Bantwal: Church priest removed from ministry after ‘scuffle’ video goes viral


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Bantwal, Mar 2: A Catholic priest of a church here was removed from his parish responsibility after a video of his scuffle with an elderly couple went viral.

The diocese of Mangalore stated that it is deeply saddened by the incidents that took place on February 29, hurting those involved and people at large.

The statement said, “As the matter falls under the purview of the law and order of the country, the diocese will fully cooperate with the law enforcing authorities. Apart from the enquiry initiated by the government departments, the diocese will also initiate canonical enquiries for establishing the truth of the facts in order to take adequate future course of action in a just and fair manner.

“As an immediate response, the concerned priest would be removed from the religious ministry and someone else would be deputed to serve the spiritual needs of the people,” stated the diocese of Mangalore in its release.

 

 

 

  

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  • Alfonse Mendonca, Bantwal

    Sun, Mar 03 2024

    Corinthians 10:31 Whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God. If our liturgical leaders think service and spiritual needs are first priority instead of money power, everything will go smoothly...

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  • Agnes D Souza, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 03 2024

    We are saturated on constructing churches, halls and other buildings. Now dioceases should concentrate on spiritual needs.

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  • Ajith, Kudla

    Sun, Mar 03 2024

    If such priests bless the house during lenten season, houses will be blessed by god ? This is the reason so many catholic people walk out from the RC church and form their own groups!

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  • Avi, Bajpe

    Sun, Mar 03 2024

    The after effects of this is already felt. Some families have refused to have house blessings fearing repetition of this incident.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai -Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 03 2024

    Pope Francis at Mass at the Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican on November 9, 2018. Pope Francis at Mass at the Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican on November 9, 2018. (Vatican Media) POPE FRANCIS Pope at Mass warns against idolatry of money in the Church At Mass, Friday morning, Pope Francis invited Christians to respect churches as the house of God and not turn them into marketplaces of money and worldliness. By Robin Gomes Pope Francis on Friday urged that churches be given due respect as the “house of God” and not be transformed into markets or social lounges dominated by “worldliness”. Celebrating his morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican, he warned that churches risked transforming themselves into marketplaces with sacraments on sale, which are free. He was reflecting the Gospel reading on the feast of the Dedication of Rome’s St. John Lateran Basilica, where Jesus cleanses the temple of Jerusalem of all buyers and sellers, warning them against turning his Father’s house into a marketplace. Idols enslave Jesus noted that the temple was populated by idolaters - men ready to serve "money" instead of "God". "Behind money there is an idol,” the Pope said, adding idols are always of gold that enslaves. Pope Francis wondered if we treat our “temples, our churches” as the house of God, the house of prayer, a place of meeting the Lord, and whether the priests treat it like that. The Pope recalled instances of a price list for the sacraments that are free of cost. To those who argue that it is an offering, the Pope said, offerings are to be put secretly into the box without anyone noticing it. He warned that there is this danger even today. Pope Francis admitted the Church needs to be maintained by the faithful but this is done in the offering box, not with a price list. ~Vatican news

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  • Rems, Mangaluru

    Sun, Mar 03 2024

    The priest's behavior is no doubt condemnable. But now we would also like to know what prompted that sudden outburst. What were the couple doing and how long this issue has been going on.

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  • nitin, mangalore

    Sun, Mar 03 2024

    Irrespective of the background, the situation or any sort of instigation; the manner in which hands anointed to serve have been at use to manhandle elderly couple warrants a dismissal from priestly life. This is non negotiable. These hands can not be permitted to offer the holy sacraments. This incident has further caused immense damage to faith and the church. Hope canon law proceedings will deliver an impartial judgment taking into consideration the role of priest, the anointed one. There is a larger problem the church needs to address. Church belongs to the people and it's the people who have to fix it. Priests should focus on spiritual needs and service. It's very sad and unfortunate that priests are made to run commercial establishments. Some Parish priests behave as don’s. Even the educated people fear to go near them. Priests who have not even taught a subject to students are appointed as principals of schools and colleges. They are running a commercial institution and not imparting knowledge. Periodic training, counseling, mentoring, anger management is the need of the hour. Preaching the word of God and reflection to the word of God is sufficient. We have great orators and dramatic sermons always picking on married couples and family life incidents. This needs to stop. We have had enough entertainment at the cost of married couples and family life. We do not need so many priests; we do need priests to cater to spiritual needs and to render true service. As parents we do not want to send our children to priesthood. It's time for the laity to take over

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  • Vincent D'Souza, Belthangady

    Sun, Mar 03 2024

    Nitin Well said / written. I fully agree with you. This hegemony by some Priests should stop. Most of the Parishioners swallow the contradictions Priests commit

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  • Jroam K, Mangala vooru

    Sun, Mar 03 2024

    Disgusting from someone in God's service... The man present did nothing much to stop the priest...

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  • Leo, Surathkal

    Sun, Mar 03 2024

    LENT TIME

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

    Sun, Mar 03 2024

    No reason to be judgemental. Once the investigation is completed the actual facts ill be out...

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  • Agnes, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 03 2024

    People like you spoil such priests and nuns.

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  • Steven DSouza, Mangalore / Mumbai

    Sun, Mar 03 2024

    Don't wait for the investigation to be completed, This is not a movie....to watch patiently and wait for the climax. We are heading towards the destruction just because of few dictators with the unconditional support of religious blind parishioners. The church belongs to everyone and the people over here are not judgmental. They are raising their concern in one voice. So wake up and join in. Something good will happen

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  • Arjun, India

    Sun, Mar 03 2024

    All about money!

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  • Bona, Mumbai

    Sun, Mar 03 2024

    This one "Judas" act or incident should not wipe away the good work of other 11 good "apostles". At times, Priests are under stress, but physical outburst of this nature hasn't happened, unless someone attacks a priest in self defense. If he says sorry for this act with them, and during church mass, people will accept him as he is also human, as similar incidents happens in the family & society too.

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  • CHARLES SALDANHA, Malad -Malwani

    Sat, Mar 02 2024

    Deeply perturbed by this incident.We respect priests but this incident has shaken us. We have heard about attack on priests but this action by a priest is not at all justified and has caused irreparable damage to the community.

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  • Beena, Uk

    Sat, Mar 02 2024

    Dear Bishop Please add mandatory traing on Anger management and conflict resolution to priests training curriculum, so that they know how to handle these kinda situations. I work in health care system in UK. Every employee has to undergo this training as a safety measure. I think it might benefit priests as well as they deal with different types of individuals.

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  • Steven DSouza, Mangalore / Mumbai

    Sat, Mar 02 2024

    Dear Bishop.. Please instruct our priests to concentrate in spiritual needs of the people. Let the parish council handle the finance ministry, Real estate and construction business.

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  • Lancy Crasto, Kulshekar / Mumbai

    Sat, Mar 02 2024

    If a priest behaves this way with super senior citizens, then whom can we lay persons look up to. Hope our Lord Jesus give him the wisdom to respect elders.

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  • Joel Pinto, Mangalore / Dubai

    Sat, Mar 02 2024

    Even after nearly a decade of priesthood training before the ordination a priest lost his control over his own thoughts and emotions, caught in a cruel act, brought disgrace to every priest, Christianity and humanity. Hope the law of the country delivers a fair justice and canon law shows him the exit door

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  • Alwyn, Kudla

    Sat, Mar 02 2024

    Let’s pray for everyone for peace and god grant the wisdom to everyone to do good and justice to all in a truthful way. Priesthood is not easy anymore specially every one want things in their own ways without following right path per teachings of Jesus. My prayers

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  • Agnes, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 02 2024

    Action is not enough he should be disrobed from priesthood this will be an example for such gross behavior. The old man could have lost his life. We don't want namesake priests.

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  • Rama, USA

    Sat, Mar 02 2024

    Whatever happened to respect your elders?

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  • Sunil, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 02 2024

    Shameful incident but Let us not speculate things before the investigation results are out.

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  • bala, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 02 2024

    Preist is very angry for nothing. Very scary fight. Give him permanent out door.

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 02 2024

    God is omnipresent and omnipotent, connect to Almighty directly..

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  • Sachin, Bangalore

    Sat, Mar 02 2024

    This is one of the predominant reason where youths are losing the interest in going away from Church. From 2010 to 2021, the worldwide catholic population share dropped from 25 percent to just about 21 percent. No wonder that in upcoming days we will have no divine calls and vacations. Days might come where only one priest has to look after more than 5 churches.

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  • Rolf, Dubai

    Sun, Mar 03 2024

    Sanju, Mangalore Wed, Feb 21 2024 Kaale zaale maka gottuna

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  • Roland D Souza, Pejawara

    Sat, Mar 02 2024

    Believe me or not ? No problem.. As per the video footage , priest was going under stress. This created more angerness within himself. Need somekind of advices to our religious brohthers and sisters. This is posssilbe by higher authorities .

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  • Ajay Rebello, Bantwal

    Sat, Mar 02 2024

    Indeed very sad and bad incident which occured during blessing of the house. Moral from this : One should control his anger and anxiety while on public duty. It is not good for our society . In future this may cause one more mess up . Now non catholic community got one more incident to flame up . By investigation or by enquiry nothing will happen. It will drag for days or months or for year(s). Only by mutual understanding among us only these angers can be controlled. The current series of incidents demoralize us . That also during lent season. The diocese took strict action by relieving the priest from all the duties.

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  • Brian Nazareth, Koppa/Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 02 2024

    Violence in any form, by any issues unacceptable... Period. The Church authorities have done well to step in . May be both need to be counselled. The Community needs to step away from another mess

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  • Brendon D Silva, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 02 2024

    Diocese of Mangalore please check the mental/work stress facing by our religious . They need proper consultation and counceling to overcome the issue. Please donot neglect. The video clearly shows father was in utmost angriness. This may be due to abusive taunts used by the elder couples or by workstress as he was alone bound to bless the house . But our old priests who taught us about moral education were well trained for this . Currently due to advanced media and knowledge these kind of issues repeating. Now this incident is trending in National channels and also after Gerosa now its Manela.

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  • John Tauro, M'lore

    Sat, Mar 02 2024

    Indeed very sad and unfortunate incident. Hope the powerful in the society don’t interfere to protect and shield the influential.

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  • Vadiraj Rao, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 02 2024

    The way priest dragging the old man and beating him in the video, the chicken also jumped for the safety.

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  • Mangalore, Bandra

    Sat, Mar 02 2024

    Very Sad

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Sat, Mar 02 2024

    Economic and now social stres is causing increasingly more strife and even religious people are no longer immune unlike in the past. A through enquiry by the church must be conducted so that the larger issues we have to face can be determined.

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  • Sudhir Shetty, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 02 2024

    These kind of incidents gives pain directly to our heart. It should not be repeated anymore..Christians always forgive enemies and ask pardon from god. The vedio is looks like something is fishy and all the four persons dont want truth to come out.

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  • amith, mangalore

    Sun, Mar 03 2024

    Forgive??? just go back to pre independence. They never followed bible....Only used bible to spread religion.....Its high time to follow....

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