Kannikadass William Antony

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Kannikadass William Antony
Bishop emeritus of Mysore
DioceseDiocese of Mysore
Appointed25 January 2017
Term ended13 January 2024
PredecessorThomas Anthony Vazhapilly
Ordination18 May 1993
by Ignatius Pinto
Consecration27 February 2017
by Thomas Anthony Vazhapilly
Personal details
Born (1965-02-27) 27 February 1965 (age 59)
DenominationRoman Catholic
Ordination history of
Kannikadass William Antony
Diaconal ordination
Ordained byFrancis Michelappa
Priestly ordination
Ordained byIgnatius Pinto
Date18 May 1993
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorThomas Anthony Vazhapilly
Co-consecratorsBernard Blasius Moras
Anthony Swamy Thomasappa
Date27 February 2017
PlaceCathedral of St. Joseph and St. Philomena, Mysuru

Kannikadass William Antony (born 27 February 1965) is an Indian Roman Catholic prelate, who is currently bishop emeritus of Mysore.

Early life[edit]

Msgr. Antony was born on 27 February 1965 in Pollibetta, Mysore. He was the only son of M. G. Antony and J. Philomena. He completed his primary and secondary education at Good Shepherd School, St. Mary’s School, and St. Philomena’s High School, all located in Mysore.[1]

After completing his secondary education, he entered St. Mary’s Minor Seminary in Bannimantap, Mysore, and simultaneously enrolled at St. Philomena’s College in Mysore. Later, he completed his bachelor's degree in Philosophy and a year of Regency at St. Antony’s Shrine Dornahalli, K. R. Nagar before moving to St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary in Bangalore to pursue his theological studies.

He completed his master’s degree in Canon Law from St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute in Bangalore and also acquired a bachelor's degree in Education and a master's degree in Christianity from the University of Mysore.[2]


In 1992, Antony was ordained as a deacon by Francis Michelappa, the then Bishop of Mysore, and a year later, on 18 May 1993, he was ordained as a priest for the Diocese of Mysore by Ignatius Pinto, the Archbishop Emeritus of Bangalore and the then Bishop of Shimoga.[3]


Fr. Antony was appointed as the Bishop of Mysore on 26 January 2017. He succeeded Bishop Thomas Vazhapilly, who retired after reaching the canonical age of retirement.[1][4] He received his episcopal consecration and was installed on Monday, 27 February 2017 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph and St. Philomena, Mysuru. He has also been actively involved in the education sector, particularly in the development of schools and colleges.[5]

On 7 January 2023, bishop Antony took a period of absence from the Diocese of Mysore. It was announced that the Archbishop Emeritus of Bangalore, Bernard Moras[6] was appointed as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Mysore by the Vatican Dicastery for Evangelization. Archbishop Moras will oversee the diocese until a new bishop is appointed.[7]


Bishop Antony has been at the center of several controversies during his tenure as the leader of the Diocese of Mysore.[8] Accusations of sexual misconduct, corruption, kidnapping, and collusion in murder have all been leveled against him.[9] In 2019, 37 priests in the Mysore diocese wrote to the Vatican demanding Antony’s resignation,[10] citing his fathering of children from various affairs, connections to corrupt officials, and ties to organized crime.[5]

The Holy See launched an investigation in February 2021, which was prompted by the 2019 letter and additional charges from a group of 113 people, including 22 priests. In April 2022, 11 priests and one layperson from the Mysore traveled to New Delhi to plead for Antony’s ouster. In July of the same year, another Mysore priest, Father Gnana Prakash, lodged additional charges against Antony, including complicity in the deaths of four priests who signed the 2019 letter.[11]

Despite the mounting allegations against him, bishop Antony has denied all charges and claimed that some priests were trying to derail his reform efforts.[12] The Vatican placed Antony on administrative leave effective 7 January 2023.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Conference of Catholic Bishops of India CCBI". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Bishop Kannikadass William Antony [Catholic-Hierarchy]". www.catholic-hierarchy.org. Retrieved 5 March 2023.
  4. ^ "Diocese of Mysore, India". GCatholic. Retrieved 8 January 2023.
  5. ^ a b Y Maheswara Reddy (8 June 2020). "37 priests who wrote to Pope about Mysore Bishop transferred". Bangalore Mirror. Retrieved 5 March 2023.
  6. ^ "Apostolic administrator for Diocese of Mysore takes charge". Deccan Herald. 7 January 2023. Retrieved 5 March 2023.
  7. ^ Kumar, T R Sathish (7 January 2023). "Apostolic administrator for Diocese of Mysore takes charge". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 8 January 2023.
  8. ^ AsiaNews.it. "Mysore gets apostolic administrator in lieu of controversial Bishop William". www.asianews.it. Retrieved 5 March 2023.
  9. ^ "Vatican to probe allegations against Mysore bishop". Matters India. 27 February 2021. Retrieved 5 March 2023.
  10. ^ "Mysuru priests accuse Bishop of sexual misconduct, corruption, shoot letter to Pope Francis". India Today. Retrieved 5 March 2023.
  11. ^ CNA. "Cardinal denies cover-up to shield bishop charged with fathering a child". Catholic News Agency. Retrieved 5 March 2023.
  12. ^ "Bishop accused of corruption, fathering child now faces harassment complaint". Crux. Retrieved 5 March 2023.