of cases where horror stories of sexual, physical and mental abuse of children living in residential institutions run by various Christian orders have come to light. The worst has been the case of Grace Home, run by Pastor Jacob John, which was raided in March 2013 – 53 children from North Eastern states like Manipur and Nagaland were rescued by Rajasthan Commission for Protection of Child Rights, child welfare groups and Jaipur Police. 4 children died due to their ordeal, a number of minor girls were sexually exploited, one got pregnant, and many suffered from severe physical deformities and mental retardation.

Will the deluge of such incidents coming to light trigger introspection in the highly insular and centralised Church bodies? Probably not, unless more ordinary citizens start questioning their cover-up and arrogant dismissal of these crimes. The Christians of Bharat will be better served by the Church setting their own house in order, rather than use their media PR machinery in peddling dangerous false narratives like ‘Christians under attack‘ to create a persecution complex in ordinary Christians and target their perceived political opponents.

 

Religious leaders, women in India struggle with clergy abuse of nuns

http://globalsistersreport.org/news/equality/religious-leaders-women-india-struggle-clergy-abuse-nuns-40571

By Jose Kavi, June 24, 2016

Despite her efforts, Sr. Manju Kulapuram could not get justice for a fellow nun (Sr. Anupama Joseph SRA) who was a victim of voyeurism two years ago (pages 2, 3 of the present file). Kulapuram is the national secretary of the Forum of Religious for Justice and Peace, an advocacy group for women religious.

The nun had complained to Kulapuram that a seminarian had secretly watched and videotaped her taking a bath. The sister and seminarian were attending a seminar on rural healthcare in an eastern Indian town. Kulapuram, whose organization assists religious in sexual abuse matters, prefers to keep the names of the people involved in the case anonymous.

 

 

The forum, a group of progressive Catholic religious in India, dissuaded the victim from going to court and assured her that they would get her justice from church authorities, says Kulapuram, a Holy Cross nun.

They took the matter to the seminarian’s bishop. The prelate merely sent him to Rome to continue his theological studies, Kulapuram says.

The forum then took the case to the apostolic nuncio, urging the papal representative to speed up the process of justice and set up “an objective and impartial mechanism within the church” to address sexual harassment cases involving church personnel.

Kulapuram says, despite these measures, the victim did not get justice, and her own superiors failed to support her. “Finally she was forced to leave the religious life disgusted,” Kulapuram, who worked closely with the victim, told Global Sisters Report.

The former nun is now settled in Kerala, her native state in southern India, and has cut all contact with people associated with her former life as a religious.

Poor treatment of Catholic religious women by male members of the church is “a very serious problem” in India, Kulapuram says. “If it comes out, it will be like a tsunami,” she warns.

The scope of clergy abuse of Catholic sisters in India is unknown and has not been studied. In this case, and often in others, the abuser was not disciplined or removed from his clergy role, and the outcome of the cases remain secret. In June, Pope Francis spoke out against church secrecy when he decreed that bishops who protect clergy sex abusers would face removal. His law focused mostly on victims of pedophiles but also mentioned “vulnerable adults.”

In 2010, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, the leading clergy group in the country, released a gender policy to promote equality and harmony among men and women and to denounce violence against women. The policy won Vatican approval, the bishops said, but it does not directly address clergy sex abuse.

Additionally, priests use power over women religious to control their property, require them to cook and clean for them for little or no compensation and, during disputes, deny them communion or confession, sisters and their advocates say.

In February, the forum for religious sent “a letter of concern” about the alarming trend of abuse to all bishops and major superiors in India.

A group of Indian Christian women, both lay and religious, consulted on the problem in 2010, 2011 and 2013 and drafted a set of norms to deal with sexual abuse of adults within the church. They sent the standards to the bishops’ conference for action but have received no response. The group will meet again on June 26, said Holy Spirit Sr. Julie George, director of Streevani, a center dealing with women’s issues.

The bishops’ conference did not respond to repeated requests for comment for this story.

 

Opportunities for abuse

The abuses take place in parishes, schools and social service centers where nuns work as subordinates to priests. Some retreat masters and priest counselors, who privately treat sisters with emotional and psychological problems, also abuse nuns, Kulapuram says.

During spiritual retreats, for instance, a nun meets with a clergy adviser in a closed room for guidance and discernment, creating an opportunity for sex abuse.

The forum secretary says that in most abuse cases the nuns do not protest. “This was the one case where the sister stood her ground,” she said in reference to the voyeurism incident.

The victim immediately reported the matter to leaders at the seminar, her superiors, members of the Catholic bishops’ conference and the national association of religious major superiors. She also demanded that the seminarian be questioned and the tape be seized. Several months later, she wrote to the prelate concerned after he sent the seminarian back to Rome. “Cases of sexual violence on [religious women] go unaddressed, and its perpetrators often go scot-free. This cannot be tolerated anymore,” says the letter the forum drafted on Feb. 22 at the end of its annual meeting.

About 75 priests and nuns, who are involved in struggles for justice and peace, attended the four-day meeting at Kottayam, a Christian stronghold in the southern Indian state of Kerala, to address the theme “Reinventing Religious Life in the Context of India Today.” In the end, they said they were forced to write the letter as their analysis of current challenges to religious life revealed issues that needed urgent attention by church leaders.

The letter cites “an increasing use of the Sacraments by the clerics to punish the faithful, especially religious women,” and demanded an immediate end to such practices. In these cases, a priest in conflict with a nun would deny her communion, hearing her confession or saying Mass at her convent. These acts of obvious shunning create scandal in the parish.

The letter also notes attempts to “domesticate” religious life by giving a bishop “total control” over priests and nuns in his diocese. Such moves, the letter says, violate “the very nature and role of religious life,” where men and women try to exemplify “radical evangelical living” in a prophetic way.

The forum stated that the exclusion of women from governmental structures in the church to be a “violation of human rights.” The letter asserts the need to protect and sustain the “legitimate autonomy” of religious life.

 

A call to set the standard

Several nuns and others told GSR they agreed with the forum.

Sr. Rita Pinto, president of the sisters’ section of the Conference of Religious India, a national association of major superiors, says the way the Indian church deals with sexual abuse cases has become “profoundly disturbing” and it sets “a bad precedence,” especially in a country plagued by sexual violence.

 

 

Pinto says the prelate in the voyeurism case refused to act against the seminarian despite having “sufficient proof.” He treated the victim as the accused instead of handling her case with compassion and sensitivity, said Pinto, a member of the Society of the Sacred Heart congregation.

The 2010 bishops conference policy does not address clergy abuse but states the church “will work toward elimination of all forms of violence against women and advocate zero tolerance in all arenas of social and religious life.” It also promises to set up “structures and evolve mechanisms for effectively combatting violence and sexual harassment against women in families, workplaces and church institutions,” the group’s spokesman said. The policy also encourages nuns to use their talents in their prophetic calling to promote women’s causes in the church and society.

However, what happens in reality is just the opposite, says Virginia Saldanha*, a lay Catholic woman theologian who from 2000 to 2010 headed the Women’s Desk, part of the Office of Laity for the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences. She held a similar post from 1998 to 2004 for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India.

Although India has more than 100,000 women religious, very few volunteer to protest “the endemic issue of the abuse of women by priests,” Saldanha bemoans. She says she came across several cases of abuse when she traveled India as the head of the bishops’ women’s commission. When she took up the matter with the provincials, they told her that they would deal with it in-house. “But I found that ‘in-house’ meant punishing the sister and taking no action against the abuser.”

She says her heart bled when the nun in the voyeurism case was ignored and denied justice.

 

The way power is wielded

The laywoman cited another case in Kerala, where six nuns opposed attempts by priests to take over their parish school in 2007. An archdiocesan regulatory council clarified the nuns were the school’s owners, but the priests and their bishop rejected the decision, irritated that the nuns would contest the matter. The dispute led to “a longstanding and festering sore in the Catholic church in Kerala,” Saldanha recalls.

In 2011, a division bench of the Kerala High Court ruled that the local community of nuns was the owner of the school and the local superior the manager. In the end, the nuns yielded to pressure from their superiors and church authorities; they handed over the school to the priests and were transferred to different locations.

Saldanha sees signs of nuns who manage kitchens and homes for priests and bishops, a practice the forum calls “domestication.” She says women religious in these roles are not recognized as “equal human persons.”

Pinto says some bishops allow women orders to open institutions or projects only if they lend some nuns to work in diocesan institutions. “This is a method to bring the sisters under the control of the bishops,” she told GSR. Compelling sisters to do the sacristy work or provide food to parish priests are instances of domesticating the religious, Pinto says.

Sr. Shalini Mulackal*, the first woman president of the Indian Theological Association, says the nuns are partly responsible for their domestication in the church. “Often religious women are not assertive or bold enough or knowledgeable enough” to stand up for their “legitimate autonomy,” she says, adding that this is because most women have “internalized patriarchal value systems of society.” *See page
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Some bishops and priests who cling to a patriarchal mindset view women as persons with no decision-making or thinking capacity. “They consider women as inferior to men and expect them to be submissive in everything,” Mulackal says.

Saldana wants Catholics nuns to be on the forefront of the women’s movement in the church. “But instead they reinforce the women’s stereotype of submission and unquestioning obedience,” Saldanha says.

The lay leader recalls that some sisters dropped out of the Indian Women Theologians Forum after they became leaders in their congregations, lest they be seen associating with outspoken women in the progressive group.

She fails to understand why a social service project operated by nuns requires the bishop’s signature to get aid from funding agencies. “Why can’t the provincial of the congregation sign it? This shows how the system is created to control women,” she says.

Saldanha says such undue power of bishops over women religious often leads to abuses. She recalls an incident in the 1990s when a bishop in central India ordered some nuns to leave his diocese, based on flimsy reasons. Bishops often pressure provincials to curb “errant” or “bold” nuns who dare to stand up for their rights, she says.

 

The biggest taboo

Mulackal, the theologian, says few nuns speak openly about abuses because sex is “a big taboo” among the religious, as it is in Indian society in general.

“So it is almost impossible for young religious to resist and openly tell the concerned authorities to take action for fear of bringing shame upon oneself or even losing one’s religious vocation,” Mulackal told GSR. “It may take a long time before these issues come into the public domain.”

Mulackal, who teaches in a Jesuit theology seminary in New Delhi, cited a case a few years ago when two young nuns were found impregnated by a priest who held a “high position” in another diocese. The order expelled the nuns, but everyone, including the nuns’ congregation, tried to protect the priest to safeguard the church’s name. “In such cases it is difficult to ascertain whether it was sexual violence or coercion, or [whether] it was with the consent of the person concerned,” she told GSR.

The woman theologian says that when bishops are alerted to such cases, the most they would do is transfer the priest, “after giving him a chance of attending some counseling program.”

 

Cheap labor

Some priests harbor “a distorted notion” that women religious should serve as cheap laborers for the church, Mulackal says, adding that nuns working in some diocesan institutions get only “a small stipend.”

However, she agrees that the bishop has the right to intervene in the life of a religious community in matters of faith and morality. A bishop has to challenge the religious order, if its institutions collect unlawful donations or deny access to the poor. “If the Christian values are not lived, the bishop has a right to intervene,” Mulackal says.

Fr. Varkey Perekkatt, head of the Jesuits’ Delhi province, says women religious working in diocesan institutions often suffer bad treatment silently. He too agrees they are seen as cheap labor and are paid meager honorariums. Those nuns “go through difficulties with great pain, often in silence” and as a result they miss the joy of being a religious, he says.

The Jesuit provincial also opposes using sacraments as punishment. “No priest is allowed to do so. Such aberrations have to be stopped by all means, and priests perpetuating such practices have to be taken to task by the authorities concerned,” he asserts.

Women religious aggravate the situation when they refuse to assert their basic rights, he says. “Peace at any cost seems to be the mode of operation. What we need is more dialogue among the partners concerned.”

Perekkatt said some bishops and major superiors fail to challenge the subjugation of women as they themselves are not free from social menaces and harbor the patriarchal mindset. When the real need arises, they “fall back to their old clutches of self-protection,” he says.

“Only the Lord God can liberate us from these shackles and make us true disciples of the Lord,” he said.

*As I mentioned on page 1, it is most unfortunately the “liberal nuns, liberal theologians and their forums” that take up these issues concerning the sexploitation of women religious in the Indian Church. Virginia Saldanha and Sr. Shalini Mulackal are theologians whose hidden agenda is the ordination of women.

VIRGINIA SALDANHA-ECCLESIA OF WOMEN IN ASIA AND CATHERINE OF SIENA VIRTUAL COLLEGE-FEMINIST THEOLOGY AND THE ORDINATION OF WOMEN PRIESTS

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/VIRGINIA_SALDANHA-ECCLESIA_OF_WOMEN_IN_ASIA_AND_CATHERINE_OF_SIENA_VIRTUAL_COLLEGE-FEMINIST_THEOLOGY_AND_THE_ORDINATION_OF_WOMEN_PRIESTS.doc

VIRGINIA SALDANHA-WOMENPRIESTS INFILTRATES THE INDIAN CHURCH-CATHERINE OF SIENA VIRTUAL COLLEGE

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/VIRGINIA_SALDANHA-WOMENPRIESTS_INFILTRATES_THE_INDIAN_CHURCH-CATHERINE_OF_SIENA_VIRTUAL_COLLEGE.doc

WOMEN PRIESTS-THE NCR-UCAN-EWA NEXUS

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/WOMEN_PRIESTS-THE_NCR-UCAN-EWA_NEXUS.doc

WHAT’S VIRGINIA SALDANHA DOING WITH “NUNS ON THE BUS”?

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/WHATS_VIRGINIA_SALDANHA_DOING_WITH_NUNS_ON_THE_BUS.doc

 

NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 15-DEMAND FOR ORDINATION OF WOMEN PRIESTS-FR SUBHASH ANAND AND OTHERS

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/NEW_COMMUNITY_BIBLE_15-DEMAND_FOR_ORDINATION_OF_WOMEN_PRIESTS-FR_SUBHASH_ANAND_AND_OTHERS.doc

 

UPDATE – IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER

Conference examines how clergy abuse is handled by dioceses worldwide 

http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.in/2008/05/conference-examines-how-clergy-abuse-is.html
EXTRACT
Washington (CNS), May 31, 2008

Father Joe Mathias sat and listened, scribbling notes at times, paying careful attention to Teresa Kettelkamp, executive director of the U.S. bishops’ Office of Child and Youth Protection.
Kettelkamp was talking about the latest efforts by dioceses across the country to protect children from abuse. For the Jesuit priest from India, it was an education. 
As the Indian Catholic Church’s lone representative at Anglophone Conference 2008 May 27-30, Father Mathias took in all he could during the gathering of 40 church representatives from English-speaking countries who handle allegations of child sexual abuse and oversee child protection programs in their home dioceses. Afterward, Father Mathias, secretary of the Commission for Clergy and Religious for the Catholic Bishops Conference of India, didn’t hesitate when asked where the Indian church stood in responding to abuse. “Stage zero,”
he told Catholic News Service.
Father Mathias knows that when he returns to New Delhi he will be the go-to man as the Indian bishops put together their own system to report abuse and to protect children. “One thing that has impressed me is the commitment and seriousness of the participants,” Father Mathias said. “They have done their homework well.”
He said what he learned at the conference will help as the bishops also prepare a plan to educate the broader community about child sexual abuse. A recent survey of 12,000 children between 5 and 12 years old by the Indian Ministry of Child and Women Welfare found that nearly half had reported being abused, he said.

Those who joined the Anglophone Conference at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ headquarters came from countries with vast experience in dealing with abuse issues — the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia — and developing countries where the topic of sexual abuse is taboo, such as India, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Papua New Guinea.

 

 

Indian Brother faces child sex abuse charges

http://www.ucanews.com/2010/03/19/brother-faces-child-sex-abuse-charges

Jabalpur, March 19, 2010

Police in a central Indian state today registered a case of child sexual abuse against a Catholic Religious Brother after a complaint from a boy and his parents.

The accused, Malabar Missionary Brother John Kuttikatil, is the warden of St. Joseph Bal Bhavan (children’s hostel).

Church people, however, have rejected the allegation and dismissed the case as a result of rivalry between private schools and a Church school in the Panna district of Madhya Pradesh state.

Investigating police officer N. N. Jharia told UCA News police acted on the complaint of a 10-year-old resident of the hostel. They have sent the boy for a medical examination and will set up a special team to look into the matter, he said.

Father Augustine Chittuparambil, the local parish priest, told UCA News that the boy and his parents came to the hostel with media persons and accused the brother of forcing the child to have sex with him.

The police said the boy alleged that the brother had taken him to the hostel’s guest room at night.

The parish priest says the allegation was apparently a “well-orchestrated case” to tarnish the image of the Church-managed Lisieux Anand Higher Secondary School, where the boy studies.

The Church school “has been a threat to mushrooming private schools in the area and hence a case of this heinous nature has been filed against the hostel warden,” he said.

The priest also noted the case was filed days before admissions for the new academic year commence.

The accused is currently on a vacation to his home state in Kerala, southern India.

Father Anand Muttungal, spokesperson of the Catholic Church in Madhya Pradesh, has demanded a fair investigation into the case, which he described as “a well-planned and executed conspiracy against the Church.”

The Church has already been falsely accused of religious conversions, he said. But such incidents would not deter the Church from its commitment to look after the educational and heath needs of the poor in the state.

 

Brother remanded for child abuse

http://www.ucanews.com/2010/03/22/brother-remanded-for-child-abuse

Jabalpur, March 22, 2010

A court in Madhya Pradesh state yesterday remanded a Catholic Religious brother to 10-day judicial custody.

Malabar Missionary Brother John Kuttikatil, who was accused of child sexual abuse, had surrendered to police a day earlier.

Police in the tribal-dominated Panna district booked him after they received a complaint from a 10-year-old boy, a resident of St. Joseph Bal Bhavan (children’s hostel) where the accused was warden, and his parents on March 19.

The accused, according to the police, had taken the boy to the hostel guestroom at night and forced him to have sex with him. Medical tests corroborated with the charges, the police added.

The Catholic Church has also ordered an internal investigation into the allegation.

A statement from Father Anand Muttungal, spokesperson of the Catholic Church in Madhya Pradesh, described the case as “a serious allegation and we are concerned about it.” It also said the Church wants the law to “take its course.”

The Church investigation, the statement added, will focus on the truthfulness of the charge and the role of fundamentalist elements in it.

Father Muttungal told UCA News the charge appeared to be a “pre-meditated act to defame the Church and its highly reputed educational institutions.”

The alleged sex abuse incident sparked violent protests from rightwing Hindu groups who forced business establishments to close a day after the boy filed the complaint. The Hindu activists, according to local parish priest Father Augustine Chittuparambil, damaged a statue of Jesus kept in front of Panna’s St. Joseph Church. They also damaged the main gate of the parish’s Lisieux Anand Higher Secondary School where the boy studied.

The police, however, saved the Church institutions from further damage with the arrest of three persons. Police also cordoned off the area and tightened security in and around the church campus where the school is located.

Father Chittuparambil told UCA News today that the situation was “very tense. We are still under police protection and not able to move out freely.”

 

India’s Catholic bishops consider new abuse rules

https://asiancorrespondent.com/2010/04/indias-catholic-bishops-consider-new-abuse-rules/

April 26, 2010

India’s Catholic bishops are likely to adopt final guidelines to be followed in cases of sexual abuse complaints against priests, church officials said Sunday.

The new policy is expected to recommend cases be forwarded to lay authorities for action, News OK reports.

That would be in line with policy recently spelled out by the Vatican, an official said on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to talk to reporters.

The two-day meeting in Bangalore of more than 40 archbishops from across India was related to internal administration and the recent accusations of sex abuse would be discussed, said Babu Joseph Karakombil, a spokesman for the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of India.

 

“The bishops will take it up and consider issuing policy guidelines on protecting children against abuses and how to protect their rights,” he told The Associated Press.

The meeting comes amid revelations about a Catholic priest from India, the Rev. Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul, who was charged with sexually assaulting a teenage parishioner in Minnesota.

In a separate case, a church official confirmed earlier this month that another priest convicted of fondling a 12-year-old altar girl in New York more than a decade ago had returned home to India where he still served as a priest.

Fr. Francis X. Nelson, then a visiting priest at a church in Brooklyn, was sentenced to four months in prison in 2003 after the girl testified Nelson showed up at her grandmother’s apartment uninvited and groped her.

Source: India’s Catholic bishops consider new abuse rules (News OK)

 

Christian Brothers future uncertain, leader fears

http://www.ucanews.com/2011/05/10/christian-brothers-future-uncertain-leader-fears/

May 10, 2011

Edmund Rice Christian Brothers head Brother Philip Pinto has said the order’s future is uncertain because of costly settlements in child abuse cases. Brother Philip Pinto told Catholic News Service May 7 that the congregation, which has 1,200 members, “just doesn’t have the money any longer,” CNS reports.

He said that the order’s decision to seek bankruptcy protection in New York April 28 was aimed at “trying to ensure that people who have been abused are the ones who get the money, not the lawyers,” he said during a break in a conference on religious life sponsored by the Conference of Religious of Ireland.

Forty percent of the costs relating to abuse settlements were “going to the lawyers,” he said.

The North American province was especially vulnerable to disappearing, he said, explaining that it would take “something drastic” to save it. “In most of the developed world, we are paying for the sins of the past,” he said. “Our brothers are aging, our reputation is in tatters, and the future looks bleak, even hopeless. So many of my brothers hide in their monasteries, afraid of drawing attention to themselves.”

The Indian-born brother who has been congregational leader since 2002 blamed a culture in which “religious in Ireland were abused by the system.”

The Christian Brothers Institute, the legal arm of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers, filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States amid mounting abuse claims. The majority of claims relate to the order’s schools in the Seattle area and Newfoundland in Canada.

Source:
Irish Christian Brothers’ future uncertain, order’s leader says (Catholic News Service)

 

Former Indian priests, nuns demand severence pay

http://www.ucanews.com/news/former-indian-priests-nuns-demand-severence-pay/73309

By Christopher Joseph, Kochi, April 2, 2015

An expelled nun’s fight for compensation has led to calls from former priests and nuns in India for the introduction of severance pay, similar to that offered to employees of private and public firms.

They say people who leave the Church, either of their own free will or who are expelled, have a right to some form of severance after having dedicated years of service.

They are calling on top clerics to bring the Church into line with modern practice and introduce such a system.

Under Canon Law the Church is not obliged to provide severance.

The move comes after a Kerala nun belonging to the Syro-Malabar Church was expelled from the Italy-based congregation of St Agatha in February after making repeated claims that a priest sexually assaulted her while doing mission work in Madhya Pradesh state in 2011.

The former nun, known only as Anitha, had been demanding compensation since her expulsion and had threatened legal action.

This week, Church officials offered her US$20,000 in what has been seen as an unprecedented settlement.

 

Mumbai Church to deal with ‘benchmark’ clergy abuse case

Case will test new norms and procedures promulgated by Indian bishops’ conference

http://www.ucanindia.in/news/mumbai-church-to-deal-with-benchmark-clergy-abuse-case/30904/daily

Kochi, December 9, 2015

A Catholic priest has been arrested for allegedly sodomizing a 13-year old boy in Bombay Archdiocese.

Mumbai police arrested Father Lawrence Johnson, 51, accused of abusing the boy on Nov. 27 at Christ the King Church parish, archdiocesan spokesman Father Nigel Barret told ucanews.com Dec. 7.

The priest is “now under judicial custody,” Father Barret said adding that Father Johnson was arrested Dec. 1 following complaints from the alleged victim’s family.

“Representatives of the archdiocese have met with the victim and his family … All assistance is currently being rendered to the victim’s family,” Father Barret said.

The case is the first reported case of clergy sex abuse since the church in India put in effect on Nov. 1 a Vatican-approved procedure to deal with allegations of sex abuse by Catholic clergy.

[ON HOMOSEXUALITY AND THE PEDOPHILIA ISSUE

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“The procedure has zero tolerance toward clergy sex abuses” and puts in place stringent and transparent investigative methods, said Father Joseph Chinnayan, deputy secretary general of the Indian bishops’ conference.

Benchmark abuse case

Virginia Saldanha*, a Catholic theologian and women’s right activist, said Catholic leaders across India will be watching how the archdiocese handles the case.

“This is the first publicized case of child sex abuse by a member of clergy (since the new procedures were put in place). It will surely be a benchmark on how the church is prepared to deal with such cases,” she told ucanews.com.

Father Barret said the archdiocese will send the results of its investigation to the Vatican to determine further canonical action. If found guilty, Father Johnson will be defrocked or laicized, he said.

Saldanha, an outspoken activist on the rights of abuse victims, wondered why church officials have not published for public consumption the procedural norms on dealing with clergy abuses.

“The norms need to be published. That will show their earnestness to rout out this crime of abuse,” she said.

“Perhaps they fear publishing the norms will open a flood-gate of complaints of sexual abuse,” she added.

*See page 28

 

UPDATE

Mumbai Catholics demand action against tainted priest 

http://mattersindia.com/2016/06/mumbai-catholics-demand-action-against-tainted-priest/

Mumbai, June 6, 2016

A new papal decree to deal with clergy abuse has emboldened a section of Catholics in Bombay archdiocese to demand action against a priest arrested for sexually abusing a teenage boy.

“Cardinal Oswald Gracias who is archbishop of Bombay has to act fast and push for this,” says Cletus Gomes from Bandra, a major Catholic center in the western Indian metropolis of Mumbai.

Gomes, 76, wants to know why the cardinal should wait to disrobe a priest “if there is a First Information Report (FIR) filed against (him) for such misdeed.”

Fr. Lawrence Johnson, who is facing an FIR, has spent the past six months behind bars, reports mumbaimirror.com

Gomes and other Catholics want the cardinal to take stringent action against the 51-year-old priest, especially after Pope Francis approved measures to sack bishops who mishandle child sexual abuse cases.

Vatican announced on Saturday that bishops who are “negligent” in dealing with priests committing abuse will be removed under the new legal procedures.

A. M. Sodder, another Catholic layman from Mahim, says the accused priest should have been disrobed by now. The “Vatican is like an appellate authority, but action has to be taken by the archbishop. By now, (Cardinal Gracias) should have taken a decision,” he asserts.

Father Nigel Barrett, spokesperson of Bombay archdiocese, says the case has gone to the Vatican now. “I do not know the timeline to respond by the Vatican,” he added.

The spokesperson also said action cannot be taken against Fr Johnson as long as he is in prison. “This is because he cannot be interviewed. There is always the presumption of innocence till proven guilty.”

The Shivaji Nagar police arrested Fr Johnson on November 27, 2015, on the charge of sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy at a church and booked him under Section 377 (unnatural sex) of the Indian Penal Code and various sections of the stringent Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.

Soon after his arrest, the archdiocese set up a three-member panel to probe the allegations, following which a report was submitted.

Mirror had reported that the victim was undergoing counseling. “He goes to school but refuses to go back to the church. We have started going to the church but that place reminds us of the trauma our child has undergone,” said the child’s mother on Sunday, adding that she hopes that the archdiocese sets the right precedent.

The papal decree comes in response to long-running demands by abuse victims and their supporters to hold bishops accountable if they fail to protect their flocks from pedophiles.

Existing laws relating to abuse cases would be tightened, the Pope said.

He acknowledged that canon law already allows for a bishop to be removed for negligence but says he wants a more precise definition of the “grave reasons” that could lead to dismissal.

Vatican spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi was quoted by the AFP news agency as saying that the pontiff had also established a group of lawyers to help him make decisions that could result in the dismissal of a bishop.

His motu proprio (on his own impulse) decree emphasizes that the Church “loves all its sons, but cares for and protects with special attention those who are weakest and defenseless.”

This explains the requirement for priests, especially bishops, to display “particular diligence” in this area, the Pope said.

Although Pope Francis has now led the Catholic Church for more than three years and has promised speedy action on clerical sex abuse scandals and cover-ups, disciplinary action against senior churchmen judged negligent in dealing with these scandals has been sporadic and slow.

The new Papal document comes just two weeks after a top French cardinal came under fire for allegedly covering up a serious case of clerical sexual abuse.

 

 

Apart from calling for special diligence by bishops in carrying out their duty to protect children and vulnerable adults from priests who are known molesters, the new document does not imply any greater overall accountability on the part of senior church officials charged with investigating crimes committed by clergy.

Some bishops have covered up abuse by transferring perpetrators from parish to parish rather than reporting them to police.

Pope Francis set up a Vatican commission to establish best practice in relation to abuse cases and expose wrongdoing in parishes in 2014. The pontiff tweeted on Saturday: “Let us hear the cry of the victims and those suffering, no family without a home, no child without a childhood.”

The Catholic Church has for much of the last 15 years been forced on the defensive by scandals involving priests who are alleged to have abused children and then been transferred rather than handed over to the authorities.

 

Mumbai cops frame charges against Catholic priest for sodomy

http://www.ucanindia.in/news/mumbai-cops-frame-charges-against-catholic-priest-for-sodomy/34226/daily

Kochi, March 2, 2017

Last year, the special POCSO court rejected the priest’s bail plea.

Two years after his arrest, charges have been framed against Fr Lawrence Johnson (52) for allegedly abusing a teenage boy from his parish in Shivaji Nagar. 
The court framed the charges under section 377 (unnatural sexual offences) of the Indian Penal Code and sections under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The case will come up for hearing on March 10.
The prosecution said that on November 27, 2015, the victim visited the church with his brother. After prayers, the accused called the boy inside to keep a box, closed the door from inside and sexually assaulted him, it said.
The prosecution said in a statement to the magistrate that the child said a similar incident took place in August 2015.
 
It said the boy was examined on December 1, 2015 and medical evidence showed injuries to his private parts. The case is registered with the Shivaji Nagar police station.
Last year, the special POCSO court rejected the priest’s bail plea. The defence said the priest was dedicated to the church for 15 years. It said he used to allow concessions for students in school fees and this was afforded to the victim and his siblings for some years; subsequently a false case was made up as it was refused.
The Archdiocese of Bombay had appointed a three-member committee to conduct an internal investigation. Fr Nigel Barrett, spokesman for the archdiocese, said, “The inquiry report has been submitted to the Vatican, which will decide if there is merit in the allegations. I am not privy to the outcome of the inquiry.”
 
The priest is receiving legal aid from the Conference of the Diocesan Priests of the archdiocese as part of his “right to defence”.
The case will be a litmus test for the Catholic Church on handling such sensitive matters. Punishment could range from censure to suspension or dismissal from priesthood. For now, it seems disrobing Fr Lawrence Johnson, divesting him of priesthood, could take years, if it happens. Fr Nigel said, “The common practice in such cases that we await the court verdict before taking a decision. We do not want to be seen as influencing the legal process.”
Meanwhile, Fr John Almeida, who has taken charge of the troubled parish, said the boy’s family had left the locality. “We are trying to win back the community’s confidence. The parish is split over the incident and we are careful not to take sides,” he said.

 

UPDATE

Kochi school principal arrested for sexually assaulting minor boy

http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/kochi/2017/jan/01/kochi-school-principal-arrested-for-sexually-assaulting-minor-boy-1555060.html

Kochi, January 1, 2017

A 65-year-old school principal, who is also a priest, was arrested today for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor boy at the institute’s hostel. Fr. Basil Kuriakose was arrested this morning after a complaint from the 11-year-old boy’s mother, who is working in Haryana, police said.    
The boy, a student of the residential school affiliated to CBSE at nearby Kunnathunad, was allegedly sexually assaulted in his hostel room on the night of December 21. The boy revealed the incident to his brother who came to meet him at the hostel. He alerted their parents, following which the complaint was lodged against Kuriakose, police said.    
The principal has been booked under relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, police said. 

 

Kerala Christian priest arrested for molesting 11-year-old boy

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kochi/kerala-christian-priest-arrested-for-molesting-11-year-old-boy/articleshow/56286415.cms

Kochi, January 2, 2017

A Malayali couple settled in Haryana admitted their son in a boarding school near Moovattupuzha to get him acquainted with the culture of Kerala, police said on Sunday, after arresting the school principal on complaints of sexually abusing the boy.

 


Identifying the accused as
 
Fr Basil Kuriakose, police said the 65-year-old abused the 11-year-old boy in the school dormitory on night of December 21. The incident happened when the other residents were on vacation.
“The accused stripped the boy before molesting him. He also tried to sodomise him,” police said.
The school was run by a
 private charitable trust, police said. The accused joined the institution after retiring from an aided school.
The priest denied charges of sexual assault, sub-inspector T. Dileesh said. The accused, however, admitted in a statement that he had been with the boy on the date mentioned in the complaint.

 

You will be shocked to know what Fr. Basil Kuriakose of King David International School in Kerala did to 10 year old boy

http://postcard.news/will-shocked-know-father-basil-kuriakose-king-david-international-school-kerala-10-year-old-boy/

By Rita Sharma, January 5, 2017

 

 



 

 

Chennai: Christian priest gets 14-year RI for child abuse

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/crime/291216/chennai-christian-priest-gets-14-year-ri-for-child-abuse.html

By M. Aruloli, Tirunelveli, December 29, 2016

 

 

 

A Christian priest was convicted for sexually abusing minor girl children at a home near here and was sentenced to 14 years of rigorous imprisonment by a Tirunelveli court here on Wednesday.

The accused clergyman, Fr Stephen Joseph (57) of Nazareth in Thoothukudi district was running a home for the poor and deserted children at Mookkuperi village. However, as the priest was charged of sexually abusing some girl children at the home, the Thoothukudi district administration closed down the home on January 2012 and arrested the priest.

 

On completion of the trial, this case against the priest came up before the second additional district court, Tirunelveli, for judgment.

The court on Wednesday convicted Fr Stephen Joseph and sentenced him to 14 years of rigorous imprisonment.  The court too imposed a fine of Rs 8 lakh and ordered the fine amount to be used to compensate the affected girls.

 

Gold seized from Catholic priest at Cochin International Airport

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kochi/gold-seized-from-catholic-priest-at-cochin-international-airport/articleshow/56755470.cms

Kochi, January 24, 2017

Customs has seized 300 gram gold from a Catholic priest who landed at Cochin International Airport (CIAL) here on Monday. Officials said three gold bars, weighing 100 gram each concealed inside chocolate bars, were found in the baggage of Fr Isaac Kizhakkeparambil who has been working in Switzerland.

The priest came to Kochi on a Qatar Airways flight at 10.30am. “He had not made any declaration; it was an attempt to evade the mandatory 10% customs duty,” a senior customs official said. “No arrest has been made as the quantity of the contraband is small. A case has been registered. The attempted smuggling came to light when his baggage was inspected.”

He said it was an attempt to evade the mandatory 10% customs duty.

 

Kerala priest arrested for raping 17-year old

http://www.ucanindia.in/news/kerala-priest-arrested-for-raping-17year-old/34204/daily

Thiruvananthapuram, February 28, 2017

The 17-year old girl delivered in Kannur last week but her parents made no complaints

A Catholic priest in his late 40s has been arrested by the police in Kerala on charges of raping a 17-year-old girl last year.

Father Robin Vadakkancherry was taken into custody after the girl delivered a baby in Kannur last week.

“The parents had not filed any complaint but based on a tip off received by the child helpline, we carried out an initial probe and found the report to be true. We have filed a case of rape against the priest. He was absconding but now has been taken into custody,” a police officer said.
According to the police, the girl was raped in May 2016. The police carried out an initial probe over the weekend, based on the tip off.
The newborn has been taken to a special home in Kannur based on the court orders, while the girl, a class 11 student, is with her parents.
Last year in August, a Catholic priest was arrested for allegedly sexually abusing and murdering a college student in Kerala’s Palakkad district. Four other clergymen, including a bishop were arrested for allegedly covering up the case.

In May 2015, another Catholic priest in the Ernakulam district was accused of raping a 14-year-old girl.

Also at http://www.ndtv.com/kerala-news/kerala-catholic-priest-accused-of-raping-17-year-old-arrested-1664249.

 

Kerala priest who spoke against child abuse* arrested for raping minor girl

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/kerala-vicar-arrested-for-raping-minor-who-attended-church-run-computer-classes/story-R6BA4dXZP5UAvZdJw4BWXL.html

By Ramesh Babu, February 28, 2017

 


 

A priest who spoke against child abuse was arrested in Kerala for alleged rape of a minor which led to her pregnancy, police said on Tuesday.

 

 

The 17-year-old gave birth to a baby at a private hospital last month and the accused had shifted both the mother and the newborn to an orphanage in north Kerala’s Wayanad to hush up the incident.

Father Robin Vaddakumchiryil (48), the vicar of St Sebastian church in Kottiyoor, was arrested after the girl narrated the incident to officials of childline, a telephone helpline for children in distress. Childline officials then tipped off police.

The church official had allegedly abused the girl at the computer class provided by the church, police said.

A spokesperson of the Thalasserry diocese said the priest has been taken out of all religious duties.

Police said a DNA test will be held on the priest to ascertain to strengthen the case against him. Police have also booked the private hospital, where she delivered a baby, for not informing police.

“The priest also made an attempt to implicate the girl’s father in the case. Since the family is from an economically weaker section he tried to implicate him and told many about this,” said deputy superintendent of police Prajeesh, who uses only his first name. The priest was planning to travel to Canada to evade arrest, he said.

A police official said the priest was the chief guest at a function organised recently against crime against children. He was also known to have spoken on the issue earlier.

Police quoted the minor as saying that she has been in trauma for the last two years and the priest threatened her not to reveal the incident to anyone. Fearing social stigma, her parents also kept silent. They are also likely to be questioned.

The victim’s family lives near the church and the girl used to visit the church regularly.

The priest has been charged under stringent provisions of the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act (Pocso) and IPC.

The new born was later shifted to a government-run home, said Peravur police inspector N Sunil Kumar, who is investigating the case.

The government had recently decided to fast-track cases related to sexual assault on minors.

Activists say that in most cases of child sexual abuse, the victims are known to the accused.

Data from the National Crimes Records Bureau (NCRB) show that in 2015, more than 15,000 children faced sexual assault. In more than 8,300 incidents, the accused was known to the child.

*This is similar to the case of convicted child molester Dominic Dixon who “champions” the causes of the sexually abused on national television and on campuses!

DOMINIC DIXON CONVICTED IN USA DEPORTED FROM CANADA FOR SEXUAL MOLESTATION OF BOY

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/DOMINIC_DIXON_CONVICTED_IN_USA_DEPORTED_FROM_CANADA_FOR_SEXUAL_MOLESTATION_OF_BOY.doc

 

Kerala Catholic Priest Robin Vadakkumchery arrested for raping 16-year-old girl: Three shocking developments!

In this shocking incident from Kottiyoor in Chavakkad, a Kerala Catholic priest Robin Vadakkumchery has been arrested for raping a sixteen-year-old girl.

http://www.financialexpress.com/india-news/kerala-catholic-priest-robin-vadakkumchery-arrested-for-raping-16-year-old-girl-three-shocking-developments/570985/

March 1, 2017

In this shocking incident from Kottiyoor in Chavakkad, a Kerala Catholic priest Robin Vadakkumchery has been arrested for raping a sixteen-year-old girl. She gave birth to a baby and TV channels report that the priest offered a sum of Rs 10 lakh to the family to hush it up. Now comes the most shocking part! The girl reportedly mentioned her own father as being responsible for her pregnancy! This has been reported by all local channels in Kerala.

However, the hospital authorities found out that the girl is a minor and they called in the police – after which, all hell broke out for the priest and when taken into custody for questioning, he confessed his guilt.

Father Robin Vadakkumchery is a vicar of St Sebastian’s Church in Kottiyoor and the girl is a student in the school that is run by the Church. According to news reports, the priest enjoys clout within the Church hierarchy and politically.

This isn’t the first time that controversy has followed this priest. According to the statements given by other priests in secrecy to local TV channels such as Asianet News channel, complaints had come up several times, particularly in the context of nursing students but these complaints were reportedly hushed up because of his clout.

Also, local channels reported that a group within the Church had expressed strong disapproval that no strong action had been taken against the priest.

Kudos to the police for having acted swiftly – it is not always that we see cops showing the guts to rein in powerful and “respected” individuals!

However, the root of a serious problem remains unsolved – what happens to offenses committed by those holding responsible positions in religious institutions? For strengthening the safety of minors and women, the need of the hour is to have a regulatory watchdog to keep a close track to fast-track these issues, particularly when such cases involve those at the helm.

After all, the law should be equal for all – a rape whether it is committed by a Catholic priest cannot be treated as ‘holier-than-thou’!

 

 

 

UPDATE

Kerala priest Robin Vadakkumchery a habitual offender, it is not just the Catholic Church that protected him

http://www.financialexpress.com/india-news/kerala-priest-robin-vadakkumchery-a-habitual-offender-it-is-not-just-the-catholic-church-that-protected-him-roy-matthew-mediaperson/572686/

March 2, 2017

Father Robin Vadakkumchery has been in the news for being arrested on rape charges. He also admitted that he had raped a sixteen-year-old student and the buzz is that he offered her father Rs 10 lakh to accept responsibility for the girl’s pregnancy. According to local TV channels, statements given by other priests in secrecy reveal that the priest enjoyed clout within the clergy and occupied a top position despite the allegations that were brought against him earlier.

Now the role of the Child Welfare Committee has come under the scanner for not effectively monitoring the happenings.

Reji Njallari, who heads the Open Movement, told Vinu V John during Asianet News Hour talk, “15 deaths under suspicious circumstances have taken place and it is linked to the Catholic Church. The Child Welfare Committee is constituted by those who protect the Church’s interests. Everyone knows that child abuse is rampant in Kerala’s Catholic sabhas but no one dares to address this.”

However, Mathew TA, member, Child Welfare Committee had a different take on this issue, “Understand that these are all allegations. There are 14 DCW committees and you cannot mock them all because one committee didn’t discharge its responsibilities properly. It is wrong to say that Child Welfare Committees comprise of those who protect Sabha’s interests. We have members of different communities onboard – we have a Muslim member on board.”

Media person Roy Matthew told Vinu V. John during Asianet News Hour, “Father Robin held high positions in the Church throughout all the years when allegations of sexual abuse were raised against him. The stance of the Church has always been to protect him. It is known that Father Robin is a habitual offender – but it is not just the Church that protected him. Questions must be raised about the school authorities that allowed the girl to attend classes while she was fully pregnant – did they not see what is happening and why did they choose to not report it? How did the hospital authorities not detect earlier that the girl is a minor? And why doesn’t Father Robin have the courage to apologize for what he has done?”

Representing the Catholic Church, Father Paul Thellakkatu told Asianet News, “This is a grave issue. Reformation of the Catholic sabha is necessary and the highest ideals have to be upheld. It is challenge, a failure and deep grief for all of us that such an incident has happened.”

 

Kerala priest admits to raping minor girl: Now 5 nuns charged for covering up details!

It is shocking how a Catholic priest, who held high positions within the Church and used to coordinate with the media on several occasions, has now been caught by the police for raping a minor girl.

March 4, 2017


 

It is shocking how a Catholic priest, who held high positions within the Church and used to coordinate with the media on several occasions, has now been caught by the police for raping a minor girl.

The latest development in this is as follows:

Kerala police have now brought eight people including 5 nuns under its scanner for their involvement in Father Robin Vadakkumchery‘s case where he admitted to raping a sixteen-year-old girl, who had given birth to a baby few weeks ago. The involvement of five nuns – Sisters Tessy Jose, Ancy Mathew, Aneesa, Lissy Maria and Ophilia have been charged with non-bailable offenses under Protection on Children from Sexual Offences Act and their role in trying to protect the accused and cover up the crime of rape are to be probed further by Kerala police.

A case has also been filed against the management of Christuraj Hospital in Koothuparamba where the minor girl had given birth. According to local TV reports, hospital officials may be arrested as they are supposed to inform the police in cases like this within 24 hours and in this case, they did not do so.

When the news had first broken out, local TV channels had stated that several priests had told them in secrecy that the priest enjoyed political clout within the clergy which is why he was able to continue holding top positions in Church despite similar allegations against him earlier.

 

 

Questions regarding the functioning of the Child Welfare Committees have been raised as it has reportedly not been effective in discharging its responsibilities in cases like these. The reason being cited is that its appointed members are those who try to protect the Church’s interests.

 

 

 

Kerala Church plans step to check sex abuse

In two years, at least five major incidents of child abuse involving priests have been reported in Kerala

http://www.ucanindia.in/news/kerala-church-plans-step-to-check-sex-abuse/34224/daily

Kochi, March 2, 2017

Concerned over the increase in incidents of priests sexually abusing minors, the Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council (KCBC) is considering a protocol for priests and nuns who interact with students.
“It is unfortunate such cases are being reported frequently. If this is the situation, the Church will have to think of framing a protocol for priests and nuns who interact with children,” said Fr Varghese Vallikkatt, KCBC deputy secretary and spokesperson.
At least five major incidents of child abuse involving priests have been reported in Kerala during the last two years. Only one among the accused in these cases has been convicted.
It was just two months ago Fr Edwin Figarez, who was the parish priest at Puthenvelikkara, was sentenced to double life term for raping a 14-year-old girl.
 
In October 2016, Fr James Thekemuriyil, the rector of a seminary in Kannur district, was arrested by the police for alleged sexual assault on a 21-year-old seminarian who was undergoing training under him at the institution.
 
Fr Raju Kokkan, parish priest of St Paul’s Church at Thaikkattusery, was arrested for abusing a 10-year-old girl. He allegedly abused the girl after inviting her to the parsonage.

Allegations of sexually abusing boys were levelled against a parish priest of a famous church in Kochi city. 
However, the priest escaped legal action as the victims failed to approach the police. The diocese authorities shifted the priest to a home of retired priests and later entrusted him with the charge of a parish.
“These priests have brought disgrace to the Catholic Church. Being an independent Church, Syro Malabar Church, in exercise of its power to take decisions, should allow priests to get married” said Reji Njellani, president of the Open Church Movement and an officer-bearer of the Kerala Catholic Reformation Movement.

 

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