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Indian nun's memoir a lie, alleges ghostwriter
Catholic News ^ | 13 August 2012 | anon

Posted on 08/14/2012 9:19:35 PM PDT by BlackVeil

A former Catholic nun in Kerala, India has run into legal trouble after the ghostwriter of her autobiography disowned the book, describing it as a pack of lies, reports Ucanews.

Mary Chandy, 68 (pictured), who claims to be a former nun of the Daughters of the Presentation of Mary, had written in her book that abortions and sexual harassment were rife within religious congregations in India.

The book, Swasthy [Hail]: The Revelations of Sister Mary Chandy, was released in April and became a best seller in Malyalam, the south Indian state’s native language.

But Jose Pazhookkaran, who assisted Chandy in writing the book, has filed a criminal complaint against her. “I was forced to take such a move after I found that she was never a nun. I was misled by her,” the 46-year-old writer told ucanews.com.

Pazhookkaran said Chandy told him she left the Presentation convent 13 years ago, after a priest tried to sexually abuse her. She narrated several further stories of sexual abuses against nuns in the convent, he said.

“I found the stuff explosive and wrote her biography, but later several people told me that she was only a kitchen maid at the convent,” he added. This accords with the congregation’s earlier insistence that Chandy was never a member.

The Syro-Malabar Church has also investigated the revelations in the book and said her claims were false.

However, Chandy has rejected Pazhookkaran’s claims and says he tried to blackmail her once the book became a success.


TOPICS: History; Religion
KEYWORDS: catholic; fake; memoir; nun
This memoir drew a lot of publicity, when it was first published.
1 posted on 08/14/2012 9:19:46 PM PDT by BlackVeil
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To: narses

Ping.


2 posted on 08/14/2012 9:41:11 PM PDT by BlackVeil
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To: BlackVeil
The book, Swasthy [Hail]: The Revelations of Sister Mary Chandy, was released in April and became a best seller in Malyalam, the south Indian state’s native language.

But Jose Pazhookkaran, who assisted Chandy in writing the book, has filed a criminal complaint against her. “I was forced to take such a move after I found that she was never a nun. I was misled by her,” the 46-year-old writer told ucanews.com.

Pazhookkaran said Chandy told him she left the Presentation convent 13 years ago, after a priest tried to sexually abuse her. She narrated several further stories of sexual abuses against nuns in the convent, he said.

“I found the stuff explosive and wrote her biography, but later several people told me that she was only a kitchen maid at the convent,” he added. This accords with the congregation’s earlier insistence that Chandy was never a member.

Ping for later

3 posted on 08/14/2012 10:12:16 PM PDT by Alex Murphy (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2898271/posts?page=119#119)
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This reminds me of Norma Khouri.


4 posted on 08/14/2012 11:47:42 PM PDT by BlackVeil
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To: BlackVeil
Norma Khouri was exposed for actually leaving Jordan by age three to live in Chicago until age 30 - and then inventing a false biography to write & sell her book to an all to willingly gullible liberal media.

SOUND FAMILIAR?

5 posted on 08/15/2012 3:49:24 AM PDT by drpix
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The Syro-Malabar Catholic Church is one of the eastern rites of the Church. Most of them have left Syria since the fall of the Ottoman empire.


6 posted on 08/15/2012 4:16:51 AM PDT by RadiationRomeo (Step into my mind and glimpse the madness that is me)
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