Catholic bishop Sex Scandal- CBCI For Strict Action

Clergy moots action against child abusers

Chennai: Stung by child sex abuse charges in several countries,Catholic bishops in India at a conference held in Bangalore came out with guidelines for clergymen.While the general consensus at the conference was to report any suspected case of child sex abuse to the police,measures like defrocking and expulsion would be thought of only if the accused is convicted by a court, Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) spokesperson Babu Joseph Karakombil told TOI.
Till now,priests charged with child sex abuse abroad have been transferred to dioceses in India,raising concern that they could repeat their crimes while in service that puts them in close proximity with children.
Office-bearers of CBCI,including its president and Mumbai archbishop Fr Oswald Cardinal Gracias,are in favour of defrocking priests found guilty.I am in favour of such stringent action against the guilty.We will follow the Indian law and the canon law, Fr Gracias told TOI before leaving for Rome ahead of the Bangalore conference.
The Bangalore conference discussed in detail ways and means to ensure the safety of children in our institutions.The draft guidelines will not be made public till they are given a final form.The draft will be sent to the Vatican,as also to all bishops and Catholic institutions in the country for perusal and suggestions, Karakombil said.
While cases of child sex abuse against priests have been reported from other countries,child right activists feel that non-reporting in India is a matter of grave concern.The CBCI guidelines,they hope,will bring in more transparency and accountability.
arun.ram@timesgroup.com 

Priests In The Dock

Roman Catholic priest Fr Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul,who faces charges of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in Minnesota,is serving in the diocese of Udhagamandalam Fr Francis X Nelson who served as a visiting priest at a church in Brooklyn was sentenced to four months in prison in 2003 on charges of groping a minor girl.He works in the bishop’s office in his home diocese of Kottar in Kanyakumari Fr Vijay Bhaskar Godugunuru faced charges of assaulting a 15-year-old girl in Bonifay,Florida.He was transferred to Italy and back to India Fr John Jangam was accused of kissing and fondling a 13-year-old girl in 1999 in Tulsa,Oklahoma.He continues to work among children in Vijayawada Simon Palanthingal,a priest from Chennai is serving a 16-year sentence since 2004 in a Wisconsin prison for sexually assaulting a nine-year-old boy

Bishops draft code against child sex abuse

Arun Ram | TNN

Chennai: With the clergy facing child sex abuse charges in several countries,Catholic bishops in India have drafted guidelines for clergymen across the world.From spelling out a general behavioural code for bishops and other priests to defrocking as the ultimate punishment for such crimes,the guidelines focus on wholesome safety of children in and outside our institutions.
The draft is a result of four days of deliberations by the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) and the Conference of Catholic Bishops in India (CCBI),which ended in Bangalore on Wednesday.It will be sent to the Vatican for the Popes approval before being finalized by the end of June.
Several cases of alleged child sexual abuse against Indian Catholic priests abroad have come to light in the recent past.With similar cases being reported from across the world,Pope Benedict XVI had written letters to the clergy in several countries.

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6 Responses to Catholic bishop Sex Scandal- CBCI For Strict Action

  1. fr. albinus barla says:

    The names of priests accused of sexual assault have been published which indeed would cause a stigma upon them. nevertheless it would be noteworthy to introspect that this problem is more rampant within India where the women/children/adolescent etc do not come out courageously to complain.

    • franilantony says:

      the prompt action against priests who areinvolved in child abuse is a welcome message and a warning to those with such intention.it also would help the church in general to defend the innocent children, previously church was accused of shielding the offenders

    • DR RAJU says:

      why not their nmes be published. when an ordinary person commits a mistake his name is being published. so priest is not exempted. if public knows about such preists others will be scared to move with them and such incidents may not happen again

  2. JLS COSTA says:

    Since the issue of abuse of children in so widespread,the catholic church should seriously consider doing away with celibacy.We rarely if ever find this problem in the Christian ( read Protestant) church mainly because their priests are allowed to marry. The Pope may seriously open a debate with the clergy and the laity to determine such a possibility. In the meanwhile ,while condeming such acts let us also try to understand why such incidents happen. Are catholic priests humn? If so these incidents will occur and we must find a way to overcome them other than mere disciplinary approach to the issue!

  3. fr ajay kerketta says:

    Priests found abusing children and girls should be taken to task. They must be reminded about their vows which they make in the name of God. They also should be given counselling and guidance.

    • DR RAJU says:

      Now a days priest become an independent with lots of eminities, privacy etc., there is no control over them to the Bishps. Once they come out from the Seminary they feel like joining in a job and the families of the preist also supporting them, these preists also suipports their family through money etc., therefore they must be very often reminded about their vows and they should not be allowed independently, liburaly.

  4. rigzen says:

    has the guidelines been passed. If it is available online can some one give the link to it.

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