Tape casts doubt on cardinal’s denial he was told of rape accusation against bishop

Crux | 7/20/2018 | Staff
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An audio recording of a conversation between a Catholic cardinal in India and a nun who has accused a bishop of rape seems to verify the cleric knew of the alleged sexual assault earlier than he later claimed to the authorities.

The 4-minute recording was broadcast by an Indian television station on Thursday, and in it Cardinal George Alencherry, the head of the eastern rite Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, can be heard conversing with the 43-year-old nun.

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She has accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal of the Latin rite Diocese of Jalandhar of sexually assaulting her several times, which the bishop has vehemently denied.

The nun went to the police on June 29 with her accusations and submitted a 72-page statement. According to police reports, the nun produced documentation and other evidence for her case. Police authorities said she provided details of 13 instances when she was allegedly abused by the accused from 2014-2016.

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She also said she told Alencherry about the abuse six months ago.

Jalandhar is in India’s northwestern Punjab state. Alencherry and the nun making the accusation are from the southern state of Kerala, a center of Indian Christianity.

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The nun is a member of the Punjab-based Missionaries of Jesus religious congregation.

In the recording, the cardinal can be heard saying, “If she was abused then it’s really bad” and “if she has been subjected to this, then it’s not correct.”

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The cardinal had been interviewed by the police on Wednesday, and the nun’s brother - who is also a priest - said the family released the recording to the media because Alencherry “wasn’t speaking the truth.”

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