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Syro-Malabar Church to set up internal committees

Press Trust of India  |  Kochi 

: Hit by controversies, including sexual abuse involving priests, the Kerala-based Syro- has decided to set up internal committees at the diocesan level to create a "safe environment" for all, including children and vulnerable adults.

The decision to implement the "Safe Environment Policy" was taken at the Synod of the Syro-Archiespicoal Church being held here.

This policy is being implemented to ensure safety and security for all, especially children and vulnerable adults, a said.

Claiming that the safety and security for all have already been ensured in parishes, diocese, religious congregations and institutions of the Syro-church, the said that the implementation of new "Safe Environment Policy" would further strengthen it.

According to the policy, representation of the laity should be ensured in the committees being set up in the diocesan level to solve the complaints.

The new policy was evolved on the basis of directives issued by the Vatican, Catholic Bishops Conference of and the Catholic Bishops Council, the said.

The in has been hit by various scandals involving priests recently.

Franco Mulakkal, a senior member of the Roman Catholic clergy in India, was arrested in September amid mounting public outrage over allegations of repeatedly raping and sexually assaulting a nun in

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 20:30 IST
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