THRISSUR: The priesthood is now considered a profession, rather than a ‘vocational calling’ leading to the degeneration of the about 10 million-strong church in Kerala, said the Metropolitan of Church of the East, Mar Aprem.
The Catholic church in Kerala is being trapped in the snare of sex and misappropriation of funds. The church here is under severe criticism from various corners with the educational institutions under its control allegedly fostering corruption and bribery by taking huge amounts of money for the appointment of teachers and giving admissions to colleges.
A Catholic nun of the Missionaries of Jesus had lodged a complaint with Kuruvilangad police in Kottayam on June 27 alleging that 54-year-old Latin rite Bishop of Jalandhar Diocese Franco Mulakkal had raped her 13 times from 2014-16, besides subjecting her to unnatural sex at Kuruvilangad convent’s hostel.
Addressing the ongoing issues within the church, Aprem, a renowned church historian, said on Sunday that the priesthood in Kerala had become a money-making business. Aprem also said the abolition of celibacy would not be a proper solution for freeing the church from the degeneration connected with woman and money. Aprem said some priests from the Catholic church joined his church for leading a pastoral and married life at the same time.