Follow usTwitterFacebook


08 Jun 2016 Articles Comments (8)

The Mass Is Profoundly Biblical

Are Catholics Bible Christians? A Catholic who ponders this question may think, “Well, I know that Protestants call themselves Bible Christians, and Catholics d…

Read more

28 Oct 2015 Middle East - Africa News No comments

Christians in Central-Africa gone Bad, 7 Muslims dead

Central Africa, Pope Francis’ travel destination come November 29th and 30th has in its usual menace recorded yet another devastating event of killing. On Monda…

Read more

28 Sep 2015 News USA No comments

Watch LIVE coverage of Pope's Mass for the World Meeting of Families   Pope Francis will say Mass to conclude the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia this afternoon at …

Read more

27 Sep 2016 Articles Comments (2)

Heaven Isn’t Earned but Hell Is: Salvation, Part II

Let me continue my thoughts about how to deal with Fundamentalists and Evangelicals regarding salvation. As I noted in my previous blog post, Romans 10:9 seems …

Read more

20 May 2016 Articles Comments (1)

Pope Francis’s Commission on Women Deacons: 12 Things to Know and Share

Pope Francis has agreed to create a commission to study the possibility of women deacons. Here are 12 things to know and share. 1. What happened? On…

Read more

25 May 2015 Uncategorized No comments

A crisis in the German church? Synod questionnaire would suggest so

The Synod of Bishops began receiving in April responses to a questionnaire that had been sent to dioceses the world over in preparation for October's Synod on t…

Read more

11 Aug 2016 Articles Comments (4)

Hiroshima and Nagasaki

August 6 and 9 mark the anniversaries of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I’ll be visiting those cities in October, doing research for a book. For…

Read more

17 Oct 2016 News No comments

Venezuelan Fr Arturo Sosa Abascal is named new leader of the Jesuits

He becomes the 30th successor of St Ignatius of Loyola Fr Arturo Sosa Abascal has been voted the next superior general of the Society of Jesus. The Venezuel…

Read more

02 Jun 2015 Articles Q&A No comments

What is the Immaculate Conception? Is the Church’s teaching on the Immaculate Conception biblical?

DISCUSSION: The dogma of the Immaculate Conception, as solemnly defined by Pope Pius IX in 1854, teaches that the most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instant…

Read more
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Priests arrested for Kidnapping and assaulting their own Bishop

The Case of Bishop Prasad Gallela of Cuddapah in India which was reported to be kidnapped and brutally beaten-up on 25th April by unknown criminals have finally been made clear by the Police.

Police in India on Monday arrested 14 people for the kidnapping and beating of a Catholic bishop on April 25, including three of the bishop’s own priests, at least one of whom is believed to have been upset that he was recently denied a requested position in the diocese.

The main culprit charged in the arrest is Father Raja Reddy from Jammalamadugu, located in the diocese of Cuddapah in southern India, which is led by Bishop Prasad Gallela, 54, who is currently recovering from injuries sustained in the kidnapping.

Sources told Crux that Raja Reddy had requested the position of “procurator” in the diocese, which would have allowed him to exercise certain powers in the name of the bishop, but was turned down.

Gallela and his driver were kidnapped on April 25 at a village called Nagasanepalle by a group of persons who showered blows on him, blindfolded and tied him up, and took him to an undisclosed place and demanded a ransom of roughly $75,000.

According to the police investigation, the assailants took away a bag belonging to Gallela containing a small amount of cash, three ATM cards, a silver chain with the bishop’s holy cross, and his iPhone.

From 2000 to 2004, Gallela served as a priest in the diocese of San Angelo, Texas, before returning to India to teach in a local seminary and eventually to become a bishop.

The attackers also kidnapped his driver, Vijay Kumar, in another car, beat him up, and took his ATM cards and used them to withdraw roughly $700 in cash.

Police officials said it was a case of kidnapping for ransom, theft, attempted murder, causing hurt and mischief and criminal conspiracy.

The accused left the bishop and his driver on a highway at about 2 a.m. on April 26, after the bishop agreed to pay roughly $30,000 for their freedom.

Gallela lodged a complaint with the police on April 27, saying that the kidnappers were aged between 25 and 35 years and that the incident had to do with the fallout from recent transfers of pastors working in the diocese.

Raja Reddy, the arrested priest charged with being the central figure in the case, runs an institution called “My Daddy Home” which houses an international school and college. Prior to this incident he was considered a friend of the bishop, recently presenting Gallela with an expensive Innova car on the prelate’s birthday.

When Crux spoke to Gallela on April 30, he said he was “doing well” and was “thankful to God” that he and the driver survived, adding that “the police have informed me that they have found the culprit.”

Gallela also hinted to Crux that his abduction had to do with an “administrative issue.”

“Yes, it is so,” he replied to a query from Crux, but was unwilling to say anything more, stating that the “police will tell.”

Father Anthoniraj Thumma, executive secretary of a local federation of churches, told Crux that the abduction and assault of the bishop was related to “transfers of priests.”

Police also charged that Raja Reddy’s relative, Jeereddy Govardhan Reddy, was the leader of the gang that abducted Gallela. According to The Hindu newspaper, the accused confessed to having made four unsuccessful attempts to kidnap the bishop between April 6 and 15.

Police said they seized five cars, four ATM cards, the $700 drawn from the driver’s ATM card, 14 cell phones, and a pen drive containing a video of an interview of the bishop and his driver while in captivity as part of the arrests.

Before the arrests were made, some observers had linked Gallela’s ordeal with a broader pattern of anti-Christian persecution in India, a situation many local activists say has worsened since the rise to power in 2014 of a national government backed by the country’s militant Hindu nationalist movements.

Four of the accused who initially evaded arrest will be captured soon, a police spokesman said.

As reported by a Crux Contributor
Nirmala Carvalho


1 comment

  1. r.k.d.camil.bernard. Reply

    Jesus save all of ush . God bless you.

Leave a Reply

  1. most read post
  2. Most Commented
  3. Choose Categories