Home News Reports In an open letter, Savio Rodrigues slams Delhi Archbishop who appealed to ‘pray for new govt in 2019’

In an open letter, Savio Rodrigues slams Delhi Archbishop who appealed to ‘pray for new govt in 2019’

The Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Delhi, Anil Couto, has issued a letter calling for the Catholics of India to start a campaign of fasting and prayers for a new government in upcoming general elections in 2019. Savio Rodrigues, former senior Congress leader from Goa, who resigned after the Goa election debauchery took to Twitter to express his shock on the Catholic Church walking on biased propaganda.

Condemning Archbishop’s letter, he questioned the media for not calling out the communal propaganda.

He then took to Goa Chronicle, a publication he owns, to pen a stinging open letter addressed to the Archbishop.

- Advertisement - - article resumes -

His letter has been reproduced here in totality with due permission. He writes :

The Holy Bible in the Chapter 11:11 of Gospel of Luke, “Jesus asks, “What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead.”

It is with extreme disappointment that I have to once again write on a topic that disturbs me because the values of peace, love and hope that I have imbibed in me comes from my unflinching beliefs in the teachings of Jesus.

Unfortunately its the Catholic Church who acts as custodian of Jesus’s teachings that appears to be walking the path that is completely opposite to the lessons in humanity that Jesus expressed through his teachings. Instead of offering a fish are we attempting to offer the child a snake.

With due respect to your office and your vocation as Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Delhi, I am shocked, disappointed and downright angry reading the contents of your pastoral letter.

Here is an extract of that letter that has disturbed me the most:

“We are witnessing a turbulent political atmosphere which poses a threat to the democratic principles enshrined in our Constitution and the secular fabric of our nation.”

This country has witnessed immense communalism, terrorism and rampant corruption in every corner of democracy from Emergency to communal riots under the watch of different political parties in power and every Indian knows this to be true. But are you categorically stating the India is currently witnessing a turbulent political atmosphere that is different from any other political year in the past.

Please tell the people of India what is your view on the Emergency that took the very principle on which the country was formed on and threw it in the dustbin because one particular political leader thought its was her birthright to do what she felt was right for her political party in the guise of doing it for the country. I was not even born when it happened, I would like to know what was official stand that the Catholic Church took at that time.

Please tell the people of India when innocent Kashmiri Pandits were raped and killed by Kashmiri Muslims driven out of their home and left to fend for themselves, what was the stand of the Catholic Church and did it official condemn the rape and murder of innocent Indians. Was there not a political turmoil at that point of time.

Please tell the people of India more recently what is stand taken by the Catholic Church in the numerous killings of Hindus on the grounds of religion and politics in different parts of India. Do I, as a Christian turn a blind-eye to this truth or does the Church see only Christians and Muslims as victims of atrocities?

Please tell the people of India the stand of the Catholic Church of the media reports and cases filed against Priests abusing minors in different parts in India and the world; is that not turmoil in the innocent minds that have been brutally violated by a representative of God.

The game that the Catholic Church is playing of division is devious and demonic in nature. The democratic principles of this country is not only for us minority but for the majority as well.

Look at the India around you and don’t go by media reports, its a Hindu at St Michael’s Church in Mahim, a Christian at the Ajmer Dargah and a Muslim at the Shantidurga Temple in Goa. This exist is because they understand the true meaning of secularism.

Secularism is not acceptance of all religion in governance, it is the acceptance of no religion in matters of governance.

I agree with you that we should fast and pray but this must be done to eradicate all those who on the basis of religion divide us Indians.

I am proud of my Hindu lineage, it has helped me understand the message of Jesus and the purpose to my life.

It is my belief in the teachings of Jesus that I have the courage to stand up and tell you that as Christians we must unite all, even those that we think are the sinners; but repentance must come from us first before we go to change others.

The Bible says, “I have carved you on the palm of my hands”. I was taught by my parents that, that line in the Bible was for every single human creation of God and not only those who follow the Catholic Church.

India is a nation of unity in diversity, I believe we are more spiritual a nation than religious.

Savio Rodrigues, known for his extremely forthcoming views, had earlier also slammed Archbishop who appealed to ‘save India from nationalist forces’.

Help Us Reach Every Indian, Please Share This Post
We need your support to survive in the media industry. Please consider paying us for the content we produce:

To know more about these payments, please click here.


Advertisement

Big Story

The case concerns with the death of one Prabhudas Vaishnani who had died due to the injuries inflicted upon him under police custody. Six other policemen along with  Bhatt were also the accused in the case.

2019 World Cup Is Here!

Catch the latest on Cricket World Cup as it unfolds, special coverage by Opindia

Anjana Om Kashyap heckles doctors and nurses in Bihar hospital

What you did in that ICU is not journalism, Anjana Om Kashyap, it is insensitive, creating a nuisance and endangering lives

A video came to light earlier where Anjana Om Kashyap, a senior journalist from the India Today group was seen heckling and questioning a doctor inside the ICU over the outbreak of Encephalitis in Bihar

Ajaz who had set ablaze woman Police officer in Kerala dies while undergoing treatment in hospital

Ajaz had suffered 40% burns during the tussle that took place between Pushpakaran and him after he set her ablaze and was admitted to ICU at Alappuzha Medical College.
Bhat has been reportedly sentenced to life imprisonment by a trial court in Jamnagar

Disgraced former IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt sentenced to life imprisonment in custodial death case

The case concerns with the death of one Prabhudas Vaishnani who had died due to the injuries inflicted upon him under police custody. Six other policemen along with  Bhatt were also the accused in the case.

Rapper Hard Kaur goes mental on social media: Blames RSS Chief for terror attacks, calls Yogi ‘OrangeRapeMan’

Taran Kaur Dhillon, more popularly known by her stage name Hard Kaur, appears to have fallen over the edge.
Image Source: Eventilators

FIR lodged against rapper Hard Kaur for calling Yogi Adityanath ‘OrangeRapeMan’ and accusing RSS chief of terror attacks

A complaint against rapper Hard Kaur has been registered by Varanasi based lawyer Shashank Shekhar at the Cantonment police station on Wednesday.
Ushoshi Sengupta was allegedly chased and attacked, along with her Uber driver by a mob in Kolkata

Kolkata: Former Miss India, Uber driver attacked by mob, Fardin Khan, Sheik Rahit, and 5 others arrested

The Kolkata police finally swung into action and arrested seven men: Sheik Rahit, Fardin Khan, Sk. Sabir Ali, Sk. Gani, Sk. Imran Ali, Sk. Wasim and Atif Khan, for allegedly harassing the complainant.

Kolkata Muslims write to Mamata Banerjee: Don’t let culprits who attacked doctors and Ushoshie get away just because they are Muslims

Notable Muslims of Kolkata write a letter to Mamata Banerjee expressing anguish over the latest events in the state

After threatening Jesus to choose between her and Rakhi Sawant, Tanushree Dutta questions Modi’s ‘Ram Rajya’

The Mumbai police have recently filed a B Summary report, giving a clean chit to Bollywood actor Nana Patekar, in connection with actor Tanushree Dutta sexual harassment case

Media does it again: Portrays JeM Pulwama terrorist as a chocolate boy who turned murderous due to Indian Army

In numerous instances, they have tried to humanize terrorists themselves as well. The latest entrant to the party is a report on Hindustan Times by Ashiq Hussain.
Subscribe to Day's Top Stories
- Advertisment -

Latest articles

Connect with us

171,053FansLike
149,809FollowersFollow
69,935SubscribersSubscribe
Help Us Reach Every Indian, Please Share This Post