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Paedophile priest’s suspension lifted by Catholic Church

Paedophile priest’s suspension lifted by Catholic Church

The Roman Catholic church has lifted the suspension of a Tamil Nadu priest convicted last year of sexually assaulting a 14 year-old girl in the US more than a decade ago.

The suspension of Rev Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul, above, was lifted after the bishop of the Ootacamund Diocese in Tamil Nadu consulted with church authorities at the Vatican, said Rev Sebastian Selvanathan, a spokesman for the diocese.

Bishop Arulappan Amalraj of Ootacamund (Ooty) had referred Jeyapaul’s case to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and the suspension was lifted on the church body’s advice, he added.

The Vatican declined immediate comment.

Jeyapaul was sent to Minnesota in 2004. He was suspended in 2010 after being charged with sexually assaulting two girls who were both 14 at the time.

Arrested in 2012, Jeyapaul pleaded guilty to molesting one of the teenagers who hasn’t been identified publicly.

Earlier this month, it was widely reported that Catholic bishops were being told in a new training course that they were not obliged to report cases of abuse committed by priests to the authorities. Here, for example, is one report from Times Live in South Africa.

The Catholic League’s Bill Donohue is now claiming that all the reports “distorted” the facts.

A statement by one French monsignor during a training course for new bishops is being interpreted by some major media outlets as if it were an official Vatican document. It is nothing of the sort. In a presentation that he made to some bishops, he contended that the clergy were not required to report suspected abuse cases to the authorities. That, however, was his opinion, and nothing more.

Most of these erroneous reports cited Crux journalist John Allen as their source. He wrote a splendid piece about Msgr. Tony Anatrella’s words to the new bishops. Nowhere, however, did Allen claim that Anatrella’s words amounted to a new Vatican policy or a ‘Vatican document’.

That didn’t stop major media outlets, however, from making such an unfounded leap. UPI, under the headline, ‘Vatican: Bishops not required to report abuse’, declared that ‘A newly released Catholic church document tells bishops they don’t have to report clerical child abuse accusations to the police’.

The Guardian cited Allen, but then went far beyond his Crux article in claiming that Anatrella’s words amounted to ‘the Catholic church’s policy’. Newsweek ran a Reuters article that claimed, ‘The Vatican has told new Catholic bishops that they have no obligation to report clerical child abuse, according to reports’. And Time also distorted Allen’s article, saying Crux was reporting a ‘policy’ in which ‘The Catholic Church is allegedly telling newly-ordained bishops that they have no obligation to report child sexual abuse allegations to law enforcement officials’.

Allen correctly said that the monsignor’s presentation may have been ‘seriously wanting’ in some areas, but he never went beyond that. As Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi subsequently made clear, Anatrella’s words were ‘not in any way – as someone has mistakenly interpreted – a new Vatican document or a new instruction or new ‘guidelines’ for bishops’.

John Allen is not responsible for the irresponsible conclusions drawn by others.

16 responses to “Paedophile priest’s suspension lifted by Catholic Church”

  1. CoastalMaineBird says:

    Not a cult.

    Not a cult.

    Not a cult.

    This is NOT A CULT.

  2. AgentCormac says:

    Usual blather, obfuscation and weasel-worded squirming from Donohue, a man whose unwavering refusal to accept even the slightest misdemeanour by the rcc must surely make him clear frontrunner for the Vatican Apologist of the Century award.

  3. CoastalMaineBird says:

    A statement by one French monsignor during a training course for new bishops is being interpreted by some major media outlets as if it were an official Vatican document. It is nothing of the sort.

    OK, let’s go with this – it is NOT official Vatican policy that bishops avoid reporting sexual abuse to the police.

    It is simply the policy of one French monsignor, training oodles of new bishops that they don’t have to report any sexual abuse that they (ahem) happen to encounter.

    Don’t you feel better now? I know I do…

  4. CoastalMaineBird says:

    The Guardian cited Allen, but then went far beyond his Crux article in claiming that Anatrella’s words amounted to ‘the Catholic church’s policy’.

    “We apologize for the misunderstanding. The person responsible has been sacked.”

    Anatrella’s words were ‘not in any way a new Vatican document
    “We apologize again. Those responsible for sacking the person who has just been sacked, have been sacked.”

    And Time also distorted Allen’s article, saying Crux was reporting a ‘policy’ in which ‘The Catholic Church is allegedly telling newly-ordained bishops that they have no obligation to report child sexual abuse allegations to law enforcement officials’.

    The marketing directors of this cult benevolent organization hired to clean up the public perception that it is a nest of predators, wish it to be known that they have just ben sacked.

  5. Gindy51 says:

    In other words, new pope is the same as the old pope since he is the one who is in charge of this fucking shit house.

  6. Newspaniard says:

    Can you hear the bang, bang, bang of umbrellas going up everywhere in the RCC? OF COURSE it’s not NEW policy. It’s the same policy that has been going on for hundreds of years. New policy, indeed. Does the cancellation of the suspension mean that this priest can go back to kiddie fiddling as is allowed under standard policy?

  7. Broga says:

    Let’s cut the Vatican a bit of slack. They are very short of priests and young men just don’t want to sign up for celibacy. They need an incentive and loosing them amongst children and protecting them when they sexually abuse them is a great attraction. We have to understand the brand new, lovely, PR smart Pope needs this option. Meanwhile, he will kiss lots of children and say how much he cares.

    There is the added bonus that the indoctrinated parents believe the priest, or look the other way, and the child takes the hit. This is the way it always has been done and it continues and will continue. The governments and police forces of countries infested with priests sure as hell don’t care. That is obvious from their inaction.

  8. Trevor Blake says:

    If any other organization or group or club or nation had 1/10th of the record as an international child rape ring that the Roman Catholic Church had, and that organization (etc) were secular, that organization would be made illegal and all members innocent or not hounded for their lifetimes and their children’s lifetimes.

    But because the Roman Catholic Church is a religious organization, they get a pass. Evidence of the child rape is there, evidence that the clergy are guilty is there, evidence that the rapist clergy are sheltered is there, evidence the sheltering is official policy is there, evidence the official policy comes from the Pope is there, and all this evidence is known to the public. But – religion, so all is forgiven.

    Religion is held to the lowest of standards for moral behavior, for science, for charity, for social good. It is the worst of humanity, enshrined. A bucket of sick, a trench of filth, a disease.

  9. Graham Martin-Royle says:

    Religion is held to the lowest of standards

    And fails to reach them.

  10. Rob Andrews says:

    Like any other large company they have to manage their image–they even have a bank.. Minimize the bad through media control.

    If what I saw in Godfather III is near true, then the RCC is really much like any corporation.trying to survive in a world of competition. I recommend the American TV series called “The Borgias”. (Should be on DVD in Europe) shows the RCC of the Renassaince…Oh Man!

    Book:” Public Opinion”.–Walter Lippman (1922).Still in print!

  11. Matthew Carr says:

    “Public Opinion” is available for free in the Kindle edition.

  12. Angela_K says:

    The Teflon coated catholic church: none of the bad stuff seems to stick to them. They have no shame, no sense of guilt nor care about their victims. Looks like business s usual for Nadu.

  13. Vanity Unfair says:

    “Earlier this month, it was widely reported that Catholic bishops were being told in a new training course that they were not obliged to report cases of abuse committed by priests to the authorities.”
    The RCC cannot be held responsible for other organisations’ misreporting of its policies. So, here is a simple way to remove any doubt.
    The Pope should pronounce ex cathedra (Is there any way to write in italics here?) that any catholic priest who receives credible evidence of a crime being committed by any RCC official should report the matter to the civil authority of the area and to the church authority which would immediately restrict the suspect’s movements to the diocese concerned.
    Problem solved.
    I await the Pope’s announcement but not with bated breath.

  14. edwords says:

    I hope the acclaimed movie, “Spotlight’, concerning the Cardinal Law fiasco in Boston years ago, wins some Oscars. Do they dare give them any?

  15. Ellis-e-yum says:

    The polish pope John Paul was carrying on with a married woman. Ok by me. But watch panorama on bbc iplayer and judge for yourself. Better than raping kids. Who knows why rateznburg quit? The rcc is befouled. That’s why frankie is in position. He’s the fixer trying to cover it all up. He may look harmless and goofy, that’s why he was chosen, but he is on a mission.

  16. Cali Ron says:

    Lovers keep loving, haters keep hating, believers keep believing, priest keep preying and the church keeps lying. On and on it goes. Like the bible says, ” “Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not.”Jerimiah 5:21 or as paraphrased by John Heywood in 1546 “There are none so blind as those who will not see. The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know.” So they know the priest are pedophiles and the church lies and protects this felons, yet still they believe. I can hear them now, “thank you father”, for what? For deceiving them, raping their children and taking their money”.

    Trevor Blake: “Religion is held to the lowest of standards for moral behavior, for science, for charity, for social good. It is the worst of humanity, enshrined.” Well said.

    Religion is not the opiate of the masses, it’s the disease that infects the minds of the masses, making them victims of their misplaced, delusional faith in a church that deceives, uses and abuses them and their chilren.