JULY 18/19, 2017
A third priest arrested for sodomy on Cardinal Oswald Gracias’ watch
Oswald Cardinal Gracias is the President of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI).
This news story* comes close on the back of our correspondence with Oswald Cardinal Gracias, the Archbishop of Bombay as filed in our very recent report:
While the Cardinal denies having any knowledge of sodomy having raised its head in his archdiocese and in his seminary, today’s news only confirms that Indian priests are not satisfied with raping young girls (as recorded in the files 01-08 below) but are now more frequently in the news for sodomy/attempted sodomy.
Just 5 days after I updated the above-referred report, another case broke, that of the arrest of Fr. Leo D’Souza
of Madhya Pradesh:
*YET ANOTHER PRIEST ARRESTED FOR SODOMY 12 JULY 2017
Another 5 days later, parish priest Fr Saji Joseph is arrested for sodomy (the present file) in Kerala state.
This is the second arrest of a priest for sex crimes against minors in the same Kottiyoor district in a span of five months. The diocese is Thamarassery; its Bishop is Most Rev. Remigiose Inchananiyil.
The problem appears to be pandemic in the Indian Church, but the senior-most Cardinal and the authorities of the entire Church continue to be in denial.
(I recently met with the rector of a major seminary who told me that apart from a small handful of boys who would make good priests, the great majority of them indulged in pornography, masturbation, consuming alcohol… and homosexuality, but there is nothing much that can be done about the situation and, year after year, such men are being ordained and sent out to serve as our priests. God save us all. [Excerpt from 08])
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 (General)
RAPE AND SEXUAL ABUSE BY INDIAN PRIESTS-CHURCH FAILS TO PUNISH GUILTY 02
17/22 JUNE 2017 (General continued)
RAPE AND SEXUAL ABUSE BY INDIAN PRIESTS-CHURCH FAILS TO PUNISH GUILTY 03
18 JUNE 2017
(FR. ROBIN VADAKKUNCHERIL)
RAPE AND SEXUAL ABUSE BY INDIAN PRIESTS-CHURCH FAILS TO PUNISH GUILTY 04
22/28 JUNE/2 JULY 2017 (CORRESPONDENCE RELATED TO RAPE COMMITTED BY FR. JOBY KACHAPPILLY VC)
RAPE AND SEXUAL ABUSE BY INDIAN PRIESTS-CHURCH FAILS TO PUNISH GUILTY 05 (PROFILE OF FR. JOBY KACHAPPILLY, THE ABSCONDING RAPIST PRIEST HIDING IN ROME)
RAPE AND SEXUAL ABUSE BY INDIAN PRIESTS-CHURCH FAILS TO PUNISH GUILTY 06
(FINAL NOTIFICATION TO THE INDIAN CHURCH) JULY 10, 2017
RAPE AND SEXUAL ABUSE BY INDIAN PRIESTS-CHURCH FAILS TO PUNISH GUILTY 07 (INTIMIDATION AND BLACKMAIL OF RAPE SURVIVOR BY FR JOHN PUTHANPURACKAL VC) JULY 10, 2017
RAPE AND SEXUAL ABUSE BY INDIAN PRIESTS-CHURCH FAILS TO PUNISH GUILTY 08
(RELUCTANCE TO COOPERATE IN EXPOSING RAPE BY PRIESTS AND ACTIVE HOMOSEXUALITY IN THE SEMINARIES) JULY 10, 2017
Oswald Cardinal Gracias, the Archbishop of Bombay has an unenviable history of overtly supporting the gay/LGBTQ lobby as can be seen in the files here:
CARDINAL OSWALD GRACIAS INTERPRETS POPE FRANCIS PERSONAL REMARK ON HOMOSEXUALS AS CHURCH TEACHING
CARDINAL OSWALD GRACIAS CHAMPIONS LGBT CAUSE AT HOME
CARDINAL OSWALD GRACIAS CHAMPIONS LGBT CAUSE AT THE SYNOD ON THE FAMILY
We have been fruitlessly pursuing with him, in his capacity as President, Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI), the case of the sexual molestation and rape of several young women by Fr. Joby Kachappilly VC, former Director of one of the Vincentian Congregation‘s 40-odd retreat centres in two locations in India and in Toronto, Canada.
We have called for the defrocking and laicization of the priest and for “justice” for the rape victims symbolizing the Church’s simple acknowledgement of his guilt and crimes, but the Vincentian Fathers have responded with silence, intimidation and even blackmail, while quickly shipping off the rapist-priest to Rome, and the senior hierarchy of the Indian Church as represented by Cardinal Oswald Gracias and his confreres have ignored all of our emails thus obliging us to place the details of the matter (in stages) in the public domain as per the above 8 files.
Christian priest arrested for sexually assaulting 2 minor boys in Kerala
The official said Joseph has been charged under section 377 (unnatural offences) of the Indian Penal Code, and relevant provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) and the Juvenile Justice (care and protection of children) Act.
PTI, Wayanad, Kerala, July 18, 2017
A Christian priest in Kerala has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting two minor boys of an orphanage for two years, police said. The victims were staying at ‘Balbhavan’ in Meenangadi where the priest was working, a police official said. Fr Saji Joseph, who was allegedly sexually assaulting the boy’s since March 2015, was arrested following complaints from children’s relatives, the official said.
He was absconding for the past three days and was arrested from Thamarassery on Monday. He was hiding in various places, including Mangaluru, they said. The official said Joseph has been charged under section 377 (unnatural offences) of the Indian Penal Code, and relevant provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) and the Juvenile Justice (care and protection of children) Act.
Statements of the children have been taken, the official said. The priest had gone missing after relatives of the children complained to the police. Childline authorities were also informed. The priest hails from Kottiyoor in Kannur district.
On February 28, a Catholic priest had been arrested on the charge of sexually abusing a minor girl who later gave birth to a child. The 48-year-old priest Robin Vadakkancheril was a vicar at the St Sebastian’s Church in Kottiyoor.
report said that the priest had run away to hide in Mangaluru and was arrested from there. It gave the name of the institution as St. Vincent’s Balanagar, Meenangadi, and the ages of the victims as 14 and 15. Catholic agency UCAN carried the Manorama story: http://www.ucanindia.in/news/keralite-priest-accused-of-sexually-abusing-boys-arrested/35182/daily.
The story is filed on a number of Malayalam language news sites.
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Christian priest held for sexually abusing minor boys in Kerala
By V.R. Jayaraj, Kochi, July 19, 2017
Causing further embarrassment to Kerala’s Christian Church, which is still struggling to get out of the scandal relating to the arrest of a 48-year-old senior Vicar for raping and impregnating a 16-year-old girl in Kannur district less than five months ago, a 45-year-old priest has been arrested for sexually abusing two minor boys, inmates of an orphanage at Meenangadi in Wayanad district.
Kerala Police personnel from the Meenangadi police station took Father Saji Joseph, a native of Kottiyoor in Kannur district, into custody on Monday evening from Mangalore, Karnataka where he was hiding at an estate of a relative. He was brought to Meenangadi on Monday night itself and a court in Kalpetta, Wayanad on Tuesday remanded him in judicial custody for 14 days.
Deputy Superintendent of Police Muhammad Shafi, who headed the police team that nabbed Fr Joseph, told newsmen at Kalpetta that he had been charged under Sections 9 and 10 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, Section 75 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act and Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.
The matter came to light after the two boys, Class 8 and 9 students aged 13 and 14, told their guardians about it. The guardians alerted Child Line authorities who informed the police after getting the details from the boys during counseling. The priest went into hiding last weekend after the police, who registered a case over the abuse, launched a search for him.
As per the statements the children gave to the police, the priest had sexually abused them at the St Vincent’s Balabhavan, Meenangadi more than a year ago. Police officials said the priest had tormented the boys several times since March, 2016. The orphanage where the incident took place is not functioning presently.
About 30 children were staying at St Vincent’s Balabhavan when the priest had joined it as its in-charge but when it reopened after vacation, only four children returned. For the same reason, the police are examining whether more children had been abused. They are also examining whether he had committed similar crimes in Andhra Pradesh where he had been staying earlier.
“After going into hiding he had stayed at many places. We had formed special teams to search for him. One team was sent to Andhra Pradesh as he had studied there and another had gone to Karnataka,” Dy. SP Shafi said. Acting on specific information, the police took Fr Joseph into custody from the estate of a relative in Mangalore on Monday.
Kerala’s Catholic Church had fallen into a deep crisis in February last after 48-year-old influential priest Fr Robin Vadakkumcheri, manager of a Church-run school in Kottiyoor and Vicar of a parish church at Neendunokki, Kannur, was arrested for raping and impregnating a 16-year-old girl.
Fr Robin had abused the girl, a Plus 1 student at the school of which he was the manager, at the parsonage of his parish church several times. She gave birth to a baby boy at a Church-run hospital on February 7 and the priest, who had gone into hiding, was arrested from Chalakudy, Thrissur 20 days later while he was on his way to flee to Canada from the Kochi airport.
The crisis had deepened further for the Church after the police booked another senior priest, who was also the head of the Child Welfare Committee in Wayanad, and six nuns, among whom were a senior doctor and manager of the hospital where the girl had given birth to her baby, for helping him hush the matter.
The State had witnessed several child sex abuse scandals involving Christian priests in the recent years, forcing the Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council to consider formulating a protocol for priest and nuns. The Robin scandal also forced the diocese to which he belonged to adopt measures like installing surveillance cameras in churches and presbyteries.
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