"It is better to be late than never": The resignation of Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal has brought some relief to supporters of the nun who accused him of rape. But the legal appeal continues and questions remain.
GSR Today - As long as the clergy continue to enjoy the inordinate power that comes with ordination, the vulnerable among the people of God will continue to experience abuse, and nuns are among the most vulnerable.
A court in the southwestern Indian state of Kerala Jan. 14 acquitted Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar in the historic case of the rape of a nun, saying the prosecution failed to prove the charges against him.
With the high-profile trial of a bishop accused of raping a nun 13 times nearing the end, an Indian high court overruled a move to transfer the judge. Critics had called the transfer highly unusual and some alleged that Catholic Church leaders had lobbied for the change.
"This is for your own safety," the judge told Lucy Kalappura. "You have made serious allegations against the vicar. You have admitted yourself that you are subjected to ill-treatment ... It is better to move out."
In the face of pressure and threats, sister supporters of the nun who has accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal of rape are among 83 witnesses testifying in the ongoing trial in Kottayam, Kerala state, in India.