Controversial Bishop Franco Mulakkal quits as head of Jalandhar diocese

Thiruvananthapuram, Jun 1 (IANS): The controversial Bishop of the Roman Catholic Church's Jalandhar Diocese, Franko Mulakkal, has resigned from the post, the India representative of the Vatican announced on Thursday, but clarified that it was not a disciplinary action.

The statement also said the resignation that Mullakal sought to the Pope has been accepted on June 1 and he has been given the status of Bishop Emeritus.

In a brief video of the Bishop that has now come out, he is shown thanking all those who prayed for him when he went through difficult times and also points out that it was he who had requested that he be allowed to resign as the Bishop of the Jalandhar Diocese.

Trouble started for Mulakkal, who, while serving as Bishop of the Jalandhar Diocese, was accused of raping a nun, who belonged to the Missionaries of Jesus congregation.

During his visits between 2014 and 2016 to Kerala, he was accused of raping the 43-year old nun on 13 occasions.

Later, he was removed from the charge of the Jalandhar diocese.

A complaint was filed against him in June 2018 in Kerala and Mulakkal was arrested on September 21, 2018 on rape charges.

He secured bail on October 16, 2018.

However, on January 14 last year, the trial court at Kottayam which heard the nun rape case exonerated him of all the charges.

Kottayam Additional District Court Judge G.Gopakumar's verdict enabled Mulakkal to walk scot free and it was scenes of joy when there were tears rolling down the cheek of the bishop and he was seen hugging his well wishers who had come in good numbers to hear the verdict.

But the prosecution which was in a state of shock after hearing the acquittal filed an appeal against the verdict at the Kerala High Court and is waiting to be heard.






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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Fri, Jun 02 2023

    This kind of "priest failure" happens usually amongst indo-somalians .. across religions..

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  • Naveen, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 02 2023

    He would have resigned on the 01st day . Now it is too late .

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  • Krishna Dasa, UDUPI,.

    Fri, Jun 02 2023

    I studied in Christen School, We those not seen the rape by the Bishop should not judge. Court has exonerated him and set free so, we should respect court verdict and give benefit of doubt

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  • Anil, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 02 2023

    If not guilty why did he resign his post ?????

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  • Ben D'Souza Prabhu, Mangalore, Bombay Bandra now in Canada

    Fri, Jun 02 2023

    My dear Lord ! You know what is right or otherwise ! Forgive this Contraversial Bishop Franco Mulakkal for whatever UNACCEPTABLE THINGS HE VENTURED INTO Grant him your Pardon Lord ! THANKS !!!

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  • John Tauro, M'lore

    Sun, Jun 04 2023

    At the same time we PRAY TO THE ALMIGHTY GOD TO GRANT JUSTICE TO THE POOR AND WEAK NUN, whose sacrifices and services are easily forgotten by the world.

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  • Don, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 01 2023

    Anyone who violates God's law will burn in Hell, no matter what your position and status is in this evil world.

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  • ca girishkk, valencia/m'lore

    Fri, Jun 02 2023

    Faith on God is good, but if you believe that God will punish and forgive the guilty there could be steep rise in criminal activities as criminals won't fear the God.

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  • jones, Manipal

    Fri, Jun 02 2023

    Christ has already paid the debt of Sin for every man, whoever walks into repentance of Christ will be saved no matter how grave the sin is.

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  • mohan prabhu, mangalore/canada

    Thu, Jun 01 2023

    There are ways around Infallibility, and this was one.

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  • Peter, Bengaluru

    Thu, Jun 01 2023

    Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?” Mathew 23:33. But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” Luke 19:8 The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. Psalm 34:16 The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. Psalm 34:17 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Psalm 34:18 You have been a bad witness to your people. Lord will do the justice to the nuns. All the best my friend, Money and power could protect you in this world. But there is a judge waiting for you to judge, where your money and power does not work.

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Thu, Jun 01 2023

    He shall not be given even Bishop emeritus post. Just sack him and let him get married to anybody.

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  • George, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 01 2023

    Just sacking him is not enough. He should have resigned muc much before. Nowadays justice comes from Supreme court, where as we advocate justice from the aclesisitical parenthisis. He should leave Christianity to give a better perspective to the world. Shame shame

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