Rape and sexual abuse of nuns (and girls and boys) by Indian priests 03


JUNE 18, 2017

Rape and sexual abuse of nuns (and girls and boys) by Indian priests 03

 



 

This file is a successor to

RAPE AND SEXUAL ABUSE BY INDIAN PRIESTS-CHURCH FAILS TO PUNISH GUILTY 01
MARCH 2015/24, 26 OCTOBER 2016/24 JANUARY/28 FEBRUARY/4 MARCH 2017

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/RAPE_AND_SEXUAL_ABUSE_BY_INDIAN_PRIESTS-CHURCH_FAILS_TO_PUNISH_GUILTY_01.doc
and

RAPE AND SEXUAL ABUSE BY INDIAN PRIESTS-CHURCH FAILS TO PUNISH GUILTY 02
17 JUNE 2017

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/RAPE_AND_SEXUAL_ABUSE_BY_INDIAN_PRIESTS-CHURCH_FAILS_TO_PUNISH_GUILTY_02.doc

 

Below is an excerpt from the introduction to the above-referred file 01:

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 pages 19, 20). 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”, etc. but among their main objectives are the use of inclusive language in the Holy Mass and the ordination of women as priests.

 

 

THE RAPIST: FR. ROBIN (MATHEW) VADAKKANCHERRY/ VADAKKANCHERIL/ VADAKKUMCHERY/ VADAKKUMCHERRY/ VADAKKUMCHIRIYIL

 


 



 

SCANDAL: RAPE-AND-IMPREGNATION OF MINOR, BRIBERY AND INTIMIDATION OF VICTIM’S PARENTS, ATTEMPT TO FLEE INDIA, COLLUSION OF CATHOLIC ASSOCIATES TO HUSH AND COVER UP THE CRIME, PRIEST’S “CLOUT” WITH CHURCH AUTHORITIES DESPITE EARLIER COMPLAINTS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT, YET CAMPAIGNED AGAINST SEXUAL ABUSE OF MINORS.

THE KERALA CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ COUNCIL CALL IT AN “EXCEPTION”, RESORT TO VICTIM-BLAMING, FINALLY BLAME IT ON “CONSUMERISM”.

 

Quote from page 10 of this file: “The police say that in such cases, the victims go directly to the higher ups in the Church. They should come to the police station instead.”

In the case of Fr. J.P. (following in report 04) preacher and retreat centre Director who sexually assaulted and raped two young girls (among others) over a period of at least 4 years, we should have done exactly that. Instead, hoping to keep it within the Church and not “wash the church’s dirty linen in public” (see a reader’s comment on page 22), and following protocol, we respectfully contacted (both over the ‘phone as well as by email) the rapist’s confreres, his Provincial Superior, his Archbishop (of the Syro-Malabar rite), the senior executives and heads of Church bodies and Commissions (including the Presidents of the CBCI and the CBCI) as well as the Apostolic Nuncio to India, commencing March 18 and going up to April 22, 2017. After six weeks we received a response on June 7 from the President of the CCBI (Latin rite) asking us which rite the rapist priest belonged to, evidently already knowing fully well the answer and attempting to evade responsibility for the Syro-Malabar rite priest’s crimes. Today, over 10 days later, he has not replied to my email response of June 7 to him, and today also marks three months of my futile attempts to bring the Vincentian priest to justice (one of the rape victims is ready to testify face-to-face against her rapist).

All other letters of ours were not answered by the hierarchy (see Isaac Gomes’ complaint on page 13)

The serial rapist’s brother priests and Provincial went from tolerant attention to hostility to silence. They sort of followed the Fr. Robin Vadakkancherry pattern that we headlined in red bold caps immediately above: intimidation and harassment of the victims on the ‘phone, text messages, and hiding the priest in Rome (Rome seems to be the favourite refuge of clergy who are being sought in India for sex crimes).

We had set some demands that included a council at which the victim and our team would confront the rapist and seek that he be defrocked and laicized. The proposed date was in mid-May. The alternative to that, they were informed, was our approaching the police and the media. That did not deter them from maintaining a wall of silence. We are now in the process of issuing a final email notice to all concerned, the final date for a meeting reset for mid-August, after which we WILL go to the law, the National Commission for Women (NCW), and the media. History records that the Church only acts against its criminal priests when the proverbial s*** (excuse me) hits the fan. Now, whatever happens, all records will be made public.

And, as usual, some detractors of this ministry will fault us instead of the criminal priest and his protectors.

 

 

 

Emphases in red, underlined red, and highlighting in yellow is ours.

Out of dozens of news reports on this serial rapist, the following 30 are reproduced in chronological order:

1. 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.

*http://www.ndtv.com/tamil-nadu-news/kerala-priest-arrested-for-alleged-sexual-abuse-murder-1449992

 

 

2. Kerala: Catholic priest held for rape after teen gives birth to child

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/crime/280217/kerala-priest-held-for-rape-as-teen-student-delivers.html

Kannur, February 28, 2017

A priest has been taken into custody for raping a plus-one student who gave birth to a child at a private hospital here 20 days ago. The vicar, Fr Robin Vadakkumchery of Neendunokki, Kottiyoor, was held from Chalakudy, Thrissur, late on Monday night after the girl gave a statement against him.

Earlier, her father had confessed to raping her reportedly after being bribed with a huge amount. But the truth came out when the Childline authorities received an anonymous call and the police conducted an investigation.

However, the police did not confirm his arrest. Fr Robin Vadakkumchery is a vicar of St Sebastian’s church and the girl aged 16 is a student of IJM Higher Secondary School, Kottiyoor, where the priest is the manager.

Fr Vadakkumchery faces rape charges as well as those under the POCSO Act, since the girl is a minor.

The newborn, who was admitted to a private orphanage at Vythiri, was shifted to a government home at Pattuvam on Monday morning, said Peravoor CI N. Sunil Kumar, who is investigating the case.

 

 

3. Rape cuffs on priest in Kerala

https://www.telegraphindia.com/1170301/jsp/nation/story_138388.jsp

New Delhi, February 28, 2017

A Kerala priest has been arrested on charges of raping a minor, swinging the spotlight back on continuing paedophilia in the Catholic Church despite regular papal declarations of “zero tolerance” for sexual abuse of children by clergymen.

The arrest of Father Robin Vadakkumcherry, 48, accused of having raped a 16-year-old student who delivered a child earlier this month, comes barely two months after Pope Francis’s renewed call that such abuse would not be tolerated.

The priest of St. Sebastian’s Church at Kottiyoor in north Kerala’s Kannur district was held yesterday while he was on way to Kochi airport, allegedly trying to flee India. Police have told the Syro-Malabar church authorities that he had an air ticket and a Canada tourist visa.

Fr. Robin was also the manager of Kottiyoor’s IJM Higher Secondary School, where the victim was a Class XI student. The arrest followed an anonymous tip-off to Childline, an emergency service for children.

Fr. Robin has been suspended from his “priestly ministry”, Syro-Malabar Church spokesperson Fr. Thomas Poochakkatt said. He has also been removed from all Church offices, including as the school manager. “This is very unfortunate for us and we are deeply apologetic,” Fr. Poochakkatt said.

On whether Fr. Robin would be defrocked, Fr. Poochakkatt said this was the action after the crime had been established. “For ensuring a proper, unhindered investigation, we have immediately suspended him as there is ‘zero tolerance’ for sexual abuse by clergymen.”

In a letter to bishops on the Feast of the Holy Innocents, sent on December 28 and read out in churches across the world on the first Sunday of January, Pope Francis had said the Church “recognises the sins of some of her members, the sufferings, the experiences and the pain of minors who were abused sexually by priests”. “It is a sin that shames us. Persons responsible for the protection of those children destroyed their dignity.”

 

 

 

 

“We join in the pain of the victims and weep for this sin. The sin of what happened, the sin of failing to help, the sin of covering up and denial, the sin of the abuse of power. The Church also weeps bitterly over this sin of her sons and she asks forgiveness. Today, I would like us to renew our complete commitment to ensuring these atrocities will no longer take place in our midst…. let us adhere, clearly and faithfully, to ‘zero tolerance’,” the letter said.

However, an Associated Press report from Vatican City this past weekend said: “Pope Francis has quietly reduced sanctions against a handful of paedophile priests, applying his vision of a merciful Church even to its worst offenders in ways that survivors of abuse and the Pope’s own advisers question.”

Asked about it, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) secretary-general Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas told The Telegraph: “I do not agree that the Holy Father has decreased sanctions. He has in fact made it more stringent on the Bishops to act.” Another clergyman pointed out the paedophile priests – whose sanctions had been reduced by the Pope – remained permanently removed. “He has only stayed their defrocking.”

The CBCI has distanced itself from another Kerala priest-related controversy that erupted after an old video surfaced showing a clergyman making disparaging remarks about women who do not dress “properly” and instead wear jeans and T-shirts to church. “If these statements have been really made, we condemn them equivocally. They have no place in our Christian Religion,” Bishop Mascarenhas tweeted after the clip went viral. (See pages 8, 22-26)

 

 

4. 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 (Indian Penal Code).

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 with the support of Church leaders!

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

CONVICTED PEDOPHILE DOMINIC DIXON TRIES TO SILENCE THIS MINISTRYS EXPOSES OF HIM http://ephesians-511.net/docs/CONVICTED_PEDOPHILE_DOMINIC_DIXON_TRIES_TO_SILENCE_THIS_MINISTRYS_EXPOSES_OF_HIM.doc

 

5. Who is Father Robin Vadakkumchery?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20y4rDsV6ZQ
03:42

March 1, 2017

 

 

 


 

 

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

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

 


Fr. Vadakkumchery being arrested at St. Sebastian’s Church Parish House at Kottiyoor, Kannur

 

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’!

 

7. Kerala priest admits to raping minor

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/crime/010317/kerala-priest-admits-to-raping-minor.html

Kannur, March 1, 2017

 


Fr. Vadakkumchery being arrested at St. Sebastian’s Church Parish House at Kottiyoor, Kannur

 

Fr Robin Vadakkumchery, former vicar of St Sebastian’s church, Neendunokki, near Kottiyoor, who was under custody over raping a minor girl, was arrested by police on Tuesday. He was already nabbed by a team led by Peravoor CI N Sunilkumar on Monday night, while he was trying to escape to Canada. The girl had given birth in the second week of this month and the hospital authorities also tried to hush up the matter. The accused admitted his crime during interrogation.

The newborn was shifted to a Christian orphanage in Vythiri, Wayanad, just a day after the delivery, said the CI, who is the investigating officer. The police shifted the newborn to a government home in Pattuvam on Monday. Fr Vadakkumchery was taken to the Parish house for collecting evidence, before taking him to Kuthuparamba judicial first class magistrate court. Since he is charged under POCSO Act, he will not receive bail until the trial is over.

The 16-year-old victim was a student of IJM Higher Secondary School, Kottiyoor, where Fr Vadakkumchery was the manager. She was raped at the Parish house, said the police. The school authorities as well the parents were not aware of the pregnancy, until the delivery, they said. “The girl attended classes until February 6, and the she gave birth on February 8, if the statements are true. The parents took her to hospital in order to treat ‘an infected appendix’. It was only on Sunday, an anonymous call, from inside the school informed the Childline about the involvement of the priest in the ‘pregnancy’. The girl’s statement was taken first by women cops, to whom she said her father was responsible. The father also admitted to raping his own daughter,” the CI said.

However, the police could identify the conflict between the statements of the father and the daughter and in a detailed questioning, the girl herself admitted that she was abused by Fr Vadakkumchery. Iritty Dy. SP Prajeesh Thottathil said that the police were misled in the beginning, but the detailed questioning helped them to track the accused and trace him immediately. The police said that Christuraja hospital, Kuthuparamba, was also part of the crime, though the authorities insist that they were informed that the girl had crossed 18. The orphanage also played foul by concealing the information even from the police and Childline authorities.

 

 

8. 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 Thelakkat 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.”

 

 

9. The Alleged Rape of A Minor by Kerala Priest Highlights Why the Church Needs Public Scrutiny

http://www.huffingtonpost.in/2017/03/02/the-alleged-rape-of-a-minor-by-kerala-priest-highlights-why-the_a_21870802/

March 3, 2017

There’s evidence of the Church’s complicity.

The recent alleged rape of a minor girl by a vicar* and what appears to be an attempted institutional cover up in Kerala has brought the Catholic Church under fire yet again. The vicar was an influential priest who had held important offices of power and the Church had apparently used its various apparatuses to protect him from the law.

This is not the first time that the Syro Malabar Church, the largest congregation of Catholics in the state, is at the centre of controversy. Over the years, many of its priests have been accused of various sexual offences and rights violations, and its institutions of cover-ups. Some have been punished by law, but many have managed to escape as the vicar in the latest rape case nearly did.

The main accused in the case is Father Robin Vadakkumchery, the priest of the St. Sebastian Church in the state’s northern district of Kannur, and the survivor, a 16-year-old girl from a poor family that belongs to the same parish. Allegedly, the priest had been sexually exploiting the girl for a long time and the family came to know about it only when the girl became pregnant. Following this, a cover-up plan seems to have been set in motion by the priest, backed by Church-run institutions.

The pregnant girl was sent to a hospital under the Church, and when she gave birth, the child was transferred to an orphanage, also run by the Church. The secrecy was watertight and the story might have ended there but for an anonymous letter received by the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) of the district. The CWC privately investigated the case and informed the police. When the priest came to know of these developments, he made a futile attempt to escape to Canada, reportedly in connivance with some in the Church.

The attempted cover-up didn’t end there. Local media reported that the father of the girl, a poor farmer, was offered money to own up to the crime; even the girl apparently agreed to implicate him. However, police interrogations revealed that the real criminal was the priest and that there was all-round pressure from the Church on the family. The priest was arrested even as he was plotting to flee.

The Church’s complicity in the case is undeniable, and there were multiple points where it violated the law of the land and even its own rules. When the child was admitted to the hospital for her delivery, the authorities should have informed the police because she was a minor. They didn’t. Legal procedures were also violated in the transfer of the newborn to a Church-run orphanage. Compliance with the law would have automatically ensured the arrest of Father Robin, his expulsion from the Church, and a series of mitigation efforts to normalise the life of the survivor.

In this case, the survivor was not only raped multiple times, but also was subjected to intimidation and other forms of psychological violence to keep quiet. With the law taking its course, the Syro Malabar Church may find it difficult to wash its hands off the cover-up this time. Indeed, had it been compliant with the law earlier, this incident (and perhaps others) might have been prevented.

 

 

 

Reportedly, Father Robin had allegedly tried to molest a minor girl 20 years ago when he was the assistant manager of a Church-run school, but was untouched either by the Church or by law. It’s anybody’s guess how many more girls he may have victimised in the ensuing years.

The problem is of power, increasing religious conservatism and the insularity of the Church—the Catholic Church in particular. Even after the latest hit, it’s unwilling to relent and admit that something is wrong in its house. It is continuing to argue that there are more than 9000 priests and this is a stray case.
However, it’s hardly a one-off—there have a multitude of allegations of sexual exploitation and rights violations by the priests and nuns of various dioceses.

Early this year, an elderly priest who was also the principal of a school in Ernakulam district, was arrested for child abuse while another priest was alleged to be responsible for the suicide of a nun. Several cases were reported last year as well. While one priest was handed a double imprisonment sentence for the rape of a minor, another was arrested for the alleged rape and murder of a college girl. There was also a widely reported case of sexual abuse in a theological school in Kannur.

These cases are only the tip of the iceberg, because cover-ups seem to be the norm as the latest incident indicates. Had the girl not become pregnant and had a baby, the case wouldn’t have been brought to light. The girl would have continued to suffer, and the priest could have abused others because of the atmosphere of secrecy and tolerance within the house. In fact,
last year a bishop and three others were arrested, not for a crime per se, but for covering it up.

Interestingly, whistleblowers’ accounts abound in the state about the serious rot within the Church. A former priest Shibu Kalamparambil was scathing in his account of the sexual abuse and corruption in the Church in his biography. A teacher-nun for three decades, Sister Jesme, who is very popular in the local media for her critical views on the Catholic Church, also wrote an autobiography in which she graphically described the sexual abuse suffered by nuns. In 2012, another nun of 40 years, Sister Mary, came out with her story, in which she described in vivid detail the extreme pain she had to endure during her tenure with the Church—her ordeal included physical and psychological oppression, sexual abuse and harassment for sticking to her values.

Unfortunately, every time there is a dissenting voice or a charge of abuse or illegality, the Church tends to become even more insular and defensive. It’s obvious that the Church’s instinct is to cover up rather than address issues. This is highly concerning because of the enormous political, social and economic power the Church wields.

What’s most worrying is the atmosphere of increasing conservatism that abets secrecy, religious fundamentalism, suppression of truth and illegality including sexual crimes among the Christian clergy. Conservatism and socio-political authority are the tools that the Church—not just the Catholics, but also other denominations— uses to insulate its institution and control its believers. In December last, a leading Malayalam literary weekly had to withdraw its copies from the newsstand because an illustration on the cover and a painting inside the magazine angered the Church. A priest from a Catholic channel shocked the state when he said that girls wearing jeans and t-shirts
should be drowned in the sea
(pages 4, 22-26) because they aroused men. He even said that he felt like kicking some women out of the church because of their attire. Another priest took on writer Benyamin, a hugely popular man in Kerala, because he criticised Catholic priests.

It remains to be seen if the latest case opens up the Church to public scrutiny. It will be highly unfortunate if it doesn’t because a rights-violative religious institution with political power and social control is inconsistent with the otherwise progressive polity of the state.

*http://www.huffingtonpost.in/2017/02/28/kerala-priest-arrested-for-allegedly-raping-student/ February 28

 

1 of 5 readers’ comments

What moral authority will this “priest” wield to preach to his congregation from the altar? His criminal behaviour is worse than the worst form of blasphemy. He and all those who tried to protect him should be sent to jail the place where they truly belong. There is no shame in exposing such people. True shame lies in tolerating such people and more shame in trying to shield them. –Godwin F

 

 

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

http://www.financialexpress.com/india-news/kerala-priest-admits-to-raping-minor-girl-now-5-nuns-charged-for-covering-up-details/574390/

New Delhi, 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 nonbailable 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.

 

 

11. Kerala Catholic Body Says Consumerism Led to Rape by Priest

https://www.thequint.com/india/2017/03/03/kerala-catholic-body-says-consumerism-led-to-rape-by-priest

The News Minute, March 4, 2017

A minor girl in Kerala was raped and impregnated, allegedly by a priest, and everything in the investigation points to a system that not only allowed this crime to happen, but actively tried to cover it up.

But the Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council is completely blind to this problem in their backyard. Instead of taking steps to ensure that priests don’t get away with the crime, the council has conveniently said that this case is an ‘exception’ among the 9,033 catholic priests in Kerala.

In a reply to TNM‘s queries on the issue, Father Paul Thelekat of the Bishops’ Council said:

In India there are 19,946 catholic priests and in Kerala, there are 9,033 priests. What we discuss is a case of failure of a small minority in living the lofty ideal of celibacy. The fact that it is a minority does not make the sin and crime minor. The very fact that it gets news value is an exception and a fall from the ideal.

 

https://youtu.be/W_vlc6GMamU
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Flavia Agnes (see 02) is a liberal activist and lawyer -Michael

 

The feeble attempt at denouncing the crime is lost in the justification offered by the council for the behaviour of ‘some’. The reply gets more bizarre as the council then puts the blame for sexual violence and child sexual abuse squarely on ‘consumerism’.

He added: “Consumerism is indeed a situation affecting everyone in the world and priests are also in the world. It is in celibacy and in virginity the crisis first becomes apparent, and then it will become a crisis of fidelity in marriage with extra-marital and premarital sex. Women are presented as commodity both in media and in advertisements, and all commodities as marketed with girls and women where human body is dehumanised.”

The council is clearly attempting to wash its hands off and ignore the systemic abuse that a minor faced under their watch.

The survivor was studying in a school attached to the church where the accused, Father Robin, was a priest.

He allegedly raped her in his room multiple times, and when he impregnated her, he reportedly tried to cover it up. After the girl, secretly delivered the child at a hospital run by the church, the new-born was taken to an orphanage without the minor’s knowledge. Child welfare officials only came to know about the case on the basis of a tip-off, as the hospital had not informed the police either. However, when TNM reached out to the hospital, George, the Public Relations Officer denied that they tried to hide the incident.

The Bishops Council’s reply comes just a day after a Malayalam magazine Sunday Shalom** tried to paint this as an isolated incident. “There are many people who do good deeds, how come people are not seeing that? Why are good things not said about these people? To ridicule all priests in the name of all mistakes committed by one or two priests is saddening the entire community,” the magazine said.

 

 

The magazine does not stop at that. “Even Judas was Jesus’s disciple, and today we are walking behind this disciple. Those who need to be isolated, should be isolated, but let’s not throw mud at those who have not done any mistakes. We can proudly call every priest as a virtue we have earned, allow them to walk confidently in their robes,” it said.

Making a false equivalence, the magazine added: “Kerala is a land where a biological father has raped and impregnated his daughter. Does that mean all fathers should be castrated?” (Sic)

The guidelines of the church with regard to paedophilia is very strong and clear. We cannot defend the one who committed the crime but we have to defend the victim. If this ideal is neglected in church then it becomes unfaithful to Christ.-Father Paul

But what use are ‘guidelines’ when the Church refuses to recognise that this wasn’t an isolated incident, but a textbook definition of systemic abuse?

**BISHOP OF RAMANATHAPURAM RECOMMENDS YOGA THROUGH SHALOM MINISTRIES

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

 

 

12. Pastor rape case: Church must stand by the victims and not protect its own

http://annnews.in/english/investigation/news/pastor-rape-case-church-must-stand-by-the-victims-and-not-protect-its-own

By Nithin Madhu, March 4, 2017

The case of Robin Vadakkumchery who was finally caught after the victim became pregnant reminds me of the movie Spotlight. In that movie it is shown how the Boston Archdiocese was aware of instances of sexual abuse by priests. It also shows how influence was wielded on the police, media as well the judiciary to hush up the matter. In Kerala the public anger is clear against the Catholic Church after allegations of the shielding the pastor accused of raping a minor girl cropped up. It was a call that was made to a helpline which led to the tracing of the new born child to a Church run orphanage in Kerala.

Allegations of a cover up cropped up during the course of the investigation. It was found that the pastor had convinced the father of the victim to take the blame. The Kerala police must probe further into this case. The victim gave birth at a hospital and then was sent to an orphanage. Who were the persons who abetted this cover up? It was all hush-hush until that anonymous call was made by a good samaritan to the government child helpline. The police say that in such cases, the victims go directly to the higher ups in the Church. They should come to the police station instead. The problem is that they fear social stigma and hence seek recourse in the Church itself.

There are also several cases where the victims have remained quiet about it and suffer in silence. This should change and if victims and their parents go to the police, then the problem could be sorted out the police officer also says. The movie Spotlight narrated extremely well the power of the Church. It took months of investigation and pacifying the victims before the truth could come out. The power of money and the clout that is enjoyed by the Church is what makes the Government or the law enforcement agencies think at least a 100 times before going after them. Everyone needs to be accountable and the case of the Church should be no different.

 

 

13. Five nuns booked for covering up for abusive priest 

http://mattersindia.com/2017/03/five-nuns-booked-for-covering-up-for-abusive-priest/

Kannur, March 5, 2017

Five Catholic nuns are among eight people booked for covering up an alleged sex abuse of a minor girl by a priest.

The police have registered the case under the nonbailable sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) and Juvenile Justice Act.

This was revealed on March 4 by Sunil Kumar, Circle Inspector of Peravoor in Kannur district who heads the probe team.

The main accused Father Mathew (Robin) Vadakkumcherry has been lodged in the sub jail of Tellicherry near Kannur town after his arrest on February 28. He is accused of impregnating a 16-year-old school girl who gave birth to a baby boy on February 7. The priest was the manager of the school where the girl studied and the pastor of St Sebastian’s Church in Kottiyoor, a parish under Mananthavady Syro-Malabar diocese.

The nuns accused in the cover-up case are Sisters Tessy Jose and Ancy Mathew, who are doctors in Christu Raja Hospital at Koothuparamba in Kannur district where the girl delivered the child. The police have also booked Hyder Ali, another doctor in the hospital. Other accused nuns are Sisters Anice, Ophilia and Lissy Maria who work in an orphanage in Vythiri in neighboring Mananthavady district.

Meanwhile Cardinal George Alencherry, head of the Syro-Malabar Church, on March 4 admitted the priest had committed a grave offense and that steps would be taken no such incidents occurred in future. The prelate also told reporters in Kochi, Kerala’s commercial capital, that the Church would not try to protect the guilty.

Earlier Bishop Jose Porunnedom of Mananthavady had apologized to the girl and her family to society. His February 28 letter addressed to the parishioners of Kottiyoor termed the priest’s action as a serious scandal that was painful and hurting.

Kerala’s Minister of Health and Social Welfare KK Shailaja has promised to take serious action against a priest and nun of Mananthavady diocese who were members of the Child Welfare Committee in Wayanad.

 

 

The case took a turn when the police team, who had gone to the Koothuparamba hospital and the orphanage to arrest those booked, returned empty handed. A police officer told television channels that they were told the nuns have gone away for treatment or spiritual retreat.

The second accused is a lay woman, Thankamma Nelliyani, a member of the Kottiyoor parish, who is also absconding.

The police team has submitted a report on the cover-up to the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights and Kannur district police superintendent. The report recommends action against them for concealing details of the newborn from the authorities.

The offence came to light after the eleventh grade girl, a resident of Neendunokki, delivered.

Fr Vadakkumcherry had attended a public program on February 25 and left the place the next day, after police lodged a case against him. He was picked up from Chalakudy in Thrissur district while allegedly trying to escape from the country.

 

 

14. ‘Kerala priest raped, because temptations’, church-backed magazine resorts to victim blaming

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/kannur-kerala-priest-rape-case-minor-sunday-shalom-says-its-girls-fault/1/897706.html

By Neha Vashishth, March 6, 2017 Caps and bold emphases theirs -Michael

Church-backed magazine blames minor for not ‘stopping’ the rape, saying priest is a human being and has ‘temptations’. 

“Consumerism and temptations” are the reasons why a 16-year-old girl from Kerala got raped. As much absurd this sounds, these are the reasons given by a magazine backed by a Catholic Sabha, resorting to openly blaming and shaming the rape survivor, a minor.

People behind the magazine forgot that she DID NOT ASK FOR IT and NO-ONE ASKS FOR IT.

 

Father Robin or Mathew Vadakkancheril of St Sebastian church in Kannur, Kerala was accused of raping and impregnating a minor. He fled the scene, but was arrested for the heinous crime.

The minor was raped several times before she got pregnant. After she delivered the child at a private hospital, the newborn was taken to an orphanage without informing the girl.

But

Sunday Shalom, a Christian weekly, said that the rape could have been stopped by the minor. The weekly said, “Here, the girl is above the age of 15. Let me tell you this, as I consider you like my daughter – you are also at fault. Before the Lord, it is you who will have to answer first. Daughter, why did you forget who a priest is? He has a human body and has temptations. He may have forgotten his position for a few seconds, my child who has taken the Holy Communion, why didn’t you stop or correct him?”

Let us remind and would ask all those who are reading this to repeat after us – NO ONE ASKS FOR RAPE.

Eight people are involved in the case including five nuns, a doctor and a helper, along with the prime accused Father Robin for hiding the facts and helping in the delivery.

But this is not the only absurd and illogical remark that was given out regarding the survivor. According to Father Paul Thelakat of the Bishops’ Council, “consumerism” is a reason behind rapes.

He told The News Minute in response to a query, “consumerism is indeed a situation affecting everyone in the world and priests are also in the world. It is in celibacy and in virginity the crisis become apparent first, then it will become a crisis of fidelity in marriage with extra-marital and premarital sex. Women are presented as commodity both in media and in advertisements and all commodities are marketed with girls and women where human body is dehumanised.”

Also saying ‘not all priests’ are like Father Robin, Father Paul said, “in India there are 19,946 catholic priests and in Kerala, there are 9,033 of them. What we discuss is a case of failure of a small minority in living the lofty ideal of celibacy. The fact it is a minority does not make the sin and crime minor. The very fact that it gets news value is that it is an exception and a fall from the ideal.”

Although, the church is assuring that it stands tall with the rape survivor and her family, it’s disheartening to see how these cases are brushed under the carpet as many involved in such cases are individuals holding great power.

From a priest who thinks women wearing jeans should die (see pages 4, 8, 22-26) to another one who condemned crimes against children on TV but goes on to rape a minor, these priests being referred to as ‘fathers’ is an irony.

 

 

15. Five nuns arrested on suspicion of covering up the rape of 17-year-old girl by Catholic priest in Kerala

http://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/6823/0/five-nuns-arrested-on-suspicion-of-covering-up-the-rape-of-17-year-old-girl-by-catholic-priest-in-kerala-

By Rose Gamble, March 7, 2017

Police in Kerala have arrested five nuns on suspicion of covering up the alleged rape of a 17-year-old girl by a Catholic priest.

Father Robin Vadakkumcherry, parish priest of St Sebastian church in north Kerala’s Kannur district, was arrested on February 27 while allegedly planning to flee the country. He is accused of raping the teenage girl, who gave birth in a private hospital on 17 February.

 

 

The five nuns, along with two doctors, have been booked under nonbailable sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and Juvenile Justice Act, a member of Kerala’s police force told Hindustan Times.

During their investigations police found evidence of an alleged attempt to cover up the whole incident and bail out the priest. The girl’s father, who belongs to an economically backward family, was promised around £12,000 (Rs 10 lakh) to own up to the crime.

Among the accused is the doctor in-charge of the private hospital in the Kerala district, where the 17-year-old girl gave birth to a boy. Although the hospital has claimed it was unaware of the rape, police reportedly found that at least two doctors knew about the incident. Two days after the delivery, the baby was discreetly moved to an orphanage run by nuns. The Mother Superior in charge of the orphanage is among the accused. Instead of reporting the incident, all the accused entered into a conspiracy to hush up the case, police claimed.
The Mananthavady diocese, under which the accused priest worked, has released an apology to the girl and her family, reports the catholic news service UCAN India.
“I endure your pain and agony. And I am also in pain,” said Bishop Jose Porunnedam in a statement. 

“The loss of self-respect and spiritual damage caused to the church by this incident is huge. I don’t know how to pacify the child and her parents. I too join in their tears. I can only apologise to you,” the bishop said.
Soon after the incident came to light, the diocese had removed the priest from all posts.
A police report has been submitted to the Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights. The report recommends action against the Child Welfare Committee of Wayanad district for concealing details of the newborn from the authorities, reports the Hindustan Times. 

The case came to light last week following an anonymous call that a 17-year-old schoolgirl gave birth and that the Catholic Church authorities in Wayanad were doing their best to cover up the case.

Following the arrest of Vadakkancherry, who also was the manager of the Church-backed school where the girl was a student, police opened investigations into the hospital authorities and the orphanage run by the Catholic Church.

 

 

16. Kerala disbands Wayanad child welfare committee

http://www.ucanindia.in/news/kerala-disbands-wayanad-child-welfare-committee/34257/daily

Kannur, March 7, 2017

The government also removed CWC’s Wayanad chairman Fr. Therakom and committee member Sr. Jose from their positions.

Intervening in the Kottiyoor rape case where a Catholic priest was arrested for raping a minor girl, the Kerala government on March 6 disbanded the child welfare committee (CWC) of Wayanad district.
The government also removed CWC’s Wayanad chairman Fr Thomas Joseph Therakom and committee member Dr. Sr. Betty Jose from their positions. The other 3 members were kept aside as the government disbanded the panel. The Kozhikode CWC has been given the additional charge of Wayanad CWC.
Fr Therakom and Sr. Betty are among others who are accused of covering up the rape incident. When the impregnated minor girl gave a birth to a baby boy, the newborn was taken to an orphanage in Vythiri, Wayanad.
The orphanage had recently stated in a press release that they had informed the Wayanad CWC about the newborn on February 8 itself, the day the child was admitted there.
The officials of the orphanage alleged that the Wayanad CWC did not take any action even though they informed Sr. Betty Jose about the infant’s admission over the phone.

Meanwhile, police are in the lookout to trace seven absconding accused, including five nuns and a doctor, who are on the run since the arrest of Fr Robin Vadakkumcherry, who is accused of raping a minor girl. Four of them applied for anticipatory bail on Mar 6.
Fr Therakom and Sr. Betty are also absconding. However, with them removed from the posts, both of them are likely to be named as accused.
Fr Therakom is also accused of helping Fr Robin in his attempt to flee the country. Fr Therakom was removed as the spokesperson of Mananthavady diocese after the incident. 

 

 

17. Kottiyoor rape case: Kerala HC stays arrest of accused nun
http://english.manoramaonline.com/news/kerala/kottiyoor-rape-case-kerala-hc-stays-arrest-of-nun.html

Kannur, March 8, 2017

The Kerala High Court has refrained the police from arresting Sr. Ophelia in the case of rape of a minor girl by a parish priest at Kottiyoor in Wayanad.

The teenage girl had given birth to a child recently. Sr. Ophelia is the superintendent of an orphanage in Vythiri where the newborn was taken to from the hospital. The nun was named accused in the case for trying to cover up the incident.

In such cases, the authorities are mandated to inform the Child Welfare Committee and the police within 24 hours. The police told the court that they would not arrest the nun till Friday.

Father Thomas Joseph Therakom and Sr. Betty Jose are among others who are accused of covering up the rape incident.

Police are in the lookout to trace absconding accused, including nuns and a doctor, who are on the run since the arrest of Robin Vadakkumcherry, the Catholic priest accused of raping a minor girl.


18. The church will not protect such offenders (or defenders?) – Isaac Gomes Kolkata

http://almayasabdam.com/church-will-not-protect-offenders-defenders-isaac-gomes-kolkata/

By Isaac Gomes, St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, March 8, 2017

In response to Times of India Kochi report dated 4th March 2017, Cardinal George Mar Alencherry, head of the Syro Malabar Church, said on Saturday that the Church unequivocally condemns clergy members involved in sexual abuse and child molestation cases and will under no circumstance protect the accused.

Referring to the Kottiyoor incident, where a 16-yr-old girl gave birth to a child last month following a relationship with the local parish priest, Cardinal Alencherry said, “The incident cannot be tolerated. It is highly condemnable. The Church will not protect such offenders”.

Pointing out that the accused should be punished under the law of the land, Cardinal Alencherry said, “The Church and the entire community of believers should be cautious in avoiding such incidents in the future”.

The Statesman Kolkata also reported the incident on page 8 of its Sunday 5th March issue.

Fr Robin Vadakkumcherry (48), the parish vicar at St Sebastian Church in Neendunoki near Kottiyoor, is currently in judicial remand on the charge of raping a minor girl. What worsened matters is that the school controlled by the church where the survivor studied, and the hospital where she gave birth, again a church institution, tried to hush it up.

Though the Cardinal has said “The incident cannot be tolerated. It is highly condemnable. The church will not protect such offenders”, he has not come out with the CONCRETE ACTION the Kerala Church is going to take. Will it wait for the judicial process and make it long drawn with it money power? Will it still try to buy off the minor girl’s family members? Just look at how low the Indian Church can stoop to wash itself clean with sheer MONEY POWER! It is reported that in order to hide the name of the culprit priest, the girl’s family was allegedly forced to name two other persons, including her father. This is even more shameful.

Why did Cardinal Alencherry not specify the action to be taken immediately i.e. DEFROCKING the priest for having deflowered a minor girl and God knows how many more?

If he can’t take exemplary action, he should follow in the footsteps of Emeritus Pope Benedict, and call it QUITS.

There was a case of sexual aberration of one Fr. Peter who coincidentally was principal of St Peter’s High School in Kolkata. This time a boy fell prey to the priest who was swiftly transferred out of Kolkata. Letters written to the Archbishop of Calcutta, Thomas D’Souza, enquiring on action taken, were not answered.

The sordid episode of Kerala should be seen in the light of close-fisted control by the Indian Catholic Church, without any lay participation, especially in matters of finance. Readers will recall Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s letter of 10th August 2012 where he had clearly advocated “Laity should be considered not as collaborators with the clergy but as persons truly CO-RESPONSIBLE for the being and activity of the Church. Co-responsibility requires a change of mentality.” He meant the Clergy should have this change of mentality and invite the Laity with all the respect due to a CO-PARTNER.

This change of heart has not happened. CBCI, the apex body of the Indian Catholic Church, believes in and behaves like the three monkeys: “See no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil”!

Has anyone heard the CBCI condemn the Kerala incident?

It has put the buck on Cardinal George Alencherry, current Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church.

 

SUGGESTED REMEDIES TO COUNTER WOLVES IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING

On checking with some of my friends and well-wishers regarding protecting children and women, including nuns who go to attend private confession with their spiritual director or priests, I have got the following suggestions / feedback:

1. Never go to any priest’s room (old and young) alone. This is applicable to children, adolescents, and women, including widows.

2. In fact, meeting of priests with children, adolescents and women inside their rooms should be totally banned. Such meetings should be held in the parlour or open sitting rooms. All churches have enough open space to hold such meetings. Remember the ground rule, never ever should there be one-on-one meetings, especially with persons of the opposite sex, even nuns. For priests are humans, even though they may be ordained. They are bound to falter. So do nuns, during one-on-one interaction with priests.

3. The practice of closed-door confession of nuns inside a priest’s room should be done away with. When this has to be done, it should be done in a hall or a large room where other nuns can wait for their turn, with the priest in clear view of the confessor and others waiting for their turn.

4. They should always be accompanied by one or two elderly nuns.

5. Even counselling should not be done by a priest alone, in his closed room. Nuns can state their problems to a priest in writing, even type-written so that their handwriting and names cannot be identified. The priest can take note of the spiritual or other problems as CASE STUDIES and give solutions during weekly or monthly common sessions, citing case studies only, without directly addressing the concerned nuns.

6. Long journeys of a single priest and a single nun should be permitted only in groups. The excuse of cost-cutting should be done away with, to avoid greater peril of slip up and possible conception of the nun. The priest will go away scot-free in search of honey from another flower. The nun will suffer the consequences. Many such nuns have committed suicide in Kerala. Case studies and books by these nuns are in public domain.

7. During family visits by priests, they should take with them church catechists or some parishioner or another priest. They should never visit a house alone.

 

 

8. Teaching our girls and women self-defence at each diocese. These training costs should be funded by parishioners through Parish Finance Committee.

These are some basic practices to be followed by both priests and nuns. As they say prevention is better than cure.

Some friends suggested that priests be allowed to marry so that they may not fall into temptation. This is a good suggestion. However, it does not guarantee that even then priests will not commit sexual offences, as one can see for married persons. However, it is a suggestion worth considering. (Warning: Almayasabdam is a liberal site –Michael)

If ordained priests are allowed to marry, then what about nuns? Are they not human too?

Who will bear the expenses of this larger family? Parishioners? Parish Finance Committee? Or a Corpus Fund created out of the Sinking Fund of a Diocese or Archdiocese? Before the Family Synod, these are questions worth pondering, so that they may be discussed at local, national, International and lastly at the Vatican level?

How about an on-line survey where the respondents’ contact address and phone numbers will be captured to ensure authenticity?

 

2 comments

1. It appears that due to moral degradation of some priests, the post of priest will lose all its prestige and shine in near future. –Vincent Bagul

2. Mr. Vincent Bagul has hit the nail on the head. Because these black sheep are protected by the Church Hierarchy which takes the easy way out by swift transfers instead of catching the bull by the horn, other good priests are put in the same bracket. Definitely there are some good priests (remember the movie A FEW GOOD MEN?) because they are good and do not flow in the direction of the stream of corruption, they are shunted around from place to place. Whereas some priests who have a strong lobby manage to stay on in the same position (like the Financial Administrator of Calcutta who stayed on for thirty years) and Principal of the most elite college Catholic college in Kolkata is still going strong for years, in spite of allegations of granting admissions for money, along with CBI enquiry. 
As mentioned there are definitely good priests and nuns. But looking out for them would be like searching a needle in a haystack! –Isaac Gomes

 

 

19. How Institutions Shielded Rape Accused Catholic Priest, Helpers

https://www.thequint.com/india/2017/03/09/rape-accused-priest-kerala-fr-robin-vadakkumchery-kannaur

The News Minute, March 9, 2017

Ten days after the police arrested Fr Robin Vadakkumchery, prime accused in the rape and subsequent impregnation of a 16-year-old girl from Kannur district, and with just one day to go for his judicial custody to end, the Kerala Police is still trying to arrest the remaining seven accused in the case. These seven people include five nuns, an administrator and paediatrician at the hospital run by the church.

While Fr Robin is the prime accused in the case, all the others have been booked for covering up the rape, pregnancy and delivery.

The police investigation so far has revealed that a network of various Christian institutions carefully planned and covered up the crime – to save their own face, and to save one of their own.

And as the investigation progresses, the fact that an intricate network of multiple organisations spanning across two districts is working to thwart the investigation is clear.

Although the police team has combed a number of convents in the district, police sources told The News Minute that they are facing “practical difficulties” with regard to arresting the remaining accused.

Since they are associated with religious institutions, we have practical difficulties in conducting searches. They have organisations across Kerala, and we need some more time to find where they could be hiding. –Police officer

Considering that there were multiple organisations and people involved in protecting Fr Robin, police suspect that the rest of the accused could also be receiving similar “support” from religious organisations they are part of.

In the same way Fr Robin received support, the absconding people will also have protecting hands behind them, from inside the Church itself. This is what we are yet to find out. Anyway, we will arrest them soon.

 

How the Crime Was Covered Up

According to police, there was a huge network of Church officials at work in covering up the crime. To begin with, the minor girl was a student at a school under the Church in which Fr Robin was posted as a manager.

He allegedly raped the girl multiple times, after which she got pregnant.

On 7 February, the girl was taken to Christu Raj hospital, run by a Christian management. Police say that Fr Robin “donated” money to the hospital as reward for not reporting the incident to police.

The hospital administrator then agreed to admit the girl, while gynaecologist Dr. Tessy and Nellayani Thankamma assisted in the delivery.

After the girl gave birth, Dr. Hyderali, a paediatrician at the hospital allowed the baby to be discharged. The minor girl continued to get medical assistance for two days before she was allowed to return home.

Meanwhile, Nellayali Thankamma, Dr. Liz Maria and Sr. Anita from Christu Dasi convent in Wayanad took the baby from the hospital to an orphanage in Wayanad. Sr. Anita drove a Maruti Eeco car to the orphanage. Two days ago, police seized the abandoned vehicle from Iratti in Wayanad district.

 

 

But while they’ve pieced the story together, police have been unable to arrest the other seven accused.

So far, FIRs have been registered against eight people in the case, including five nuns, one of whom moved the Kerala High Court on Tuesday to file an anticipatory bail application.

Cases under the POCSO Act have been filed against prime accused Fr Robin, Nelliyani Thankamma who assisted in the childbirth, gynaecologist at Christu Raj hospital in Kannur Dr. Tessy, paediatrician Dr. Hyderali, hospital administrator Ancy Mathew, Dr. Liz Maria and Sr. Anita from Christu Dasi convent in Wayanad.

Sr. Ophilia, the Superintendent of the Holy Infant Mary orphanage at Wayanad, where the baby was taken is the accused number 8.

 

Church Remains Silent

For its part, the Church has been largely silent. While Fr John Therakom was suspended by the Archdiocese after the Kerala government sacked the priest from the post of Chairman of Child Welfare Committee (CWC) for co-operating in the cover-up, there has been no word from the Church on the absconding nuns.

An editorial published by Sunday Shalom and the Kerala Bishops Council’s response to The News Minute too only point to the fact that the entire machinery of Church is refusing to take responsibility.

Sunday Shalom‘s editorial had even gone to the extent of criticising the victim.

“Here the partner in the sin is more than 15-years-old. Considering her in my daughter’s position I am saying, daughter you too went wrong. You will be the first one answerable before God. Why did you forget who a priest was? Why didn’t you know that the sanctity of a priest is equal to the holiness of Jesus’ heart? He has a human body, he can get temptations. If he might have forgot that for a few seconds, my child who has taken the holy communion, why didn’t you stop or correct him?” the article reads.

On the other hand, the Bishops Council had chosen to dismiss the incident, claiming it to be an “exception” among the 9,033 catholic priests in Kerala. The council also put blame on ‘consumerism’ and media.

“Consumerism is indeed a situation affecting everyone in the world and priests are also in the world. It is in celibacy and in virginity the crisis became apparent first, then it will become a crisis of fidelity in marriage with extra-marital and premarital sex. Women are presented as commodity both in media and in advertisements and all commodities as marketed with girls and women where human body is dehumanised,” Fr Paul Thelekat of the Bishops Council wrote in a statement given to The News Minute.

Also at https://in.news.yahoo.com/institutions-shielded-rape-accused-catholic-034022963.html.

 


20. Most Foul and a Father Too (The corrupt antecedents of Fr. Robin Vadakkumchery)

http://www.outlookindia.com/magazine/story/most-foul-and-a-father-too/298547

By Minu Ittyipe, March 13, 2017

A Kerala priest’s arrest for rape spills out tales about the laity being exploited in ways more than sexual.

 


Fr. Robin Vadakkumchery, arrested, at his parsonage in Kottiyoor

 

 

The Church did provide him with the customary accommodation for work and rest, but the vicar went on to use the parsonage for deeds inhuman. Fr Robin Vadakkumchery allegedly raped a minor girl under his parish in north Kerala and further exploited the victim’s poverty by reportedly forcing her father to own up the pregnancy. The 48-year-old priest was arrested three weeks after he fathered a child, leading to his suspension from performing the holy sacraments, including mass. But then, this isn’t the first time the clergy sensed the dark acts of the man in white robes.

First, on how Vadakkumchery is said to have brushed the serial cruelty under the carpet. He is claimed to have paid the dirt-poor family in a rugged belt of Kannur district Rs 10 lakh to conceal the real criminal, having persuaded the expectant teenager to tell the police that the rapist was her parent. Not knowing the gravity of the situation, the father of the 16-year-old said he was the one who committed the crime and that the family was not interested in pursuing the case. Only when the police moved to arrest him did the girl spill the beans and reveal the identity: Vadakkumchery, who, ironically, used to speak against child abuse.

Earlier in February, the cops were alerted by a rights NGO, Childline India Foundation, after the minor gave birth to a boy in Christuraj hospital off hilly Koothuparamba. Twenty days since the delivery came the arrest of Vadakkumchery, who was the vicar of the St Sebastian’s church in Neendunoki off Kottiyoor along the Western Ghats bordering Karnataka. While the newborn was shifted to an orphanage in Vythiri (the entrance to neighbouring Wayanad district), the accused priest is said to have attempted to flee India. He reportedly sought to fly to Canada when the police nabbed him on February 28 at Thrissur district’s Puthukad, 35 km north of the international airport at Kochi.

Wind back to Vadakkumchery’s early days as a priest with the Syro Malabar diocese of the Catholic Church in the southern coastal state. Claims are now out that he, as the parish priest in the highlands of his native Wayanad district, collected large sums of money from the farmers as head of the Indian Farmers Movement that claimed to strive for farmers’ welfare.
The publicised idea was to start an instant coffee company in Mananthavady. Nothing materialised and Vadakkumchery disappeared to Delhi, where he was assigned the charge of a small church.

He is believed to have attended a course in journalism and bettered his already brilliant communication skills. The priest then cultivated contacts both within the Church hierarchy and outside. Mar Mathew Arackal, a former bishop of Kanjirappally in south-central Kerala, was impressed with the conduct of Vadakkumchery—and invited him to join two media houses run by the Church: Jeevan TV in Kochi and Deepika newspaper.

Kottayam-based Deepika is Kerala’s oldest newspaper; it was started in 1887 by the likes of Nidheerikkal Mani Kathanar and Chavara Kuriakose Elias, now canonised. The publication has been the pride of the church, with episodes of its spearheading several social and political movements. Chief among them is the 1958-59 Vimochana Samaram (liberation struggle) that brought down Kerala’s (and the world’s) first elected communist government. Says Advocate A. Jayasankar, a former legal advisor to Deepika: “The paper, managed by the CMI missionaries, was running on a huge loss and that’s when it was made a private limited company, Rashtra Deepika (in 1989). The new entity welcomed business people on board to improve the paper. Non-Catholics, too, bought shares, but the company was still in a bad shape,” he recalls.

Then, in 2004, Bishop Arackal brought in a businessman on board as vice-chairman. Pharis Aboobacker, thus, became the establishment’s first non-Catholic and non-Christian to be on the editorial board. Aboobacker initially loaned the company Rs 2 crore, and then extended his largesse to Rs 10 crore—before taking over as the company’s chairman, points out Jayasankar. It is reported that Aboobacker never had to attend the office meetings because Vadakkumchery was following his orders to the letter. The new management won in changing the character of the paper considerably. Deepika, which had always been against communism, became a tool for the Pinarayi Vijayan faction of the ruling CPI(M) to criticise the rival camp headed by V.S. Achuthanandan, who was then the Kerala chief minister. “Soon, there appeared page-one editorials, which is a rare thing among Malayalam newspapers,” notes Jayasankar. “Two or three editorials targeting Achuthanandan would appear every week, and the paper’s circulation plummeted. Even the priests stopped reading the paper.”

K.M. Shahjahan, a former Achuthanandan aide, says that the Left veteran had written to Vijayan, then the party state chief, that the CM and his family were being targeted on a daily basis. Many of the articles were believed to have emanated from the CPI (M) party office itself, and there was talk of a thick friendship between Aboobacker, Arackal and politicians. Strangely, the laity as well as the clergy remained largely clueless about how this Chennai-based businessman with dubious antecedents was allowed to take control of the mouthpiece of the Catholic Church in highly literate Kerala.

In June 2006, news broke that a Singapore-based health organisation was suing Aboobacker for what amounted to Rs 35 crore. It said a former CEO of non-profit National Kidney Foundation was awarding money to the firm led by his ‘close friend’ Aboobacker for projects that were never delivered. After this, the Church wanted its daily back from the clutches of this man with a dubious record. The whole situation embarrassed the clergy, but they were helpless. Curiously, Vadakkumchery stood as a mediator between the Church and Aboobacker for the buyback deal.
The Church could not gather the requisite funds and had to part with its land and an eight-storey building in downtown Kochi to take control of the daily.

In 2010, the Church regained control of the paper and Vadakkumchery was relieved of his duties as the managing director. He was sent to Mananthavady as a parish priest, where he is said to have continued to fleece the laity.

 

 

 

In 2014, he became the parish priest of the church in Kannur’s Neendunoki—also doubling as the manager of IJM school, where the rape victim was a student. Most people in this interior area are extremely poor—and Vadakkumchery is said to be regarded highly by the laity in spite of his past record, as he had helped many young girls get employment abroad. That, reports say, was one reason why the rape victim’s family refused to reveal his name initially, the other being fear of isolation from the Church.

The air is now thick with speculation that Vadakkumchery took a cut of over Rs 2 crore for the resale of Deepika, and several news websites say he used a part of that money to try and hush up his alleged crime in Kannur. “How else,” asks a portal, “can a priest who makes less than Rs 10,000 per month, just sufficient for his basic needs, pay Rs 10 lakh to the father of the victim?”

 

 

21. Kottiyoor rape: co-accused Fr Therakam and two nuns surrender, get bail
http://english.manoramaonline.com/news/kerala/kottiyoor-rape-accused-fr-therakam-sr-betty-surrender-priest.html

Kannur, March 18, 2017

 


Sr. Betty, Sr. Ophelia and Fr. Therakam surrendered before the police in Kannur on Friday morning

A priest and two nuns, charged with covering up the rape of a minor girl by a catholic priest in Kottiyoor, surrendered before the police in Kannur on Friday morning.

Former Child Welfare Committee chairman Fr Thomas Joseph Therakam and one of the committee members Sister Betty Jose and superintendent of an orphanage in Wayanad Sister Ophelia surrendered before the Peravoor CI.

The co-accused, who were on the run, had been booked for their alleged role in hiding facts in the case relating to the rape of the 11th standard student.

Fr Robin Vadakkumcherry, who was the vicar of the local church in Kottiyoor and the prime accused in the case was arrested on February 28 for sexually exploiting and impregnating the 16-year-old girl.

Fr Therakam is accused of helping Fr Robin in his attempt to flee the country. He was later removed from the post of CWC chairman.

The victim gave birth to the child in February at a private hospital in Kuthuparamba in this district. The child was taken to an orphanage at Vythiri in Wayanad district.

About 6.30 am on Friday, Fr Therakam – ninth accused in the case – surrendered at the Peravoor CI office. About 15 minutes later, tenth accused Sister Betty too arrived at the office, followed by eighth accused Sister Ophelia. Their advocates were also present.

The Kerala High Court had recently directed the four absconding accused, including the priest and two nuns, to surrender before the police. Their aide Thankamma is still absconding. 


22. Kottiyoor rape case: second accused surrenders
http://english.manoramaonline.com/news/kerala/kottiyoor-rape-case-second-accused-surrenders-priest-kerala.html

Kannur, March 18, 2017

 

 

 

The second accused in the Kottiyoor rape case, Thankamma Neliyani, surrendered before the police on Saturday morning.

The police are recording the statement of Thankamma, a mid-wife, who arrived along with her advocate.

On Friday, three other accused – former Child Welfare Committee chairman Fr Thomas Joseph Therakam and one of the committee members Sister Betty Jose and superintendent of the orphanage in Wayanad Sister Ophelia – surrendered before the Peravoor CI, Sunil Kumar.

All four are charged with covering up the rape of a minor girl allegedly by a catholic priest in Kottiyoor.

Fr Robin Vadakkumcherry, who was the vicar of the local church in Kottiyoor and the prime accused in the case was arrested on February 28 on charges of sexually exploiting and impregnating the 16-year-old girl. The victim gave birth to the child in February at a private hospital in Kuthuparam in the district.

The child was taken to an orphanage at Vythiri in Wayanad district.

The Kerala High Court had on March 14 directed the accused to surrender before the investigating officers within five days.


23. Kottiyoor rape case: 3 more accused surrender

http://english.manoramaonline.com/news/kerala/2017/03/22/kottiyoor-rape-case-accused-surrender-kannur-priest-minor-girl.html

Kannur, March 22, 2017

Three more accused in the Kottiyoor rape case – in which a priest is accused of sexually exploiting and impregnating a minor girl – surrendered before the police in Kannur on Wednesday morning.

The victim gave birth to the child in February at a private hospital in Kuthuparamba in this district.

Gynecologist Dr. Tessy Jose, pediatrician Dr. Hydrali and hospital administrator Sister Ancy Mathew surrendered at the Peravoor police station on Wednesday. They are charged with covering up the facts related to the case.

Recently, the Protection of Child Sexual Offences (POCSO) court had asked the accused to surrender.

Fr Robin Vadakkumcherry, who was the vicar of the local church in Kottiyoor and the prime accused in the case, was arrested on February 28.

Earlier, four other accused in the case, including a priest, had surrendered before the police. Two other accused Sister Liz Maria and Sister Anitta are still absconding.


24. Kerala rape case: nuns accused of cover-up surrender

http://www.ucanindia.in/news/kerala-rape-case:-nuns-accused-of-coverup-surrender/34440/daily

Kannur, March 30, 2017

Two more people, charged with covering up the rape of a minor girl by a Catholic priest in Kottiyoor in Kannur district, surrendered before the police on Thursday.
Sixth and seventh accused, Sister Liz Maria and Sister Anitta, surrendered before Peravoor circle-inspector N. Sunil Kumar at 6.45 am on Mar 30.
Once their statements are recorded and medical test completed, they will be presented before the Thalassery district court from where they are likely to be granted bail.
Fr Robin Vadakkumcherry, who was the vicar of the local church in Kottiyoor and the prime accused in the case, was arrested on February 28 on charges of sexually exploiting and impregnating the 16-year-old girl.
The victim gave birth to a child in February 7 at a private hospital in Kuthuparamba in this district. The child was taken to an orphanage at Vythiri in Wayanad district.
With these two absconding nuns appearing before the police, all accused charged for their alleged role in the sexual exploitation and subsequent delivery of the baby by the girl have surrendered before the police.

 

 

25. Kottiyoor rape case: absconding nuns accused of cover-up, surrender; granted bail
http://english.manoramaonline.com/news/kerala/2017/03/30/kottiyoor-rape-absconding-nuns-surrender-kerala-priest.html

Kannur, March 31, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sister Liz Maria and Sister Anitta, charged with covering up the rape of a minor girl by a Catholic priest in Kottiyoor, surrendered before the Kannur police on Thursday

[Information as in news report immediately above]

26. Grave concerns over ‘Integrity and Mission of the Indian Church’ following Kerala abuse scandal cover-up

http://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/6920/0/grave-concerns-over-integrity-and-mission-of-the-indian-church-following-kerala-abuse-scandal-cover-up

By Anto Akkara, March 30, 2017

Members of the Indian Women Theologians Forum (IWTF), the Conference of Religious India (CRI) Women’s Section (see my comments at the bottom of page 1 and the file titles and links on page 21/22), and “other individuals who are deeply concerned about the integrity and mission of the Indian Church” have written to Cardinal Baselios Cleemis***, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India in the context of a recent scandal involving a parish priest in Kerala who sexually abused a girl, leading to her pregnancy. The case is being brought to court.

“The episode highlights an issue that is unique to the ecclesial context, one which women have been struggling to bring to the attention of the bishops for the past four years, namely, that the violation of the fiduciary trust inherent in the priest-parishioner relationship has an additional dimension of damage, because we are taught to believe that the priest is ‘another Christ’,” the letter says.

“When such a man is a sexual offender, faith in the God he represents is shaken to the core. To the physical, mental and psychological trauma is added spiritual trauma. Not just the victim, but the entire family, the faith community and all those involved in the fight for justice are affected, and all need spiritual healing,” says the letter, whose first signatory is Mumbai’s Dr. Astrid Lobo Gajiwala*, coordinator of the IWTF. (She plays a major role in the files listed on page 21/22 of the present report. For more understanding of the complexity of this matter of the theologians’ interest in the sexual abuse of women by priests, see also pages 19, 20 and 31 to 37 of report 02.)

It is co-signed by 122 other Religious and concerned Catholics.

“One of the purported reasons why the Church is reluctant to expose its criminal priests,” the letter says, “is the fear that such admissions will be exploited politically by vested interests. It is our contention that when the clandestine management of these cases comes to light it does far more harm, for delayed corrective action festers the wound. If on the other hand the laws of the land are followed it will give the signal that the Church leadership is composed of law abiding citizens, and that the Church as an institution supports justice for the victim.”

Father Robin Vadakkumcherry, parish priest of St Sebastian church in north Kerala’s Kannur district is accused of raping the teenage girl, who gave birth in a private hospital on 17 February.

During their investigations police found evidence of an alleged attempt to cover up the whole incident and bail out the priest. The girl’s father, who belongs to an economically backward family, was promised around £12,000 (Rs 10 lakh) to own up to the crime. Two doctors at the private hospital where the girl gave birth and five nuns from the orphanage which housed the baby have been accused of entering into a conspiracy to hush up the case, rather than reporting the incident to police. 

*SEX-CHANGE SURGEON PRACTICES AT MUMBAI CATHOLIC HOSPITAL

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/SEX-CHANGE_SURGEON_PRACTICES_AT_MUMBAI_CATHOLIC_HOSPITAL.doc

***We had written to him on April 22 about the Vincentian rapist Fr. J.P. He did not deign to respond.

 

 

 

27. Indian women theologians raise concerns over Church integrity

http://www.ucanindia.in/news/indian-women-theologians-raise-concerns-over-church-integrity/34439/daily

Mumbai, March 30, 2017

Members of the Indian Women Theologians Forum (IWTF), the Conference of Religious India (CRI) Women’s Section, and “other individuals who are deeply concerned about the integrity and mission of the Indian Church” have written to Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India in the context of a recent scandal involving a parish priest in Kerala who sexually abused a girl, leading to her pregnancy. The case is being brought to court. “The episode highlights an issue that is unique to the ecclesial context, one which women have been struggling to bring to the attention of the bishops for the past four years, namely, that the violation of the fiduciary trust inherent in the priest-parishioner relationship has an additional dimension of damage, because we are taught to believe that the priest is ‘another Christ’,” the letter says.
“When such a man is a sexual offender, faith in the God he represents is shaken to the core. To the physical, mental and psychological trauma is added spiritual trauma. Not just the victim, but the entire family, the faith community and all those involved in the fight for justice are affected, and all need spiritual healing,” says the letter, whose first signatory is Dr. Astrid Lobo Gajiwala (Mumbai), coordinator of the IWTF. It is co-signed by 122 other Religious and concerned Catholics.
“One of the purported reasons why the Church is reluctant to expose its criminal priests,” the letter says, “is the fear that such admissions will be exploited politically by vested interests. It is our contention that when the clandestine management of these cases comes to light it does far more harm, for delayed corrective action festers the wound. If on the other hand the laws of the land are followed it will give the signal that the Church leadership is composed of law abiding citizens, and that the Church as an institution supports justice for the victim.”
Father Robin Vadakkumcherry, parish priest of St Sebastian church in north Kerala’s Kannur district is accused of raping the teenage girl, who gave birth in a private hospital on 17 February.
During their investigations police found evidence of an alleged attempt to cover up the whole incident and bail out the priest. Two doctors and five nuns have been accused of entering into a conspiracy to hush up the case, rather than reporting the incident to police.

28. Fr Robin fathered baby of minor girl, DNA test confirms
http://english.manoramaonline.com/news/kerala/2017/03/31/kottiyoor-rape-case-dna-test-father-robin-minor-girl.html

Kannur, March 31, 2017

The result of a DNA test has confirmed that arrested Catholic priest Fr Robin Vadakkumchery is the father of a baby delivered of by a minor girl at Kottiyoor.

The DNA test was conducted at the forensic lab in Thiruvananthapuram to verify the allegations of rape against the priest who was arrested in February.

The DNA samples of the girl, the infant, and Vadakkumchery were tested. A case had been registered at the Kelakam police station against Vadakkumchery under POCSO and IPC Section 376.

A court in Thalassery is yet to deliver its verdict on a bail plea moved by Vadakkumchery.

The incident came to light after the girl, a resident of Neendunokki, near Kottiyoor, delivered of a baby boy at a private hospital in Koothuparamba on February 7.

Earlier, the victim had given a statement that her father had committed the crime. But on further interrogation, the truth was revealed and the accused was identified as the priest.

Vadakkumchery is also the manager of the school where the minor girl studied. As per the statement, the incident took place in May, 2016. The hospital authorities and some nuns had also been booked in the case on charges of trying to cover up the incident.

 

29. Kerala minor rape case: DNA tests positive, confirm priest is biological father
http://www.thenewsminute.com/article/kerala-minor-rape-case-dna-tests-positive-confirm-priest-biological-father-59557

March 31, 2017

Fr. Robin Vadakkumchery, who was arrested for raping and impregnating a minor girl in Kottiyoor of Kannur, is the biological father of the infant, DNA tests have reportedly proved. 

The DNA test was conducted at the Forensic laboratory of Thiruvananthapuram, after police found that the survivor and her family had shifted the infant to an orphanage in Wayanad immediately after the delivery. DNA samples of the child, Robin and infant’s mother were tested.

The priest was arrested three weeks after the delivery on February 28.

Police say that more details can be given only after they receive the DNA results. But they have confirmed to The News Minute that the results prove that the priest is the father.

Father Robin, who was posted at the Church run by Catholic Diocese of Mananthavady (Wayanad) in Kannur district almost two-and-a-half years ago, also served as the manager of a school attached to the church. The survivor was a student at the school.

The minor gave birth to a baby on February 7 at a private hospital in Kannur.

 

 

Police say that survivor was admitted to the hospital after she complained of stomach pain. The survivor’s parents kept her in the dark about the childbirth and told her that she was operated on for appendicitis.

The incident came to light after Childline officials of the district received an anonymous letter.

All the 10 accused in the case including two priests and five nuns have been arrested.

 

 

30. DNA test proves arrested priest is biological father

http://mattersindia.com/2017/04/dna-test-proves-arrested-priest-is-biological-father/

Kannur, April 1, 2017

Fr. Robin Vadakkumchery, who was arrested for raping and impregnating a minor girl in Kottiyoor of Kannur, is the biological father of the infant, DNA tests have reportedly proved.

The DNA test was conducted at the Forensic laboratory of Thiruvananthapuram, after police found that the survivor and her family had shifted the infant to an orphanage in Wayanad immediately after the delivery. DNA samples of the child, Robin and infant’s mother were tested.

The priest was arrested three weeks after the delivery on February 28.

Police say that more details can be given only after they receive the DNA results. But they have confirmed to The News Minute that the results prove that the priest is the father.

Father Robin, who was posted at the Church run by Catholic Diocese of Mananthavady (Wayanad) in Kannur district almost two-and-a-half years ago, also served as the manager of a school attached to the church. The survivor was a student at the school.

The minor gave birth to a baby on February 7 at a private hospital in Kannur.

Police say that survivor was admitted to the hospital after she complained of stomach pain. The survivor’s parents kept her in the dark about the childbirth and told her that she was operated on for appendicitis.

The incident came to light after Childline officials of the district received an anonymous letter.

All the 10 accused in the case including two priests and five nuns have been arrested.

 

2 of 8 readers’ comments

1. Most of the Catholics are known to feel shy of washing their dirty linen in public. As a result, their dirty clothes never gets washed. I support Matters India in its endeavor for bringing the nasty incidents in public. –Monica R

2. Could we please stop calling this alleged criminal Fr. Robin, now that it is established that he is the father of the child. Speedy justice will act as a strong deterrent to other potential predators.

Why is Sri K.C. Thomas so touchy about the on-going reporting in the case? Just goes to show the servile attitude of the laity who are embarrassed to call a criminal just that, merely because the guy was wearing a cassock. I congratulate matters India for its continuous coverage as events unfold. –Chhotebhai Noronha

 

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. Generally their hidden agenda is the ordination of women as seen in the files following:

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

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

UCAN CONFIRMS IT FAVOURS WOMEN PRIESTS

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

UCAN CONFIRMS IT FAVOURS WOMEN PRIESTS-02

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/UCAN_CONFIRMS_IT_FAVOURS_WOMEN_PRIESTS-02.doc

UCAN CONFIRMS IT FAVOURS WOMEN PRIESTS-03

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/UCAN_CONFIRMS_IT_FAVOURS_WOMEN_PRIESTS-03.doc

WOMEN PRIESTS-THE NCR-UCAN-EWA NEXUS

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

 

 

POPE FRANCIS AUTHORISES REMOVAL OF BISHOPS NEGLIGENT ON SEXUAL ABUSE

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

 

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CONVICTED PEDOPHILE DOMINIC DIXON TRIES TO SILENCE THIS MINISTRYS EXPOSES OF HIM 02 http://ephesians-511.net/docs/CONVICTED_PEDOPHILE_DOMINIC_DIXON_TRIES_TO_SILENCE_THIS_MINISTRYS_EXPOSES_OF_HIM_02.doc

 

FR GALI ARULRAJ HAS MISTRESS KIDS EMBEZZLES A MILLION POUNDS FROM BRITISH CHARITY BUT NOT DEFROCKED

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SEXUAL PREDATORS MORE PREVALENT AMONG RABBIS PASTORS YOGIS THAN AMONG PRIESTS

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FR JEGATH GASPAR RAJ-IN PRAISE OF SHIVA-PRIEST INVESTS RS 15 MILLION, FLOATS COMPANY WORTH RS 100 CRORES

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/FR_JEGATH_GASPAR_RAJ-IN_PRAISE_OF_SHIVA-PRIEST_INVESTS_RS_15_MILLION_FLOATS_COMPANY_WORTH_RS_100_CRORES.doc

 

ARCHBISHOP OF MADRAS MYLAPORE-MURDER ACCUSED IS CHANCELLOR

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/ARCHBISHOP_OF_MADRAS_MYLAPORE-MURDER_ACCUSED_IS_CHANCELLOR.doc

 

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Kerala priest says women wearing jeans, T-shirt arouse men, wants them drowned in the sea

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/kerala-priest-women-jeans-tshirt-arouse-men-drown-them/1/892329.html

By Vivek Surendran, New Delhi, February 27, 2017

A video sourced from Shalom TV** posted on Facebook shows a Kerala priest saying women who wear jeans, T-shirt and shirts, and arouse men by wearing half-nude attire, should be drowned in the sea. And this is one of the many regressive comments he made.

 


Fr. Sharlo Ezhanikkatt/Ezhanikkattu

 

 

In today’s “regressive comments from India” section here’s a priest from Kerala who wants women choosing to wear jeans, T-shirt, shirt — and all men’s attire — to be drowned in the sea.

A video posted on Facebook by user Jasmine PK shows the pastor, in an address, saying that women who arouse men wearing by exposing themselves and wearing men’s attire should be drowned in the sea with rocks tied to their bodies. The video sourced from Shalom TV was posted on February 25 and is now going viral. The original video, however, was posted on YouTube 11 months ago.

 

Those who can understand Malayalam, watch the video right here:

https://www.facebook.com/jasmypk/videos/1195807903866462/
03:50

 


 



 

For those who don’t, here’s a close translation of his regressive discourse:

“When I go for prayer meetings in some churches, especially during the Holy Mass, I feel like leaving because of some women who I see in front of me. I feel it’s better to kick them out of the church premises.

They will wear jeans, trousers, shirt or T-shirts, and will have a mobile phone in their hands. They wouldn’t even tie their hair. They do this get attention. I don’t know why these “things” come to the church.

Here’s my question to women: “Did the Catholica Church give you permission to wear what men wear?” Okay, let’s keep the church away. Did the Holy Bible give you permission?”

Let me tell you what the Bible says. “Men should not wear women’s clothes, women should not wear men’s clothes. If you do, you disregard god.” Will you get mercy if you go against god and then act in the church as if you’re more devoted than your mother?

Many boys, after prayer meetings, come to me and say, “the moment we get out of the church we see women wearing half-nude clothes. We get aroused and slip into sin”.

Bible verses say, “those who provoke you into sin should be drowned in the depths of the sea, with a rock tied to their bodies.” If you [women] arouse men, you’re the sinner.

The best suited attire for women is ‘churidaar’, but these days, when Satan enters them, women throw away the ‘dupatta’. They walk around without shawls.”

AND IT GOES ON…

He then says the following –

# After Satan enters women, they alters churidaar.

# After sinning, they come to me and complain that they are not getting married or they are being rejected in interviews.

# I was awkward to see a girl wearing an attire exposing herself when I went to bless a family.

# I saw a case where a girl was impregnated by her own brother and that the brother told him he couldn’t control himself seeing his sister wearing shorts and T-shirt.

# Will girls who provoke own father and brother by wearing such attire be welcomed by god when they come to the church?

 

 

 

DRESS ETIQUETTE AND CONDUCT AT HOLY MASS

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

MODESTY-AND HOW CATHOLICS MUST DRESS FOR MASS

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/MODESTY-AND_HOW_CATHOLICS_MUST_DRESS_FOR_MASS.doc

BRIDES DRESS ETIQUETTE FOR A CATHOLIC WEDDING

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

VEILING-SHOULD WOMEN COVER THEIR HEADS IN CHURCH?

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/VEILING-SHOULD_WOMEN_COVER_THEIR_HEADS_IN_CHURCH.doc

KUDOS TO PROPHETIC BISHOP ANIKUZHIKATTIL-DRESS ETIQUETTE AT MASS AND LARGE FAMILIES

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/KUDOS_TO_PROPHETIC_BISHOP_ANIKUZHIKATTIL-DRESS_ETIQUETTE_AT_MASS_AND_LARGE_FAMILIES.doc

 


 

Kerala priest’s remarks about women wearing jeans go viral

http://www.newsjs.com/url.php?p=http://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/kerala-priests-remarks-against-women-in-jeans-go-viral-/998100

Thiruvananthapuram, February 28, 2017

A video grab showing a Keralite catholic priest allegedly using insulting language against women wearing jeans and shirts while offering worship at churches, has gone viral on social media.

In a programme aired by ‘Shalom**, a Christian devotional channel, which was later uploaded on the internet, the priest said the Holy Bible and Catholic Church have not given permission to girls to wear jeans and T-shirts, which is the attire of boys. Though the video carries the logo of Shalom TV, PTI could not independently verify its authenticity.

In the programme, apparently a convention, the priest can be heard saying that girls, who wear jeans and skimpy dresses against the principles of Holy Bible, should be drowned.

However, the priest’s office, when contacted, said they have not seen the video and it might have been uploaded on the social media by somebody with “vested interest”.

“It is said to be the video of a one-year-old programme. We do not know who uploaded it. We feel that an edited version of his speech was uploaded by somebody with some vested interests,” the office said.

In the video, the priest said, “I do not feel like leading the mass in some churches where girls are seen dressed in jeans, pants, T-shirts and a mobile in hand.

“My question is… Who gave you the right to wear such attires of boys? Does Catholic Church give you the right? Or does the Holy Bible give you the right to do so?” the priest is heard asking the audience.

“The Bible says that men should not wear the clothes of women and women should not wear those of men. If they do so, they disregard God,” the priest said.

He said many boys had complained to him that though they took good decisions after attending religious classes, the “semi-nude women outside church persuaded them to commit sin.”

“Those (girls) who do so should be drowned after tying a stone to their neck,” he said, adding that if girls come to the church wearing skimpy clothes, they would be cursed, instead of being blessed by God.

A number of persons, especially women, have come out against the priest’s speech on the social media.

Senior CPI (M) leader and former Rajya Sabha MP T N Seema said such statements have emanated from those with “primitive and distorted values and conscience. By such statements, these people are actually insulting their own religion before the society.”

“Such people escape from clutches of law under the cover of religious protection,” she told

Kerala Women’s Commission chairperson K Rosakutty said such uttering cannot be justified.

“If a man wears jeans and goes to church, it is not wrong. How does it become improper when a girl or woman goes to church wearing jeans?” she asked saying this was a clear case of gender inequality.

“There are instances wherein four-year-old child and those above 90 are being molested. Is the attack on them due to their attire? What kind of culture is this?” she asked.

Meanwhile, Jimmy Poochakkat, Syro Malabar Church spokesperson, said, “This is not an official view of the church. Church is not of such an opinion. We do not have such an opinion or thinking. But according to us all attending church should wear decent and noble clothes.”

 

 

**BISHOP OF RAMANATHAPURAM RECOMMENDS YOGA THROUGH SHALOM MINISTRIES

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

 

What’s so obscene about jeans and tees, father?

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kochi/whats-so-obscene-about-jeans-and-tees-father/articleshow/57450005.cms

By Asha Prakash & Anjana George, March 4, 2017

It’s been a particularly shameful week for the Catholic Church
in Kerala. Even as the church is grappling with how to deal with the shocking news of a priest in Thalassery raping and impregnating a minor girl, comes yet another instance of appalling misogyny and crass sexism, which has a Malayali priest at its heart, yet again. And it’s going viral online.
Father
 
Sharlo Ezhanikkattu, from the Divine Mercy Retreat Centre*, Bangalore, was caught on camera recently, spouting outrageous statements targeting the young womenfolk in his parish. From addressing girls as “things” to suggesting that they should be “drowned in the deep sea” for the “sin of tempting good Christian men and boys” by “wearing men’s clothes, like jeans and shirts” —the priest’s cringe-worthy ‘sermon’, which was aired on a Christian TV channel first, and then, shared by a user on Facebook, has been attracting much ire from all over the country.
According to Fr Sharlo, “those things (girls) come for mass in jeans and shirt, with their hair flying wild — not even tied up with a ribbon — and arouse the appachans (old men) and the young boys who otherwise come to church with good intentions.” He then, ridiculously, goes on to ask, “Has the Holy Bible given you the right to wear men’s clothes, I ask you dear girls?” Repeatedly referring to jeans-clad women as “half-naked”, Sharlo also uses the pulpit to pass verdicts on “wanton sinners who lead menfolk astray” and even claims that these “half-naked” girls tempt their own brothers and fathers, thus justifying rape and incest! For a celibate, Sharlo seems to know a great deal about women, women’s anatomy and their clothing. Sample this: “One decent outfit you girls used to have — the churidar. But the devil has crept into that too! You have thrown away the shawl (duppatta) and you walk bare-chested saying ‘Look, father, look…'”
Really now, father?! Is that what you think women are telling you when they walk up to you? Then it’s about time you hear what Kerala’s womenfolk really want to tell you. Over to them.
*Never heard of it!

Stop projecting your own issues onto the world, Kerala’s womenfolk tell Father Sharlo

Fr Sharlo: Why do these things even come to church, I wonder. They wear jeans or pants, and a shirt or banyan (t-shirt). Their hair is wild, loose… not even tied up with a ribbon…

Things — do we really look like things to you, father? And if we do, then aren’t you the one who is objectifying us in your mind’ — that’s the question I want to ask this man. He can pretend that he is chastising us girls for the sake of the pavam men who are aroused by our bodies, but it is a little too obvious he is the one objectifying the women he sees and that the only thing he ever notices about the womenfolk in his church is their clothes, that too to the last detail — he knows what’s covered, what’s not, how tightly the leggings fit their thighs or how high the slit of the kurta is cut. I am disgusted to say the least.
 Remya Ann Mary, 24

Fr Sharlo: Does the Holy Bible give you the permission to wear banyan (sic)? It says if a woman wears a man’s clothes or vice versa, they will be detested by God…

Both men and women wore loose robes with a waist belt in Israel when the Old Testament was written. Neither men nor women follow that costume today anywhere in the world, not even in Israel! Anyway, does
 



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