Bengaluru: Vatican 'suspends' priest accused but acquitted of rape charge


From Our Special Correspondent
Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru

Bengaluru, Jan 12: In perhaps the first incident of its kind in the history of the Archdiocese of Bangalore and probably even in Karnataka, the Vatican has suspended a priest, who was accused and tried in the court of "forcibly raping" an young college going girl in Tumakuru.

The priest, however, was acquitted by the court of the charge as all the witnesses including the girl, her parents, grandmother and others had turned hostile.

According to information independently confirmed by Daijiworld after contacting several authoritative sources in the Archdiocese, Congregation forthe Doctrine of the Faith, which is the highest body in the Roman Curia, has officially communicated to the Archbishop of Bangalore Dr Bernard Moras last week regarding its decision of suspending the exercise of "the priestly ministry in public" of Fr Simon Bartholomeo with immediate effect.

The Archbishop, when contacted by Daijiworld, declined to either confirm or deny the decision on suspension of the priest and merely said: "I am not at liberty to disclose any information on the issue. You have to speak to the person concerned (Fr Bartholomeo)."

However, it is reliably learnt that the Archbishop has divulged the contents of the communication from the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to the members of the Archdiocesan College of Consultors.

The members of the College of Consultors of the Archdiocese of Bangalore are: The two Vicar Generals Msgr S Jayanathan, Msgr C Francis, Episcopal Vicar for Religious Fr Xavier E Manavath, CMF, Fr Mathew Koikara, cmi, Fr Edward David, Fr A S Anthony Swamy, Fr Joseph Menezes, Fr Mariappa Gregory, Fr Vincent Maria Gregory and Fr L Arulappa.

According to some of the members of the College of Consultors, who were contacted by Daijiworld, the order from the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith pertaining to Fr Bartholomeo cannot be strictly termed as a "suspension." However, it specifically bars the person from "exercising priestly ministry in public" and as such he cannot function as a priest.
Vatican’s decision on virtually "suspending" the priest, Fr Bartholomeo, was communicated to the Archbishop of Bangalore by Vatican’s Apostolic Nuncio to India in Delhi, according to a member of the College of Consultors.

The Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith had taken the decision to bar Fr Bartholomeo from "exercising the priestly ministry in public" followed an inquiry conducted by the Metropolitan Diocese of Bombay. "Any decision on revocation or withdrawal of the order will have to be taken only after the Metropolitan Diocese of Bombay submits its report to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome," said a member of the College of Consultors.

Inquiries by Daijiworld revealed that Vatican had asked the Archbishop of Bangalore to conduct the inquiry as complaints against Fr Bartholomeo had been directly forwarded by several persons and organisations. But the Archbishop had reportedly declined to get involved in the issue on account of the agitations by some of the Kannada priests against him. Consequently, Vatican entrusted the task of conducting the inquiry to the Metropolitan Diocese of Bombay.

Fr Bartholomeo was appointed as the Parish Priest of St Rita’s Church in Kunigal Town in Tumakuru in the year 2004. He had reportedly close and intimate relations with a young 19-year-old college going girl, who was also getting training in operating computers. As the girl was a commerce student, the priest reportedly offered part-time job of handling the church accounts. The friendship between the girl and priest turned intimate allegedly leading to sexual relations from 2005 onwards and girl reportedly got pregnant and was allegedly helped by the priest to undergo abortion or medical termination of pregnancy at a private nursing home in Bangalore in the year 2006.

The girl and her parents lodged a complaint with the Kunigal police in the year 2008 and the case was tried in the court of the Second Additional District and Sessions Judge of Tumakuru. The priest, however, was acquitted by the court as all the prosecution witnesses including the girl, her parents, teachers and others had turned "hostile."

Fr Bartholomeo had been transferred as the Parish Priest of Our Lady of Fathima Church at Jalahalli in Bangalore last year. The posting of Fr Bartholomeo as the Parish Priest of the Our Lady of Fathima Church from Tumakuru led to strong protest by the local people.

Incidentally, Fr Bartholomeo is one of the key leaders of the Kannada Catholic Priests Association, and according to the police sources is believed to be very close to Fr William Patrick, one of the two priests along with a lay accomplice arrested in the sensational case of the murder of Fr K J Thomas, the then Rector of the St Peter’s Pontifical Seminary in Bangalore on the small hours of March 31-April 1, 2013.

It is learnt that Vatican is seized of several complaints against many of the other priests, especially those involved in the fight against the Archdiocese on the language issue. The pro-Kannada priests as well as pro-Tamil priests and many other lay associations have also reportedly sent several complaints against the Archbishop and pro-Kannada priests.

  

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  • walter, mangaore

    Wed, Jan 14 2015

    if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It's better to enter eternal life with only one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire. leave priestwood and get marry... do not defame us.

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  • ANP, Blore

    Wed, Jan 14 2015

    Dear Walter ,
    Thats why you will find only Eunuchs in heaven.
    Anyway have a nice time ( if you can !)

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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 15 2015

    Dear ANP, Blore,

    By specifying only Eunuchs in heaven what is your stake.

    Jesus says to them, “Truly I say to you that the tax-collectors and the prostitutes are going-ahead-of you into the kingdom of God.

    Who can prevent you from going to Hell.
    You have freedom to practice hindu religion under the dictatorship of Chaaiwaala

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  • Anp, Blore

    Wed, Jan 14 2015

    Vicars of christ ?
    The 200 years between Pope Nicolas I (858-867) and Pope Gregory VI (1045-1046) is called by historians, the MIDNIGHT OF THE DARK AGES. Bribery, corruption, immorality and bloodshed, make it just about the blackest chapter in the whole history of the Church.

    904-963 is called in history, "The Rule of the Harlots!"

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  • sam, world

    Wed, Jan 14 2015

    Yes - The Pope is the Vicar of Christ. Our ancestors, the current and the future generation are prone to sin and evil. For God to be merciful, he must also be just and our acts of sin and evil deserve punishment and eternal loss of our souls. Yet God looks with kindness and love on his creation and brings about wonderful acts of virtue and offers us eternal life. God is not to be mocked and people need to repent and learn humility. Finger pointing will not serve us well as ALL of us have to answer for each sin and wicked deed we have committed to the holy, eternal and just God. How will you face God - have you pondered on that and does it even matter?

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  • ANP, Blore

    Wed, Jan 14 2015

    Sam ,
    You and Walter with your guardian angel Cony , at the alter Wave at me from heaven
    I have no intension visiting a non existing place called heaven!
    Have a nice time ( if you can )

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  • sam, world

    Wed, Jan 14 2015

    Dont worry ANP. We pray for both Christians and non-Christians. Luke 15:7 "I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent."

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman/Washington,DC.

    Wed, Jan 14 2015

    Good, when you become Swami take Jossey as your assistant to assist you...he is getting restless listening news of any swamis because he is truly secular here in this forum...except few...

    ...JH...

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  • vwm, mangalore

    Wed, Jan 14 2015

    It is shocking.Already, two priests are accused of murder of Rev Fr K J Thomas (refer K J THOMAS profile on Facebook ) and now this one from this notorious Association.Is there some more skeletons waiting to be unearthed?...It is obvious that piggyback the language and get away doing whatever you like no matter what disgrace that can be wrought upon the community and Almighty.I am sure, the community at Jalahalli had every right to protest.We hear the dubious methods adopted by this priest to subvert the voice of the people and this 'suspension' is come really to logical end. Interestingly,we should find out who helped (with OUR money)to buy silence from the victim and turn 'hostile' at the court of law.If firm stand had taken by the then authorities supporting and securing protection to the victim it would have been natural justice.Such stand would have stopped these at their tracks and many misdeeds could have been averted. Well done Vatican

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  • Pramod Suvarna, Derebail / Mangaluru

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    josephji u are an genius

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  • ANP, Blore

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    “The Pope would have an easier job than the President of the United States in adopting a change of course. He has no Congress alongside him as a legislative body nor a Supreme Court as a judiciary. He is absolute head of government, legislator and supreme judge in the church. If he wanted to, he could authorize contraception over night, permit the marriage of priests, make possible the ordination of women and allow eucharistic fellowship with this Protestant churches. What would a Pope do who acted in the spirit of Obama?”
    ― Hans Küng
    VATICAN cardinal

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  • sam, world

    Wed, Jan 14 2015

    The Pope is the vicar of Christ and also submits to Christ. The Church has many enemies and just as people hated Jesus Christ, people hate the Church and the foundation that Christ built on St. Peter. Christ warned that there would be many false teacher and prophets who will come after him to lead people into sin and evil. Those who follow Christ, hear his voice and follow him.

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  • Mahendra Shetty, Mumbai Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 13 2015


    CHALITHA TIME ATHA.....

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  • Roshan Braganza, Mumbai

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    @ Kurt waschnig , anp , declan. All cases are not child abuse , some are consented though considering celibacy its morally wrong. Age of consent vary with countries and UN definition of 18 does not apply everywhere. Spain and Angola has age of consent as 12 to 13 , even Vatican had age of consent as 12 till recently. Cannon law sets it as 14 for girls , besides some religious personal laws set it as age of puberty and by default it becomes age of majority. Eg : Iran ( 10 plus) , most Latin countries ( 12 plus ).

    And desides anything lower than this is certainly a Child Abuse and only state laws can prevent it not religious cannon laws.

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  • KRPrabhu, Bengaluru

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    Jossey mamu...come to your senses.Sree Raghaveshwara Swamiji's issue was a clear case of blackmailing by those couple for ransum.Now the Judge also understood the modes operandi of the case and has backed out from the case.Case referred here is a punsihment for the Church priest after finding/confirming the rape charge.Watch out closely how this case will end.

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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannu8r, Puttur / Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    Dear Anp, Blore,

    Did Rev. Father killed any of his witnesses.
    The Vatican excluded him from conducting services as a punishment.

    You say I quote: money paid for silence comes.

    In this worldly court if there is a mutual consent / agreement either by paid money or by mutual understanding or by compromise the case can be withdrawn or the judge will allow for settlement of the case/ dismissal of the case.

    Not in the Divine court.

    Any Rev. Fathers, Chaaiwaala P.M., Nithyananda, Aashram baapu or any temple swamy canot escape in the Divine Court.

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  • Pramod Suvarna, Derebail / Mangaluru

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    josephji u are an genius

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    Sheetal, Sunill, what action has your faith taken against Nityanand and Swamy Raghaveshwara Bharati ...

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  • sunill, bengaluru

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    jossey,

    first of all, as i have already told our faith does not depend upon any babas fake or real.
    if they are fake babas they will repent,if they are real babas, so be it, good for them and good for the society.

    people cannot destroy the faith by thier good or bad deeds.what they are destroying is themselves.

    we believe in our faith, equilibrium of the world is maintained by god. the day the world looses equilibrium such that it has gone out of the limits of humans to correct it.he himself will dawn upon the earth to
    destroy the evil and ressurect the dharma like he has done before.

    according to hinduism,world is a lab(and not heaven or a hell) where there is both good and evil.lord krishna has already given his sermons bhagavadgeeta about what are all the challenges we need to face here.how to deal with the circumstances,good or bad and how to overcome it unscathed to attain HIM.
    thanks

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    Sheetal, Sunil, Would you guys still allow these fake babas to preach, practice and RAPE ...

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  • sunill, bengaluru

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    jossey,

    why middle east and western nations are always in waging war against one another(ww1,ww2) and always in constatnt state of war.can ther be any deadly attack like usa ping nukes on poor japan and usa sparaying deadly chemical agent orange on poor hapless vietnam for which still deformed babies are born.is it the result of controlling?
    hope i have answered ur question.
    thanks

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    Sunill, stop talking nonsense ...

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  • Sheetal, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    Oh God JOssey I feel sorry for you asking the same question since morning - what has your faith done what has your faith done?!!!

    Who the hell has supported these names your mentioning? We dont. Its not about religion you narrow minded person. Its about the right and the wrong deed - dont give it a religious color and say your religion my religion.

    Sunnil and i have already explained to you please understand. We dont have a GURU to lead us. Its not required.

    we do not follow a human or need a human entity to guide us follow our religion - but the words of the lord himself.

    So you follow whats wanted of you and let the others follow their respective faiths without pointing fingers at each other. the world would be a lot better place to live in .

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  • Vijay lobo, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    Today we have stopped loving god, but fearing god more, our greed and mechanical life have forced us to search peace every nook and corner. We think donating money to church we will wash way all our sin. what fool we are Its just making our Religions leader more rich and rich. we traded sin with money. Its big wake up call to say all are human even religion leaders, and money can spoil any one . Pray, Love and Help others try to get smile in others face that it ,God does not need your money to travel in Luxury car that's our leaders need.
    Wake up and lets try to change a bit way we live and way we Think.

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  • Manju, Mumbai

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    Every one find the truth by Google searching the report of "The Kansas City Star priest HIV"

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  • N.M, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    Looks like there are "Wrong Numbers" in all communities.

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  • ER, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    @ NM but they are plenty in your community

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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    I appreciate Fr Bartholomeo because at least he has faced the charges and the witnesses and he came out successfully. Unlike Aashram Baapu, he eliminated the witness itself.

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  • Anp, Blore

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    "the prosecution witnesses including the girl, her parents, teachers and others had turned "hostile." HOW WHY JOSEPH ? The
    money paid for silence comes from ANPs ancestors who gave .not for these to enjoy paying fines, bribing ,seducing etc.

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  • Manju, Mumbai

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    By JUDY L. THOMAS - The Kansas City Star
    Date: 01/29/2010 22:15

    Hundreds of Roman Catholic priests across the United States and other part of world have died of AIDS-related illnesses, and hundreds more are living with HIV, the virus that causes the disease.

    The actual number of AIDS deaths is difficult to determine. But it appears priests are dying of AIDS at a rate at least four times that of the general U.S. population, according to estimates from medical experts and priests and an analysis of health statistics by The Kansas City Star.

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  • praveen , mangalore

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    he he its just begining ... be aware mangalorens. A wolf are out in sheep's clothing

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  • prakash, udupi

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    yes you are absolutely right...there are many asharam bapu"s running around.....

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  • Michael Noronha, Mysore

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    This is an isolated case of an individual catholic priest. Nevertheless Vatican needs to be congratulated for this bold step. Since every Bishop has detractors within his diocese amongst Priests and finds it difficult to take action against an erring Priest, it is suggested that Vatican constitute an "All India Catholic Church Jury" comprising of Bishops/Canonists from various dioceses to probe such matters in any diocese. The Bishops could refer the case to such a Jury which will directly report to the Vatican and obtain the strictures from Rome on continuity with the Priestly Ministry. This will safeguard the Bishop and the image of the diocese and the Catholic Church.

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  • sid, mangalore

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    please its not isolated case there are plenty of cases . European priests are know for atrocities with kids

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  • Joseph Conrad Dsouza, Madanthyar, Dubai

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    Vatican has taken a commendable decision, which will have long run effects on the attitude of many of our Priests. Vatican is moving in the right way. We the layman request the priest to keep your values very high instead of dividing the congregation. You are closely followed by us. Be a good example. As far as the suspended priest , we need to forgive him and pray for him and his family. He is still a faithful.
    The Metropolitan Diocese of Bombay has taken this task of enquiry and reporting to Roman Curia. What it means is our Bangalore Archdiocese cannot handle these cases, and shying away from reality. We need a branch of “ The Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith” in Bangalore having members nominated by Pope. Members be our own priest who are living saints having clean record. We have many such living saints. I will definitely say that you will get flooded with many such complaints. And we can cleanse our system. This is a humble request to Our Nuncio in New Delhi , The Metropolitan Diocese of Bombay and Bangalore Archdiocese.
    JOSEPH CONRAD DSOUZA. Dubai. Madanthyar, Mangalore. Email: dsouzajoseph@rediffmail.com

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  • sid, mangalore

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    baba or father or paster or mulla no difference. every community have these who spoil the names of the good once . for those who jump in joy when a name pops up from other community this is a good example

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  • sam, world

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    There is a difference! The Priest is a disciple of Christ and an Alter Christus. Unfortunately, the world we live in is bombarded daily with sexual materials (books, images, etc.) and no effort has come from the public and the political leaders to denounce these sexual materials and remove them from society. Our youth and adults are growing up in a society with laxity towards sin. Christ has forewarned the consequences of living in sin and we need to pray for the priest, the girl, her parents, grandmother and many countless people who are falling into the trap laid by satan.

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  • Anu , Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    I salute all the priests who have sacrificed their whole life to serve the community-like, building churches, schools, hospitals, home for the aged and orphanages, vocational training centres etc..
    Just like any of us the Priest too is a human and may fall into sin.
    It does not mean that all priests are bad and corrupt in their minds.. My sincere prayers to all the Priests that the Lord may guide you and empower you to do the right thing always..
    I truly appreciate our Pope Francis for taking this decision.

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  • Allen DSouza, Mangalore/Houston

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    Well JK....the bigger moral is if one were to look at one rotten apple and conclude all apples are rotten, one will never appreciate the fruits of the earth.

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  • Declan, Mumbai

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    Allen,
    Brilliant !

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  • Manju, Mumbai

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    What brilliant ?. Google search Catholic priests are dying of AIDS, often in silence.

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  • JK, Udupi

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    @Allen, don't you think that, your logic applies to every community?.

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  • Kurt Waschnig, Oldenburg, Germany

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    I do not know if Daijiworld will publish my lengthy comment. Clerical child abuse is a dark chapter but it belongs to the recent history of the Catholic Church. It is a fact that ten of thousands of children were abused and raped by Catholic priests and members od religious orders all over the world and there was a systematic cover up of clerical child abuse in many dioceses. Meanwhile necessary steps have been taken and implemented to stop clerical child abuse. In 2014 the United Nations watchdog for children´s right slammed the Vatican for “systematically” adopting policies allowing priests to sexually abuse thousands of children, in A REPORT which also urged the Holy See to review its legislation to bring it in line with international conventions. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child considers the Church before a secular levels. The report makes no less than to expose the double standards of the Church. It shows point by point how the Church failed to protect the vulnerable and entrenched themselves behind to justify beliefs. It is very shameful for the Church when one reads, “The Committee is concerned that the Church has always made the reputation of the Church and the interests of the offender on the protection of children in dealing with sexual abuse.”

    And the UN criticizes the Church´s negligence in dealing with the perpetrators. They have been protected by internal transfers or were even transferred abroad. And the report noted that families whose children were abused in Catholic institutions have been intimidated by religious authorities. The desired objective was to intimidate the victims and their families. Instead, the victim should be encouraged and supported. If the Church really wants to protect children then the Holy See should open its files on members of the clergy who had “concealed their crimes” so that they could be held accountable by the authorities. The report mentions, as already said above, “the practice of offenders mobility”, referring to the transfer of child abusers from parish to parish within countries. This practice placed children in many countries at high risk of sexual abuse. The world must express gratitude for this excellent report. Children are the weakest members of every society and they have the right to grow up in a peaceful and stable environment.

    Best regards

    Kurt Waschnig, Oldenburg, Germany

    email: oldenburg1952@yahoo.de

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  • Anp, Blore

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    GENEVA (AP) - The Vatican came under blistering criticism from a U.N. committee Thursday for its handling of the global priest sex abuse scandal, facing its most intense public grilling to date over allegations that it protected pedophile priests at the expense of victims.

    The Vatican insisted it had little jurisdiction to sanction pedophile priests around the globe, saying it was for local law enforcement to do so. But officials conceded that it needs to do more, given the scale of the problem and the role the Holy See plays in the international community.

    "The Holy See gets it," Monsignor Charles Scicluna, the Vatican's former sex crimes prosecutor, told the committee. "Let's not say too late or not. But there are certain things that need to be done differently."

    He was responding to a grilling by the U.N. committee over the Holy See's failure to abide by terms of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child which, among other things, ca lls for signatories to take all appropriate measures to keep children from harm. Critics allege the church enabled the rape of thousands of children by encouraging a culture of cover-up "to defend its reputation.""

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  • Declan, Mumbai

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    Kurt Waschnig, Oldenburg, Germany
    Appreciate the trouble you've taken to write such a lengthy comment. There is truth in them. Not only have there been many reported cases of child sexual abuse by some members of the clergy but there have also been cases where some clergy members have fathered a child with a woman.
    Worst of all are the attempts by some of those in positions of authority in the Church to cover up these scandals and intimidate the victims instead of taken corrective action against the erring priests.
    We have read reports that Pope Francis has taken this matter seriously and is making serious efforts to clean the clergy of such members. We know he has a very hard task ahead of him with many in the clergy still indulging in the 'cover up' act.
    As a Christian and a Roman Catholic I hang my head in shame and pray that the Almighty bless Pope Francis and his team with the courage and endurance to clean the clergy of such members and send a loud and clear message to the faithful as well as non-Christians that the Church administration and the Vatican has no place for 'such' sinners.
    We pray and hope that the Church administration sincerely apologize to such victims of sexual abuse and to the children fathered by Priests and sponsor their rehabilitation in an appropriate way to help them deal with their mental trauma.
    All these matters have not lessened our faith in any way as we understand that clergy members are human after all. We understand how tough the duty of a Priest can be and the huge sacrifices they make devoting their entire lives to the service of God and mankind but we pray that they always maintain high moral standards as called for by their vocation. We also know there are hundreds of exemplary Priests and Nuns out there doing God's work untiringly. We pray God bless all of them to carry on his work.

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  • Alban D Souza, Udyavara (Bajjodi) Mumbai Doha Qatar

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    Priests are called to be holy. After all they are human. He has to Pray to the Holy spirit to guide him not to do such things. Temptation is there always but but can be overcome with the help of the Holy Spirit.If one repents the misdeeds and become aware of the fact that he is the priest he cannot do such things. Forgive and give a chance so that he will not do it again.

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  • Af,, Mangaluru

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    what chance? comeout and let him get married who is stopping, we dont want such priest in roman catholic.

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  • R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    It was prophesied some 5000 years back that in 'Kaliyuga' those who took upon talking about god, his preaching and those who would rule would be scoundrels of the first order. they would be liars and would stoop to any level to procure wealth. All this is certainly coming true. No community is spared when it comes to this and there's no sense in being the 'all pure-all clean 'community! The things that happen in the world these days!!

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  • R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    And then there are some sickening comparisons made: haaaaaaaaaa!!
    Some immediately talk of Asaraam,
    Goswami's etc and their flings when such matters come out:
    Each god man is enjoying on his own. If you put forth the argument that this 'god man 'from that community is enjoying' So why not ours...then you are the most complete duffer!Got my point??These god men are enjoying all this -because you are fools and believe them to be 'post-masters' in the service of God!! Nothing like that!!!
    Nowadays all so called god- men have private jets, 10000's acres of property, five star hotels, barrage of beauties and what not to
    accost them!
    That is why I wanted to open my own 'Mutt' you see! to show you all the correct way! For one or the other reason,this is getting stalled.

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  • NaveeN, Sakleshpur/Bengaluru

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    Well done by Vatican. If the priest is indeed guilty of the crime then the Vatican's decision to suspend him from performing priestly duties is commendable. Its is high time someone cleaned the system.
    Congratulations to all those people who worked heard to produce necessary documents to the Vatican and the truth has prevailed and justice is shown.
    All should condemn the priests like Simon Bartholomeo.

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  • V.D'Souza, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    There are many more rotten priests like Simon Bartholomeo in every diocese including Mumbai, Chennai,Mysore, Mangalore etc.Dont call them Father.They are wolves in disguise of sheep.Most of the Catholic Priests lead a very luxurious life.They go to US, Europe or Gulf for holidays.Most of them have personal cars.Many of the young catholic priests enjoy their life to the maximum.God has given us a Holy Pope. But our priests destroy our church.They are interested in building churches, shrines and making money.No transparency.Nobody can question them.Still they beg for money. Its shameless. Only God can save us. All should condemn the priests like Simon Bartholomeo.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    What about Asaram Bapu, Nityanand, Swamy Raghaveshwara Bharati ...

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  • Sheetal, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    Jossy you are sick. One rotten head you are.

    Even in this time you are pointing fingers at others? A wrong deed is a wrong deed irrespective of any religion!!

    No Gurus, Priests or any body can wash hands off their sin. So if something is wrong have the judgement to conclude it as wrong. DONT BRING RELIGION TO THIS.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    Sheetal, Thank God we have a Pope who keeps a check and acts like a good Shepard.
    What checks do you guys plan ...

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  • Sheetal, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    Jossy,
    I respect the pope as well and would not like to comment on him because my religion does not advocate this. And i know what it preaches. I know even your relgious ideologies do not support this. But i am not sure how you have perseived the same?!!

    Once again please be informed that we do not have a single person or guru to show us a path. Our path is already set and we do not believe in any intolerance towards anybody.

    Its all in how people take their religion and follow it. No religion is bad it is its people /followers who spoil it.

    I had read a wording the Pope had said some time back - NO need to be religious to be good, there is no need to visit the worship place also. Its a persons deeds which makes him good or bad. Great harm in the present days is done by using the name of GOD. I have not quoted the exact words but the summary of his thought which i feel was so beautiful and meaningful.

    wish you would grow up to follow or understand it.

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  • sunill, bengaluru

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    jossey,

    lord krishna has given us all the teachings from a-z which is relevant for all the times including this modern times.
    if a person does good he reaps good and if he does bad he reaps bad.

    by sowing a seed of babool tree, we cant expect a mango tree.

    for hindus guru,leader,protector is all god himself and his teachings and we dont need a mortal soul for teaching us that as all had been told by our god .if he thinks he needs to guide us he himself will dawn upon the earth like he has done before.
    thanks

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  • Shankar, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    Jossey, get yourself treated.

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  • Harold D'cunha, Mangalore, India

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    Dear Jossy
    Your comparison here Asaram Bapu, Nityanand, Swamy Raghaveshwara Bharati in this context is irrelevant, unwarranted.

    Every body has to first clean their backyard and then advise others. As long as human being has flesh and blood, they will tend to commit mistakes and one has to accept it.

    Ellara dosage hotte, nanna kavaleege hotte.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    Harold, many faiths need to have a corrective mechanism in place ...

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  • Suleman Byari, Udupi

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    @ Jossey...
    Grow up man....looks showing finger at others.

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  • KRPrabhu, Bengaluru

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    This is only a tip of the ice berg.Lot of such cases go unnoticed/ignored/unreported.Every religion teachers/gurus have this problem.I have seen lot of comments mocking at persons when reportes of this kind surfaced in this forum relating to Hindus faith.Mjority comments were from non hindus.They exhibit their english knowledge putting best of best words to mock.Interestingly same persons now remain to hide in the rat holes(populor word they inveted)Guys look at the world with single view before hurting others/mud sliding on other faiths.Guddege gudde adda unto maarayare!!!

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  • Roshan Braganza, Mumbai

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    I wonder Vatican too going the ' feminist' way and turning into misandric hostile. 1. Accused is not guilty until its proven in court. 2. The relationship looks consensual so its the girl should be punished for adultery or pre marital adventures as stated in Bible. 3 . It can be a conspiracy to malign the Priest , its cheap business now a days , anybody can conspire a ' false rape case '

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  • sunill, bengaluru

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    yes roshan braganza,

    you are right. same applies to asaram baapu, baba rampal and nithyananda as either this is a false rape case used to defame or there is no evidence or just a accusation for ulterior motives or a consensual act.

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  • JK, Udupi

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    What's the moral of the story here?. Christians cannot claim that,they are the only saints exist in the earth. Please practice what you preach.

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  • P Lobo, Bangalore

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    Well done Vatican. I appreciate the action taken by the Vatican the supreme authority in the Catholic Church. Priest is supposed to guide the faithful to follow Jesus. But these kannada priests of Bangalore diocese are only worried about the language. They do not allow the people to pray in their mother tongues. These priests are not the followers of Christ but follow devil and as a result there is no peace in the Archdiocese of Bangalore. The Archbishop cannot take any action because he is afraid of these people.
    Well done to all those people who worked heard to produce necessary documents to the Vatican and the truth has prevailed and justice is shown. Those who are scandalous should be suspended from the church and this will be an eye opener to other priests who are involved in different types of scandals.

    May Jesus help the priests to be just and faithful to their vocation. May Jesus bless us all.

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  • ashwin, mangalore

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    self styled sex godman..

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    All the priests who are involved in the language issue are to be suspended. They are not serving Gods ministry...!!!!????

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  • Rita, Germany

    Mon, Jan 12 2015

    Sad to hear such things in our community .sometimes the flesh is weak although Soul is against.There are many such cases Happening all over the world.Good that Pope has decided to be fair and set a end to this.Itwas very malicious that as priest decided to terminate pregnency if at all true (as per News)It was mord.I feel so sorry.It seems to involved in may cases.such People bring whole priesthood in bad light.Then when he feels he is not for priesthood meant ,please comeout and do marry and work elsewhere .Now it stinks up to heaven.Hope our other priests will remain to their priesthood intact and cause no Problems.when they feel it doesnt work,please come out.It is not at all a shame.but let us all pray in future such incidents will not happen,and may they remain steady to their Profession.It is hard but not impossible.If the church makes a new rule that priests can marry,would this Problem may be a big Revolution and help them.

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  • Peter, Bangalore

    Mon, Jan 12 2015

    That's the reason Catholics don't opt for Ghar Wapasi.

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Mon, Jan 12 2015

    In every religion only 0.1% or less are bad!! Good news is 99.9% are good and very good!! Let us not ridicule their profession!! In politics and other profession it is difficult to find 75% good!! Hence take it easy and go on with daily life!!

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  • Darius, Dubai

    Mon, Jan 12 2015

    Why not allow catholic priests to get married ,within 30yrs age limit or within 1yr of priesthood
    This way we can prevent perverted priest of higher promotion and keep married priest within the church for less religious duties similar to lay person of the parish

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  • Tony Francis, Udupi

    Mon, Jan 12 2015

    Once incident came to light and the Vatican took right action. What about the other such priests who play similar dirty game and still hide and act Saints?

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  • ISMAIL K PERINJE., PERINJE.

    Mon, Jan 12 2015

    Even after absolved from legal point of view,Vatican of the view that internal investigation is must and until such time father in question asked to not to perform duties.Good thought and line with religious precedent.On the other hand we have one case in Karnataka having legal proceeding going on and prima facie the caseb isb established but still that man not relinquishing his CHAIR! So here the action of Vatican in fact a lesson to deviants(that being leader of religious head)

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  • GYPAI, GURPUR

    Mon, Jan 12 2015

    In all religions these kinds are rapists are there...

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  • Valerian D'souza, Udupi / Mumbai

    Mon, Jan 12 2015

    Our conduct should be such that People who see such honorable behavior, should give honor to God.
    One shouldn't volunteer to become a priest, if he is not able to live upto his commitment to God.
    They are even warned that "not many of you should become teachers in the church, for those who teach will be judged more strictly" Thank God, Pope Francis is determined to cleanse the Church!

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  • A.S.Mathew, U.S.A.

    Mon, Jan 12 2015

    Correct decision from Vatican. If the Priests who are moral gurus failed to keep that calling and dedication, they must be out of the Christian ministry no excuse must be given.

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  • Vellano1, Mumbai

    Mon, Jan 12 2015

    Current Pope has been breath of fresh air!.. He looks clean and determined to clean the people in robe - men of god - a small number which is into paedophilia, sexual scandals, pornography and have deviated from the path they chose!... Also, he is very modern in thoughts.. meeting with islamic heads, his views on LGBT community calling them children of god too, or his views that "it need not be necessary condition to go to church to be a good catholic"! ...I hope he is succesful in ventures.. this decision is path breaking! I hope he visits Nigeria and african countries too, to bring peace in that region! there are so many killings going on which is quite disturbing.. but never gets media atention like Paris or Canada or Australia, because they are lesser fortunate and dark in complexion!

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  • ambrose D'Souza S.J., VIJAYAPURA

    Mon, Jan 12 2015

    Dear Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru: thank you for your efforts to bring out a genuine and authentic news. This is the objective news that has rolled down upon our computer screens.

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  • ambrose D'Souza S.J., vijayapura

    Mon, Jan 12 2015

    I am very sorry to read this piece of disturbing news.

    We, the priests of the Lord are called to minister and not to be ministered.

    Dear Daijiworld readers do not condemn the priesthood but the individual priest, who is the cause of this sad news. Kindly keep us, priests always in your little prayers. We need you to support us spiritually. We are made up of the same stuff as any human beings are made of.

    Sorry for this unacceptable and ugly news. But it teaches many of us to learn to be up right and righteous and priests of prayer.

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  • ANP, Blore

    Mon, Jan 12 2015

    This news is not new to jesuits who were at one time suppressed by the pope for 3 decades.
    Read on google
    The Suppression of the Jesuits (1750-1773)

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  • cliffy, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 12 2015

    Well done by Vatican. A priest should be a good citizen first. This will enable to keep up the dignity of priesthood.

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  • A. Prabhu, Kudla

    Mon, Jan 12 2015

    HATS OFF TO YOU POPE
    Its is high time someone cleaned the system.
    DE FROCK THE DIRTY FLOCK OUR GOOD SHEPHERD !

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  • Joseph f. Gonsalves , Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 12 2015

    Forgive him and get rid off him from conducting mass services. Keep the church ⛪ holy.

    Those who need they can go to wood-holly.

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  • Suman, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 12 2015

    PK priest..

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Jan 12 2015

    After reading this I hope every religion will start disposing off their rotten apples ...

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  • ANP, Blore

    Mon, Jan 12 2015

    Father forgive him for he has sinned & also all the people involved in hushing up this case,
    I am and a few have a right to say this as 25,000 thousand Cr worth of our property was donated by our family to the clergy.
    This is now being misused to BUY silence to protect them ?

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  • Declan, Mumbai

    Mon, Jan 12 2015

    If the priest is indeed guilty of the crime then the Vatican's decision to suspend him from performing priestly duties is commendable.
    I believe our present Pope Francis is determined to clean the clergy of such priests worldwide who indulge in sexual acts as catholic priests are prohibited from indulging in sex having taken the vow of celibacy.

    Also it is really a sorry state of affairs to see two groups of priests squabbling over language. What message are they sending to the faithful and non Christians about Christian conduct ? Is this what Christianity teaches us ? Pray this matter is resolved asap in a peaceful manner.

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