Rape accused Catholic priest surrenders before court

The 35-year-old priest is accused of abusing a 42-year-old Bangladeshi woman


Kottayam: A Catholic priest accused of raping a Bangladeshi woman has surrendered before a court in Vaikom in the Kottayam district of Kerala.

Father Thomas Thanninilkkumthadathil had gone into hiding after the woman filed a police complaint on February 15.

However, the 35-year-old priest surrendered a day later as police intensified the search.

The Palai diocesan priest appeared before the magistrate in Vaikom with his lawyer. The court remanded him in 14-day judicial custody.

In her complaint, the 42-year-old UK-based Bangladeshi woman alleged that the Syro-Malabar priest raped her after befriending her on Facebook, police said.

The priest allegedly committed the offence after promising that he would marry her. The incident occurred in January when Father Thomas was serving as the vicar of Perumthururth parish near Kaduthuruthy. Pala diocese on February 15 dismissed him from pastoral service and “all stages of priesthood” following the incident.

An explanation was sought from him after summoning him to the diocese on February 13 when the church authorities came to know about his “misconduct”.

The diocese has said it would fully cooperate with the legal action initiated against the priest.

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2 thoughts on “Rape accused Catholic priest surrenders before court

  1. Jose Vettath has rightly assessed the problem. Priests like this person behaves in wicked ways because of defective concept of priesthood and inadequate priestly formation. Fundamentally it is the result of inadequate conversion to Christ. No one expects priests to be perfect. Like others they must face the mystery of evil at work in the world. Priests who truly believe that they are living icons of the eternal priesthood of Christ do not behave as such predators.He is not a priest in the church only ; if he is not a priest every hour of every day his concept of priesthood is deficient and his vulnerability to temptation will grow greater. We do not know whether persons with a different agenda get into seminary.

  2. Jose Vettath has analysed the story rightly. Priests who go astray like this behave in wicked ways because of the defective concept of the priesthood and the inadequate priestly formation. Really it is the result of inadequate conversion to Christ. We do not expect priests to be perfect. Like other members of the Church they must face the mystery of evil at work in the world. But at ordination the priest assumes the person of Christ. He knows that he is not simply a man licensed to do some spiritual service. Priests who truly believe that they are living icons of the eternal priesthood of Christ do not behave like this. The fundamental reality of such behaviour is infidelity to Christ, the eternal bridegroom. The faithful should understand this and can try to work earnestly for good and holy families.

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