Swami Agnivesh writes to Pope against nuns’ transfer

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 23, 2019: Social activist Swami Agnivesh has written to Pope Francis against the transfer of four nuns who had taken part in a protest in Kochi, demanding the arrest of rape-accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal.

He said it was with much expectation and confidence in the Pope’s ‘robust sense of justice’ that he was addressing the letter on the harassment which the sisters of Missionaries of Jesus order in Kerala were being subjected to for the stand they took in solidarity with a fellow nun, who went through harrowing experiences at the hands of bishop Franco Mulakkal.

A copy of the letter was released to PTI here. The four nuns– Sister Alphy Pallasseril, Sister Anupama Kelamangalathuveliyil, Sister Josephine Villoonnickal and Sister Ancitta Urumbil were issued transfer orders by the Mother Superior and this act, which reeks of vindictiveness, was “prima facie, punitive in nature and uncharitable”, he said.

“The people of India respect these nuns for the bold stand they took in serving as a voice in the wilderness, crying for justice for the oppressed victim. I am sure you will agree that it is basic to their devotion to Jesus Christ, who came to uphold Gods justice on earth”.

Agnivesh said it was shocking that the diocese and its religious orders concerned have gone easy on the alleged rapist and was targeting those who stood and struggled for justice for the victim.

The fact that the Roman Catholic Church in India did not respond pro-actively in the matter of the sexual exploitation of a nun has already caused extensive damage to the church’s image in India, he said and urged the Pope to intervene in the matter and defend the nuns from being harrassed.

Keralites, irrespective of their religious identities, rallied round these nuns and stood in solidarity with them throughout their struggle for justice.

There is widespread anger at the injustice being done to them, swami Agnivesh said. The swami said he would be in Kerala later this month and hoped to visit the nuns in person to express solidarity with them.

The four nuns had also written to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan,seeking his intervention to ensure that their transfer orders were not effected till the trial of the case was over.

Meanwhile, another Nun, Lucy Kalapura, who had also taken part in the protest against Franco, Wednesday was served a second notice by the Franciscan Clarist Congregation seeking her explanation by February 6.


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6 thoughts on “Swami Agnivesh writes to Pope against nuns’ transfer

  1. “The truth will set you free” Who knows/will tell us the truth of what really happened? The media channels? The various people who are commenting in various forums? The matter is in the court and I trust our judiciary will do a thorough job to establish the truth. Nothing and no one should impede that process. And it should be speedy as well. Till then can we judge/accuse/condemn/cast aspersions on anyone? Perhaps people are running out of patience. Perhaps with good reason.
    Given the ‘credentials’ of the Pope, I have no doubt he is doing his part in the matter.

  2. Who is teaching catechism to Swamiji is very significant. It will be known to public shortly. The gaint plot makers behind all the artificial mess created will turn on a day as the ever savers of the church…
    Public need to be objective and diligent in judging to acts of the human… Nothing comes without somebody.
    Evil is active even in catholic hierarchy from top to all unimagable sectors.

  3. This is the time to stand for truth and justice. We cannot be mute spectators. Let us all write to the Nuncio in India, the CBCI CRI CCWI AICU etc.

  4. Swami Agnivesh is more Christian than we are. He has devoted his life to working for bonded labour. Many religious sisters from small diocesan congratulations fall in that category.

  5. I sincerely congratulate Swami Agnivesh for the strong stand that he has taken in favour of the transfer of the four sisters, his serious concerns about the accused Bishop Franco and about the lack of pro-activeness on the part of the Roman Catholic Church officials. I am happy to note that he has the guts to write to the Pope about the unpleasant scenario prevalent within the Catholic Church. He is a true Christian who follows the Gospel values.

    Shame on the members of CCBI !!! The sad moment of the Catholic Church in India is that it needs one Swami Agnivesh to raise his voice against the sexual harassment and injustice prevalent within the Church. Where are the priests and religious who speak about justice all the time and in all forums? Where are the Christian Women’s Organizations? Where are the Christian Preachers who preach about justice?

    How long the CCBI is going to protect the accused Bishop Franco? What has the CCBI / CBCI done or doing in the following cases:
    1) An Indian Cardinal who has set up his family (wife and kids).
    2) A Catholic Bishop in North India who impregnated a young nun who was working in his office and made her abort the child.
    3) A Catholic Bishop in South India who was leading a married life, having wife and a son, and who recently resigned.
    4) Catholic priests who have baptized their own children born of illegal sexual relationship with women.
    5) Catholic priests who have sexual relationships with women/nuns, although their bishops and colleagues know about it.
    6) Catholic Bishops and Priests who amass wealth and properties and make their own families become wealthy.
    7) Catholic priests who are alcoholics, chain smokers and also use drugs.
    8) Catholic priests who plotted the murder of a priest in a leading Formation Institute in South India.
    9 Catholic bishops who cannot tolerate their own priests who question them, rather punish and never forgive.
    10) Catholic priests who take revenge against the laity when they question their wrong-doings.

    The more you dig, the more skeletons will come out. This is the pathetic state of the Catholic Church in India.

    I wonder whether the Pope will take the letter of Swami Agnivesh seriously and act on it as he did in the case of Chile. Let God enlighten the Pope.

  6. This is Not a new Development in th e Catholic church. Swami is free to adress th e pope like any other Human being. Th e Catholic church an d th e religious Orders ha v e th eir own disciplinary measures to dea l with such developments. It can not be termed as vindictive .

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