JUNE 29/JULY 8, 2017


Rape and sexual abuse of nuns (and girls and boys) by Indian priests 05


Exposé – Part 2 – Profile of a rapist




This file is a successor to

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





Below is an excerpt (slightly modified and expanded) from the introduction to the above-referred file 04:

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 ministry 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 issue is downplayed and the predator is protected by the very ecclesiastical 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 with no effect;

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


02 continues to reproduce more news stories, spread over a period of several years, taking up from where we left off in report 01, in order to provide further evidence that there are many more sexual predators in the Church than we could have imagined, and that the Church authorities have been engaged in the cover-up and protection of priests charged with sex crimes until they can do so no longer.



02 includes news reports not only of sexual predation by clerical wolves in sheep’s clothing (rape, sodomy), but also of Catholic priests who were arrested for the crimes of kidnapping a bishop, and of murder, and there are even priests who murdered another priest, a seminary rector.

The reports are so very numerous that it would be impossible to chronicle them all or even a substantial percentage of what is available on the Internet.


03 details the rape and impregnation of a minor by Fr. Robin (Mathew) Vadakkancherry, the pastor of St. Sebastian’s Church, Kottiyoor, Kerala, and the scandalous bribery and intimidation of the victim’s parents by the priest in paying a huge sum of money — allegedly out of what he received through dubious business deals — to ensure to the victim’s father so that he confessed to the rape, the attempt by the priest to flee India when the story broke, the collusion of local Church authorities to hush and cover up the rape and the pregnancy, the rapist’s “clout” with Church authorities despite earlier complaints of sexual assault and the priest’s being active in a campaign against the sexual abuse of minors. The Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council (KCBC) called the case a “generalization” and an “exception”, resorted to blaming the victim and not the perpetrator, and finally blamed the priest’s rape of the child on the effects of “consumerism”.


From reports numbered 01 through 03, one will see that the sexual abuse of nuns, women in general, minor girls and boys by Indian priests is much more common and frequent than one would have imagined, and that the reaction (or lack of any) of the authorities almost always follows the same pattern. In our compilation of these crimes as reported in the public media, history records that the Indian Church only acts against its criminal priests when their crimes become publicly known and cannot be hidden from scrutiny any longer.




In the case of Fr. Joby Kachappilly VC (04 and the present file), a retreat centre Director who sexually molested two young girls (among others) over a period of 3 to 4 years, hoping to keep it within the Church and not “wash the church’s dirty linen in public”, and following protocol, we respectfully contacted (over the ‘phone commencing March 18) the rapist’s confreres and his Provincial Superior and again the Superior and his Archbishop (of the Syro-Malabar rite, both by email on April 6), 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, going up to April 22, 2017. Finally, 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, almost a month later, the Cardinal, Oswald Gracias, has not replied to my email response of June 7 to him; and June 18, 2017 marked three months of our futile attempts to bring the Vincentian priest to justice (one of the victims is ready to testify face-to-face against the serial molester-rapist).

Barring one*, all other letters of ours were not answered by the hierarchy and are reproduced in report 04.

The predator’s brother priests and Provincial went from tolerant dialogue to hostility to silence. They sort of followed the Fr. Robin Vadakkancherry (03) pattern that we summarised above: intimidation and harassment of the victims on the ‘phone and packing off the priest to Rome (being sent for “studies” to Rome and overseas transfers seems to occur immediately when priests are exposed in India for sex crimes).

We had set some demands that included a council at which the Vincentians, the victim and our team would confront the priest 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 deafening silence. We have now issued a final email notice to all concerned, including every single Vincentian priest, the date for a meeting being reset for mid-August, the ignoring of which will constrain us to approach the law, the National Commission for Women (NCW), and the secular media. *the
CBCI President Cardinal Baselios Cleemis responded finally but only after a second reminder


The deafening silence of over 500 Vincentian priests, their Provincial Superior and their Superior General, and their retreat centres in response to our emails and several follow-up letters makes them complicit (legally speaking, they are now accessories to the fact) in the serial sexual molestations of Fr. Joby Kachappilly, before God and before man. Some of them were already aware of his crimes.



We have evidence of that as well as of their harassment of the survivors and their families till the time of publishing. They are anxiously attempting to find out what evidence we have, but that will be handed over to the National Commission for Women and the investigating agencies eventually.

A couple of days ago, presenting him with the evidence that we have, we wrote a very strong letter to a senior Vincentian priest who had been intimidating one of the survivors and had finally sent her a blackmail threat on WhatsApp. After hearing from us, he has gone silent realising his predicament. He is one of the very same priests whom we had spoken to in the month of March but chooses not to dialogue with us.

His criminal behaviour will eventually be exposed in a separate report from this ministry.

Meanwhile, what absolutely shocks us is that the priests of this religious order that is dedicated to the renewal of the Church through exercise of the charisms of the Holy Spirit in their many retreats centres continue to sacrilegiously offer Holy Mass and administer the Sacraments despite their brazen cover-up and protection of the criminal, their lies and denial of the truth, their intimidation of the victim-survivors, and the devious strategies that they are employing to silence us. Their individual and collective sin is great.


It appears that Rome is more interested only in the sexual molestation of minors (pedophilia) by clerics, and that too only as a response to public exposure.

As I commence to write this report, Melbourne-Vatican Cardinal George Pell is facing charges in court:

George Pell, Catholic cardinal, charged with historical sexual assault offences
VIDEO 02:42

June 30, 2017

Australia’s most senior Catholic cleric has been ordered to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on July 18, after Victoria Police served charges on his legal representatives.

“Cardinal Pell will return to Australia, as soon as possible, to clear his name following advice and approval by his doctors, who will also advise on his travel arrangements,” a statement released by the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney said.

“He has again strenuously denied all allegations.”

He is expected to make a further statement in Rome at 4:30pm AEST.

Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton earlier told reporters the charges involved multiple complainants.

A magistrate will decide whether to release the details and the nature of the charges at a separate hearing on July 6.

Last July, police confirmed they were formally investigating complaints about offences alleged to have occurred in Ballarat in the 1970s.

Pell has always maintained his innocence and denied any wrongdoing.

Deputy Commissioner Patton said the “process and procedures” being followed had been the same as those applied “in a whole range of historical sex offences, whenever we investigate them”.

“The fact that he has been charged on summons — we have used advice from the Office of Public Prosecutions and also we have engaged with his legal representatives, which is common and standard practice.”

As head of the Vatican’s finances, Pell is considered number three in the Catholic hierarchy behind the Pope.

In July, Pell said the allegations were part of a smear campaign by the media.

“The allegations are untrue, I deny them absolutely,” Pell said.

However, he said he was “quite prepared to co-operate” with the process.

In October, three Victoria Police detectives flew to Rome to interview Pell.

A Victoria Police statement issued at the time said: “Cardinal George Pell voluntarily participated in an interview regarding allegations of sexual assault.”

Australia does not have an extradition treaty with the Vatican, even though it does with Italy.

Ian Rothwell, a professor of International Law at ANU said because Pell had indicated he would return to Australia, it was unlikely the issue of diplomatic immunity would “become a live issue”.

Although others in senior roles inside the church had been involved in serious prosecutions, this case was unique.

Professor Rothwell said Pell would be one of the most senior Catholics to be involved in a serious prosecution.

“Certainly to my knowledge this is the first occasion that any one of the eminent rank of a Cardinal within the Catholic Church has been subject to criminal proceedings of this type,” he said.

Child sexual assault survivor advocate Chrissie Foster said it was right that the allegations would now be heard in the courts.

“I’ve been waiting to see what happens with this investigation for a long time,” she said.

Ms. Foster’s daughters Emma and Katie were raped by Melbourne paedophile priest Father Kevin O’Donnell when they were in primary school in the 1980s.

In a statement from the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, Archbishop Denis Hart said he was aware of the significance of the decision to charge Pell.

“Cardinal Pell has been a friend and brother priest of Archbishop Hart for more than 50 years,” the statement said.

“The Archbishop is conscious of the Cardinal’s many good works which have been acknowledged both nationally and internationally.

“It is important all in society recognise that the presumption of innocence applies and that Cardinal Pell, like all Australians, is entitled to a fair trial.”




Conservative cardinal’s road to Vatican

Pell was the son of a Ballarat publican, a head prefect at school and a talented Australian Rules footballer, who was signed as a ruckman by the Richmond Football Club.

His studies took him to Rome and then Oxford.

In 1971 he returned to Victoria as an ordained priest, and rose through the ranks to eventually become Archbishop of Melbourne.

He rankled progressive Catholics with his resistance to change, including on issues such as the ordination of female priests, divorce and abortion.

He also refused communion to gay activists at one of his masses.

In 1990 he said: “Homosexuality — we’re aware that it does exist. We believe such activity is wrong and we believe for the good of society it should not be encouraged.”

His hardline conservatism caught the attention of Rome, and he was chosen to join a Vatican congregation dedicated to enforcing orthodoxy.

In 1996, then-Archbishop Pell was the first Catholic leader to address the child sexual abuse that has plagued the church.

He instigated a redress scheme called the Melbourne Response.

When announcing the scheme he said: “It’s a matter of regret that the Catholic Church has taken some time to come to grips with the sex abuse issue adequately.”

But the Melbourne Response, which capped compensation for victims at $50,000, was widely criticised as being legalistic and not offering enough support to victims.

He then became Archbishop of Sydney and was made a cardinal.

In 2014, he was chosen by the Pope to get the Vatican’s finances in order and he moved to Rome.

Ill health prevented him from returning to Australia in 2016 to give evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

VIDEO 02:24 at



Vatican financial czar charged with sex abuse

Vatican City/Sydney, June 30, 2017


Cardinal George Pell, one of Pope Francis’ top advisers, took a leave of absence as the Vatican’s financial czar on Thursday to fight multiple criminal charges in his native Australia that allege he committed sexual assault years ago.

Australian police charged Cardinal Pell with multiple historical sex crimes, bringing a worldwide abuse scandal to the heart of the Vatican. As Vatican economy minister, Pell is the highest-ranking Church official to face such accusations. He asserted his innocence and said the pontiff had given him leave of absence to return to Australia to defend himself.

“I am looking forward finally to having my day in court. I repeat that I am innocent of these charges. They are false,” the 76-year-old told a news conference. “The whole idea of sexual abuse is abhorrent to me.”

Pell’s high-profile departure, even if only temporary, poses a dilemma for a pontiff who has vowed zero tolerance for such offences. It may also have implications for Francis’ drive to reform Vatican finances, which has been spearheaded by Pell, who also sits on a panel of nine cardinals from around the world who advise the pope.



Police in the Australian state of Victoria, where Pell was a country priest in the 1970s, said he faced “multiple charges in respect of historic sexual offences” from multiple complainants. They did not detail the charges against Pell or specify the ages of the alleged victims or the period when the crimes were alleged to have occurred. He was ordered to appear before Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on July 18. Pell, who declined to take questions, decried a “relentless character assassination” by the media and said he wanted to “clear my name and then return to my work in Rome”. Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said Pell would not appear in public church services for the time being.

Church sexual abuse broke into the open in 2002, when it was discovered that US bishops in the Boston area had simply moved abusers to new posts instead of defrocking them. Thousands of cases have come to light around the world since then.



Scandal reveals Pope’s blind spot

Vatican City, July 1, 2017

Pope Francis came to power promising not only to create a more inclusive church and to clean up an ossified Vatican bureaucracy, but also to remove the stain of child sex abuse.

A global pedophilia scandal plagued his two immediate predecessors. With Francis’s election in 2013, many expected progress. Francis talked about powerful committees to safeguard children, tribunals to try bishops and a “zero tolerance” policy for offending priests.

It hasn’t exactly worked out that way.

On Thursday, the Vatican announced that Francis had granted a leave of absence to Cardinal George Pell, now the highest-ranking Roman Catholic prelate to be formally charged with sexual offenses, and one the pope had brought into his inner circle even as a cloud of allegations swirled over the cardinal in Australia.

“We talked about my need to take leave to clear my name,” Cardinal Pell, 76, stone-faced in simple black cleric’s clothes, said as he sat next to the Vatican’s spokesman and reiterated his innocence. “So I’m very grateful to the Holy Father for giving me this leave to return to Australia.”

It was unusual and jarring, bad news for a pontificate that has mostly bathed in global adoration and done wonders to improve the public image of the church.

But for all of Francis’s good works, good will and popularity, disappointed critics saw Cardinal Pell’s removal as only the latest evidence that a pope who has focused the world’s attention on issues from climate change to peace on earth has his own blind spot when it comes to sex abuse in his ranks.

What happened today clearly demonstrates that the revolution of Francis in the church, when it comes to the issue of sex abuse, is in name only, and not in deeds,” said Emiliano Fittipaldi, an Italian journalist and the author of “Lust,” a book published this year about sex abuse in the Vatican that begins with a chapter about Cardinal Pell.

He said that despite the pope’s talk, “the fight against pedophilia is not a priority for Francis.”

Some have long questioned why Francis brought Cardinal Pell to Rome in 2014 in the first place, charging that he had offered the prelate an escape hatch just as the Australian Royal Commission examining institutional responses to child sexual abuse had begun its work in earnest.

At the very least, the choice seemed to demonstrate that the pope’s determination to dismantle the power hierarchies of the Roman Curia, which he had hoped Cardinal Pell could help him with, was a greater priority and had led him to overlook warning signs.

Despite serious ideological differences, Francis handpicked the arch-conservative Cardinal Pell to lead his Secretariat for the Economy, bringing him to Rome to use his well-regarded financial acumen to clean up the church’s muddied finances. Right away, Cardinal Pell acknowledged that “hundreds of millions of euros” had been “tucked away” off the Vatican’s books.

Pope Francis then brought Cardinal Pell onto his powerful Council of Cardinals, a nine-person group that wields enormous power in the Curia. The Australian’s brashness made him enemies among entrenched Vatican officials who took his calls for financial transparency as a threat to their power.

Even as Cardinal Pell struggled to improve one aspect of the church’s image, he came with a separate cloud of scandal. The Australian Royal Commission found more than four thousand people who alleged they had been sexually abused in the church as children.

Cardinal Pell testified that he had made “enormous mistakes” in failing to remove priests accused of abuse when he served as archbishop of Melbourne, and then Sydney.

But if the Pope was displeased with Cardinal Pell, it was not publicly evident.

When allegations that Cardinal Pell had been an abuser himself began leaking into the Australian press, and when he testified for hours to the Royal Commission in February 2016 via video link from a Rome hotel, the cardinal insisted that he had “the full backing of the pope.”

Victims rights groups generally see the pontificate of John Paul II as a disaster with respect to sex abuse in the church, as he presided over vast cover-ups and a period of little accountability.

His successor, Pope Benedict, who read many of the ghastly reports during his time as the Vatican’s doctrinal watchdog, made key policy changes to protect children and hold priests accountable for abuse. But he largely left bishops untouched.

Francis initially raised expectations that he would be more serious than his predecessors about rooting out abusers and demanding accountability.



Nine months after he became pope, he created a commission of outside experts to advise the church on how to protect children and prevent abuse.

Skeptics pointed out that the commission was announced in the midst of hearings by a United Nations panel in Geneva that subjected the Vatican to blistering criticism over the handling of sexual abuse cases.

The commission initially included two survivors of sexual abuse who had been openly critical of the church. Since then, one was forced out and the other left, with both saying the Vatican had failed to follow through on its promises.

Pope Francis acted on the commission’s proposal to create a tribunal to discipline bishops who covered up abuse — but then dispensed with the tribunal when it hit resistance within the Vatican.

The pope later issued an edict, titled “As a Loving Mother,” saying that the Vatican already had all the offices necessary to investigate and discipline negligent bishops, and would do so. But no discipline or sanctions have ever been announced.

“Pope Francis has a lot of explaining to do,” said the Rev. James E. Connell, a priest in Milwaukee, a canon lawyer, and a founding member of Catholic Whistleblowers, a group of priests, nuns and others who advocate for victims. “He sets up these things and then kills them and doesn’t follow through. And these are all matters of justice.”

Father Connell said the group had sent files of documents to Pope Francis and the Vatican on three American bishops the group accused of particularly egregious cover-ups of child abuse, and heard nothing back.

Pope Francis’ focus on mercy as a central teaching may also be a blind spot, Father Connell said. “We hear a lot from the pope about mercy, and fine, we hope the Lord is merciful. But at the same time, justice must be rendered,” he said.

Marie Collins, one of the two survivors who served on the commission that Francis created, said in a blog post on Thursday that it was already clear that Cardinal Pell was guilty of the “appalling mishandling” of priests who abused children while he served as a bishop.

She said Cardinal Pell should have stepped down from his Vatican position long ago, even before he faced charges of sexual offenses.

“He should never have been allowed to hide out in the Vatican to avoid having to face those in his home country who needed answers,” she wrote, adding that Cardinal Pell’s case has shown “how little reliance we can put on assurances from the Catholic Church that bishops and religious superiors will face sanctions if they mishandle abuse cases.”

Francis also provoked outrage when he appointed as bishop Juan Barros, an acolyte of Chile’s most infamous serial abuser connected to the church — the Rev. Fernando Karadima. Bishop Barros stood by Father Karadima, who was tried and found guilty by the Vatican and was forced to retire.

Then Francis stood firmly by Bishop Barros when priests and parishioners disrupted his installation ceremony and wrote letters pleading with the pope to rescind the appointment. Francis was later caught on videotape in Rome calling the Chileans who objected to the bishop “stupid” and “leftists.”

Advocates of sex abuse victims were affronted once again in February when, in keeping with his vision for a more merciful church, he reduced sanctions against some priests convicted of pedophilia. The Vatican has also been criticized as retreating into a bunker mentality when accusations were made against its own.

“It is important to recall that Cardinal Pell has openly and repeatedly condemned as immoral and intolerable acts of abuse committed against minors,” the Vatican spokesman, Greg Burke, said on Thursday after Cardinal Pell read his statement.

He added, “The Holy Father, who has appreciated Cardinal Pell’s honesty during his three years at work in the Roman Curia, is grateful for his collaboration.”



How Cardinal Pell Rose to Power, Trailed by a Cloud of Scandal

By Damian Cave, Sydney, June 30, 2017

When more than a dozen sexual abuse victims from Cardinal George Pell’s hometown in Australia, Ballarat, flew to Rome to meet with him last year, they carried crushing stories of pain caused by local priests, and varied demands for Vatican action.

As they spoke, the victims said, Cardinal Pell remained stiff, eyes downcast. Then Andrew Collins, whose family had been close to Cardinal Pell for years, gave him a hug. The cardinal seemed to soften and later delivered an emotional statement promising to help.

“But that never happened,” Mr. Collins said. “I’ve had four survivors that I’ve known personally take their own lives this year.”

“That was part of what we were trying to get through to people in Rome,” he said. “We need help and assistance.”

This week, Cardinal Pell, 76, became the highest-ranking Roman Catholic prelate to be formally charged with sexual offenses, decades into a wide-reaching international abuse scandal.

The question now for the victims of Ballarat, and for Catholic faithful everywhere, is not just whether George Pell, native son of an Australian mining town, is guilty and will be convicted, it’s also how he rose to the pinnacle of power at the Vatican even as a cloud of scandal trailed him.

The charges this week that the cardinal himself was involved in sexual offenses followed years of criticism that he had at best overlooked, and at worst covered up, the widespread abuse of children by clergymen in Australia.

An investigation by the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse concluded that 7 percent of Catholic priests in Australia had been accused of sexually abusing children between 1950 and 2010.




The commission faulted Cardinal Pell’s handling of cases as the archbishop who, starting in 1996, first led the archdiocese of Melbourne and then Sydney. Five priests in one of his parishes were convicted, and some testified that he had had knowledge of their activity.

Cardinal Pell was pilloried for accompanying a priest to trial rather than the victims, who were so broken by the abuse they had suffered that many of them committed suicide.

On Thursday, Cardinal Pell said he would return to Australia “to clear my name,” thanking Pope Francis for giving him leave from his job as Vatican finance chief.

Yet his long preservation in the church hierarchy under three different popes was not always surprising for many in Australia, where Pell fought dissent like a prizefighter, where religious schools receive billions of dollars from the government and where the interests of church and state are often fused.

“We have a long history of very gentle dealings with religions,” said David Marr, an author and columnist who has written frequently about Cardinal Pell and the church.

That is so despite the country’s relatively small Catholic population; 22 percent of Australians identify as Catholic.

“You can’t really put your finger in any part of Australian culture without there being a significant Catholic thread,” said Gary Bouma, a professor of sociology at Monash University in Melbourne who has been studying religion in Australia for 40 years.

“The Catholics are the most significant religious players in Australia,” he said.

Still, Cardinal Pell’s conservative and combative personality, described by his nicknames — “the ambitious Australian bulldog,” “The Prince of Ballarat,” “Big George” — cleared a path for advancement that seemed to only further insulate him from scrutiny.

Even as a boy, the son of a Catholic mother and powerfully built Anglican father who had been a gold miner, he was an overachiever. He was a captain of sports teams and a star in academics.

He helped out at his family-run pub in Ballarat, the Cattleyards, and after high school, he signed a contract with a professional Australian Rules Football club before leaving to join the priesthood.

As a seminarian in the early 1960s, as one classmate put it, “George thought men had to be men and that pansies belonged in the garden.”

He went to Rome in 1963 to continue his studies, and then to Oxford for a doctorate in Church history. He said later that it was a “turbulent time,” and many of the conservative positions he later championed — his strong opposition to birth control and homosexuality, for example — seemed to stem from his own response to that era.

But when he came back and served as a priest in Ballarat, from 1971 to 1984, there was a more immediate issue at hand: priests were preying on the children of the diocese.

Mr. Collins, 48, one of the men who met with Cardinal Pell in Rome, said he was abused in Ballarat in the 1970s and ’80s by four different men, three of them Catholic clergy.

In a city with a population of less than 80,000 at the time, dozens of children were abused by priests. It was hell. It was hidden.

“Ballarat was one of the worst affected towns with regard to church abuse,” said Professor Bouma.

“It’s not just men, it’s women as well,” said Peter Blenkiron, 54, another Ballarat victim who met with Cardinal Pell in Rome. “They were damaged as children and didn’t make it.”

Cardinal Pell later said that he had been too busy as a priest and educator to notice all that was happening. “The crimes committed against them by priests and brothers are profoundly evil and completely repugnant to me,” he said in 2015.

Cardinal Pell’s lawyers — in response to the Royal Commission, which launched its investigation into sexual abuse at a range of Australian institutions in 2013 — said there was no evidence to show he had acted inappropriately during his time in the Ballarat Diocese.

And he continued to rise.

In 1996, he became Archbishop of Melbourne. There, he quickly became known as a sharp manager of church finances, and a proactive leader.

In October of that year, Cardinal Pell unveiled what became known as the “Melbourne Response” to the sexual abuse problem, which included a pamphlet with an apology and contact details for those seeking to file complaints.

It pledged modest payouts to victims of pedophile priests, capped at 50,000 Australian dollars ($38,000), and warned that the church would “strenuously defend” its claims against those who decided to sue.

During his time in Melbourne, he forced more than a dozen priests who were accused of abuse to step down.

Soon after that, in 2002, a man came forward and said that Cardinal Pell, newly installed as Sydney’s archbishop, had molested him at a Catholic summer camp in 1961, when the man was 12 years old and Cardinal Pell was a seminarian.

It was the first and only public direct accusation against him, and he denied it.

A judge hired by the church investigated. The accuser had had several run-ins with the police, many involving driving under the influence of alcohol. The judge ruled that there was not enough certainty to move forward.

Cardinal Pell’s supporters said the ruling proved his innocence; others disagreed.

“He just couldn’t declare it proven,” said Mr. Marr, referring to the judge. “It was a really equivocal result. Anyone in Rome reading that document would surely have hesitated before making him a Cardinal.”

If Cardinal Pell seemed worried, it did not show. He continued to play a vocal role in public life, frequently appearing in the news media as an outspoken critic of liberal ideas like gay marriage.




This conservatism served him well both under Pope John Paul II, who made him a cardinal in 2003, and Pope Benedict, who worked with him in the Vatican’s powerful doctrinal office.

In Australia, Cardinal Pell’s Vatican status and conservative profile continued to insulate him. In 2004, Tony Abbott, a Catholic lawmaker who would go on to become Australia’s prime minister, said: “Cardinal Pell is one of the greatest churchmen that Australia has seen.”

This week, he echoed that sentiment with slightly more caution, declaring, “The George Pell I have known is a very fine man, indeed.”

It was only a few years ago when Cardinal Pell’s momentum seemed to shift, after victims and advocates accused the church of obstructing justice.

As reporters told their stories with regularity, the Australian government established the commission to look broadly at institutional responses to child sex abuse.

The investigators found abuses in a variety of faiths and organizations, but the conclusions about the Catholic Church were numerous and widespread. There were accusations against priests, brothers and other church workers at more than 1,000 church institutions from more than 4,400 alleged victims.

In Ballarat, the commission triggered a series of revived traumas, and new opportunities. Mr. Blenkiron, a former electrician, said he and other victims have spent much of the past few years trying to turn their experiences around.

Speaking at schools and elsewhere, they have tried to break down what Mr. Blenkiron described as a culture of secrecy and shame that helped keep the abuse hidden for so long.

He, Mr. Collins and many of the other victims who went to Rome last year said they still believed at the time that Cardinal Pell could help them. Pope Francis seemed to have faith in him.

“George Pell was a bit of an icon in Ballarat,” Mr. Collins said. “He’s a local boy made good, so there’s a tinge of sadness behind all of this.”



Pope defrocks priest convicted of abuse – Reverses earlier decision

Agence France Press, June 29, 2017

Pope Francis has defrocked an Italian priest found guilty of the sexual abuse of minors, reversing an earlier decision to reduce his punishment, the diocese at the heart of the scandal said on Wednesday.

Mauro Inzoli, 67, was defrocked in 2012 after he was first accused of paedophilia, but that decision was reversed in 2014, when Pope Francis ordered him to stay away from minors and retire to “a life of prayer and humble discretion”.

On Wednesday the diocese of Crema in northern Italy said Pope Francis had “ruled definitively” on May 20 that Inzoli — sentenced to nearly five years in prison last year for sex abuse — would be stripped of his clerical status. The priest, dubbed “Don Mercedes” by the press for his penchant for luxury cars, was found guilty by a Cremona court of eight counts of sexual abuse of children aged 12 to 16 years old between 2004 and 2008.

Pope Francis, who vowed to take a “zero tolerance” approach to clerical sex abuse, had faced heavy criticism for overturning the decision by his predecessor, Pope Benedict, to defrock Inzoli.



Pope names new chief to handle sex abuse cases

Vatican City, AP, July 2, 2017

Pope Francis declined on Saturday to renew the mandate of the Vatican’s conservative doctrine chief, Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, tapping instead a deputy to lead the powerful congregation that handles sex abuse cases and guarantees Catholic orthodoxy around the world.

Mueller’s five-year term ends this weekend and he turns 70 in December. The normal retirement age for bishops is 75. Francis and Mueller have clashed over the pope’s opening to allowing civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion. Mueller has insisted they cannot, given teaching on indissolubility of marriage.

The pope tapped the No. 2 in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Jesuit Monsignor Luis Ferrer, to succeed Mueller. It was the second major shakeup this week, after Francis granted Cardinal George Pell a leave of absence to return to Australia to face trial on sexual assault charges.

During Mueller’s tenure the sex abuse caseload piled up as more and more victims came forward from Latin America, Europe. Last year, Francis confirmed there was a 2,000-case backlog, and he set about naming officials in the congregation’s discipline section to process the load.

A separate file on the Cardinal Muller case is available at our web site.








In the present file, we will reveal Fr. Joby Kachappilly but without exposing any of the evidence that is in our possession of his sexual molestation of the young women whose cases have been brought to this ministry.

Born in Kaippattoor March 7th 1976. I am catholic priest ordained on 29th Dec.2003. My Priestly Ordination was the greatest miracle in my life as i was hospitalised due to an accident for two years in treatment…What was medically impossible was possible for Jesus Christ…He saved me miraculously… I was doing my service at Tabor Ashram, Kalyan, Mumbi (sic). I was involved in preaching minisrty and worked as the Editor of Tabor Voice Magazine. Now I am appointed as the Director at Divine Retreat Ashram, Faridabad, Delhi, Faridabad.
My Email:

About Me

Born in Kaippattoor March 7th 1975. I am catholic priest ordained on 29th Dec.2003…

My Books: Word Elixier (sic) of Life, St. Vincent De Paul, Tobit’s Ten Commandment, Eyes of God, Finger of God, Cancer and Healing Power of Prayer, Power in The Name of Jesus, Truth Finders

My Musical Album:

Blood of Jesus, Blood of Christ, Blood of Jesus Christ, Lord I Need a Miracle.


I preach the word of God

write songs articles



listen music

read a lot

have good friends…My songs have been released in many Albums in Malayalam Devotional CDs. There are two works credited to my personal achievements by HIS Grace. One in Malayalam and other in English. Malayalam Album named SEELOHA (2007) English Album





Books Authored: An illiustrated (sic) biography of St. Vincent De Paul (2005)

The word an Elixer (sic) of Life (2010)

Tobit’s Ten Commandment (2010).

The Finger of God (2012)

The eyes of God (2013)

The Power in the Name of Jesus (2015)

The Cancer and Healing Power of Prayer (2015)

The Truth Finders (2016)

Patron Saints (2016)






Picasa Web Albums



Out of dozens of Fr Joby’s posts:



FR JOBY KACHAPPILLY VC – Talk aired in SHALOM WORLD TV, February 6, 2017





Some of the phone numbers that he used:

Kerala 99 71 787918

Mobile 604 6529630
Mobile 919961644932
Mobile 91 99 90 610092
Home 99 90 166855
Mobile 1-647-660-1314
43 660 7861491
Mobile 0016479794932 Toronto
Mobile 919446291224
Mobile 917356873545
Mobile 1 551-333-1863
Mobile 1 647-660-5577

A still from one of the Toronto, Canada, videos of the “actor” (if one does a Google search, one will find dozens of them) who preys on the very women who are ministering along with him:

@01:30. January 26, 2015

The Vincentian presence in Canada started in 1998. Vincentians used to be invited for retreat programmes in different parts of Canada even before. The Family Prayer Mission, Toronto, headed by Mr. Rappai Nedumpara and assisted by Mr. Shiju Thomas promised to buy a property for us to start a retreat centre in Toronto. God had already prepared a suitable place for us. In 2014 they managed to buy a United Church property with all its buildings. In November 2015 we officially started the preaching programme there

Trusting in God’s providence the ministry had its Blessing and Inauguration on November 29th 2014, by His Grace Archbishop Lawrence Saldanha (Archbishop Emeritus of Lahore) in the presence of Vicar General Fr. Ivan Camiliri, Msgr. Thomas Kalarathil, Director of Priests Personnel as well as many priests, nuns and hundreds of faithful.

Fr. Joby Kachappilly VC is the
Founding Director
of Divine Retreat Centre Toronto…



More videos of Fr. Joby Kachappilly in English, Malayalam and Hindi respectively:


Fr. Paul Kachappilly, Director of Divine Retreat Centre, Toronto according to Facebook post:
Fr. Paul Kachappilly, Director


Fr. Paul Kachappilly, Director of Divine Retreat Centre, Toronto according to Vincentian Directory:

Fr Joby Kachappilly (Paul) VC, Founding Director, Divine Retreat Centre, Toronto




Retreat of Fr. Joby Kachappilly in New York cancelled:

RETREAT JULY 28-30 Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2017 05:02:17 +0530

Dear Fr Shawn Monahan OMV,

On April 17, when we saw the intimation for the July 28-30 retreat in NY, we are fairly certain that the name of Fr Joby Kachappilly VC from Divine Retreat Centre, Toronto was on it at Now we do not find it there when we checked it again.

Could you please confirm if he is ministering at the retreat, or not? God bless, Michael


From: A & D O
Subject: Re: RETREAT JULY 28-30 Date: Sun, 2 Jul 2017 22:20:16 -0400 {July 3}

Dear Michael Prabhu, Praise the Lord!

Please be informed that Fr. Joby is no longer doing the 3rd Marian Eucharistic Healing Conference in Syracuse, NY.  Unfortunately, he cancelled out on us after we had confirmed this several times over the past few months.  This happened approximately a week ago. 

I have been in touch at least three times last with Fr. Joby to be sure that he is doing alright and thanks be to God he is.   He will be ministering mostly in Europe during the time of our retreat as he has been in Rome for many months now.   We are praying for His continued success in all he does and that the Lord will use Fr. Joby mightily. 

We triage-d this by casting our bread and Fr. Shawn Monahan OMV, who is a very-well known and well-loved speaker in the United States responded, prayed, and discerned about it and confirmed that he is going to be our retreat director.

If you wish to attend and have any other questions, please feel free to ask.  Our registration numbers are going up and we can only take about 50 total residential retreatants and a total of 100 (assuming the others are commuters). 

Praise the Lord! Annet and Don O’Mara


To: A & D O
Subject: Re: RETREAT JULY 28-30 Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2017 08:26:48 +0530

Dear Annet and Don,

Praise the Lord. We are grateful to you for your quick response and the information that you provided. No, I am not a potential attendee of your retreat which I ask Our Lord to bless through Fr. Shawn.

We regret to inform you that Fr. Joby is a serial rapist who, almost as soon as he was exposed, has gone into hiding in Rome with the support of almost his entire Vincentian Congregation. THAT is the reason why he “cancelled” out on you. We are trying to bring him to justice WITHIN THE CHURCH but his confreres and Superiors are engaged in denial, cover-up, intimidation and blackmail. The hierarchy of the Indian Church has not responded either although we have been pursuing the case with them for months. Please check out the two files (P.S. sorry, file 05 is temporarily down for updating) whose titles and links I have provided below.

I have served in very senior positions in the Indian Catholic Charismatic Renewal since 1982. And I have been witness to many tragedies such as these where preachers who have been idolized by the faithful turned out to have feet of clay and scandalized people who trusted more in them than in the Lord.

We pray that you have a full house at your proposed retreat and we greatly appreciate your commitment to the re-evangelization of the Church.

Michael Prabhu (Catholic apologist) and Team

P.S. We would be very grateful if you could share with us exactly when Fr. Joby intimated you about his cancellation and/or since exactly when he is in Rome. That’s a detail that we are unable to get until now.



Retreats of Fr. Joby Kachappilly in Mangalore (Corrine was also duly informed as in above email):

July 23, 2008

Dear Friends,

We “White Doves” (ministry) are organizing a one day retreat at Fatima Retreat House, Mangalore on 26th Saturday from 9 am to 5p.m. the preacher being Rev Fr Joby Kachappilly from Tabor Ashram, Kalyan.

Thanks in anticipation.

Corrine Rasquinha

July 22, 2014

Testimony – Corrine Rasquinha (White Doves), Mangalore

Dear Friends,

God is good and has done great things for me. I thank Him and witness about his healing love.

In fact when I was critical and Dr’s had given me only a couple of hours to live. The priest Fr Joby who was praying for me told my husband to take my picture as I would come out of the coma and give my testimony. But sadly no one had the courage to take a picture of me then.



Please check on YouTube. “Corrine Rasquinha- A life of witness: and the link is /

Thanks and be blessed.

Corrine Rasquinha

To: Corrine Subject: FR. JOBY KACHAPPILLY VC Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2017 08:56:18 +0530 [part as in]


Fr. Joby Kachappilly’s blog (tons of pictures of the “actor”):



Fr Paul (Joby) Kachappilly’s on the Syro-Malabar rite website:






He was posted to Divine Retreat Centre, Khetri, Guwahati, Assam for a month, with his punishment transfer in Oct 2016. That reads as “Fr Paul Kachappilly”:


Right before he was appointed as the Director of Divine Retreat Ashram, Faridabad, he was in Tabor Ashram, Kalyan, Mumbai. From what he once shared, it was Fr Mathew Naickomparambil VC, the founder of the central Potta Ashram, who got the “message” to appoint him as the Director of the Faridabad centre. I am informed that Fr Naickomparambil was a big support to him but he has manipulated and played with Fr Naickomparambil’s trust big time! And someone else wrote (providing me with the following link), “Not sure how Fr Mathew didn’t see through him.”

Fr. Joby has preached alongside Fr Mathew Naickomparambil as recently as in June 2015, when he was already under a cloud within his Congregation.




Fr. Joby said to a would-be rape victim, “About 95% priests have had sex at least once in their life and regularly masturbate. Do you know, Fr Augustine Vallooran? He wears only white underwear.”

According to the survivor of his sexual molestation, “Fr Joby was providing statistics in order to justify his misconduct, to normalize his perverse behavior as something common among priests and trying to hopelessly persuade me to give in to his sexual advances each time I would reject him and outright confront and condemn his actions. That phase was a nightmare!”


When one uses search criteria “fr joby kachappilly rape” on Google, this is what one also gets:



This is the opinion of the sender of the above information (and I concur with it):

When I typed ‘Fr Joby Kachappilly rape’, I found his preaching videos on some porn website. Didn’t dig it further.

It could either be a result of his frequent visits on porn websites or it could be somebody taking revenge. Either way, he is not innocent.


I would like to bring to the readers’ attention that mine is not the first major complaint against the Vincentian Congregation in the matter of sexual and other abuse by their priests. The first one to do so was Shibu Kalamparambil who has left the Congregation and the priesthood:

After nun, former priest writes a tell-all book on sexual exploitation

By Shaju Philip, Thiruvananthapuram, September 1, 2010



Barely a year after a former Catholic nun (Sr. Jesme) wrote in her autobiography (Amen) about the suppressed sexual life and draconian rules within the convents, a former Catholic priest has come out with his own experiences of homosexuality at seminaries, sexual misconduct of priests, lack of transparency in money matters and the unfair approach of superiors.

In his 160-page book, Here is the Heart of a Priest, K P Shibu Kalamparambil has written about life he had had to lead as member of the Catholic Vincentian congregation for past 24 years — 11 years as priest, 13 as seminarian.

The 39-year-old former priest left the Catholic order in March 2010, and flew to Doha where he joined as a teacher with an Indian school. A native of Angamaly near Kochi, Shibu has found his leave period to release and distribute the book. “I have faced stiff opposition from the Vincentian congregation and my family alike when I broached the idea of publishing my story.”

His book is an open letter about alleged sexual anarchy of priests, injustice meted out to members and mismanagement of resources at a Catholic order. “Three times I had met with road accident. As my Congregation failed to support me, I had to meet the hospital bills on all occasions.”

“While working as a teacher with the Congregation-run educational institution in Kasargode, I had to face agitations from student outfits. The Congregation did not come to my rescue. When a priest is insulted continuously…, what is the logic in the Church saying that he should suffer everything for Jesus?”

On his early days at the Papal Seminary in Pune, Shibu alleges he was sexually abused by senior seminarians. “Homosexual relations were rampant in seminaries. The victims had to suffer silently. If they complain…, both the accused and the victim would be shown the door. Hence, succumbing to the urges of the seniors was the only option…”

“During pastoral work, the seminarians used to travel on cycles. While moving around on a cycle, seminarians made a point to give lift to children. They (children) would be asked to tightly embrace the riding seminarian. Such acts were done with deliberate sexual intention,” he alleges in the book. “There had been incidents of senior seminarians pretending as priests and hearing confessions.”




He alleges several priests sexually exploited widows or nuns sexually. He also alleges, “Certain priests have no qualms to divert donations from believers for their personal purposes. Church funds should be handled by government agencies…”

Shibu himself is the publisher of his work, which has only 100 copies in the first edition. “I am planning a second edition of 10,000 copies.”

Provincial-General of Vincentian Congregation Fr Paul Puthuva said he would comment after reading the book.

Fr Paul Thelakkattu, spokesperson for the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, said: “Unfortunately the Church is one in which people like him are also living and working… He has simply betrayed the trust of the faithful.”

In 2009, Sister Jesme had embarrassed the Kerala Catholic Church by writing about her sexual encounters with priests in her work Amen.



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

April 19, 2016 EXTRACT

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

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



Concerning the very recent Fr Robin Vadakkumchery rape and impregnation case (report no. 03),

Shibu Kalamparambil has this to say:

I strongly believe that the family may have tried to hush up the rape after pressure was mounted on them from top echelons in the Church. A priest alone will not be able to cover up such a serious crime… Many believe this and never report incidents of sexual abuse to the authorities. This has been encouraging priests to continue with their immoral activities. The bishops turn a blind eye as it will affect the very survival of the Church…

Source: Rape by Church priest: A redux of spotlight in Kerala

By Sandeep Balakrishna, March 14, 2017




In 2010, see page 18, “Provincial-General of Vincentian Congregation Fr Paul Puthuva said he would comment after reading the book” written by ex-Vincentian priest K P Shibu Kalamparambil on the sexual abuses rampant in the seminary and in the Church at large, thus evading committing himself by speaking.

Fr. Paul Puthuva VC
is the very same Provincial who we contacted in the Fr. Joby Kachappilly VC case in March 2017 and who has till now stonewalled our efforts to get the sexual molestation and rape of young women by the priest investigated in the presence of the molester.



“A Life Is Not Born In The Church. The Nun Is Forced To Abort…”

The priest, whose memoirs were published in 2010, on the sexual misconduct of priests and financial irregularities

July 23, 2012

Father Shibu Kalamparambil, 40, was defrocked from the Vincentian Congregation after 12 years as a priest. His memoir Oru Vaidikante Hrudayamitha (The Heart of a Priest) was published in 2010.

Why did you decide to write the book?

I had aired my views about the sexual misconduct of priests and financial irregularities many times but they were not willing to correct themselves. So I wrote this book and for four years I showed it to near and dear ones and to those inside the Church. They advised me not to publish it, they said it would be catastrophic. They kept saying that things will be corrected but they never were so I published my book.

What is the Church establishment’s response when a priest makes a complaint?

The complaints are dealt with by the bishops and they influence the laity. If a woman among the laity becomes pregnant because of a priest or a bishop, they build houses or give money to them and hush it up.

What happens when a nun gets pregnant?

A life is not born in the church. When it comes to the nuns, they either make her abort the child or she is sent out of the church. If the nun tries to take it up, then she is ostracised by society.

What about the financial irregularities?

Financial irregularities are rampant. The priest collects money in the name of reconstruction of the church. The laity who come to church donate in good faith. But some of the priests, they never reveal the exact amount to the parishioners…they take their share and hand over the remaining to the church.



Buying a Nun’s Silence

By T.K. Devasia, January 1, 2016

Pope Francis defrocked several abusive clergymen since he assumed papacy in March 2013, but his followers in Kerala have made a nun, who complained of sexual abuse by a priest, give up her robes. And though the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, to which Anitha belonged, claims that she hadn’t complained, strangely, the Church has granted her a living allowance of 12 lakh, a gesture it has not shown towards any nun in recent history.

At a press conference in Kochi, this ex-nun had described the sexual advances of a priest while she worked as a teacher in Pachore, Madhya Pradesh, in 2011 and her subsequent ordeals. But this was before the settlement took place. But now she is silent and repeated attempts by this correspondent to talk to her failed.

The events following the complaint showed that the Church did not take kindly to her attempts to put the priest in the dock. The St Agatha congregation, to which Anitha belonged, turned hostile towards her after she spoke up, and when she persisted with her charge, it transferred her to Italy.




Conditions in Italy were none too friendly. Anitha claimed that she was made to work at the Mother House as a slave and had to go without food on many occasions. When she complained, she was thrown out and asked to leave Italy.

The same fate awaited her when she returned to her parent convent at Aluva in February this year. The convent authorities refused to take her in and threw out her luggage. The local people took her to an orphanage there.


Portrait of courage
However, Anitha was not prepared to give up her robes. She wanted a valid reason for her expulsion or compensation for the service she had rendered to the Church for 14 years. The congregation rejected both demands, but the Ernakulam diocese intervened when she threatened to launch an indefinite hunger strike before the convent and accepted her second demand.

The Church, however, has described the financial assistance to Anitha as an act of benevolence on the part of the congregation. Father Paul Thelekkat, spokesperson of the Syro Malabar Church, dismissed questions about sexual abuse as a figment of her imagination. “I did not hear the nun complaining of sexual harassment when I met her. She had only two demands, one of which was to return to the congregation. The second was to get a sum of money for her future living. We have accepted the second demand,” he told India Legal.

“Anitha could not fit into the community. The settlement was done on a personal basis, for which there are reasons. It was the generosity of the congregation, which wanted her to settle in life after so many years in the convent,” he added.


Trail of misdeeds
Another nun, who had walked out of her congregation in 2008 alleging sexual harassment, calls the settlement a bribe to seal the mouth of this ex-nun. Sister Jesme, who rattled the Church by describing tales of sleaze in the Church in Amen, a book published in 2009, says the money was intended to ensure that Anitha did not speak out any more.

Having suffered enough damage from the autobiography of Jesme and the memoirs of other former priests and nuns, the Church apparently did not want to create another martyr. All these books speak about the clergy indulging in sex and their cover-up.

While Jesme’s book talks about the harassment she suffered for resisting sexual advances, homosexuality and corruption within convents, Nanma Niranjavale Swasthi (Peace to the One filled with Grace), an autobiography of Sister Mary Chandy, another former nun, speaks about nuns who got pregnant by priests and aborted fetuses and other scandalizing stories.

Even worse was Oru Vaidikante Hrudayamitha (Here is the Heart of a Priest), a memoir by Father Shibu Kalamparambil, who quit his Vincentian order after 14 years due to frustration. His book alleges that priests and nuns had converted convents and nunneries into brothels.

He has now joined a movement against ill practices in the Church called the Kerala Catholic Church Reform Movement (KCRM). He says a number of priests and nuns had been caught red-handed but the Church had hushed up the matter.

Reji Njallani, national convenor of KCRM, says sexual misdemeanors by the clergy is a serious threat to the church in Kerala and wants the Vatican to review celibacy law. He says that KCRM has already submitted a representation in this regard to Pope Francis.

However, noted writer Paul Zachariah laughs at the suggestion. “This will never happen. Many of today’s priests don’t want to marry. When they can get sex easily within the confines of the Church, why bother to maintain a wife and bring up children? You don’t need to open a tea shop to drink tea,” he says. Also, the Catholic Church, unlike other Christian denominations, does not allow its clergy to marry.


Large migration
The writer says this was one of the reasons why the church in Kerala never faced any problem in filling seminaries and nunneries. Earlier, youngsters from poor families would come forward to join the religious order. Now, young boys and girls from well-to-do families are also joining in large numbers. Part of the reason for this interest is the increasing opportunity of going abroad following the migration of many Christians in Kerala to other parts of the world and the acute shortage of priests in many countries, especially Europe, says Zachariah.

Priests and nuns currently constitute one of the largest migrations from Kerala, where 40 lakh educated youth languish without jobs. The number of clergy leaving Kerala, either for other states or to go abroad, is now estimated to be around 1.35 lakh. Of the total percentage of Catholic priests and nuns in the world, Malayalees constitute 15 percent.

Zachariah reveals that the sex and corruption scandals are not bothering the Catholic Church much as it has the money and muscle power to cover them up.
The political clout wielded by this Church deters the government from acting against it.

The two-decade-old Sister Abhaya case is a glaring example. The Kerala police had sought to bury the case as a suicide, but the CBI, which took over the investigation, subsequently found that the 22-year-old nun was murdered allegedly by two priests and a nun after she witnessed their sexual acts in the convent where she lived.

Similarly, the police did not care to conduct a proper investigation into the suicide of 23-year-old Sister Anoopa Mary even after recovering a note from her room stating that she was unable to withstand sexual harassment from senior nuns. She was found hanging in her room at Saint Mary’s Convent in Kollam in 2008. Several other cases of sexual abuse, murder and suicide within the Church have not seen the light of day.




Njallani says KCRM is aware that the living allowance granted to Sister Anitha is part of a cover-up operation. The Church has insulted the ex-nun by describing the compensation as charity. After serving the Church for 14 years, she had a right for a severance package, he says.

He says KCRM still accepted the settlement hoping that it would pave the way for a better life for thousands of ex-priests and nuns languishing on the sidelines of mainstream society. He says that the association of ex-priests and ex-nuns floated by the organization recently is gearing up for a long struggle in this regard.

However, the Church has made it clear that the allowance granted to Anitha is not going to set a precedent for anyone else in future.


Free service?
Father Joseph Chinnayyan, former deputy secretary-general of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, says it is not right on the part of ex-priests and ex-nuns to demand compensation as they had joined the Church with a commitment to serve God. There cannot be any fee for this service, he stresses.

He says that the system under which the Church works cannot be compared with trade union laws. The issue would be addressed as per Canon Law, which has provisions to deal with it in a “humane and benevolent” manner, he adds.

Njallani wonders how the Church could describe the service being rendered by priests and nuns as free service to God when the Church is charging market fees for the service it provides. Self-financing colleges under the Church are, after all, taking hefty amounts as donation and tuition fee, he says.

“If the Church is not ready to give fair compensation to ex-nuns and ex-priests, they will be forced to move the courts. Churches in western countries are already paying billions as compensation to abuse victims. It will be in the interest of the Church here if it does not force the victims to go to the court,” he adds.
Talk about courting trouble.



“When the Priests Drink, What Spews out Is Absolute Filth”

The nun who walked out of her Kozhikode convent 14 years ago on what compelled her to leave

July 23, 2012



Sixty-seven-year-old Sister Mary Chandy walked out of the Congregation of the Daughters of Presentation of Mary in Chevayur, Kozhikode, 14 years ago. She wrote her autobiography, Nanma Niranjavale Swasthi (Peace to the One Filled with Grace), in April 2012. Excerpts from an interview:

What did you do after you left the convent?

I only had the clothes that I was wearing. I did not have any money. I remember envying men for they can sleep at night under a tree but a woman cannot do that. I would visit houses and ask for donations. My dream was to open an orphanage and look after unwanted children.

Is there one incident that made you quit the order?

There are so many incidents that hurt me. After I left the convent, I went through many trials and tribulations. It has been a long journey outside.

You have said that the priests drink during festive occasions?

Yes, both the priests and nuns drink wine and foreign liquor. When the priests drink, what spews from their mouths is absolute filth.

The Church says that you were only a cook for a brief period and not a nun in the convent?

If that is so, why have they kept my baptism certificate? It is now in their hands to prove I was not a nun.

What you say about the priests…does it hold for the majority of them?

No, there are many good priests and nuns who do a lot of good work. But then there are also the bad ones. My advice to young Catholic girls is to not to go for counselling or confession to the priests.



‘Ex-nun’ writes about convent life and escape

By G. Ananthakrishnan, Wayanad, May 3, 2012



An hour’s drive through the treacherous Thamarasseri pass in Kerala’s north is Pulpally where every Christmas Mary Chandy and her orphans wait for Santa to bring them blessings and gifts. But the carol teams apparently walk past, refusing to enter the orphanage gate.

The local diocese of the Syro Malabar Catholic Church has restrained its flock from dealing with the “former nun” who claims to have “fled” her convent more than a decade ago, disgusted with what she refers to as “sexual anarchy” among the clergy.

But Sister Mary Chandy, 68, has now come up with a book purportedly drawn on her own life in the convent, which threatens to embarrass the Church. The book, Best wishes, Graceful Lady, is due for release tomorrow.

The Church denies she was ever a nun. “What we are given to understand is that she was never a professed nun. She was only a candidate and was employed in the convent as kitchen helper for a brief period,” said Joseph, secretary to the Bishop of the Mananthavady diocese in the tribal district.

“In 2004, she arrived in the limits of the diocese and started living with a few children. Her institution did not fulfil necessary conditions and so a notice was issued in the diocese bulletin that it did not have the recognition of the Church,” he said. Officials at the convent, Daughters of Presentation of Mary in the Temple, at Chevayoor in Kozhikode district, too denied she was a nun there.

Chandy says she isn’t surprised. “They want to disown me as they are afraid of the truth,” she says, pointing out passages in her book that narrate how she defended herself from the sexual advances of a priest, how she escaped the convent and the attempt by a fellow nun to silence her baby born out of an alleged affair with a clergyman.

Chandy’s book comes three years after former nun Sister Jesme’s tell-all autobiography Amen, Autobiography of a Nun.

The attempted assault, writes Chandy, took place soon after she had donned the white robe. “It was the duty of the Sisters to welcome the priests who came calling on official work. Once it was my turn, but I was not confident about my cooking. When I went to give the Father breakfast, he locked the door before sitting down. This made me more uncomfortable. The priest then stood up and caught my hands. But I broke free and ran around the table with him chasing me. Suddenly… I grabbed a wooden stool and hit him on the head. There was blood all over. Other inmates scolded me and took him to the hospital claiming he had tripped…

Another chapter refers to her escape. “After 41 years in the Convent, I decided that enough was enough. One day I told the Mother Superior that I wanted a saree. She bought me the same and I put it on and walked out of the convent quietly, leaving my robe before the Cross. That night I took shelter in a neighbour’s house. Knowing a search was on for me, I borrowed a shirt and trouser from the house and fled the scene the next morning dressed up as a man.”

The attempt to kill the newborn occurred at a convent in Wayanad in 1998 after she had left her Order, claims Chandy. “I was visiting the convent to see two children who were related to my family. Once there, I was talking to a nun when we heard the cry of a newborn nearby… I followed the sound and discovered that it came from a toilet attached to a room. There were two more Sisters with me and we broke open the door. There was blood all over the floor and the nun who had just delivered was trying to push the newborn’s head into the dirty water of a closet in a bid to silence it. If we were late by a minute, the baby would not have survived. After coming to know of her pregnancy, the nun wanted to marry the priest who was responsible for it and lead a family life. But he refused to accept her.”

Social activist Jose Pazhookkaaran, who assisted her with the book, says: “I met her by chance in the course of my social work. But then I tried to verify what she said and found no reason to disbelieve. There are too many coincidences in the story and I don’t think it’s possible to make up all that.”

Sister Jesme said she was happy one more person had attested what she was saying all along.



To Cast The First Stone – Sex, violence, corruption, insider exposes rock the Kerala church

By Minu Ittyipe, July 23, 2012

“Later, I’m taken to the priest’s room for coffee. While I’m having coffee sitting on the cot, the only place in the room to sit, he comes and embraces me hard, almost suffocating me. When I struggle to escape from his clutches, he squeezes my breasts and asks me to show them to him.

‘Have you seen a man?’ Stunned, I shake my head ‘no’. In no time, he undresses himself.”

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


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

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


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

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


On the gentle slopes of Pulpally, Wayanad, where the Naxal movement once sent terror into the hearts of the land-owning gentry, a lone ex-nun, Sister Mary Chandy, is raising the hackles of the Catholic Church. Her autobiography, Nanma Niranjavale Swasthi, a no-holds-barred account of her life in the convent, is littered with pregnant nuns and wayward priests. The 67-year-old Sister’s memoirs comes a good 14 years after she walked out of the congregation of the Daughters of Presentation of Mary in Chevayur, Kozhikode, in north Kerala. The Church was quick to proclaim that Sister Mary was never a nun in any of their convents and asked the laity in Wayanad not to associate with her.

So what happened after she saw the nun trying to kill her newborn baby in a convent in Mananthavady in Wayanad, as she has described in autobiography? “After I broke open the door with the help of another nun, I grabbed the child and held it to my chest. I thought I was doing the right thing but the sisters turned against me. I want to know why. In a previous incident, when I hit a priest on his head with a stool when he tried to grab me, the nuns sympathised with the priest. From then on, I was watched carefully.” After 40 years, Sister Mary fled the convent life.

Mary Chandy’s book has many more such harrowing tales. Like the nun who had tried to commit suicide many times over telling her of priests coming to the convent well past midnight and taking nuns out to the nearby schools. When this nun was called, she would not open the door. She was terrified the priests would break down the door and come for her. She said she hated this life of fear and wanted to end it. In one chapter, Mary Chandy recounts how porn magazines and CDs are commonplace among the priests. In one instance, she says a young nun came to her crying as another senior nun was forcing her to watch these videos with her. Elsewhere, Mary describes feast days in the seminaries when wine flows freely and there is dancing and much else. Once a father asked her to join in the revelries saying life is meant to be enjoyed. When she refused, he threatened her with dire consequences.

Tell-all memoirs are not new in Kerala, nor are church scandals. The Sister Abhaya murder case (1992) has still not seen closure and in the last five years there have been three other cases of alleged nun ‘suicides’. But a nun coming out, writing an autobiography, warts and all, was a first even for Kerala. Sister Jesme’s autobiography three years ago caused quite a stir and embarrassed the church no end. Following close behind was Father Shibu Kalamparambil‘s effort in 2010, which described in excruciating detail the depraved lives that many priests and nuns led. And now comes Sister Mary Chandy’s memoir, about nuns who got pregnant by priests and aborted foetuses and other such horror stories.

Noted writer and feminist Sara Joseph, whose novel Othappu incidentally explores the life of a nun who leaves the convent, says, “Most of the nuns and priests suffer in silence for suffering is a quality that they are conditioned to accept as a virtue. What you see here is the expression of the individual’s conflict with the establishment. They did not have the courage till now to take on the establishment but now they are openly questioning it.” Joseph Pullikunnel, editor of Hosanna and director of the Indian Institute of Christian Studies, says he hasn’t heard anything like this against the Catholic Church, in such an open manner, ever before. “Perhaps the church was ‘whitewashing’ itself,” he says hesitantly.

Ex-MP and commentator Dr. Sebastian Paul is a bit more unabashed about the sociological implications of these revelations: “These autobiographies have become bestsellers but the allegations they make have not been publicly debated. So there is not much impact on the organisation. The Catholic Church is a highly centralised organisation and there is very little criticism happening within.

So will a soon-to-be-released film, aptly titled Father, Son and Holy Ghost, on the hardships and dilemmas faced by nuns, put things in perspective? “The Church is traditionally patriarchal. I have explored the lives of two nuns in a nunnery in my film and have touched on various aspects, including homosexuality and abortion,” says director T. Deepesh.

That doesn’t sound like things are going to get better. Father Paul Thelakat, spokesperson of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, says the fathers and nuns who have left the order and are writing books now are the ones who could not cope with the spiritual life. As he puts it, “If one cannot stay celibate, it is better to get out, marry and live happily. One is called to a difficult way of life; it needs an ascetic’s will to live a life of celibacy happily. It is always better to marry than to ‘burn’ mentally. I do not appreciate those who make a hue and cry of something they fail to live up to and then blame others for their failures. It is too naive to say, ‘since I could not, nobody can’.”

Kerala, incidentally, has now around 50,000 priests and nuns. And, incredibly, there are about 135,000 of them outside the state, serving in various institutions in India and abroad. Malayalis constitute a sizeable 15 per cent of the world’s Catholic priests and nuns. For the past few decades, their strength has been growing while the reverse is the case in the West. Brother Mani Mekkunnel*, national secretary of the Conference of Religious India, points out that one cannot disregard the importance of Catholic institutions and the yeoman’s service they do to society. He feels the media picks on stray incidents and “unsubstantiated accounts” to judge the entire edifice of the Church and millions of its devout followers. “Why don’t you focus on the hundreds and thousands of priests and nuns who are living for a noble causeToday, English education is synonymous with convent education. Catholic institutions have contributed in an immense way to India’s economic growth. Why not highlight that?”

*Noble cause indeed! He is a leading proponent of the cause of women priests in the Church!!

Sara Joseph too stresses the unsubstantiated clause, saying if these writers want to be taken seriously they must reveal names. “Only if they are exposed can they be questioned,” she says. Take, for instance, Sister Mary’s book. It takes no names nor are dates clearly mentioned. Fr Stephen Mathew, director of Neethivedi, an NGO in Wayanad, points out, “We are suspicious because they haven’t revealed everything. A small minority may be behaving like this…but it is not good to generalise.”

The Church’s critics, though, offer a different view. They feel even if it’s only a handful of priests and nuns who have spoken out, it’s still a brave effort as it is unthinkable for the majority to speak against the strict order. There is both fear and subservience. Those who dare to leave this cloistered life are often not accepted by even their family and are ostracised by society. And most don’t even have a place to stay.




“Judas! Fallen Angel! Mad! These are some of the epithets being hurled my way by the church,” says Sister Jesme, 56, a former principal of St Mary’s College, Thrissur, fully at ease in a pair of red tights and a black T-shirt, enjoying her freedom in her tiny flat in Guruvayur. “I am foisted as an example to quell dissidents within the nunneries and seminaries. They preach that I have been disowned by my family and by the Church and the same would befall anyone who dares to be another Sr. Jesme.” Fr Shibu says his parents were threatened by the Church. They were even told that they would not be buried in the church cemetery if they accepted him back home.

Curiously, this comes at a time when the Vatican itself is under attack. A tell-all bestseller, Sua Santita, has outed confidential personal letters between the Pope and his associates revealing many embarrassing details. Last month, the head of the Vatican bank was sacked on money-laundering charges. Many connected with the Church say the kind of depravity prevalent among the priests and nuns in Kerala and abroad is because of the arcane rules and practices. This perhaps is the time to usher in some much-needed reforms in the Catholic Church. As Dr. Valson Thampu, principal of St Stephen’s College, Delhi, puts out, “Every institution stands in need of continual reform. What is not reformed or renewed is headed for death. Only those who are spiritually insensitive will resist reform.” So will the Church let more light into its pews or wait for another book by one of its own to rake up another scandal?



We can see from all of the above that the Church is scandal-hardened, materially rich and wields tremendous political clout, and our priests and bishops are confident of getting away with anything – the cold-blooded financial looting of the laity, misuse of parish funds and building trusts, abetment to suicide, homosexuality, seduction, rape, and murder. And they are more the rule, as we have uncovered, than the exception.

Catholics remain faithful to Christ and His Church NOT BECAUSE of the priests and bishops, BUT DESPITE THEM.






































While updating and just before releasing this file, I received a couple of emails (July 7) from Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay and President, CCBI. See



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