18 June, 2021

Kerala Church Scandal: Sin In The Box

A confession in church allegedly resulted in a Kerala woman being sexually exploited for years by priests

Kerala Church Scandal: Sin In The Box

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” —1 John 1:9

Seven are the sacraments, and not least among them is confession. It is a believer’s refuge, to have her sins forgiven and abs­olved. What, then, if the confessional should itself become the seat of sin? Such is the allegation at the crux of a scandal that is simmering in Kerala’s Malankara Orthodox Church. A lay believer claims that his wife’s confessor used the details of a scandalous confession to blackmail her, and that he and several other priests went on to sexually exploit her for years. The ­scandal broke recently when an audio clip of the husband discussing the issue with an official over the telephone went viral on social media. 

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