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Pope bars bishop for adoption … What was that again …!


The Telegraph – Calcutta (Kolkata) | Nation | Pope bars bishop for adoption

Pope Benedict XVI has suspended a Kerala bishop for adopting an unmarried woman in violation of canon law and ordered a three-member panel to probe all the charges against him.

The Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council spokesperson, Fr Stephen Alathara, said Kochi bishop John Thattungal today received a papal decree asking him to hand over charge to his immediate senior, Archbishop Daniel Acharuparampil.

Bishop Thattungal, 58, had adopted Sonia, 26, as his spiritual daughter at the office of the sub-registrar in Mattancherry on September 15. The woman spent a few days at the guest house on the premises of Bishop’s House. A priest of the Orthodox Church who had adopted Sonia as a child was also with her at the guest house.

Archbishop Acharuparampil will hold charge of the Kochi diocese during the probe.

The Holy See action came on a report submitted by its representative in New Delhi, Archbishop Pedro Lopez Quintana.

The Vatican is a Nation

The Indian Government allows a foreign Government (Vatican is a country), to interfere in the religious matters of Indians? I thought the Indian Government is here to protect Indians. What gives the Holy See the right to impose their will on Indian Christians? Would the Indian Government accept if the Grand Mufti were to issue fatwas to Indian Muslims …!Would the EU accept that …

He who pays the piper calls the tune …

Because foreign Christians fund the missionaries, they are calling the tune …. I thought there wre strict laws against this …

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  1. Galeo Rhinus
    October 25, 2008 at 12:33 am

    I fully share your outrage.

    This is insane!

  2. anyone
    October 25, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    “What gives the Holy See the right to impose their will on Indian Christians”

    First off, they are catholics.
    Religion is a private matter and the bishop is free to choose whoever he wants to follow. No one forced him to follow the pope. what has govt to do with it ?

    Next, you will post about how sishyas are enslaved by their guru.

    The line about celibacy should have clued you that she might not have been his daughter. I hope the tubelight in you head glows now.

  3. October 25, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Like I said, if the Grand Mufti of the Al Ahram mosque did that, His Holiness would see crimson …

    Secondly, the Vatican has a long history of being political.

    Religion, I thought also meant freedom. Celibacy, again I thought was personal decision. How can any ‘foreign authority’ decide personal matters of Indians?

    If the Bishop has done something unacceptable, his ‘flock’ will surely let him know. How is it that a ‘head of a foreign state’ interferes in the private life of an Indian citizen?

  4. Galeo Rhinus
    October 26, 2008 at 1:05 am

    If an american muslim adopted someone according to his choice following american law. Does a mullah in Saudi Arabia have the authority (moral or legal) to restrict it?

    Could he? Should he?

    Why the naivette? Why a double standard for India? Simply because Indic ideals do not force dogma on others does that mean that Indians (Christian or not) should accept foreign dogmas?

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