Ac­cused still in­ter­fer­ing: Nuns

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Nation - Let­[email protected]­dus­tan­

KOTTAYAM: Rape-ac­cused Bishop Franco Mu­lakkal, who was relieved of his pas­toral re­spon­si­bil­i­ties by Pope Fran­cis, still in­ter­feres with the ad­min­is­tra­tive mat­ters of Ja­land­har dio­cese of the Ro­man Catholic Church, nuns protest­ing against him al­leged here Sun­day.

“We be­lieve that Bishop An­gelo is the apos­tolic ad­min­is­tra­tor of Ja­land­har dio­cese. But when we see the kind of let­ters (be­ing is­sued by the dio­cese pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer (PRO) and Mis­sion­ar­ies of Je­sus con­gre­ga­tion head), we doubt whether Bishop Franco still wields power in the dio­cese,” Sis­ter Anu­pama, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the protest­ing nun, said.

Their state­ment comes a day af­ter Ja­land­har dio­cese PRO Fr

We doubt whether Bishop Franco still wields power in the [Ja­land­har] dio­cese SIS­TER ANU­PAMA, pro­tes­tor

Peter Kavumpu­ram, who is al­legedly close to Bishop Mu­lakkal, is­sued a clar­i­fi­ca­tion state­ment coun­ter­ing an e-mail sent to nuns by its apos­tolic ad­min­is­tra­tor Bishop An­gelo Ruffino Gra­cias.

Bishop An­gelo had as­sured the five nuns, who are stay­ing with the rape sur­vivor nun, that “there will be no move from the dio­cese of Ja­land­har to oust” them from the Ku­rav­i­lan­gad con­vent in Kottayam dis­trict as long as they are needed for the court case. An­other nun, Sis­ter Neena Rose, who is stay­ing with the rape sur­vivor, was asked to re­port to the Mis­sion­ar­ies of Je­sus con­gre­ga­tion’s Ja­land­har con­vent on Jan­uary 26.

Kavumpu­ram is­sued a clar­i­fi­ca­tion state­ment coun­ter­ing Bishop An­gelo hours af­ter his e-mail com­mu­ni­ca­tion was made pub­lic, say­ing even though the con­gre­ga­tion of Mis­sion­ar­ies of Je­sus is of dioce­san right, the in­ter­nal run­ning of the con­gre­ga­tion is left to the Su­pe­rior Gen­eral and her coun­cil.

“The Bishop of Ja­land­har does not nor­mally in­ter­fere un­less the over­all in­ter­ests of the church de­mands such in­ter­fer­ence. By this clar­i­fi­ca­tion the Apos­tolic Ad­min­is­tra­tor has not in­ter­fered in the in­ter­nal af­fairs of this con­gre­ga­tion, there­fore the or­der to re­turn to their right­ful com­mu­ni­ties by the Mother Gen­eral is not can­celled but stands,” the state­ment quot­ing Fr Kavumpu­ram had said.

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