I am religious priest aged 73. I was ordained in 1974. I read the Light of Truth. I like all the articles and in very special manner your articles. Well written.B.M. Britto, Raipur has asked how we should throw out the PM in the next election. May I suggest some topics?1) PM is requesting people to use petrol and diesel once a week. Nice suggestion. Let PM stop going all over the world and spoiling the good name of India in his talks. India is not a poor country. Let us not wash our dirty in public. 2) We don’t need bullet train. He could have appointed Mr Sridharan as Railway Minister. Let PM see that trains are run on time without accident. Let the train under platforms be kept clean. 3) Let PM connect all the rivers in India and share the water. 4) Demonetization is a total failure where former Governor of RBI speaks about his opinion of demonetization. 5) When PM speaks about black money. What does he mean? Does he mean black money in India or abroad. 6) After November 2016 the black money and fake currency that came into RBI were not counted. But 15th of August 2017, when PM spoke where did he get the information? 7) Let PM clean his house – BJP by taking strong action as he promised during the election about MPs and MLAs having criminal cases. Already three years are over, when he is going to act and take strong action. 8) The salary of President, Vice President, Lok saba Speakers, PM, MPs and MLAs is very high as they get so many concessions. They don’t n
Children’s Movement for Civic Awareness (CMCA) was founded in the year 2000 in Bengaluru in India and was registered as a Public Charitable Trust on June 15, 2009. Today CMCA is a pioneer in the field of Citizenship Education in India which is educating children and youth to be knowledgeable citizens who are concerned, thinking and active for an inclusive and sustainable society. CMCA is volunteer driven and is dedicated to sensitizing children and youth to civic and democratic issues thereby improving quality and equality of life. Over the past year alone, CMCA has reached 17,000 children in 9 cities and 28 villages in Karnataka, through 300 volunteers in 300 schools.On 5th Aug 2017, I was invited by LFJS and Vinodini to the CMCA annual festival captioned “Inspiration.” The whole experience was very moving, enjoyable and filled me with a sense of awe and gratitude to God. Nearly a thousand children from over fifteen schools assembled at Birla Matushree Sabhagraha (Auditorium) to celebrate their counterparts who contributed to society and to be inspired through their encouraging stories. Raveena Tandon, Actor and Ambassador of many social initiatives graced the event as chief guest.The occasion saw children share accounts of rescuing child labourers, engaging with the Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC) to have civic amenities improved-Garbage bins installed, streetlights, drainage and water issues fixed and even instances of them standing up against discriminati
Dear Mr. Alphons Kannanthanam,Great to see you elevated to the honourable position of the Central Tourism Minister, a purported gift of Onam Payasam from Mr. Narendra Modi to Keralites. And, not surprisingly, the fulfilment of your long cherished dream!As a super-efficient bureaucrat your talents were noted by the BJP family and wrested you from your Christian and leftist moorings to be part of the Sang Parivar. But, you may soon realise that in Indian politics efficient bureaucracy and political daredevilry are, more often than not, two incongruous bedfellows.While wishing you a merry-go-round tour in your possibly yearlong tourism ministry, it is intriguing to note that you have beatified your new mentor, Narendra Modi, as a good Christian in deed: ‘Modi is doing what a good Christian is supposed to do.’Be sure to get a hundred point treat for your beatifying touch. Along with this clever advocacy, your agenda hidden under your sleeves, and intended by the Modi Parivar, is to perform the hat trick of converting the mind of Keralites towards the Sang Parivar world. More particularly, to charm the Kerala Church as if with the ‘Last Temptation of Christ.’Mr. Kannanthanam, you may have been elated to see even some Church dignitaries edging towards the Onam Payasam. In a highly globalized diplomatic world, they may not be far behind in protecting the interests of their empire. Under the Indian Constitution they have every fundamental right to express
The report that the clergy are the ‘main obstacle’ to Pope Francis’ renewal agenda did not surprise me at all. For some decades now, different observers have been lamenting the sad plight of the Church: she is burdened with incompetent and uncommitted priests and bishops. The people who need to and can take the necessary decisions to improve the situation—our bishops—are afraid to do so. Any thought-out and effective decision to improve the situation will mean that the numbers of those opting for the priestly ministry will go down. This is the last thing that many bishops do not want to happen. They need numbers to keep their institutions going.
Subhash Anand, St. Paul’s School, Bhupalpura, Udaipur
After reading my last letter “Is devotion to Mary and the saints really Christian? – Significance of Luther Martin for Roman Catholics” (Light of Truth, 16–31 August 2017, p. 2), and noting its rhetorical tone, your readers may have some questions. 1. If the Roman Catholic devotion to Mary and the saints is not based on sound foundations, why is it that our bishops and priests still propagate it? 2. Will that letter not disturb the faith of simple people? 3. Why are devotions to Mary and the saints so popular, even in the ‘modern age’? Let me try to answer them as best as I can.A. Different reasons may explain why we, your bishops and priests still propagate devotion to Mary and the other saints. 1. We may be holding on to inadequate theology that is not informed by contemporary biblical studies and historical research. 2. The doctrine of mediation by saints humans reinforces the need of the mediation of priests and bishops. But an historic-critical study of Jesus of Nazareth shows that instituted neither the priesthood nor the hierarchy. 3. We may find popular devotions easy and soft pastoral options. Being engaged in them can provide us an escape from the more difficult and hard pastoral options (helping people to form their conscience, teaching them to pray—as different from saying prayers, etc.). 4. We are happy with an easy religion—novenas, processions, etc. that does not call us to carry the cross: difficult religion—simplicity of life, sharing wi