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#ArrestBishopFranco Aftermath: Syro-Malabar Church tramples upon ‘Freedom of Expression’ of Nuns and Priests

Gets strict on ‘Code of Conduct': Especially talking to media

Kochi: In an attempt to silence nuns and priests exposing the ugliness of the Catholic Church leaders and their nefarious, sexual abuse-related crimes, the Kerala-based Syro-Malabar Church has directed its Bishops to take action against those clergy in the Church indulging in acts of indiscipline – such a protests and writing or speaking to media on Church-related matters as this is a violation of Church laws.

According to a circular issued to all diocese and congregations by the Church head Cardinal George Alencherry, the priests and nuns who violate the discipline should be issued show-cause notices first, and disciplinary action initiated against them as per the Canon law if the explanation given by them was not satisfactory.

The new strict focus on the ‘Code of Conduct’ comes at a time, when nuns and priests who fighting for justice for a nun who accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal of rape were targeted by the Church with disciplinary actions and transfer orders.

The church also said the tendency to counter the disciplinary action with the support of media and groups working against the church cannot be accepted.

The priests and nuns have also been directed to take prior permission from their superiors before participating in TV channel discussions interviews to media.

Recently, Sister Lucy Kalapura, a nun under Syro-Malabar church, had been issued notice by her congregation at nearby Aluva for leading a life “against the principles of religious life” after she published poems, bought a car and took part in a protest against Bishop Franco Mulakkal.

The Synod’s direction comes at a time when four of the five nuns who led the agitation against Mulakkal have decided not to obey their superiors order to leave their convent in compliance with a transfer orders.

Bishop Franco Mulakkal is the first Bishop in India to be arrested on accusations of rape and sodomy.

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