Kerala nun rape case: Priest warned for protesting against accused Bishop

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A priest in Kerala who organised protests in the state after the alleged rape of a nun by Bishop Franco Mulakkal, was given a warning by the church.

Father Augustine Vattoly is the convenor of  ‘Save our Sisters’ campaign, an umbrella organisation of various protesting groups.The group had organised a protest outside the secretariat building in Thiruvanthanpuram on November 14 .

Father Vattoly was prohibited by  the church from holding protests and was warned of ecclesiastical action in case of disobedience. Father Vattoly reportedly coordinated the protest but didn’t participate.

“I am told that such actions by a priest will seriously injure the good of the Church in public and will cause scandal among the faithful. Therefore, I strongly prohibit you from organizing and attending the said Dharna and similar activities. Disobedience will incur ecclesiastical actions as per norms of Church law,” a letter from Major Archepady of Ernakulam-Angamaly said.(NDTV)

The letter was sent to the priest on November 11, three days before protest outside the state secretariat.

Bishop Franco Mulakkal was accused of repeatedly raping a nun between 2013 and 2016. He was arrested in September and released three weeks later on conditional bail from a prison in Kerala He was welcomed by his supporters with rose petals on his arrival in Jalandhar.