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MYSURU, India (ChurchMilitant.com) – A priest with a legal report and a historical past of sexual misconduct was enthroned as bishop by Pope Francis in 2017, Church Militant has realized.
Felony proceedings towards Fr. Ok. A. William, which have been pending in a court docket of legislation, have been “suppressed” within the hierarchy’s advice of the priest for the bishopric of Mysore, veteran decide Michael F. Saldanha revealed on Tuesday in a letter to Pope Francis.
The decide named the archbishop of Bangalore, Peter Machado, and cardinal-archbishop of Bombay, Oswald Gracias, as co-conspirators in suppressing details about William’s legal historical past after they really useful him to the Vatican for episcopal promotion.
Since his elevation to the episcopate, Bp. William of Mysore has been accused of murdering 4 monks, kidnapping a 24-year-old married girl, fathering at the least two kids, having 5 mistresses and embezzling diocesan and charity funds.
Assault on Police Constable
In March 2011, Fr. William, who was parish priest of St. Philomena’s Cathedral and dean of Mysore metropolis, bodily assaulted police constable H. Alexander, in accordance with the primary data report filed at Lashkar police station, Mysuru.
Within the FIR obtained by Church Militant, Alexander says he went to the cathedral at round 7:30 p.m. to wish. Whereas getting into, the complainant requested the church’s safety guard why he was pouring water on the cathedral steps — individuals typically sit on the steps within the evenings.
If you don’t signal, you may be excommunicated.
Alexander data the incident in his police criticism:
At that second, Fr. William and his brother-in-law Dickson, who have been standing shut by, got here to the spot, and hastily Fr. William hit me along with his proper fist on my proper eye and requested me, ‘Who’re you to query?’ and threatened, saying that they’d kill me.
Alexander says he was first taken to Ok.R. Hospital and later admitted to the MINDS Hospital for additional therapy. A criticism towards Fr. William was lodged beneath sections 323, 504, 506 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code.
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In Might 2014, Alexander repeated his assertion earlier than the court docket and revealed how William and different “monks on the excessive stage” intimidated him into withdrawing the case. The 51-year-old constable narrated how he was browbeaten:
When you pursue this case, you may have a number of issues, that may spoil our identify — they pressurized [sic] me to come back to an amicable settlement. They pressurized me and took signatures from me on many clean papers: “If you don’t signal, you may be excommunicated, put out of the Church; you may be fined.”
William and his accomplices have been granted bail by paying a sum of 10,000 rupees. The court docket famous that “the alleged offense is bailable in nature” and the accused “are entitled for bail as of proper.”
It was not a petty crime.
Nonetheless, in his letter to the pontiff despatched by way of the workplace of India’s papal nuncio Abp. Leopoldo Girelli, Justice Saldanha defined how “William and his relation have been arrested” and “usually this class of circumstances are [sic] handled as non-bailable.”
“However we’ve got the bizarre state of affairs of the Justice of the Peace granting bail. The extent of extra-legal affect wielded by William is established,” Saldanha, who was rated among the many world’s prime 10 judges by the Worldwide Jurists Affiliation, famous.
“It was not a petty crime, however a case during which the assault by William resulted in an damage that was categorized as ‘deadly.’ The sufferer was in a authorities hospital within the intensive care unit,” the decide pressured.
Twist of Justice
Court docket data obtained by Church Militant doc that Alexander’s criticism was dismissed in November 2018 — 22 months after William’s consecration — as a result of he repeatedly “failed to look earlier than the court docket to proceed with the matter,” regardless of “ample alternative and issuance of discover.”
In a weird twist, William appointed Alexander as his private bodyguard after he grew to become bishop.
“The truth that Alexander was corrupted, is self-evident from the undisputed place that William purchased him over and that he was formally functioning as his private bodyguard, which he’s nonetheless doing and of which there’s irrefutable documentary proof,” Saldanha famous.
“Sabotaging a pending judicial continuing and interfering with the course of justice are cases punishable beneath a collection of provisions beneath the IPC as additionally the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Contempt of Courts Act,” the decide warned.
Church Militant has additionally obtained from diocesan sources a historical past of William’s monetary and sexual misconduct whereas he was a priest.
Father William lasted solely a yr (1993–1994) as assistant parish priest of St. Thomas Church, Thomayarpalyam. Inside six months of his set up, locals warned him to go away due to his “misbehavior with the ladies.”
Parishioners beat William throughout his subsequent posting as assistant parish priest of Our Woman of Lourdes Church, Martalli, (1994–1995) after he “misbehaved with women.”
A dispute with parishioners prevented William from finishing his full time period as parish priest of Our Woman of Lourdes Church, Gundlupet (1995–1996).
Locals warned him to go away due to his ‘misbehavior with the ladies.’
William’s mom pleaded with then-bishop Joseph Roy to “switch him someplace far, in any other case the individuals may kill him.” William was despatched to St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary in Bangalore for a licentiate in canon legislation.
Throughout his tenure as parish priest of Holy Household Church, Hinkal (1998–2003), William impregnated an Anglo-Indian girl. Indignant parishioners attacked the church, and William’s mistress and new child little one have been despatched overseas.
William was on the coronary heart of a number of monetary and sexual scandals from 2003 to 2009, together with benefiting from the sale of church property when he held the place of monetary administrator and chancellor of Mysore diocese.
Comparable scandals erupted when William was appointed parish priest of Mysore cathedral (2009–2015) and, later, parish priest of St. Joseph’s Church, Jayalakshmipuram, and secretary of the Mysore Diocesan Instructional Society (2015–2017).
Second Police Grievance
In 2016, a yr earlier than he was appointed bishop, Dr. J. S. William Menezes filed a police criticism towards William for fraudulently receiving 20 million rupees for the sale of 429 acres of diocesan land and for dishonest and threatening the proprietor.
William was accused beneath the IPC of legal breach of belief (§406), dishonest and dishonestly inducing supply of property (§420), intentional insult with intent to impress breach of the peace (§504) and legal intimidation (§506).
The Vatican ordered William to take a DNA check almost two years in the past.
A number of sources mentioned that William’s predecessor, Bp. Thomas Anthony Vazhapilly, really useful the scandal-plagued priest to the Vatican for promotion to the episcopate as a result of William had obtained whole management of the diocese whereas serving as his chancellor.
“The then-bishop Vazhapilly was often visiting the hospital the place the [assault] sufferer was admitted and the police station in control of the investigation on the related time and can’t plead ignorance as a result of the details have been within the media all around the nation,” Saldanha remarked.
The Code of Canon Legislation (canon 378 §§1–2) requires a candidate for the episcopate to be “excellent in stable religion, good morals, piety, zeal for souls, knowledge, prudence and human virtues, and endowed with different qualities which make him appropriate to meet the workplace in query” and “of excellent popularity.”
Toothless Vatican Probe
In March 2021, a Vatican enquiry fee comprised of three bishops visited Mysore and acquired depositions from 120 people.
A 12-page file containing proof of William’s abuse of workplace; immoral, legal and nefarious actions; false statements; cash transfers; receipt of unaccounted cash; soliciting overseas funds; and doubtful expenditure was submitted to the fee in June.
The fee revisited Mysore in July 2021 and submitted its report back to the papal nuncio within the second week of September 2021. The Vatican ordered William to take a DNA check almost two years in the past, however the bishop has but to conform.
Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Dicastery for Bishops, who was additionally chargeable for William’s appointment, is now going through a lawsuit for sexually assaulting a 23-year-old intern whereas archbishop of Quebec.
Church Militant requested the nuncio’s workplace why the Vatican had did not act or to make public its report on William although a yr had handed because the fee had submitted its findings.
Church Militant additionally contacted Bp. William for remark. There was no response from Girelli or William as of press time.
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