Tension over Suspended Bishop's Visit

Kerala Online
March 30, 2009

athanamthitta, Monday 30 March 2009: Tension prevailed for a few hours at College Junction, near here, on Sunday night when a group assembled in front of the house of a priest, Geevarghese, protesting against the visit of Bishop John Thattumkal, who was suspended by the Vatican last year after he adopted a young woman.

The 58-year-old former Bishop was attached to the Verapoly Archdiocese of the Latin Catholic Church. He had adopted a 26-year-old woman from Pathanamthitta as his daughter. There were reports that Fr. Geevarghese had adopted the woman earlier.

Talking to presspersons, Bishop Thattumkal said he had been staying in the house for more than a month. He had spiritually adopted Ms. Joseph as his daughter. It was God's wish, he said. A police party dispersed the mob.


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