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Pope summons Bishop to Vatican …


Zee News – Kerala Bishop news- Pope summons Bishop to Vatican

“The Pope has summoned Thatunkal to the Vatican to gather first hand information about the adoption row and other allegations against him,” Kerala Catholic Bishops council (KCBC) secretary and spokesperson Father Stephen Althara told agencies.

The Bishop was suspended following his decision to adopt the woman from Pathnamthitta as his daughter.

The Pope had yesterday issued a decree suspending the Bishop and appointing Verapoly Archbishop Daniel Acharuparambil as Apolistic administrator of the Kochi diocese.

The saga continues

Not a squeak. Not a word. No protest. How can the Pope (a head of a foreign country) institute an enquiry commission, suspend, summon, Indian nationals – and question their religious beliefs.

And what is the Indian Government doing? Siesta Manubhai …

Categories: Politics, Uncategorized
  1. vf
    October 25, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Like any event which is unusual it calls attention and suggests an inquiry as any other similar incident in many fields and professions. Until the Bishop is declared in violation/non violation of faith and practical matters he is in suspension.
    The Pope is doing his job as he sees it. So, what is diffferent about this. The Pope is exercising his duties in a responsible manner.

    A non-Catholic

  2. October 25, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    Amazing … Are you saying,

    1. That the head of a foreign country decide matters of personal and private life of an Indian citizen …

    2. Under the guise of religion, the Pope will interfere in personal lives of Indians …

    3. Indians will allow a foreign religious authority to dictate to a 3 crore Christians In India …!

    Wow … I am impressed … you should read Church history a little more …

  3. VF
    October 25, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    As in matters of the Roman Catholic Church, ordination of priests, nuns and others carry a direct pledge of loyalty to the authority of The Pope and the Vatican in matters of faith, morals, and many other issues.

    A self imposed autonomy of individuals or organizations carrying the banner of allegiance to The Roman Catholic Polity will not be in a comfort zone and appears to be in conflict.

    The “priesthood” of the parishioner is non-existent because he or she is a follower of the Faith, and they turn to their own priests and church officials in matters of interpretation of this faith.

    In short, The Bishop is subject to the authority of the Pope and higher Church officials as he agreed to many years ago in his vows. And so that is just the way it is!!

    Is this not correct??

  4. October 25, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    In matters of faith, the person’s belief is paramount. No Pope or anyone else has any authority over that.

    If I may remind you, people tried that to Jesus also. Jesus was told clearly that there was a higher religious authority than him.

    If you are referring to the authority of a foreign organization over Indians, again, you are off the mark. How can any foreign organization, interfere in matters of faith in India.

    In India, we must clearly eliminate all ‘foreign authority’ – which is implicit with religious freedom. The same Pope will of course not allow such a freedom to any foreign religious authority, in any Catholic country – to believers in any other religion. You have only to look at Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the last decade.

    Indians must and will have total religious freedom – PERIOD.

  5. Galeo Rhinus
    October 26, 2008 at 12:59 am

    VF – you are confusing churches organization matters (deciding who should become a bishop, promotions, priesthoods) with interference in two distinct things:

    1. Personal choices – which Anuraag is referring to
    2. Attempting to supercede Indian laws on adoption. India has its own personal laws – that do make allowances for variations. Do you think that the constitution defers adoption laws in Catholics to papal or any foreign authority?

    It doesn’t… and even if it did – should Indians accept such a constitution?

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