|Team Formed to Probe Suspended Indian Bishop; Kerala Lay Leader Alleges Financial Corruption
October 28, 2008
Felix J. Pullooden, president of the Latin Catholic Association, has linked purported financial corruption among the clergy of the Diocese of Cochin with the suspension of Bishop John Thattumkal for adopting a 26-year-old woman as his daughter. Mr. Pullooden said that complaints about the adoption arose after ‘the bishop unearthed multi-million-rupee financial irregularities.’ Earlier reports had stated the woman’s alleged visions had helped the bishop uncover financial irregularities.
On Saturday, Verapoly Archbishop Daniel Acharuparmbil, now diocesan administrator, appointed a three-member bishops’ commission to conduct an investigation. Bishop Thattumkal remains in his diocese, at a house of his religious congregation.
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