ECCLESIASTICAL LEGISLATIONS FOR THE PROTECTION OF MINORS AND VULNERABLE PERSONS AGAINST SEXUAL ABUSE AND THEIR IMPLEMENTATION IN INDIAN CHURCH

DEVELOPMENTS AND LIMITATIONS

  • Shiju K. Lavy Bethany Ashram, Trivandrum
Keywords: Abuse of Minors and Vulnerable Persons, Ecclesiastical Legislation on Child Abuse, Grave Delicts, Sexual Abuse, Zero Tolerance

Abstract

Sexual violence against minors is a heinous crime against humanity. The Indian Church along with Universal Church declares zero tolerance to this evil as graviora delicta. Measures to handle such cases sometimes become a failure because of ineffective implementation of the legislation. In this context, the article discusses the developments of ecclesiastical legislations for protection of minors and vulnerable adults and their limitations. The article is divided into five parts: The first part is a terminological explanations of Sexual Abuse of Minors in India; the second part explains the major Ecclesiastical Legislation by the Universal Church; the third part expounds the promulgations of the Indian Church in this regard; the fourth part discusses the limitations and failures of the Indian Church in implementing the guidelines and legislations of the universal and local ecclesiastical bodies; and the last part proposes a few recommendations for effective protection of minors and vulnerable persons in the Indian Church.

Author Biography

Shiju K. Lavy, Bethany Ashram, Trivandrum

Shiju K. Lavy, OIC is a Catholic priest belonging to the Order of the Imitation of Christ (Bethany Ashram) in India. Besides having a licentiate in Oriental Canon Law from the Institute of Oriental Canon Law at Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bengaluru, he holds a Master’s degree in English Literature from Kerala University and bachelor’s Degree in Law (LLB) from Karnataka University. He was rector of the minor seminary (Trivandrum, Kerala), and principal of Bethany Navajeevan School (Vencode, TN). At present, he is rector-in-charge of the major seminary of Bethany Navajeevan Province, Trivandrum and, the resource person and member of the Commission for the Protection of Minors of the province.

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Published
2020-06-30
How to Cite
Lavy, S. K. (2020). ECCLESIASTICAL LEGISLATIONS FOR THE PROTECTION OF MINORS AND VULNERABLE PERSONS AGAINST SEXUAL ABUSE AND THEIR IMPLEMENTATION IN INDIAN CHURCH. Asian Horizons, 14(2), 475-492. Retrieved from http://dvkjournals.in/index.php/ah/article/view/2914