Nun seeks justice from Vatican; accused Bishop says charges concocted

Bishop Targets Nun

A group of nuns in one of India's oldest Catholic communities is calling for the arrest of a bishop who has been accused of raping one of the church's sisters multiple times over a two-year period.

The nun, who admitted to be under enormous pressure in her battle against Bishop Franco Mulakkal, said that she was pained by the derogatory comments raised against her by sitting legislator PC George and will not meet the media. This comes on the same day when the police told the Kerala High Court that their preliminary investigations reveal that the bishop abused his position and raped the nun on multiple occasions. Reportedly, Catholic reformation organizations also joined the protest which had been called by the Joint Christian Council. Though a police complaint against the bishop was filed over two months ago, he continues to roam free. "If I leave my post at this stage people will say that I have admitted my guilt", he said talking to HT over phone.

In a statement, the Missionaries of Jesus congregation questioned the character of the nun and alleged she had illicit relationship with one of her relatives. "Her sister was with her and she told us that the nun cried as soon as she heard PC George, and ran into her room", said Sister Anupama. That case was disposed of the High Court on August 13, noting that investigation was proceeding on the right track. "Your highness, I would like to ask: Will the Church authority -who stand to protect Bishop Franco and safeguard the dignity of the Church by hiding his wickedness- be able to give back what I have lost?" she asked in the letter.

The Diocese of Jalandhar in a statement has accused the nun of vendetta, saying she targeted the bishop because he reportedly started an investigating against her.

Copies of the letter were sent to 21 others, including the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) President Cardinal Oswald Gracias and Delhi Metropolitan Archbishop, Anil Couto. Condemning the protests by the nuns, the Congregation said, "Our conscious doesn't allow us to crucify an innocent soul (Jalandhar Bishop) based on sexual abuse allegations by a nun".

They have alleged that top police officials were trying to sabotage the probe.

Terming the allegations against him as "serious", the bishop said only three persons knew the truth.

The priest also hit out at those protesting against him.

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