Church Under Fresh Fire
The Church in Kerala is now reeling under another ‘sexual’ expose following the dark secrets of convent life revealed by Sr. Jesmi.
A new book titled Here is the Heart of a Priest authored by a former priest K P Shibu
who left the Vicentian Congregation after 11 years, is autobiographical and slams the “indulgent and licentious life-style of a section of the clergy”. Writing about his days with the congregation, Shibu (38) alleges, “Homosexuality and adult films had become a part of their lifestyle… a section of priests and nuns were driven by lust for power and money. Mismanagement of funds was also rampant in institutions under the order.”
After listening to the confessions of priests, Shibu claims he concluded that 60% of them had had sexual encounters with nuns, widows, society ladies or other faithful women. “Most celibates indulge in self pleasure,” he writes in one place. There were also those who took advantage of poverty of women, orphans and abused children, alleges the former priest, and says ragging of new comers to the order shamefully prevails in seminaries.
Sister Jesmi’s book, ‘Amen: Autobiography of a Nun’, was similarly critical of convent life.