Thrissur, Nov 21 (IECurrentAffairs) Catholic Church exposes its own lies and hypocrisy in a calendar printed by the Catholicasabha – a mouthpiece of the institution in the Archdiocese of Thrissur by featuring Bishop Franco Mulakkal accused of raping a 44-year old nun.
The calendar, which is printed and published every year by the Archdiocese features the pictures of bishops.
The 2019 Calendar, recently printed and published features the Catholic Church of India’s most controversial Bishop Franco Mulakkal who is out on conditional bail from the Kerala high court.
The bishop was arrested on accusations of raping a 44-year old nun of the Missionaries of Jesus congregation reportedly over 13-time between 2014 and 2016.
During the course of the investigations, which is still on-going, the Vatican through the Catholic Church of India temporarily relieved the accused rapist of his pastoral duties, giving the impression to the court, investigators and public that since the accused is no longer the bishop, he would not be able to influence the investigations.
The 2019 calendar features the birthdate of Bishop Franco Mulakkal in the month of March, as March 25th is his birthday.
The reason told to sections of the local media for inclusion of an accused rapist in the 2019 Calendar is that the accused is still a bishop even though there is a case against him.
The calendar will be distributed to over 1.5 lakh people in the Thrissur parishes on December 1st. It features 20 prominent bishops.