Kochi: Father Augustine Vattoly after Father Kuriakose Kattuthara who was the prominent face of support to the protesting nuns demanding justice for a fellow sister from the Missionaries of Jesus congregation who accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal of rape has been asked to step-down as the Convenor of ’Save Our Sisters’.
The letter was issued by the Ernakulam-Angalamali Archdiocese Apostolic Administrator Mar Jacob Manathodath.
In the latest letter to Fr Vattoly on December 29, Jacob Manathodath pointed out that the Church will neither proceed with a detailed enquiry on Fr Vattoly nor take disciplinary action against him as he has “expressed regret and sought apologies” in his response letter.
“You shall, however, relinquish your position as Convener of SOS. You have already expressed your readiness to do so. You shall not engage further in any activities connected therewith or with the AMT (Archdiocesan Movement for Transparency) or other such associations. You shall not issue statements that will malign the Church and hierarchy. You do understand that such actions hurt our faithful quite deeply,” Mar Jacob Manathodath wrote in the letter.
“You may be able to justify your actions in the light of your convictions. It is equally important that being a priest of the Catholic Church, you respect those in authority and abide by its guidance and directions,” he says.
The Apostolic Administrator also requested Fr Vattoly to “spend a few weeks in prayer to change his mind”.
The Syro Malabar Church had issued a letter to Fr Augustine on November 11, 2018, accusing him of violating various codes of conducts of the Canon law and inciting sedition and hatred against ecclesiastical authorities.