Convent transfers nuns who protested against Bishop Franco Mulakkal

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Kerala, Jan 16: The four nuns from its Missionaries of Jesus convent in Kuravilangad who protested against rape-accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal of the Jalandhar diocese were transferred by the convent in Kerala on Wednesday, January 16.

Sr Alphy Pallasseril, Sr Anupama Kelamangalathuveliyil, Sr Josephine Villoonnickal and Sr Ancitta Urumbil who held an indefinite strike near the Kerala High Court premises in Kochi last year, demanding the arrest of the rape-accused bishop are given transfer orders back to the convents they were previously assigned.

Nuns' protest against Bishop Franco Mulakkal (file photo)

Sr Anupama has been given orders to return to Punjab, Sr Ancitta to Kannur, Kerala, Sr Alphy to Bihar and Sr Josephine to Jharkhand. These nuns since June last year have been staying at the Kuravilangad convent where the victim resides.

The transfer comes a few days after Sister Lucy Kalapura was warned by the convent for ‘attending channel discussions,’ ‘writing articles in non-Christian newspapers,’ and ‘making false accusations’ against the Catholic leadership.

The warning later stated, “Your deeds on 20th September 2018 and on the following days were of most grave external scandal and harm to the Church and the FCC. You went to the Ernakulam High Court junction and participated in the protest held by the SOS Action Council on 20-9-2018 without the permission of your superior.”

Mulakkal was accused of raping a nun belonging to the order of Missionaries of Jesus several times between 2014 and 2016. He was lodged in sub-jail at Pala for three days, before he got bail.


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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Thu, Jan 17 2019

    All religions messed up in Kerala

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  • vasanth kumar, mangalore

    Thu, Jan 17 2019

    2 weeks back, the human chain protest was conducted in kerala in support of women entering shabarimala temple & in the name of equality. in that protest thousands of Christian women also participated. but now they are silent in this issue. cant they want equality in their community also? cant they support this nun? what a double standard? people are only limited to give advice to others & they wont like it in their own home.

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  • Anthony, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 17 2019

    Corrupt leadership. Power is the truth.

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

    Thu, Jan 17 2019

    These Nuns should have gone back to their respective convents long back . Why they are in Kerala? To be beneficiary of Kerala Leftists?

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  • Maxim Alfred Dsouza, Mangaluru

    Thu, Jan 17 2019

    Rapes and child molestations do not harm the church externally but protests seeking justice do. May be church leadership think only the sinners should be pardoned and not the victims or those who stand by the victims.

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  • Alex, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 17 2019

    Your observation is completely against the 3 vows ( not cows ) these nuns have taken in their profession while joining the Convent order ( Chastity, Obedience and Poverty ).
    Of course I do understand there can be a victim or no victim.
    A person is innocent until proven guilty by the judiciary. Dont make any one guilty for any crime, as 3 fingers point you first than the one you point against others.
    Last but not least, how these nuns know that the nun in question is a victim or not for certain, unless, they too did go along with alleged victim, which I am sure, the did not as they are based in a different areas in India.

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  • Aaron, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 17 2019

    Yes. There is no comments from our Christians brothers.All are afraid if they protest or support these nuns they will also face the same fate. Jesus please give justice to the victims.

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  • Clifford, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 16 2019

    Church leaders are suppressing the victim. The justice and equality church speaks about is only limited to paper, nothing practical.

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  • Alwyn, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 16 2019

    A nun is a member of a religious community of women, typically living under vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience in the enclosure of a monastery.[1] Communities of nuns exist in numerous religious traditions, including Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Jainism, and Taoism.

    Within Christianity, women religious, known as nuns or religious sisters, are found in Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran traditions among others. Though the terms are often used interchangeably, nuns historically take solemn vows and live a life of prayer and contemplation in a monastery or convent, while sisters take simple vows[2] and live an active vocation of prayer and charitable works in areas such as education and healthcare. Examples include the monastic Order of Saint Clare founded in 1212 in the Franciscan tradition, or the Missionaries of Charity founded in 1950 by Mother Teresa to care for people living in grave poverty.

    Religious persons must accept God's wish and live accordingly. Hope and pray the nuns who went on the protest will understand the real spiritual life.

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  • Kudla Stories, Kudla

    Wed, Jan 16 2019

    Oh beautiful, well done. So what next ?? You are going to file a sexual harrassment case on these nuns as well ? Supporting a culprit priest is like Jesus asking Jews if anyone didn't sin throw a stone . But except that you aren't Jesus. I hate your principles dear Church.

    Do what Jesus taught you not what you intend to teach Jesus

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  • Alwin, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 16 2019

    It is the internal matter of the convent and it is as per there any need to give importance to such matters and commenting for publicity purpose

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  • Rita, Germany

    Thu, Jan 17 2019

    Alwyn mangalore,this case is no more internal but become external and world wide secret.When a Bishop can commit rape as alleged and got bail,he is not punished ,still practicing as Religious head ,he is denying,then time to bring it out.why should Nuns pay for his sinns?Nuns have not done anything but only protested against it.How many times such things are and were hidden and closed by religious heads.?Victim had to suffer..Best is these nuns should comeout from their attire ,live as lay people. When they go elsewhere too,topic will be not closed and justice is still far away.

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  • Cynthia, kirem, Kirem

    Thu, Jan 17 2019

    Rita you have explained it very well.
    Nuns leave everything and join the convents and live in community. They sacrifice their wishes though they too are human beings.
    In such case, anything that happens internally say for ex. Rape, harassment, torture etc etc. Nuns should tolerate quietly and suffer and should not bring out to the notice of the society according to Alwyn?
    What alwyn would have done if he had to undergo any one of these situations ?
    Everyone has a right to live out of dignity. Speak out humanity wise.
    Other than bishop, if anyone out of our community done this, we would have kept quiet?

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  • Sukesh Shetty, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 17 2019

    Hum kareto balatkar ,aap kareto chamathkar ,what an idea sirji.

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  • Vidisha, Mumbai

    Thu, Jan 17 2019

    What do you mean? Many Christians are protesting and want the Bishop to be punished. Read the comments then you will know. You are sic and communal.

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Thu, Jan 17 2019

    Right Vidisha..when we speak truth, justice, humanity we will get more "dislikes" than the "likes". Shall we name all those who dislike our comment in this news are "franko mulakkal" but in disguise.

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  • HS, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 16 2019

    Nuns or slaves...... There is no freedom in the Kingdom of God? Where are the Human Chains.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Wed, Jan 16 2019

    I wonder don't these nuns have a "legal recourse" to such " autocratic diktats" given by the accused male coterie?????

    IMHO, this is suppression of "women's rights" !!!

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    Wed, Jan 16 2019

    Police, when transferred, do they stay back in the same station even when 'presumably unjustly' transfers? If that was the case, which department will function on the planet.

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  • Sanjeev Kamath, Udupi

    Wed, Jan 16 2019

    Look at the justice!!
    Jesus, these people know not what they are doing! Save them.

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Wed, Jan 16 2019

    Now a days, god is at Mercy of preists, swamis, imams, and most importantly SC's.

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  • Elroy, karkala

    Thu, Jan 17 2019

    God is everywhere. You can bypass all there swami priest or bishops. If you cant be a human then no worship can please God. Commercialization and money power ruling the religions and God is sidelined,

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Thu, Jan 17 2019

    Good comment.. Point to think deeply but still we live like frogs in the well even if we are educated.

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Wed, Jan 16 2019

    Case already pussku.

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