While Bible does not have any objection to nuns performing the sacrament of confession, why can't they be allowed to perform it for women and children, asks a layman's outfit in Kerala.
The Kerala Catholic Church Reformation Movement (CCRM) held a protest demanding the same, in the wake of incidents of sexual abuses against girls and minors by Christian priests growing in the state.
The group, which endorses reformation in the church held a sit-in dharna outside the Bishop House in Kochi on Sunday to press their demand.
Indulekha Joseph, a member of the outfit, told media that they decided to hold the protest demanding the same, as the reports of sexual abuses taking place in churches across the state coming in a large number, these days.
The protest, which was held in front of the Major Archbishop's House at Marine Drive in Kochi was marked with the presence of women and senior citizens.
Slogans like ‘Let nuns perform the sacrament of confession of women’ and ‘women are afraid of confession booths of priests’ were raised in the protest.
Joseph claimed that Bible "does not say anywhere that the sacrament of confession be done by priests only."
The Kerala Catholic Bishop Council rejected protest claiming that the cause is not at all relevant and those behind the protest want only media attention.
The agitation is just to get media attention and also without understanding the core principles of Holy BibleFr Varghese Vallikatt
He also urged the protesters to take matters regarding churches with much more seriousness.
"We are not rejecting the issue raised by them with contempt. But, there is no seriousness in their demand. They should approach the church matters seriously and study Bible," he added.
Protests against churches in the state increased this month after a minor girl was molested in Kottiyoor in Kannur district allegedly by a Catholic priest