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Soul and Vision
Sept. & Oct. 2014, Volume 06, No.09&10
The first Internet info.for overseas Evangelists

Letters to Editor

Year 2010 !
Birth centenary of St.Alphonsa
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sImtfmWnse IdpØ amXmhv

It Possible?

{]hmkn t{]jnXcpsS {]Ya C≥d¿s\‰v
hm¿Ømam[yaw
Estd. January 2009.

Provisional translation of Pope Francis' address at the closing of the Synod:
Vatican Radio’s provisional translation of Pope Francis’ address to the
Synod Fathers:
Dear Eminences, Excellencies, Brothers and Sisters,

A journey where the stronger feel compelled to help the less strong,
where the more experienced are led to serve others, even through confrontations. And since it is a journey of human beings, with the consolations there were also moments of desolation, of tensions and
temptations, of which a few possibilities could be mentioned:

With a heart full of appreciation and gratitude I want to thank, along
with you, the Lord who has accompanied and guided us in the past – One, a temptation to hostile inflexibility, that is, wanting to close
days, with the light of the Holy Spirit.
oneself within the written word, (the letter) and not allowing oneself
to be surprised by God, by the God of surprises, (the spirit); within the
From the heart I thank Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General law, within the certitude of what we know and not of what we still
of the Synod, Bishop Fabio Fabene, under-secretary, and with them I need to learn and to achieve. From the time of Christ, it is the temptthank the Relators, Cardinal Peter Erdo, who has worked so much in ation of the zealous, of the scrupulous, of the solicitous and of the sothese days of family mourning, and the Special Secretary Bishop called – today – “traditionalists” and also of the intellectuals.
Bruno Forte, the three President delegates, the transcribers, the consultors, the translators and the unknown workers, all those who have The temptation to a destructive tendency to goodness [it. buonismo],
worked with true fidelity and total dedication behind the scenes and that in the name of a deceptive mercy binds the wounds without first
without rest. Thank you so much from the heart.
curing them and treating them; that treats the symptoms and not the
causes and the roots. It is the temptation of the “do-gooders,” of the
I thank all of you as well, dear Synod fathers, Fraternal Delegates, fearful, and also of the so-called “progressives and liberals.”
Auditors, and Assessors, for your active and fruitful participation. I
will keep you in prayer asking the Lord to reward you with the abund- The temptation to transform stones into bread to break the long, heavy,
ance of His gifts of grace!
and painful fast (cf. Lk 4:1-4); and also to transform the bread into a
I can happily say that – with a spirit of collegiality and of synodality – stone and cast it against the sinners, the weak, and the sick (cf Jn 8:7),
we have truly lived the experience of “Synod,” a path of solidarity, a that is, to transform it into unbearable burdens (Lk 11:46).
“journey together.”
And it has been “a journey” – and like every journey there were mo- The temptation to come down off the Cross, to please the people, and
ments of running fast, as if wanting to conquer time and reach the goal not stay there, in order to fulfil the will of the Father; to bow down to
as soon as possible; other moments of fatigue, as if wanting to say a worldly spirit instead of purifying it and bending it to the Spirit of
“enough”; other moments of enthusiasm and ardour. There were mo- God.
ments of profound consolation listening to the testimony of true
pastors, who wisely carry in their hearts the joys and the tears of their The temptation to neglect the “depositum fidei” [the deposit of faith],
faithful people. Moments of consolation and grace and comfort hear- not thinking of themselves as guardians but as owners or masters
ing the testimonies of the families who have participated in the Synod [of it]; or, on the other hand, the temptation to neglect reality, making
and have shared with us the beauty and the joy of their married life.
use of meticulous language and a language of smoothing to say so
- Contd. on next col.
- Contd. on next page, col. 2.

CONTENTS.

Page

2. Pope Francis should restore Hans Kung’s credentials as

a Catholic Teacher, says Association of Catholic Priests..............02
3. TEACHERS' DAY MUSING, by Sr. (Dr.) Mudita Sodder...............03
4. Catholic Bishops Veto Gay-Friendly Statements Leaving
Pope Francis the Loser, by Lizzy Davies – The Guardian...........04
5. Forming Priests for Mission! Is It Possible?
Fr. (Prof.) Subhash Anand .................................................................05
6. “reconversions” in Uttar Pradesh, as promised Raising the
temperature in rural India,by Dr. John Dayal....................................06
7. INDIAN CATHOLICS PRO-ACTIVE FOR FAMILY SYNOD
By Chhotebhai.............. .......................................................................07
8. MARY: MOTHER, MEDIATRIX, MAGNIFICAT
Fr. Cedric Prakash sj ..........................................................................08
9. AGING AND COMPETITION, By Francis Lobo...........................09
10. “No compulsion” statement By Archbishop of Faridabad
Eparchy.-Jose paul (Delhi)...................................................................09
11. SYRO-MALABAR LITURGY TODAY, - Fr. A. AdappurS.J........10
12. POWER AS LIBERATING AND TRANSFORMING
- Judith Siqueira .................................................................................12
13. CBCI-OJPD Message for the International Day
of Peace - 2014. By Rev Dr. Charles Irudayam..............................12
14. Letters to Editor........................................................................... ....13

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Pope Francis should restore Hans Kung’s credentials as
a Catholic Teacher, says Association of Catholic Priests
[Prof. Dr. Hans Kung is a remarkable man. Now in
his mideighties, the famous theologian continues to
write and publish books, and to play a significant
part in Catholic Church debate.]

Prof. Dr. Hans Kung

Pope Francis should restore Hans Kung’s credentials as a Catholic Teacher, writes Association
Of Catholic Priests

This week saw the English publication of Hans Kung’s book ‘Can we
save the Catholic Church? Now in his mid-eighties, a prophetic voice
in the Church during and since the Vatican Council, Kung continues
his critical analysis of the Church he has been faithful to all his life.
This latest book, one in a long line of publications over the years by
Kung, is incisive and sharp, as is so much of his writing. It is also a
very accessible read. He examines, over a text running to some 350
pages, the historical background detail that precedes our present circumstances.
Much of his criticism surrounds the absolutist-centralist position of
the papacy and the evident need for the collegiality propounded by the
Council to become a reality. He refers to Karl Rahner’s interview published in 1990, “Faith in a Wintry Season”, published some six years
after his death in ‘84. In this interview Rahner described the Church as
having fallen in to a “Wintry Season”, an apt description of the early
years of John Paul II and in the years that followed his pontificate and
that of Benedict, the gradual wind-back of the vision that sparkled in
expectancy with the conclusion of the Council, continued apace.

Provisional translation of Pope Francis' address...
- Continuation from page 1
many things and to say nothing! They call them “byzantinisms,” I
think, these things…
Dear brothers and sisters, the temptations must not frighten or disconcert us, or even discourage us, because no disciple is greater
than his master; so if Jesus Himself was tempted – and even called
Beelzebul (cf. Mt 12:24) – Hisdisciples should not expect better treatment.
Personally I would be very worried and saddened if it were not for
these temptations and these animated discussions; this movement of
the spirits, as St Ignatius called it (Spiritual Exercises, 6), if all were
in a state of agreement, or silent in a false and quietist peace. Instead,
I have seen and I have heard – with joy and appreciation – speeches
and interventions full of faith, of pastoral and doctrinal zeal, of wisdom, of frankness and of courage: and of parresia. And I have felt that
what was set before our eyes was the good of the Church, of families,
and the “supreme law,” the “good of souls” (cf. Can. 1752). And this
always – we have said it here, in the Hall – without ever putting into
question the fundamental truths of the Sacrament of marriage: the indissolubility, the unity, the faithfulness, the fruitfulness, that openness
to life (cf. Cann. 1055, 1056; and Gaudium et spes, 48).

And this is the Church, the vineyard of the Lord, the fertile Mother
and the caring Teacher, who is not afraid to roll up her sleeves to pour
oil and wine on people’s wound; who doesn’t see humanity as a house
of glass to judge or categorize people. This is the Church, One, Holy,
Catholic, Apostolic and composed of sinners, needful of God’s mercy.
Kung later refers to his own Open Letter to the Bishops published in This is the Church, the true bride of Christ, who seeks to be faithful to
2010. He received not a single response to his statement of concern. her spouse and to her doctrine. It is the Church that is not afraid to eat
He writes “Not only was there no positive reaction, but also no nega- and drink with prostitutes and publicans. The Church that has the
tive reaction, only complete and utter silence”. Had Kung become so doors wide open to receive the needy, the penitent, and not only the
much of an outcast that no one dare comment for fear of association? just or those who believe they are perfect! The Church that is not
Read his letter again and you will appreciate the words of someone ashamed of the fallen brother and pretends not to see him, but on the
deeply concerned with the integrity of the Church. In the last interview contrary feels involved and almost obliged to lift him up and to engiven by Cardinal Martini, and published posthumously, he spoke of courage him to take up the journey again and accompany him toward
the Church being 200 years behind times. Why can’t we listen to pro- a definitive encounter with her Spouse, in the heavenly Jerusalem.
The is the Church, our Mother! And when the Church, in the variety
phets whilst they are still alive?
of her charisms, expresses herself in communion, she cannot err: it is
This latest critique by Hans Kung is at times a painful read, for he hon- the beauty and the strength of the sensus fidei, of that supernatural
estly confronts the Church as it is and yet lays out a future that contin- sense of the faith which is bestowed by the Holy Spirit so that, togethues the Gospel mission of the Church if only we recognize our present er, we can all enter into the heart of the Gospel and learn to follow
reality and respond to it. The English edition of this book was publish- Jesus in our life. And this should never be seen as a source of coned by William Collins on October 10th, a year to the day since the fusion and discord.
gathering at Heythrop College that established “A Call for Action”
Many commentators, or people who talk, have imagined that they see
here in the UK (www.acalltoaction.org.uk).
a disputatious Church where one part is against the other, doubting
Over the period of months since that meeting, ACTA has established even the Holy Spirit, the true promoter and guarantor of the unity and
itself as a concerned group within the Church in the UK and support harmony of the Church – the Holy Spirit who throughout history has
continues to grow. With the inspirational hope engendered in the always guided the barque, through her Ministers, even when the sea
Church by Francis, may be we are now entering a period of real dia- was rough and choppy, and the ministers unfaithful and sinners.
logue and that a pilgrim Church will thrive in a new landscape.
And, as I have dared to tell you , [as] I told you from the beginning of
Kung’s book is a serious and valued contribution to our current discus- the Synod, it was necessary to live through all this with tranquillity,
sions. This publication deserves a wide audience in the English speak- and with interior peace, so that the Synod would take place cum Petro
ing world. A most significant and charitable action towards Kung and sub Petro (with Peter and under Peter), and the presence of the
would be for Francis to restore Kung’s credentials as a Catholic Teach- Pope is the guarantee of it all.
er who, throughout these difficult years has remained a priest in good
standing. The restoration of Teilhard de Chardin only came after his We will speak a little bit about the Pope, now, in relation to the Bishops [laughing]. So, the duty of the Pope is that of guaranteeing the
death. It would be a pity if history were to repeat itself.
u
unity of the Church; it is that of reminding the faithful of their duty to
faithfully follow the Gospel of Christ; it is that of reminding the pasCanon 212 §3
tors that their first duty is to nourish the flock – to nourish the flock –
“According to the knowledge, competence, and prestige which [the laity]
that the Lord has entrusted to them, and to seek to welcome – with
possess, they have the right and even at times the duty to manifest to the
fatherly care and mercy, and without false fears – the lost sheep. I
sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the
made a mistake here. I said welcome: [rather] to go out and find them.
Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian
faithful, without prejudice to the integrity of faith and morals, with reverence toward their pastors, and attentive to common advantage and the
dignity of persons.”

His duty is to remind everyone that authority in the Church is a ser- Contd. on next page, col.2.

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TEACHERS' DAY MUSING - Sr. (Dr.) Mudita Sodder

Provisional translation of Pope Francis' address...
- Continuation from page 2

[Sr. (Dr.) Mudita Menona Sodder RSCJ is a Religious of the
Sacred Heart of Jesus.She is an Educationist, a lover of the
Environment and stands for Women's issues. ]

Celebrating the birthday of the great philosopher, educationist and ex-President of India Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan on 5th September every year, now known as
Teacher's Day is very gratifying. Aren't we all teachers,
drawing out or bringing forth the best from all those we encounter?
Let me begin with a story. Chhotu was a poor village lad, who had the
good fortune of attending a fairly affluent school. It was 4th September
the eve of Teachers' Day and the whole class was busy buying expensive gifts for the teacher. Chhotu was a well adjusted boy and so was
content with giving the teacher the best he had. He went into his
father's field and plucked the choicest and the biggest red pumpkin.
The next day Chhotu proudly carried the huge red pumpkin - his prize
gift to the school and gave it to his teacher. The teacher invited the
whole class to her home for dinner that night. Chhotu could hardly
wait for the hour.

vice, as Pope Benedict XVI clearly explained, with words I cite
verbatim: “The Church is called and commits herself to exercise this
kind of authority which is service and exercises it not in her own
name, but in the name of Jesus Christ… through the Pastors of the
Church, in fact: it is he who guides, protects and corrects them, because he loves them deeply. But the Lord Jesus, the supreme Shepherd
of our souls, has willed that the Apostolic College, today the Bishops,
in communion with the Successor of Peter… to participate in his mission of taking care of God’s People, of educating them in the faith and
of guiding, inspiring and sustaining the Christian community, or, as
the Council puts it, ‘to see to it… that each member of the faithful
shall be led in the Holy Spirit to the full development of his own vocation in accordance with Gospel preaching, and to sincere and active
charity’ and to exercise that liberty with which Christ has set us free
(cf. Presbyterorum Ordinis, 6)… and it is through us,” Pope Benedict
continues, “that the Lord reaches souls, instructs, guards and guides
them. St Augustine, in his Commentary on the Gospel of St John,
says: ‘let it therefore be a commitment of love to feed the flock of the
Lord’ (cf. 123, 5); this is the supreme rule of conduct for the ministers
of God, an unconditional love, like that of the Good Shepherd, full of
joy, given to all, attentive to those close to us and solicitous for those
who are distant (cf. St Augustine, Discourse 340, 1; Discourse 46, 15),
gentle towards the weakest, the little ones, the simple, the sinners, to
manifest the infinite mercy of God with the reassuring words of hope
(cf. ibid., Epistle, 95, 1).”

He knocked at the door and was welcomed in. All around the room
were displayed the costly gifts of the other boys. Chhotu looked
around for his “Bhopala” (red pumpkin). His heart sank. The teacher
perhaps did not like his gift and so had not put it out. Dinner began.
Chhotu was silent and upset. All along the teacher spoke of the prize
dish which would only come out for dessert. Everybody waited eagerly
smacking their lips.
So, the Church is Christ’s – she is His bride – and all the bishops, in
communion with the Successor of Peter, have the task and the duty of
A huge dish with delicious pumpkin was brought out. The teacher had guarding her and serving her, not as masters but as servants. The Pope,
cut up the pumpkin and made a lovely tasty halwa (pudding). She was in this context, is not the supreme lord but rather the supreme servant–
moved to tears and praised Chhotu for the largesse of his heart. Chhotu the “servant of the servants of God”; the guarantor of the obedience
was delighted and all enjoyed the halwa. Some people come into our and the conformity of the Church to the will of God, to the Gospel of
lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while and leave footprints on our Christ, and to the Tradition of the Church, putting aside every personhearts and we are never, ever the same. Chhotu had, had left an indeli- al whim, despite being – by the will of Christ Himself – the “supreme
ble imprint on the heart of his teacher.
Pastor and Teacher of all the faithful” (Can. 749) and despite enjoying
“supreme, full, immediate, and universal ordinary power in the
Teachers are those who see themselves as bridges, over which they in- Church” (cf. Cann. 331-334).
vite their students to cross, then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse encouraging them to create bridges of their own. Isn't Dear brothers and sisters, now we still have one year to mature, with
that the reason why our rich Indian heritage has taught us to equate a true spiritual discernment, the proposed ideas and to find concrete
teacher to God: “ Acharya devobhava?” The mediocre teacher tells, solutions to so many difficulties and innumerable challenges that famthe good teacher explains, the superior teacher demonstrates, and the ilies must confront; to give answers to the many discouragements that
great teacher inspires”- William Arthur Ward. The Acharya is one who surround and suffocate families.
teaches by his or her own conduct or behaviour. “A teacher affects
eternity, s/he can never tell where her/his influence stops”-Henry One year to work on the “Synodal Relatio” which is the faithful and
Adams.
clear summary of everything that has been said and discussed in this
hall and in the small groups. It is presented to the Episcopal ConfeWhat I am today is what my parents (my first and eternal teachers) and rences as “lineamenta” [guidelines].
teachers have made me! What then is the secret of these special teach- May the Lord accompany us, and guide us in this journey for the glory
ers? I think it is a fair share of Selflessness and Service, mingled with of His Name, with the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of
Patience and Punctuality, Courtesy and Kindness tempered by Impar- Saint Joseph. And please, do not forget to pray for me! Thank you!
tiality and Integrity, sustained by Awareness and Alertness and enriched by Love.
The true test of a teacher is not just academics but meeting the needs
of the students – many a time, the extra ordinary needs of the students.
TEACHERS' DAY MUSING
Some have to be told and they forget, others have to be shown and
they may remember and still others have to be involved and they learn. own inner wealth. Allow students to make their own choices, their
own mistakes and have their own experiences. To be a teacher is inWhile parents possess the original key to their offspring's experiences, deed, a calling. Let us be eternal learners, committed to constant upteachers have a spare key. They too can open or close the minds and dating and not expiry date teachers, helping students to explore and
hearts of their students. Students are what their teachers make of them discover the world in an attractive, exciting and meaningful way. Let
just as values are caught and not taught. Neither printed word, nor us be proud facilitators, creating knowledge and letting our students
spoken plea can teach young minds, what men or women should be, be the co-creators, for the future Einsteins, Edisons and Jhansi Ki
nor all the books on all the shelves but what the teachers are them- Ranis are all seated in our classrooms, awaiting the Midas touch of
selves.
truly great teachers. Happy Teachers' Day on 5thSeptember 2014!
Let us ask God to make us progressively unnecessary, but only after
we have played our role of showing our students the way and their
u

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Catholic Bishops Veto Gay-Friendly Statements Leaving Pope Francis the Loser
by Lizzy Davies – The Guardian
Final report of Roman Catholic extraordinary synod on the family
removes talk of ‘welcoming’ gay people.
Pope Francis appeared on
Saturday [18 October 2014]
night to have lost out to
powerful conservatives in
the Roman Catholic church
after bishops scrapped language that had been hailed
as a historic warming of attitudes towards gay people.
In the final report of an extraordinary synod on the
family which hasexposed deep divides in the church hierarchy, there is
no mention – as there had been in a draft version – of the “gifts and
qualities” gay people can offer. Nor is there any recognition of the
“precious support” same-sex partners can give each other.
A paragraph entitled “pastoral attention to people of homosexual orientation” – itself a distinctly cooler tone than “welcoming homosexual
persons” – refers to church teaching, saying there can be “not even a
remote” comparison between gay unions and heterosexual marriage.
“Nevertheless,” it adds, “men and women of homosexual tendencies
must be welcomed with respect and sensitivity.” They should not suffer
from discrimination, it adds. But the shift in tone is clear. And, in a potentially stark sign of the discomfort provoked among many bishop,
even this watered-down passage failed to pass the two-thirds majority
needed for it to be approved.
One hundred and eighteen bishops voted for the text and 62 against. A
Vatican spokesman, Federico Lombardi, said the voting numbers had
been released at the behest of Francis, who wanted the process to be
transparent.
Because the names of the bishops were not released, however, it was
unclear whether the paragraph’s failure to pass was due to a protest
vote by progressive bishops who had wanted to keep more of the original wording.
At any rate, in a speech to the bishops which received a four-minute
standing ovation, Francis showed no sign of disappointment, insisting
that disagreement and debate was an intrinsic part of the synod process.
“Personally I would have been very worried and saddened if there
hadn’t been these … animated discussions … if everyone had agreed
with one another or had kept silent in a false and acquiescent peace,”
he said.

who had hoped a corner might have been turned in the way Catholic
leaders discussed and dealt with homosexuality – even if not even the
most optimistic of followers had been expecting a change in doctrine,
according to which “homosexual acts” are “intrinsically disordered”.
Francis DeBernardo, executive director of New Ways Ministry, a
Catholic gay rights group in the United States, said it was “very disappointing that the synod’s final report did not retain the gracious welcome to lesbian and gay people that the draft of the report included”.
“Instead, the bishops have taken a narrow view of pastoral care by
defining it simply as opposition to marriage for same-gender couples,
” he told Reuters.
The draft released last Monday had been hailed by some church observers and gay rights groups as “a stunning change” in how the Catholic hierarchy talked about gay people. It had been written with a
voice that seemed to echo closely Francis’s own, pragmatically pastoral phrase: “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has
goodwill, who am I to judge?”
Exploring the idea of extending mercy to people considered to be in
“irregular” situations, it asked whether the church was capable of offering gay Catholics “a welcoming home” and “fraternal space”, admitting that despite “moral problems” associated with them, “homosexual unions” provided “precious support” to each other.
No sooner had it been released, however, than leading conservatives
began to speak out against the text. One, American cardinal Raymond
Burke, criticised a lack of transparency, saying the mid-point report
had not reflected the diverse views of the whole synod.
“A great number of the Synod Fathers found it objectionable,” he said
in an interview.
Burke, a leading doctrinal rigorist in the church who had vocally opposed any move to ease the ban on remarried divorcees taking communion, is currently prefect of the supreme tribunal of the apostolic
signatura, the Vatican’s supreme court. But he said on Friday he was
to be demoted to a lesser post. Asked by the National Catholic Reporter who had made that decision, he reportedly responded: “Who do you
think?”
Vatican observers say that, by calling the first extraordinary synod in
nearly three decades and encouraging the nearly 200 bishops taking
part to speak their minds during the fortnight-long gathering, Francis,
77, has embraced a radically more collegiate style of church governance than has been seen for decades. But although the Argentinian
wanted to listen to what the bishops had to say, he may not always
have liked what he heard.
Ever since his election last March, he has made clear his belief that the
church needs to become more inclusive and understanding of real
people’s lives if it is to survive, let alone grow.

It was the synod’s other highly controversial subject – considering Courtesy: Transcend Media Service
whether Catholics who have divorced and remarried should be allowed
to take holy communion – that included the only other sections to fail
The Great Faith Robbery Of Our Times
to muster the necessary two-thirds majority. Walter Kasper, a German
cardinal known in media circles as “the pope’s theologian” because of
Mani, the founder of Manichaen sect in the 3rd
his closeness to Francis, has been the key backer of a move to allow
century. He proclaimed himself "The Paraclete"
(Holy Ghost). He challenged Christ and was Antimore people access to the sacraments. But, in an indication of how far
Christ. He advocated dualism ( double standards)
his proposal was from gaining a consensus among his global peers, the
which is against the Christian doctrine. Hence
sections dealing with the thorny issue were guarded and merely noted
this pagan cross is an icon of anti Christs.
that there was a clear clash of views. “The question will be further
The satanic elements / the evil spirits associated
explored,” said the report.
Thomas Rosica, Lombardi’s English language assistant, said the sections without two-thirds majorities had not been “completely rejected”.
He stressed that it was “not a magisterial document” but “a work in
progress” that provided the basis for another synod next autumn.
The final report will come as a blow to those in and outside the church
-Contd on next col.

with this pagan cross prefer to darkness rather
than the divine light of Jesus. Hence, the promoters of this pagan cross cover the Holy Alter
with veil. This pagan Cross which is falsely
named Mar Thoma Cross is a fake story. The
religious extremists use this icon as a tool for
latin indignation.
Stop religious extremism and ban this pagan cross from places of
chirstian worship !

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Forming Priests for Mission! Is It Possible? - Fr. (Prof.) Subhash Anand
[ Fr.( Prof.) Subhash Anand, 69, is an Indian priesttheologian, retired in 2008 from Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth [JDV] and the Papal Seminary in Pune diocese,
Maharashtra after which he returned to his home diocese of Udaipur in Rajasthan. He is one of the priests
who are lobbying for a completely autonomous Indian
Church. ]

- Contd. from the last issue, ( July and August issue)
Browse www.soulandvision.blogspot.com
C. Distorting Dreams

To deal seriously with the malaise that is affecting the Church, we
must examine the system that prepares the workers it thinks it needs.
Is the process of training priests suitable to our times? Can it give the
world not ritualists but heralds of Good News? Can it help the society
free itself from its many evils? These questions were raised already
before and during the sessions of Vatican II. The Council came out
with a document on priestly formation, precisely because the theologians convinced the bishops that “that the desired renewal of the whole
Church depends to a great extent on the ministry of its priests;” and
that without a better formation of priests nothing will change.
C1. Lost Leaders
In October 1969, about a hundred and thirty representatives of the
teaching and formation staff of the major seminaries in India came
together to respond to the call of the Council. We felt that with the fast
changing society we needed to radically rethink the formation of our
priests. To be more effective we must have from the start students with
greater maturity and motivation. We suggested that our candidates
complete their graduation in a regular college before starting philosophy. Ours was not an academic concern—the acquisition of a secular
degree—the human formation of our future candidates—the maturity
they need to enter a major seminary today. This was also the reason we
emphatically stated that the graduation be done in a regular college.
We wanted the students to experience the world more; take part in all
the extra-curricular activities that would bring out their talents and
respond to their juvenile needs; meet women of their age, be friendly
with them, experience the beauty of loving a woman and being loved
by her. This proposal was voted and was accepted by a hundred and
fifteen. The others—about fifteen—either voted against it or abstained
.
This proposal was presented to the bishops of India during a CBCI
meeting in January 1970. They failed to appreciate the concerns of the
seminary staff. They were frightened that were they to wait for people
to complete their graduation before starting their philosophy, they
would not have many joining the major seminary. Hence they came
out with a very harmless but totally useless decision: “A first university degree or s ome corresponding technical or professional qualification is ordinarily required for priests in India.” Some seminaries started combining philosophical studies with secular graduation. Most of
their students were not giving adequate attention to philosophy, and
they were all forced to take arts, even if they were able to do commerce or science. For the few brighter ones it was a frustrating experience.

tory free regency. Again the bishops got cold feet. They were afraid
that many seminarians after getting a job would discontinue. They accepted free regency as one possibility.
The fact that the bishops rejected the two most significant proposals
of formation personnel, i.e., to accept students for philosophy only
after graduation (1969), and to send all students after their philosophy
for at least one year of free regency—a job outside all church structures (1988), shows that deep down the bishops do not really trust
their young men. If so, why do they send them for theology? Why do
they accept them for ordination? These two experiences (1970 and
1988) convince me that for most of our bishops numbers are more important than quality. They have inherited many institutions. These
have to be kept going— at least that is what they and many of their
priests think. For this they need men. It is much cheaper to have a
priest as principal of a school than a lay person. Priests are a source
of cheap labour. I am also convinced that for most of the bishops the
formation of their priests is not really important. We in the seminary
have repeatedly appealed to our bishops to visit the seminary—as required by canon 259§2—and meet the staff and their students. Our
bishops can make long journeys for the consecration, installation and
burial of a bishop which, as far as I can make out, really serve no purpose. But they have no time to visit their seminarians and meet with
their formators. Most of our bishops are leaders who seem to be confused. I am not surprised at this because Rome has been appointing
'safe' candidates as bishops. These cannot give leadership today. Mission calls for creative thinking and courageous action.
C2. Inadequate Instructors
Many of our seminaries are under-staffed. Imagine a major seminary
preparing people for pastoral ministry with not even one person qualified to teach Bible. Some of these seminaries try to make up by getting visiting staff. These do not wish to be away from their own place
for too long. The course is cramped. The material is covered, but not
really understood and assimilated. Formalities are fulfilled but no
good is achieved. Besides the numerical inadequacy, there is also a
qualitative inadequacy. The major seminaries are mostly inter-diocesan undertakings. As days go by, we are getting less and less bright
students opting for the ministry. The bishops and provincials do not
have much to choose from. They need competent people to run their
own institutions. As a result, those chosen to teach in our seminaries
are not always fit for their task. I have known many seminary instructors who do not encourage questions from their students. They do not
feel confident to handle those questions. As a result, we get priests
who have not really asked questions. We are getting more and more
'safe' people.

When an institution has an inadequate teaching staff, the intellectual
formation of the students suffers. Aware of their own inadequacy, the
staff cannot afford to antagonize the students. Hence they become
'student-friendly' and 'compassionate': they are generous in giving
marks. This is possible because our seminaries are not involved in any
kind of professional competition. Whatever be the quality of their products, they will be absorbed and accepted into the ministry. The quesSoon we realized that we were still not adequate in our task. A national tion whether a person is fit for the job, whether he is really employsurvey on priestly ministry was conducted in the mid-eighties. The able, does not arise. Many of us live with the illusion that ordination
survey also shows that by and large, the people who accept and respect makes up for all the shortcomings! But then these priests are more
the priests today are the uneducated, not the educated... We cannot dis- than satisfied with how things are. They are content with keeping the
miss the educated laity's disaffection with the clergy simply as an ex- status quo going, operating within the boundaries already clearly depression of the disenchantment of the educated with religion in general. marcated. Mission is not their concern, because mission is the experiThe survey data does not support the popular perception that the edu- ence of being sent towards the other, not simply to the others with
cated are generally less 'religious' than the uneducated.
whom we are familiar and comfortable, but more to those with whom
we are not familiar and comfortable.
The findings of this survey were presented to the bishops of India at
the CBCI meeting in 1988. I was present for this meeting. A commit- As our students get exposed to other Christian denominations and
tee that was asked to make proposals in the light of these findings sug- peoples of other faith traditions, they are faced with some very serious
gested that after philosophy, all our students should find a job outside theological problems: the uniqueness of Jesus, the claim of the Roman
and be at it for at least a year and manage with their earnings—manda- Catholic Church to be the Church of Jesus, the papal dogmas of pri- Contd. on next col.
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“Reconversions” in Uttar Pradesh, as promised
Raising the temperature in rural India -Dr. John Dayal
(Dr. John Dayal is one of India’s foremost voices on
human rights, and particularly the situation of religious minorities. He is a member of several governmental bodies, including the National Integration
Council. A former president of the All India catholic
Union, founded 1919, he is co-founder and Secretary
General of the All India Christian Council.)

This is not a Minority Report the church in India was expecting on the
first 100 days of the government of the Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra
Modi, who his ardent devotees in his Bharatiya Janata Party and its
ideologue engine the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh expect to take
the country in its golden age of development and global pre-eminence.
A recent rash of incidents against smaller church groups and believers
in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, following the ban on Christian
activity in several villages of the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, have
caught the church leadership by surprise. And has also stunned it into
silence, at least for the moment. There has been no media statement by
any senior religious leader, no demonstrations and protests, no memoranda to Mr. Modi.

Forming Priests for Mission! Is It Possible?
- Continuation from page 5
macy and infallibility, the Mariological dogmas of immaculate conception and assumption, etc. In like manner, today many educated
young Catholics are not as comfortable with traditional devotions—
breviary, rosary, daily Mass, holy hour, etc.—as their elders. This is
more the case with people who have done theology. I personally understand their situation. There are some among the seminary staff who
also think along these lines. I have noticed that among diocesan priests
who are on the staff of major seminaries, and who have similar reservations about traditional beliefs and piety, not all are prepared to honestly admit this and walk with their seminarians. They are afraid they
might be removed from the seminary and be given a small job back in
the diocese. Some even aspire to be bishops. They play safe. The seminarians are perceptive and some of them learn the art of duplicity. In
the exams they say exactly what the teacher wishes to hear. The seminary is thus inculcating criminal attitudes and behaviour: we can do
whatever helps us to survive and move upwards. With such attitudes
we cannot be missionaries of Jesus. Jesus invites us to be witnesses
unto the truth. The Church authorities, on the other hand, encourage
sycophancy.

The response has, in fact, come from civil society whose members,
veterans of long years of challenge to the hyper-nationalist political
“Reconversions” in Uttar Pradesh, as promised...
religious groups, collectively called the Sangh Parivar, see the anti
Christian violence as but a part of a larger conspiracy to polarize the
polity further and consolidate the electorate gains of the recent gene- the pastors and said the politicians had made a false allegation to inral elections.
cite the mob and rouse religious passions in the villages.
The Christians are targetted in what is called Ghar Wapsi, or Homecoming, which is a polite word for coercive conversion of the Indigenous people's groups in Tribal India. The process against Dalits, the
former untouchable castes who profess the Christian faith, is called
Shuddhikaran, or purification, an ironic phrase, which holds “nonIndic” or Semitic religions to be polluting
The popular rage against Muslims, specially in rural areas and small
towns, is built upon the myth of Love Jihad, an allegation that Islamic
young men have been trained to seducing Hindu women to force a
demographic change in India and reduce the Hindu population to a
minority. Demographers, sociologists and gender activists have dismissed Love Jihad as a political humbug. Many of the scores of incidents of violence against Muslims in Uttar Pradesh this year have been
triggered by such rumours.

These incidents have deeply disturbed the community. The situation in
the rural areas is exacerbated to a situation where Christian pastors
and persons who have been attacked are afraid to even file a complaint
with the police as they feel totally isolated and surrounded.
The acts of violence also take away much from the reassurance that
was sought to be given by some leaders of the larger denominations
that Mr. Modi would control extremist Hindutva elements so that he
could channelize national energies into development of infrastructure,
social amenities and economic growth.

Civil society groups caution that the Christian community must not be
lulled into a false sense of security presuming the focus of the Sangh
Parivar is on neutralizing the political clout of the Muslim community
which is seen as an ally of the Samajwadi party and other groups. The
BJP has recently nominated the controversial religious leader AdityaUnlike Chhattisgarh which is ruled by the BJP, Uttar Pradesh is gov- nath, who is also a member of Parliament, to lead its election camerned by the Samajwadi Party of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. The paign in Uttar Pradesh. Mr. Adityanath has taken up his new tsk with
Samajwadi Party and the BJP are locked in a bitter struggle for politi- gusto, with a series of virulent verbal attacks on the Muslim commucal supremacy.
nity.
One of several cases of coercive action including physical violence
from this region include the August 27, 2014 conversion of a large
family of Dalits who were members of the Seventh Day Adventist
church in Asroi village, some 30 km south of the university town of
Aligarh in Hathras District. An aggressive group of activists of the
Sangh Parivar brought with them a Hindu priest and a photograph of
a deity and performed a “hawan” or fire-worship ceremony to “purify”
the small church into a temple. The police arrested several of the miscreants. The one room church is locked up, and the village now has no
Christian presence. The media in the region, which sides with the BJP,
said the Dalits returned to Hinduism because they received no benefits
from the church.
In the Greater Noida area also in western Uttar Pradesh, 10 pastors
were thrashed by a mob led by a local political leader, and dragged to
the police brought in for questioning to Surajpur Police station in
Greater Noida on Saturday over allegations that they were “forcefully
converting Hindus to Christianity”. The police also joined the group
to beat the pastors. Days later, an enquiry by senior officers exonerated
-Contd. on next col.

The well-known sociologist, Prof. Shiv Visvanathan recently wrote:
“The new majority wants to capture history and politics and rewrite
culture to align it with its subconscious. The tyranny of an exploding
subconscious, where the majority literally launders its repressions,
creates clouds of uncertainty. There is fear, doubt and suspicion. The
regime stays silent as little obscenities are enacted.”
Civil Society, which had organised a national campaign to educate the
people about the “Idea of India”, a secular, plural and inclusive country, is planning a national convention to sensitize the people on the
need for the unity of the people to thwart any political conspiracy that
threatens peace between religious communities and freedom of faith.
Religious minorities hope such efforts will bear fruit. In a country as
large as India, with 600,000 villages and a police force grossly inadequate, ill-equipped and ill-trained, succor lies in the wisdom and tolerance of the common people.

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INDIAN CATHOLICS PRO-ACTIVE FOR FAMILY SYNOD
- Chhotebhai
[ Chhotebhai is Author of 4 books, Former National
President of All India Catholic Union, former Director
International Council of Catholic Men, President Kanpur Catholic Association.]

The Catholic laity of India has been pro-active for
the forthcoming Extraordinary Synod on the family,
to be held in Rome this October. As a preparation for
the same Pope Francis had sent out a Questionnaire
on various issues affecting the family. This Questionnaire was to be
circulated to all parishes across the globe. The Questionnaire touched
on some theological issues, but did not shy away from addressing
contentious and contemporary issues like contraception, abortion, gay
and live-in relationships, divorce and annulment, and giving communion to Divorced and Remarried Catholics.
When a group of lay leaders came to know, through the press, that a
report on the Questionnaire had already been sent to Rome, they did
their own investigation; only to discover what they had apprehended,
that the laity had little or no role in the formulation of the so-called report that had been sent to Rome. This despite the fact that the issues
raised directly concerned them!
This core group adopted a multi-pronged approach to the Synod. It coordinated its efforts with “Catholic Church Reform International”, a
group with a presence in 65 countries, working on similar lines. It
organized local consultations in Pune, Chennai and Kanpur. It simplified the Vatican Questionnaire and circulated it among the laity, under
the initiative of theologian Virginia Saldanha of Mumbai. The archbishop of Madras and Bp Thomas Dabre of Pune actively encouraged
the local consultations. Alan Doulton of Pune was able to collect and
collate 800 responses to the Questionnaire. Louis Menezes IAS (Retd)
organized several local level consultations in Chennai, and got 600
responses from college-going youth, on issues affecting them. After all
this systematic spadework the National Consultation on Catholic Families (NCCF) was held on 23rd/ 24th August at Navsadhana Diocesan
Pastoral Centre, Pune. Committed lay leaders from across the country
attended it.

contribution to society and world peace. He, however, regretted that
far from being the Domestic Church, the Catholic family was more
like a domesticated fowl, that was expected to make appropriate clucking noises, and produce more eggs (increase the Catholic population)
as some bishops in Kerala have been advocating.
Virginia Saldanha said that even after simplifying the Vatican Questionnaire people still found it difficult to comprehend or respond to.
Hence the poor response ratio. Louis Menezes stated that in Chennai
they found alcoholism to be a major cause of family breakdown. It
was ironic that the State Govt's excise policy netted over Rupees Thirty Thousand Crores annually, in the name of poverty alleviation, but
had quite the opposite effect. Alan Doulton gave a lucid power point
presentation on the survey conducted in Pune diocese.
David Lobo from Bangalore, who described himself as a conscientious
objector, threw light on the run up to the promulgation of Humanae
Vitae in the 1960's. This was the document that had categorically stated that all forms of “artificial” contraception were intrinsically wrong;
a teaching that alienated millions from the Catholic Church. He shared
how a group of 4 arch conservatives prevailed on what came to be
known as the “Majority Report” of 52 among the 56 experts that had
deliberated on the issue for 3 years before its actual promulgation. It is
this subterfuge that the laity now fears. History should not repeat itself, with a handful of die-hard conservatives trying to suppress the
vast majority of the laity that neither accepts nor practices the teachings of Humanae Vitae.
Panel discussions were held on various issues. The first set of panelists
was Virginia Saldanha, Lorna D'souza (Mumbai) and Dr Aloma Lobo
(Bangalore). Virginia dwelt on gender issues – a patriarchal mindset,
the preference for having boys, freedom for boys but control on girls,
the false projection of masculinity/ machoism, sexual abuse by close
relatives/ friends, and the insistence on “virginity” for women only.

Lorna D'souza spoke on the plight of widows, giving her own traumatic testimony, which brought tears to many eyes. She said that widows
did not want pity, but dignity and security. The “Hope & Life MoveDiago Almeida, President of the Catholic Association of Poona, wel- ment” started in 1985 by Bp Bosco Penha of Mumbai was a source of
comed the delegates. In his opening address Bp Dabre asserted that the great strength to widows.
family was the Domestic Church. It was not just a human creation, but
also a divine institution. The emphasis should therefore be on ongoing Dr Aloma Lobo, who was earlier on the Central Govt panel for adoption, said that families should be their own agents of change. Unfortucatechesis for the promotion of Christian family life.
nately, almost all religions fed on fear and/ or superstition for their
Bp Lawrence Pius of Dharampuri, Chairperson, CCBI Family Com- survival. We need freedom from fear and the anxiety about what
mission, was accompanied by Rev Arulraj CSC, who is one of the others would have to say. She felt that the existing Marriage PreparaIndian delegates to the Synod. The bishop wanted the latter to have a tion Courses were grossly inadequate. Most people were hypocrites
first hand experience of the aspirations of the laity. Bp Lawrence stated when it came to the practice of dowry or a “dress code” for women
that after the Extraordinary Synod this October, there would be another only.
gathering in Philadelphia, USA, followed by the Ordinary Synod next
year, in which a wider cross-section of the church would be involved. The next panel discussion was initiated by chhotebhai, Virginia and
He regretted that of the 125 Latin Rite dioceses that came under his Louis Menezes. chhotebhai spoke on the interface between Canon
Commission, only 55 had responded to the Vatican Questionnaire; Law and various civil laws, specifically the Christian Marriage Act
quite possibly in a not very systematic manner. The general excuse was (1872) and Divorce Act (1869).Lay leaders needed to be well acquainted with their respective provisions. He also dwelt on the piquant situthat there was not enough time to respond.
ations arising out of inter-faith/ inter-denominational and inter-rite
In his 4-page report sent to Rome, Bp Lawrence said that gay and live- marriages. Virginia spoke about the Uniform Civil Code proposed by
in relationships were generally not accepted in India. People respected the new BJP Govt at the Centre. We need to support this move, she
church teachings on abortion, but not on artificial contraception, which opined, as it was envisaged in the Constitution of India. Louis Menethey did not consider morally wrong. He said that whereas in Sweden zes asserted that the laity should be involved at every level of ecclesiathe rate of divorce was as high as 54%, in India it was less than 1%. stical decision making on issues that directly affect them.
The Church needed to adopt a more compassionate approach to divorced and remarried Catholics, eventhough there is, as yet, no clarity The inputs and panel presentations were followed by group discussions, open and general sessions. Issues were discussed under four
on the issue.
broad categories that had been circulated earlier – Pastoral, SociologiThe Co-ordinator of the NCCF, chhotebhai, said that this gathering was cal, Psychological and Physiological. Based on all these deliberations,
not just about the Synod. If we accept that the family is the basic unit an “Agenda for Change” emerged as below:
of society, then nurturing healthy and happy families was the greatest
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MARY: MOTHER, MEDIATRIX, MAGNIFICAT

INDIAN CATHOLICS PRO-ACTIVE FOR FAMILY SYNOD

- Fr. Cedric Prakash sj

- Continuation from page 7

(Fr. Cedric Prakash SJ is the Director of PRASHANT,
the Ahmedabad-based Jesuit Centre for Human Rights,
Justice and Peace.)

A birthday is always very special! It reminds one of
the gift of life and the non-negotiable truth in the
words of Rabindranath Tagore that “every child
comes with a message that God is not discouraged
with man.” Today is the birthday of Mary, the Mother
of Jesus - so for large sections of the human family, her birthday
every year is actually an extra special day!
Mary radiates innumerable qualities; many of them are beautifully reflected in the 'Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary'. There are however,
three outstanding dimensions in her through which she has touched
the lives of people in her own times and does so down the centuries
till today.
Mary is Mother
From the time Mary gave birth to Jesus, she becomes a universal mother. She is what all mothers symbolize: loving,caring, protecting, understanding and even at timesreprimanding. But the
“mother” in her transcends the narrow confines
of her own family and even of her own Son. She
becomes a mother for all very specially for the
lost, the listless and the lonely. Those who come
to her know that she is there: her loving embrace
and her shoulder always ready to provide the necessary consolation. “Son, behold your Mother” – Jesus reminds us
from the Cross.
Mary is Mediatrix
“Do whatever he tells you”, Mary tells the stewards at the wedding in
Cana after the wine has run out. And Jesus responds. Mary does intercede for us at all the time. To Jesus through Mary has become an accepted practice among Catholics – this however has to be understood
in context. In his encyclical 'Redemptoris Mater' Pope John Paul II
writes “Mary's mediation is intimately linked with her motherhood…
through this fullness of grace and supernatural life, she was especially
predisposed through cooperation with Christ, the one mediator of
human salvation. And such cooperation is precisely this mediation
subordinated to the mediation of Christ”. (#14)
Mary is Magnificat
Perhaps this is strange adjective to describe Mary; but this is one song
which totally personifies her. Often referred to as Mary's canticle, the
Magnificat which echoes several Biblical passages from the Old Testament is a prophetic prayer of praise and petition: confident that God
will never let his people down. Anne Johnson in her book 'Miryam of
Nazareth' writes “The Magnificat prayer form is a concise and powerful expression of the totality of the God-human relationship, that dialogue which turns the world inside out, confirms our history and calls
us to remember and renew. This poem form expresses the rich and extremely effective feminine approach to a life lived in a consort with a
creative God. Mary as a woman made in the eternal image and reflecting that image is a woman who lives and expresses her God relationship in its fullest potential”.

PASTORAL
1.The Marriage Preparation Courses are grossly inadequate; and they
are attended only for obtaining the mandatory “certificate”. They
need drastic improvement. It is equally important to have ongoing
catechesis and remote preparation, which, as of now, stops with Confirmation classes.
2. Marriage Enrichment Programmes should become an integral part
of the pastoral ministry of the Church.
3. Laygroups, parish councils and Catholic Associations should organize seminars on Canon and civil laws.
4. The process of church annulments should be expedited.
5. Respite Centres should be established in existing Diocesan Pastoral
Centres, for immediate relief and shelter to victims of domestic violence or marital discord.
6. From the time of St Thomas Aquinas, considered the greatest theologian, the sacraments are considered to be a means of sanctification,
and not a reward for being good. Jesus himself knowingly broke bread
with Judas Iscariot even though he was in a state of grave sin. It is
therefore mete and just that divorced and remarried Catholics be admitted to the Eucharist, provided that they are suitably disposed, and
after due catechesis.
7. Canon 1398 that provides for a latae sententiae (automatic) ex-communication of a woman who procures an abortion, regardless of the
circumstances, should be suitably amended.
8. Canon 1083:1 stipulates 14/16 as the age for girls and boys respectively to get married, whereas Clause 60:1 of the Christian Marriage
Act stipulates a minimum age of 18/21. Canon 1072 dissuades people
from marrying at a young age, and Canon 1083:2 advocates a higher
age for marriage. Canon 1071:2 does, no doubt, subjugate Canon Law
to civil law. Nevertheless, considering the growing complexities of
modern life, it is advisable that suitable amendments be made in Canon Law, increasing the age for eligibility for marriage.
9.Canon 1095:1-3 prescribes the various criteria for valid matrimonial
consent. However, Canon 1096:2 sates that ignorance of the same cannot be presumed after puberty. Since girls are attaining puberty as
early as in their 9th year, and boys in their 12th, such a presumption
defies all logic. Such presumptions will later impinge on any subsequent annulment process. This provision in Canon Law should be
scrapped immediately, and replaced with a more equitable amendment.
10. The laity/ families should be fully involved in any ecclesiastical
decision making process that affects them
11.The refusal by some Oriental Rite eparchies to recognize the Status
Liber (free state) certificates issued by Latin Rite dioceses in which
the concerned persons are now residing, goes against the very essence
of Christian unity. The CBCI must act firmly to stamp out this insidious practice.
12. When there is an inter-faith/ inter-denominational marriage, where
one side is denied Communion, it is advisable that such marriages are
celebrated without having the Mass, for which suitable pastoral guidelines should be issued.
13. It is sometimes reported that dispensation is denied to those seeking an inter-faith marriage, even though there are specific provisions
for the same in Canon Law. Such dispensations should not be treated
as a condescension, and should be granted on request.
14. The practice of our Christian faith and the liturgy should be made
more relevant to our youth.
15. The “Hope & Life Movement” for widows should be extended to
all dioceses
16. Instead of tidbit synods, it is time for Vatican III for a radical updating (aggiornamento) on all aspects of Church life and practice.

As we celebrate the birthday of Mary today, the one image that should
come powerfully home for us today is the one of Mary seated in the
upper room with the disciples of Jesus, motivating them in their hopelessness; being for each one of them Mother, Mediatrix and Magni- SOCIOLOGICAL/ PSYCHOLOGICAL
ficat; we need to permit these dimensions of Mary to touch our lives in 1. Since our girls are today outshining the boys in almost every field,
they often cannot find suitable marriage partners. Community leaders
a profound way today.
and organizations should organize marriage Bureaux and meeting
points.
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2. Families should make adequate legal provisions for inheritance
devoid of any gender discrimination.
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AGING AND COMPETITION

INDIAN CATHOLICS PRO-ACTIVE FOR FAMILY SYNOD

- Continuation from page 8

- Francis Lobo
[ Francis Lobo is Engineer-Consultant and he has authored a number of books like communication, human relations, economics, productivity, politics, sociology, management and religion]

As you age you believe you have left the Competitive
Life behind. You studied hard to get a rank in the competitive examination. You trusted that if you worked
sincerely the organization would give you an above average increment.
You played politics to get a promotion. It was called “THE RAT
RACE”. I could never understand why because I never saw a rat studying at all. Many of these expressions enter our vocabulary and we
wonder at their significance until some enterprising researcher finds
out what was behind it. It took the Supreme Court of India to question
the expression “HORSE TRADING” which AAP used to describe the
attempt of the BJP to purchase MLAs. “Are horses more valuable than
men?” the honorable court asked.
To come back to competition. Darwin had discovered that existence
depended on survival of the fittest. So the need to be competitive carries on into old age if one is to survive. But the competition now is
with oneself, with one's own bodily functions. Each function feels that
now that you are old you can no longer dictate to them what to do and
go off in different directions. The malfunctions don't have any pattern
and often compete with each other. It is worse than the politics you experienced in the corporate world.
Science and technology has advanced so that there are treatments for
every such malfunction. The pharmaceutical industry survives on this
by capturing the treatment in the form of pills of different colors,
shape and size. The competitive challenge is to remember which pill
to take and when. Don't stain yourself trying to remember what each
is for --- very often one pill is to counter the side-effects of another
pill. Innovation has come to the rescue of seniors with boxes with
compartments for each time of the day and each day of the week. This
is fine until you start wondering is it Thursday or Friday?
You have been advised to drink a lot of water to flush out the toxins in
your system. Unfortunately the body decides that this flushing has to
happen at the dead of night. You cannot go back to sleep and make up
this deficiency by sleeping late in the morning to the great irritation of
your daughter.
Every movement is a challenge. A cough affects the bowels. Everything, every action has to be acted out in slow motion --- walking,
eating, drinking. Like in working life there are restrictions and targets.
Walk for half an hour. Be careful what you eat, how and when. Hot
spicey, oily foods are taboo. Your body immediately reacts to them
and sometimes to your embarrassment when you are dining with
family and friends. You are a winner in the competitive race with
every activity you can go through successfully. The great thing about
the “Old Age Race” is that you learn to live in the present.

3. Families must make concerted efforts to overcome the patriarchal
mind set and all forms of gender discrimination.
4.We need to reach out to migrants, especially in urban conglomerates,
lest such persons go astray for want of community support.
5. Extravagant weddings should be discouraged, and dowry in any
form should be stopped.
6. We need to replace “competition” between the sexes with a more
collaborative/ co-operational approach.
7. Spouses/ children from broken homes should have access to proper
counseling.
8. Co-education should be encouraged, so as to inculcate respect for
each other from an early age.
9. We need to have an inclusive approach to persons having various
sexual orientations.
PHYSIOLOGICAL
1. The blanket ban on “artificial” contraception has proved to be a no
go, no show, no tell state. It needs to be given a quiet burial
2. Considering the advances in science, we should respect, and not
condemn, those who opt for In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).
3. Surrogacy, with adequate safeguards, may be accepted under special
circumstances.
MISCELLAENOUS
1. The Central Govt should circulate the provisions and aims and objects of the proposed Uniform Civil Code to all stakeholders. It may
be introduced in parliament only after a thorough public debate.
2. The Central Govt should establish a Commission, on the likes of the
Sachar Commission for Muslims, to determine the socio-economic
status of the Christian community in India.
To ensure a proper follow up of the recommendations of the NCCF,
and to see that its voice is heard in Rome, the group formed itself into
the “Indian Catholic Forum”. It is not an organization, but a movement for reform, to address various issues affecting the community.
chhotebhai (Kanpur) was elected the Convenor, and a Steering Committee consisting of Dr Aloma Lobo (Bangalore), Virginia Saldanha
(Mumbai), Louis Menezes (Chennai), Adv Antony Ambat (Kochi),
Juliana D'mello and Somyabapu Waghmare (both of Pune) was formed. Rev Arulraj has assured the Forum that he will carry its “Agenda
for Change” to Rome.

v

“No compulsion” statement By Archbishop of
Faridabad Eparchy. -Jose paul (Delhi)

The statement by Faridabad bishop in the homily
during concluding mass of Santhom Bible convention 2014 regarding the freedom of choice to
be a Syro-malabar rite is very crucial if there is a
change of mind in syncwith the Synod of Rome.
My parents are born in Syro-Malabar Church. I
was born and baptized and brought up as a Syrian
catholic. I lived in the north of India for the past
54 years and lived as a Syrian catholic though I
practiced the religious practice in a Latin parish. The Latin parish
NaMohas got it wrong by sending senior BJP leaders to the Old Age church accepted me as a full-fledged member of the church without
Home. In the days ahead as the population ages seniors will be in the asking me to join the Latin rite. I came to the north in search of my
majority and form a formidable vote bank. The retirement age of 58 / livelihood. No Syro-Malabar priest or bishop was there to take care
60 was set at a time when life expectancy was very low. Looking back of my spiritual needs. No syro-Malabar priest or bishop ever asked the
I see that at 60 I had plenty of energy and ideas to be a nuisance to my Latin Bishop or the parish priest to look my spiritual needs. The Latin
family and friends trying to change them and run their lives, giving parish took care of me and family including my children’s’ spiritual
them unwanted advice, changing and fouling up their plans. My advice needs meticulously.
After 54 years of my life as a Syrian catholic here, a group of people
today is to change the retirement age and find ways to use the wealth
of experience and knowledge of seniors as mental and physical energy calling themselves laborers of the vineyard of Jesus Christ come to
Delhi proclaiming themselves as they are the custodians the Syrowill do a lot to reduce the stress related ailments of the seniors.
Malabar Catholics in Delhi and its surroundings.
v
Their first statement (the official statement) through the Joint pastorDisclaimer: Soul and Vision is intended to promote discussion and al letter dated Nov 2013 was that the Syro-Malabar Catholics have aldebate among the readers of Soul and Vision. The free opinions ready became the members of the Faridabad Diocese with retrospectexpressed here are those of the authors and do not necessarily re- tive date from March 2012 ( the date of establishing themselves as the
flect those of the hierachy or this journal. Letters meant for publication should be accompained by the identity of the writer like custodians of the innocent Syro-Malabar Catholics) and that they have
- Contd. on page 13, col.1.
postal address, tel.no.etc. -Editor.


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