Released on conditional bail, Bishop Franco Mulakkal returns to Jalandhar to rousing welcome

Bishop Mulakkal

The Hush Post | 12:30 pm | 2-minute–read

Bishop Franco Mulakkal has returned to Jalandhar, after being released on conditional bail. He was in Kerala jail for 21 days in a rape case filed by a nun. Mulakkal was welcomed by his supporters and also nuns.

He had been dismissed of his pastoral duties by the Vatican. He announced that he would still hold the title of “Bishop of Jalandhar Diocese”. Auxiliary Bishop of Archdiocese Bombay Agnelo Rufino Gracias would only be the administrator.

Bishop Franco said that both of them would be putting up in the Bishop House. He needed the assistance of Bishop Gracias to handle administrative matters. After presiding over the holy mass, he told the mediapersons,“I want to handle my case myself. For this, I need to be physically and mentally free to concentrate on my matters. But I will be attending ceremonies and prayers whenever I will be available. I will be going to Kerala only on alternate Saturdays to appear before the inquiry officer as per the condition in the bail. This will go on for two months or till the filing of chargesheet by the police, whichever is earlier,” he told mediapersons soon after presiding over the holy mass.

As he entered the Bishop House, Bishop Franco first went to the Sacred Heart Church.  He held an hour-long prayer after which he appealed to everyone to participate in a relay fast prayer for him at the Prarthana Bhawan.

A nun had accused Bishop Franco of sexually assaulting her repeatedly between 2014 and 2016. However, the Bishop had dismissed the allegations as “baseless and concocted,” insisting that she levelled those as the Catholic order had rejected her demand for favours.

 

 

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