Kerala priest arrested for breaking guidelines by conducting Mass

Kochi, Mar 23 (IANS): A Catholic priest P. Pauly was on Monday arrested by the police here, for breaking the guidelines put out on account of COVID-19 by the district authorities, said the police.

A police official of the Chalakudy police station told IANS that the priest has been arrested and will be given bail.

"It was for violating the guidelines that is in place. He will be given bail," said the official requesting anonymity.

The incident occurred after the police came to know about the prayer session that took place at the Kudapuzha Nithyasahaya Matha Church, at Chalakudy, near here around 6:30 a.m.

The police after knowing about it came and took the priest into custody.

The police also asked the priest clean his hands with the sanitizer before taking him to the police station.

The police are also contemplating to register cases against around 100 laity who attended the morning prayers.



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  • Raj, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    Priest is not to be entirely blamed. But those 100 literate people who ventured into the church for mass knowingly...shud be given a tight slap for their stupidity

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  • Wilfred J. Lewis, Matpady-Brahmavar/ New York, USA

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    Last week in New York City, I was in the Church not knowing that Church service has been cancelled. Seeing Church full of faithfuls the Priest conducted brief Prayer service and let people go, without Sunday Mass.

    In Kerala the Parishioners might have come to the Church from near and far without proper information. Instead of sending them back Priest might have performed Sunday Liturgy. The law enforcement wanted to give a clear message so that worshipers stay at home, accordingly the arrest might have done. I do not see any other reasons for this arrest. Since this is the first week of mass cancellation, Police could have issued a warning. and close the issue.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Tue, Mar 24 2020

    Wilfred Lewis USA,however priest is partly responsible for breaking rules.Best was to inform to the people who didnt knew or walked in church ,by putting a info on the door ,saying mass will not be conducted and send them away.Some people too dont take the situation seriously.why did he conducted the mass since it was prohibited?One has to follow rules and teach the unknown public about seriousness of disease.Police too could have warned him and send him away.One should not be over smart.

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  • anitha, usa

    Tue, Mar 24 2020

    dont give fake information about usa church i live here many years.. here once govt. issue the order must follow but in india ppl dont care must punish them ok
    pls stop giving fake information about usa .. If you living US follow their rules dont compare with other country not your business ok

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    I remember my early days in Dubai. During Ramadan I walked into a store picked up a soft drink & started walking on the street. One Police stopped me & threatened me to put me behind bars.
    I told him I'm new to the Country. He forgave me & asked me to be careful next time ...

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    Jossey sir...tell me why you needed soda during Ramadan 😲😲???? Buying one single soda is not a big pandemic disaster baba....!

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  • Nelson D'Souza, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 24 2020

    I think this Jossey is fake

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  • Subhash Chandra, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    Divine Retreat Center is closed till April 5.

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  • Valson Mendonsa, Mangalore/USA

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    Any good cause/ purpose is ending up in good way in God's Court …
    Some bad purpose needed to be arrested not only this time.. all the times.. if not ..that follows as Karma..or Karni
    Itz that simple..

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  • Edmund Frank, Mangalore\Kankanady

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    This news of the priest breaking the law though very unfortunate comes as no surprise. We expect our priests to act more responsibly and not break guidelines and regulations imposed during a calamity in the name of faith and religion.

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  • Thomas P. Andrade, Toronto

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    Many people including religious leaders are lacking public awareness. This priest is also lacking public responsibility. When the public gathering is banned, this irresponsible priest has gone out of his way to conduct a mass. Is he challenging the authority? If he thinks God will protect the people who attended the mass, then he must be living in a fools paradise, refusing to accept the current grave scenario. God does not want you to put yourself at risk in order to go to Church. He lives in your heart and mind, worship Him from your home. Breaking the government rules is breaking God's rules.

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  • Raj, Karkala

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    A person identified as "Patient-31" who attended the church mass gathering was responsible for exploding of cases in South Korea.
    Because of that person, South Korea has now 6,000+ cases, which had just 30 cases before that.
    "Patient-31" attending church mass is responsible for 80% of cases in South Korea.
    So, can this church gathering result in "Patient-31" of India.

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  • G Veer S, Nagpur

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    Stop doing veiled attack on church services. Do you know whether South Korea was in lock down mode at that time???. Here in Kerala the priest went ahead with his obsessive impulsive disorder, nevertheless it was violation of rules. This might result in cure or curse but nobody knows atleast till 2 weeks are over but hope and pray nothing worse happens.
    Was gaumoothra and Gobar prescription anyway promising or people fell sick more after they have been administered by your communal Vaidyas????.
    FYI, govt built detentions centres and imposed lock downs on selected people but now the entire country is on lock down and quarantined including those imposed and even socially distanced from gala foriegn trips from hard earned with sweat and blood tax payers money.
    What goes around comes around.

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  • Narendra Kumar, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    You said it straight calling a 'spade a spade' whether someone likes it or otherwise!. Looted blood money(including illegal taxes recovered for the citizens) and atrocities on the sincere people killed in the name of riligion will have curse on the perpetrators who have blood and sin in their hands. Nothing is impossible for God to either "preserve or perish".

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    Dude, are you complacent with the harsh reality, about catastrophic calamity afflicting millions, especially in Wuhan, Rome, Vatican city ?? Churches and religious places, are locked out, abandoned !!! even the dead have been cremated, by the army, without the presence of their families, even with no religious services !!!!!!!

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  • G Veer S, Nagpur

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    The priest as a person has violated the guidelines but you being a Catholic are ok with attacking the church services and its practices. Blind leading the blind is sure to fall in the pit.

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  • John, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    It could be communist China's tactics use military grade virus get it spread so to close every and all religious institutes and to show God does not exist?? So all become atheists or communists ?? And slowly start ruling the entire world ??

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  • James Fernandes, Barkur Chicago

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    Jesus has clerly dogma(ted) " Give to Caesar what is Caesar's. and give to God what is God's."
    Isn't it obvious to follow the civic or Civil rules?
    Which religious house is going to treat these thousands of patients? Prevention is bettter than cure.
    We need medicines along with prayers.
    OBEY THE LAWS. Period. God will bless.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    Act out of duty consciousness services to be pardoned.

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  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal, Sharjah

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    Ignorance of Law is NOT an excuse...Priest might have put all devotees into big trouble..God only knows..

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    What priest did was wrong! What about thousands of people took to streets yesterday with ghanti and steel plates of various sizes? Corona fled?

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  • Sunil Pinto, Dubai/ Udupi

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    Jossey be practical. God is in the house also..
    Pray as much at home at least during these troubled times.

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    Jossey sir, act out of duty consciousness applies when everything is normal and not in such time of pandemic disaster. When circulars are issued by the church authorities this act is wrong in front of everyone. What is happening in Italy everyone Knows. Disaster there uncontrollable. It spreaded because of carelessness of people going everywhere and attending the mass in churches....we all have act of duty consciousness to attend the mass. But, woe are exempted and allowed to pray inside our houses. Lets not forget here ... everyone's heart is temple of God. Its left to us how we have kept it and how we kept it..

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  • Francis Mathias, Udupi

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    What a tragedy. Being a priest instead of educating faithfuls, inviting them to attend the mass at the time Corona Virus is killing thousands of people around the globe on daily basis.

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  • R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    Priest Pauly
    From Chalakudy
    Gods now will say really
    Pray at home..... Give it a Try !
    Honestly God through this pendemic has taught us where he really is ...
    Not necessarily in the place where you all worshipped .....
    But more so in cleanliness outside and more necessarily inside you !
    Cleaniness is next to Godliness ..well explained by the known.

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    Well said Bhandumaam....

    I think he should be warned and released....Forgiving is STRONGEST weapon we have in our armory / armoury....

    ***Armory American English - Armoury British / Queens English***


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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    Bhandar Sir, each line of your comment is wonderful and meaningful. Let your comment enlighten the minds of people who still keep themselves in darkness...We can pray from anywhere.....sit at home pray in silence by yourself...why god cant here?..He would have heard by now because from December onwards we started praying praying and praying but not out of repentance but just out of fear...!! Now god is listening the nature and not us...even no medicine can be found out...!!!.

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  • Prakash, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    Its time for the Priests to be extraordinary leaders, volunteers or educators . this is not the time not for gathering people in the name of faith. its absolutely irresponsible..

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