Indian Catholic Priest on Trial for Sex Abuse
By T.K. Devasia, Kochi
La Croix International
June 19, 2018
People gather as police bring Father Robin Vadakkancherry for investigation to his St. Sebastian's Church at Kottiyoor in Kerala after he was arrested on Feb. 27, 2017, for raping a minor girl student from a school under his management. (ucanews.com photo)
Arguably, few people in Australia can say they are more on the front lines in picking up the pieces after the recently concluded Royal Commission into Institutional Sexual Abuse that was highly critical of the Catholic Church than Archbishop Mark Coleridge, elected as president of the country’s bishops’ conference last month.
Despite the challenges, which also include trials of two of Australia’s most renowned clerics, Archbishop Philip Wilson in Adelaide and Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican’s finance czar, Coleridge is convinced that when it comes to fighting clerical sexual abuse, a “change in culture” is needed and is already in motion.
“There’s absolutely no room for complacency, but there is room for encouragement,” Coleridge told Crux on Monday in Rome.