RedTracker| In a new sex abuse case filed against the Vatican, lawyers want a priest in India returned to the US to stand trial for molesting two Minnesota girls six years ago.
The case took place exclusively during the papacy of Pope Benedict XVI and after the procedures for pressing cases against priests were put in place.
In 2006, the Vatican recommended that the priest simply be monitored, a documents shows. This documents seems to contradict the following statement from the Vatican:
Because of the shortage in Catholic priests, the Rev. Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul, was working temporarily in the Diocese of Crookston, Minn. Father Jeyapaul ministered to three parishes simultaneously in Crookston, where he was accused of misappropriating church funds as well as sexual abuse. Read on Priest Charged in US Is Still Serving in India via NYTimes
A lawyer for the Holy See said in a statement that the Vatican had recommended that the priest be defrocked, but that canon law specifies that the decision rests with the local bishop. The bishop in India sentenced the priest to a year of prayer in a monastery rather than seeking his removal from the priesthood, according to documents and interviews. via NYTimes