Pope following Franco Mulakkal case : Cardinal Gracias


Rome: Archbishop of Bombay Oswald Cardinal Gracias has said that Pope Francis is closely following the developments in the case of Jalandhar bishop Franco Mulakkal who has been arrested for allegedly raping a nun multiple times over two years.

Cardinal Gracias, who is the president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) issued the statement on October 5 from Rome where he is participating in the Synod of Bishops on Youth.

” The Pope is awaiting the results of the police investigation. We reiterated our confidence in the judicial system of India and trust that the full truth will emerge and justice will be done for all,” he wrote.

Other Indian cardinals attending the meet include George Alencherry and Basilios Cleemis. They met with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, secretary of state, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, and Cardinal Leonardo Santri, prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches to share their thoughts on the matter of Bishop Mulakkal.

“At this time our hearts and minds are with our people and we pray especially for all involved in the case. We expect that the present Synod of Bishops will result in a revitalization of our apostolate to young people, and bring fresh life and vigour to all our Churches,” Cardinal Gracias wrote.

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3 thoughts on “Pope following Franco Mulakkal case : Cardinal Gracias

  1. The Bishop is not sentenced to jail. He is in judicial custody. It is not punishment. We must respect the law which presumes an accused to be innocent until proven guilty. The truth shall prevail when all factors of the case will be brought into the open in the court.

  2. A priest has commented “I am of the opinion that the media and the dissident group of women have played a big drama to tarnish the face of the Catholic Church.” My questions to the priest is: Have the Police and the Court (who found strong evidences against the accused bishop and sentenced him to Jail and even refused to grant him bail) also played drama? Is the rape/sexual abuse by the accused also a drama? Was the massive protest against the accused bishop also a drama? The clergy MUST CHANGE the “I am OK and you are not OK” attitude.

  3. I have always subscribed to the opinion that Cardinal Gracias has played an important role in the Mullackal case. Now let the investigation and judicial process go through unhindered.

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