Letters urge Catholic officials to remove Indian bishop accused of rape
Catholic and other leaders have urged that a bishop accused of raping an Indian Catholic nun be removed from his position.
Ucanews.com reported that in a 12th July letter to Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, and another of the same date to Archbishop Giambattista Diquattro, apostolic nuncio to India, 168 people asked for action against Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar.
The unidentified nun, a member of the Missionaries of Jesus, complained to police on 29th June of being raped in May 2014 and then sexually abused multiple times over the following two years by Bishop Mulakkal, ucanews.com reported. The bishop is patron of the congregation.
The letter asked Archbishop Diquattro to ‘advise Pope Francis to relieve the bishop concerned of his pastoral responsibilities so that the church is seen to actually practice the zero tolerance it professes to observe in abuse cases’.
The signatories include representatives of the Indian Theological Association, a forum of Catholic theologians; the Forum of Religious for Justice and Peace, an advocacy group for women religious; the Indian Christian Women’s Movement, a national conference of women religious and others; and the interdenominational United Christian Forum for Human Rights.
Picture: Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar, India, is pictured in an undated photo. Leading Catholic figures and laypeople have appealed to the Vatican to remove Bishop Mulakkal, who is being investigated for allegations of raping a nun. (CNS photo/courtesy Diocese of Jullundur).