Port Louis, 13 August, 2020 / 10:13 pm (ACI Africa).
The leadership of the Catholic Diocese of Port Louis in Mauritius has, in a statement, reacted to the allegations of sexual assault of a minor by a Missionary Cleric, pledging to fully support the investigations.
“It is through the media that, today August 12, 2020, we learned of a statement made to the police about a minor girl who was allegedly sexually assaulted by Father Vincent Thareparambil, a priest from India,” the Vicar General of Port Louis Diocese, Fr. Jean Maurice Labor, says in a statement published on the diocese’s website.
In the Wednesday, August 12 statement, the Vicar General who also heads the Diocesan Committee on Sexual Abuse says the diocesan authorities had received a similar allegation involving the same Priest and another minor in August 2019 after the Priest had already returned to his native country.
“This missionary priest arrived in Mauritius in 2013 and returned to India in September 2018,” Fr. Jean says and adds, “The allegation received by the diocesan authorities therefore came more than a year after the priest's departure.”
Upon receiving the allegations last August, the Vicar General says, the Local Ordinary, Maurice Cardinal Piat instructed the Diocesan Committee responsible for the management of allegations of sexual assault on minors to conduct an internal investigation, in line with the diocesan protocol.