Abused nun complains to papal nuncio about ‘predator’ bishop – India Today

Kerala nuns protest against rape-accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar.

Bishop Franco Mulakkal of JalandharThe nun alleged in the letter that the bishop is “a predator”, and that he has gone after several sisters. – India Today

The nun who accused Bishop Franco Mullakkal of rape has now written a complaint to the Vatican. The letter is addressed to Giambattista Diquattro, the Apostolic Nuncio to India and Nepal, who is an ambassador of the Pope.

In a 7-page letter (see below), the nun has alleged that the bishop is using “his political power and money” to bury her case, and requested for the Vatican’s immediate intervention.

“I write this letter as a victim of sexual abuse who is seeking justice,” reads the nun’s letter, as she goes on to detail her plight.

In the letter, the nun wrote that she was sexually exploited by Bishop Franco Mullakkal from 2014 to 2016.

She listed all the people she approached for help, including the Pope and the Apostolic Nuncio, who haven’t helped her yet.

She has alleged in the letter that the bishop is “a predator”, and that he has gone after several sisters, but no action has ever been taken against him.

“Even though we filed a case against Bishop Franco more than two months ago and the investigating agency is convinced of the proofs they have, they are not able to arrest the bishop because of his political and economic power.” – Nun’s Letter

Appealing to the Church authorities, the nun ended the letter seeking the pope’s representative’s intervention in the case. – India Today, 11 Sept. 2018

Pope Francis & Archbishop Giambattista Diquattro
Nuns Letter (1)

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Another view of this letter is available on the India Today website. 


 

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  1. Archbishop of Mumbai wants rape accused Franco Mulakkal to step down – Vidya – India Today – Mumbai – 12 September 2018

    he office of the Archbishop of Mumbai feels that Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandar should step down and let an enquiry against him unfold.

    The Archbishop of Mumbai says that the reputation of the church, not just in Kerala but all over the country, is at stake and stepping down would be the right thing to do, and if the bishop isn’t guilty, then he can very well get back to his position.

    Father Niget Barrett, spokesperson for the office of Archbishop of Mumbai, said that it is only the Vatican which can initiate an enquiry.

    “It would be best recommended that the Bishop of Jalandar steps down and an impartial enquiry, I hope a judicial enquiry, would be done so that it can’t be intimidated using the church mechanisms and enquire into the authenticity claims of both parties and if the Bishop of Jalandar is guilty, then since it’s a criminal act, the court should take cognisance and act accordingly,” said Father Nigel.

    The Archbishop of Mumbai, Oswald Gracias is one of the nine cardinal advisers appointed by the pope and so is currently in Vatican. The Vatican is currently pondering over the accusations made by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the former chief Vatican diplomat in the United States who has accused the Pope of covering up sexual abuse and giving comfort to a “homosexual current” in the Vatican.

    Father Nigel says that before leaving India, he had met Archbishop Oswald but he had not indicated that discussing the current allegation in India was on the card. “Cardinal Oswald has apparently indicated that he would communicate this matter to the authorities concerned and ensure that the processes are in place so that justice is given,” said Father Nigel.

    Talking about the delay in initiating this enquiry, Father Nigel added, “I honestly believe that the credibility of the church is at stake. It is my honest opinion that we have not acted sufficiently, fast and effective enough to ensure that justice is done both to the bishop as well as to the nun. If the bishop is innocent, having an enquiry will only help him and if he is guilty then action would need to be taken. Iam not sure as to why the enquiry has not taken place. These are aspects of the church law and I am not preview to that kind of information so I will not be able to say why it has taken so much time.”

    Normally the enquiry is initiated from the Vatican which appoints a senior bishop to conduct the investigation. An enquiry team is constituted which would have persons from various fields like there would be legal experts, retired police commissioner level officer, who would understand the investigation, and then there are people who understand the church law. There also would be people who’d be sensitive to women in general to ask the right kind of questions with the right kind of disposition so that the victim does not suffer more humiliation.

    In June, a Kerala nun had filed a case against the Jalandar bishop, accusing him of raping her 13 times.

    Since then, the police has been investigating the case. However, the nun has also written to the Vatican alleging that the bishop is using his power and money to silence her and other nuns who, too, have come forward accusing the bishop of inappropriate bheaviour.

    Also read: Will try to raise Kerala nun rape incident with Pope: CBCI president Cardinal Gracias

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