• Cherian Thunduparampil Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome
Keywords: penal sanction, medicinal, reprove, punishment, scandal, harm, warning, vigilance, personal sanctity, responsibility, credibility, return.


Church is a community of weak and fragile human beings, including the consecrated – priests and religious. Hence, while holding that most often it is the enemies of the Church from outside, who trigger allegations and accusations against the Church, the author acknowledges that instances of the consecrated themselves causing harm to the Church, have been on the increase, especially in the past two decades. Based on this fact, from a canonical perspective the author pauses certain questions: is there any drawback or failure in the system of rules and regulations meant for the good of the individuals and the community? Do those “who have received from Him the power to bind and loose” (Mt. 16:19; CCEO c. 1401) - the hierarchs and competent superiors - fail in exercising this mandate properly or are they afraid of taking proper decisions and actions at the right time, even when they are aware of scandalous situations and persons involved in them, or is there attempt from the part of the hierarchs to cover up abuses? Do they fail in accompanying their priests? Or is it that the consecrated lack transparency, responsibility and faithfulness to their commitment?

Author Biography

Cherian Thunduparampil, Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome

Cherian Thunduparampil CMI, a professed member of the religious congregation, Carmelites of Mary Immaculate, was born in 1964 and was ordained priest in 1994. He had his doctorate in Oriental Canon Law from PIO, Rome. Having a diploma in the canonization process from the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints in Rome, he serves as the postulator for several causes of beatification and canonization. Presently he is also the procurator general of the CMI congregation in Rome. He also teaches Canon Law in DVK, Bangalore and PIO, Rome. Having previously served the Institute of Oriental Canon Law at DVK as its director, he also serves now as professor and as the founder Editor-in-Chief of this journal - Iustitia.