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Ernakulam, India, Jul 24, 2019 / 06:00 pm (CNA).- Catholic priests are reportedly protesting Pope Francis’ reinstatement of a cardinal who is facing allegations of financial mismanagement and of failing to report the rape of a nun.
Cardinal George Alencherry heads the Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic Church in union with Rome and one of the two main Eastern churches in India.
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An Indian television station aired an audio recording last week that appears to indicate that Alencherry may have been aware of a nun’s claim that a bishop had raped her, before the nun made her public complaint.
The nun in June 2018 accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar of raping her in 2014 and sexually abusing her on multiple occasions over two years.
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In a recorded phone call between the nun and Alencherry, alleged to have taken place before the nun filed her official complaint, Alencherry appears to tell the nun that he will deny knowing anything about the complaint if the police ask about it, and that she should deal with the apostolic nuncio instead of the police.
A Syro-Malabar Church spokesman said in a statement that the nun had not specifically mentioned the sexual assault during their conversation. Alencherry has denied that he recieved any sexual abuse complaints from the nun before she filed her complaint, but admitted that the nun had met him in 2017 and had brought concern to the cardinal but had not mentioned sexual abuse.
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Bishop Mulakkal was formally charged with raping the nun nine times over a two-year period and faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, local authorities announced in April.
The charge sheet against Mulakkal included statements from more than 80 witnesses including a cardinal, three bishops, 11 priests and 25 nuns, according to Indian Catholic group Save our Sisters....
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