Police book Catholic priest on charges of deception

Kozhikode, Nov 27: The police have booked a parish priest under the Thamarassery diocese in North Kerala on the charges of cheating a parishioner with a fake diamond purchase deal.

Joseph Pamplani, the accused priest, was charged under section 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust) and 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of the Indian Penal Code.

Police said Fr. Pamplani, former vicar of St. Mary’s Church, Kattullamala, had allegedly secured around ₹87 lakh from a parishioner with an assurance to make him a partner in the sales of a diamond treasure worth ₹200 crore.

“The case was registered against him on the basis of a complaint filed by Abraham Thomas three months ago and the accused was found absconding after the incident,” said sub-inspector Sanalraj.

He said it was a non-bailable offence and there was also a similar cheating case against him at Kodenchery police station.

On Nov 26, an action council of parishioners held a meeting at Pulloorampara and asked the Thamarassery diocese of the Syro Malabar Church to take disciplinary action against the accused priest.

The action council also alleged that the priest who was absconding after the incident was getting protection from mysterious sources.






(source: The Hindu)

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2 thoughts on “Police book Catholic priest on charges of deception

  1. Gone are the days when the clergy rendered selfless service and sacrificed their lives for the needy. Today’s clergy often fall into the trap of 3 Ws – WEALTH, WINE, WOMAN. In one of the meetings that I conducted for a group of Deacons, one Deacon made a statement – “We will rest only after our ordination”. This one statement speaks volumes of the trend and mindset of the modern-day clergy. Murdering a priest in a Formation House, sexual abuse of women and nuns, misappropriation of money/wealth by the clergy and widespread alcoholism among the clergy must be considered as “warning bells”. The Catholic Church needs to re-look at the Vocation Strategy and Formation Style. The focus must be on the QUALITY and not on the QUANTITY of the clergy.

  2. What is happening to the church in Kerala that we all looked up to? Seems like the time is ripe for a total revolution there. Have these guys made the Father’s House in to a den of thieves?

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