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Pope Francis expels Kerala church priest convicted of raping 16-year-old

Syro-Malabar Church priest Robin Vadakkumchery is currently serving a 20-year jail term for raping and impregnating the girl in Mananthavady diocese.

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Kochi: Adheringto a policy of “zero tolerance” for clergy who sexually exploit minors, Pope Francis has expelled a Kerala priest convicted of rape from all priestly duties and rights, according to church officials.

Syro-Malabar Church priest Robin Vadakkumchery is currently serving a jail term for impregnating a 16-year-old girl in Mananthavady diocese.

“Vadakkumchery has been dispensed from the exercise of priestly duties and rights. That means he has been reduced to the state of a layman”, a Church official told PTI.

He was suspended from priestly duties soon after the news about his crime was reported in early 2017.

A POCSO court in Thalassery last year had sentenced Vadakkumchery to 20 years of Rigorous Imprisonment and slapped a fine of Rs three lakh on him.


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3 COMMENTS

  1. Franco has been accused. Let the verdict come. And then the action will come from the Pope. So, don’t jump the gun, George.

  2. Excellent decision. The same verdict should be the most appropriate response to Franco Mulackal, who has been accused of raping a nun working in his jurisdiction.

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