More allegations against Kerala bishop in abuse case

Gulf News

July 7, 2018

By Akhel Mathew

Priest claims that complaint against bishop had been brought before church leadership

Thiruvananthapuram – Churches of different denominations in Kerala continued to face allegations of abuse, with a priest being the latest to state that the Catholic Church leadership was in the know of the abuse case involving a nun.

The nun had accused a bishop from the state, now based at Jalandhar in Punjab, of sexually abusing her as many as 13 times during his visits to the church guest house in Kuravilangad near Kottayam.

The bishop has denied the nun’s claim, alleging instead that she had a personal vendetta against him for changing her from her duties.

Giving a different twist to the controversy, a priest based in Jalandhar told a local television channel that the complaint against the bishop had been brought before the church leadership, and that the leadership had “behaved irresponsibly”. He said the church leaders, instead of providing justice to the aggrieved nun, began to threaten her.

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