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Bishop adopts 39-yr-old girl, gets the sack

October 24, 2008 01:10 IST

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A Kerala [Images] bishop who raised a storm following his decision to adopt a 39-year-old woman as his daughter has been suspended.

The order to suspend bishop John Thattunkal of Kochi was issued by Pope Benedict XVI and conveyed to Verapoly Arch Bishop Daniel Acharuparambil, who is the supreme head of the

Latin Catholics in Kerala, and conveyed later this evening.

The Arch Bishop has been appointed as Apostolic administrator of the Kochi Dioceses with full authority, sources close to the Arch Bishop told PTI.

A three-member Bishops council, appointed byAcharuparambil, will probe the allegations against the Bishop and submit its report to the Arch Bishop. The report will then be sent to the Pope.

Thattunkal had two days ago called a special meeting of the priests under his dioceses and apologised for his action.

The priests declined to accept his apology and demanded his resignation.

Thattunkal has mentioned that he was prepared to resign and nullify the adoption, if asked by Vatican. 

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