Kerala church faces backlash for featuring rape-accused bishop in calendar; sparks fierce protests

International Business Times

December 15, 2020

By Nivedita Giri

Despite rape allegation against the church Bishop, a senior priest of the Catholic diocese in Thrissur said that the Bishop still remains a member of the church.

A photo of Kerala Roman Catholic Church Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who has been accused of sexually abusing a nun, featuring on the official calendar for 2021 by the Thrissur diocese in the State has taken up churchgoers by storm. The incident triggered protests, with some followers even burning copies of the calendar in Kollam seeking its immediate withdrawal.

The month of March in the new official calendar for 2021 features the photograph of Mulakkal, along with other Bishops, indicating his birthday.

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