New York, Nov 6 (IECurrentAffairs) The sexual abuse and harassment bug within the Catholic priests in India have now travelled across the seven seas to reach US with yet another Indian Catholic priest embroiled in a sexual harassment accusation.
Michigan LIVE last week reported that a priest with a Fenton Church had been removed from the facility after complaints made against him that included sexual harassment.
A statement from the Catholic Diocese of Lansing notes the Rev. Mathew Joseph, a priest of the Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament in Kerala, India, was sent back to India after serving one month as a parochial vicar for St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Fenton.
“He was dismissed due to several complaints about his ministry, including a credible allegation of sexual harassment of an adult female,” the statement reads.
Joseph was removed from the church in mid-August.
The Rev. Robert Copeland, the pastor of St. John, said Monday, Oct. 29 that he spoke of the issue to parishioners during Mass this weekend at the church, following the statement issued by the Diocese of Lansing.
Last month Fr John Praveen Kumar Itukulapati who was deputed to serve in South Dakota for 10 years by the Holy Spirit Fathers congregation in Hyderabad was arrested on accusation of sexual abuse with a minor.