Father Shibu Kalamparambil, 40, was defrocked from the Vicentian Congregation after 12 years as a priest. His memoir Oru Vaidikante Hrudayamitha (The Heart of a Priest) was published in 2010.
Why did you decide to write the book?
I had aired my views about the sexual misconduct of priests and financial irregularities many times but they were not willing to correct themselves. So I wrote this book and for four years I showed it to near and dear ones and to those inside the Church. They advised me not to publish it, they said it would be catastrophic. They kept saying that things will be corrected but they never were so I published my book.
What is the Church establishment’s response when a priest makes a complaint?
The complaints are dealt with by the bishops and they influence the laity. If a woman among the laity becomes pregnant because of a priest or a bishop, they build houses or give money to them and hush it up.
What happens when a nun gets pregnant?
A life is not born in the church. When it comes to the nuns, they either make her abort the child or she is sent out of the church. If the nun tries to take it up, then she is ostracised by society.
What about the financial irregularities?
Financial irregularities are rampant. The priest collects money in the name of reconstruction of the church. The laity who come to church donate in good faith. But some of the priests, they never reveal the exact amount to the parishioners...they take their share and hand over the remaining to the church.
Thank you to all those who have taken the trouble to read the article and share their thoughts. Out of the arguments made here, there are two that perhaps need answering. So here they go.
1. The first part of the article compares outcomes (relative percentages of population of the religions concerned) irrespective of the process that led to those outcomes - whether immigration, relatively faster population growth or conversions. This was for two reasons. One, to put the figure of 2.3 per cent in "numerical perspective", as the article itself explained. The second reason was that outcomes are ultimately what the crux of debate is about. The rest of the article in any case dealt with process - or conversions in this case, from both a contemporary and historical perspective.
2. Some commenters have tried to cast doubts on the reliability of Census 2001. Those who do this should bear in mind that Census 2001 was conducted by a BJP government. Considering the extreme importance that BJP gives to this issue, it would be reasonable to expect that IF it had perceived a problem with the methodology that was distorting the numbers, it would have fixed it. As the article mentioned, BJP or BJP-supported governments have been in power for 10 of the last 40 years, or about a quarter of the time, and the only reasonable conclusion one can arrive at is that any misreporting of numbers, real or perceived, would be marginal and hence, not of importance.
To all other arguments made, my answer is the following: Please read the article again, with particular focus on the quotations of Vivekananda and Monier Williams, and the history of the missionary efforts in Bengal and their outcome.
THE FUNDING IN CHURCHES IS WELL ORGANISED. BY THE SIDE OF BROTHERS' LODGE, A CONVENT IS BUILT. BY THE SIDE OF CONVENT, A MATERNITY HOSPITAL IS ESTABLISHED. BY THE SIDE OF MATERNITY HOSPITAL, THERE IS AN ORPHANAGE. BY THE SIDE OF ORPHANAGE, THERE ARE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, A HIGH SCHOOLS AND A VOCATIONAL EDUCATION CENTRES.NUNS CAN SEE THE CHILDREN ALWAYS.
The timing of release of such news/articles/review is suspicious. Do the corporate media have some hidden agenda keeping in mind forth coming elections in Gujrat and other states where isaai votes have almost no impact?
Thanks to Shibus book, a few naive women working in the church ( esp. those planning to quit anyway ), will now learn how to retire rich - 'by becoming naughty with the priests'.
In order to prevent a 'scandal', the Church will then be forced to shell out a fortune to the 'victim'.
The media will never support the version of any male ( whether priest of prince ) anyway.
What about the sexual scandals in Australia, America and Europe? By the churches? Kudos to Outlook, you made me proud for your efforts to bring forth the garbage in the churches, even in India
first of all. do not generalise. there are priests who do this. there are other priests who do just the opposite. its not like india hasnt had its share of swamis who do worse things. and dont comment and give your opinion when you dont know the whole story. remeber we are hearing only one side of the argument. if u know only little about this, then with all due respect., SHUT UP.
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