Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Priest's homily provokes brawl

CWN - August 22, 2011

Critics of a controversial priest fought with his defenders inside a Catholic church in Kerela, India, on August 21, forcing police to intervene. Ten people required hospital treatment after the melee.

Father Francis Muthedath, the pastor of St. Mary’s church in Kottekkad, apparently triggered the violence when he criticized parishioners who had lobbied—successfully—to have him transferred out of the parish. The priest referred to his critics as communists, enraging them and provoking fights with other parishioners.

Local police said that they would expect parishioners to keep the peace until next week, when Father Muthedath is leaving the parish.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our April expenses ($26,006 to go):
$35,000.00 $8,994.48
74% 26%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

James Carroll strikes (at the Church) again 0 hours ago
Improving the Church 20 hours ago
Smaller Church, Bigger Faith, 2: The Impact of Grace 22 hours ago
Smaller Church, Bigger Faith? The Problem of the New Evangelization April 14
Significant Items on the Verge of Holy Week April 11

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days