Month: January 2022

Grave concerns over ‘integrity and mission of the Indian church’ following Kerala abuse scandal cover-up

Church must be an ‘institution that supports justice for the victim’, write Indian women theologians Members of the Indian Women Theologians Forum (IWTF), the Conference of Religious India (CRI) Women’s Section, and “other individuals who are deeply concerned about the integrity and mission of the Indian Church” have written to Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, President of […]

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Priest, Wanted in Sex Scandal, Flees to India

India Abroad (New York)May 24, 2002 The ongoing sex abuse controversy rocking the Catholic Church got a desi touch when Father Sleeva Raju Policetti fled to India. Chicago Archbishop Francis George has asked the priest, ordained in Hyderabad, to return to the US for questioning by the police. Policetti, assistant pastor at the St. Tarcissus […]

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Amid scandal, India’s Eastern Church struggles to impose discipline

Syro-Malabar bishops’ synod threatens canonical action against nuns and priests who speak to media Cardinal George Alencherry, Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church addressing a session of the Jan. 7-18 bishops’ synod. (Photo provided) By Saji Thomas,Kerala | IndiaThe motley crowd of some 200 Indian Catholics clapped and cheered as they set fire to some […]

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Mulakkal verdict leaves nuns more vulnerable to clergy sex abuse

MUMBAI, INDIA — The acquittal of Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar in the rape case filed against him by the former superior general of the diocesan congregation Missionaries of Jesus in June 2018 has shocked — not just her supporters — but many feminists and other right-thinking people in the country. Sisters in Solidarity, the group […]

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Biggest church scam: Bishop, 16 others booked for Rs 10,000 crores fraud

Prayagraj: A case of forgery has been registered against Church of North India (CNI) Bishop Peter Baldev and 16 others for allegedly selling church property worth Rs 10,000 crore in a case that could prove to be one of the biggest church scams in the country. The case has been registered at Civil Lines police […]

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IT dept seizes Rs 5 cr from Believers church; claims Rs 6000 cr received as foreign aid……

Kochi: The Income Tax department has uncovered a huge financial scam under the Believers Church. In the raid carried out at the offices in Delhi and Kerala, the department seized Rs 5 cr on Thursday. According to the primary assumption of the IT department, Believers Church has received Rs 6000 cr aid from foreign countries […]

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Fact-check: Was Rs 7k crore seized from Kerala’s Believers Church in IT raids last year?

A viral claim suggests that Rs 7,000 crore was recovered from Believers Eastern Church in Kerala during Income Tax raids. An image of bundles of currency notes on a table has been shared to support the claim. Alt News has received multiple verification requests on its WhatsApp helpline number (+91 76000 11160) and official mobile […]

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Nun vs. bishop — rape accusation rocks India’s Catholic Church

Nuns hold placards during a protest demanding justice after an alleged sexual assault of a nun by a bishop in Kochi, in the southern state of Kerala, India, Sept. 13, 2018. The placards read in Malayalam, “Why is the government silent?”, “Police, do justice” and “Our lives are threatened.” REUTERS/Sivaram V (SIVARAM V/Reuters) NEW DELHI […]

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India Catholic Cardinal Oswald Gracias ‘failed abuse victims’

One of the Catholic Church’s most senior cardinals has admitted that he could have better handled sexual abuse allegations that were brought to him. Oswald Gracias, the Archbishop of Mumbai is one of four men organising a major Vatican conference on child abuse this week. We found two separate cases where the cardinal, who is […]

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The Indian scandal no one wants to talk about: Decades of nuns being abused by Catholic priests

The few nuns who have spoken out receive hate mail. But they insist they are not out to harm the church KURAVILANGAD, India — The stories spill out in the sitting rooms of Catholic convents, where portraits of Jesus keep watch and fans spin quietly overhead. They spill out in church meeting halls bathed in […]

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