CBCI - Clarification
Sept. 15, 2018
We wish to express our distress regarding the developments connected to the accusations against Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar. Many have been asking why the CBCI is silent on the issue. We wish to reiterate what we have said earlier: The CBCI has no jurisdiction in the issue of individual Bishops. Besides, a police probe is on and one party has also approached the High Court. The law should take its course and once the police file their definitive report after their investigations, the competent Church authorities will definitely make necessary decisions. Silence should in no way be construed as siding with either of the two parties.
We have learnt that certain statements have been attributed to our President Cardinal Oswald Gracias that the Bishop of Jullunder should step down. We wish to clarify that he has made no such statement and wishes to disassociate himself from any such statement. The comments of the spokesperson of the Bombay Archdiocese are his personal comments and to be taken as such.
We pray that the truth will come out and that a just solution will be found. We request prayers for the Church at this difficult time.
Yours Sincerely in Our Lord.
Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, SFX
Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India
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