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Bishop faces protest for residing with adopted daughter

A Catholic bishop, who was stripped of the key religious post for adopting a young woman, faced protests from the locals after he moved to her house to reside there.

india Updated: Mar 30, 2009 15:15 IST

A Catholic bishop, who was stripped of the key religious post for adopting a young woman, faced protests from the locals after he moved to her house to reside there.

Bishop John Thattungal of Kochi diocese was removed from the ecclesiastical job by Pope Benedict XVI in October last after his adoption of the 39-year-old woman sparked-off wide criticism in the Catholic Church.

He had since retired into a church-run ashram in Idukki District, keeping away from the public and media glare.

On Sunday, a television channel carried a report that Thattungal was staying in a bunglow on the outskirts of the town with his adopted daughter.

Following the report, an irate crowd gathered around the house and raised slogans against the bishop.

As the protest went on for long, Thanntungal himself came out of the house and urged the people to remain calm.

The Bishop said that he had come to reside with his adopted daughter as he had no where to go.

He also informed the gathering that he had been summoned by the Vatican for a personal hearing and would be soon leaving for Rome.