A Jesuit parish priest in Mumbai has apologized for including verses from other religious scriptures in Mass readings after some Catholics protested calling him Anti-Christ. “I realize that the verses were not appropriate as part of the readings of the Mass and I apologize for this. However, to attribute this to the Antichrist is very shocking,” said Father Frazer Mascarenhas, pastor of St Peter’s Church in Bandra, a western suburb of India’s commercial capital, on August 21.
Father Mascarenhas issued a statement explaining his action. “St Peter’s has been making efforts to build human communities in our neighbourhood, as encouraged by the archdiocese. In this context, on the dual feast of the Assumption, and Independence Day, at the traditional Indian liturgy we hold at the 10 am mass, I took the theme, ‘Giving Jesus to the world as Mary did.’”