Most ‘malicious’ and ‘unfortunate’ letter of Archbshop Thomas Macwan

November 30, 2017 at 8:21 am 1 comment

Most ‘malicious’ and ‘unfortunate’ letter of the Archbishop Thomas Macwan

The letter of Archbishop Thomas Macwan is most malicious and unfortunate. The very thing he has cautioned against by people using it. But he has masked the same with his overt and covert letter. It is projection of his real intent. He has addressed the letter to Cardinals (Eminences) Archbishops (Graces) and Lordships (Bishops) One feels like laughing because it is full of falsehoods. Not a day passes he says without attacks on Christians and the churches. This is far from the truth. The Archbishop should brush up the history of the Catholic Church which purged and committed genocide the world over. What did the RC Church do to the Jews right within Vatican-denied even vaccination to the children-burned women and children within the synagogues. This is just one instance to depict the ‘Humane’ leadership of the R.Catholic church to which Archbishop Macwan belongs. What did the R.Catholic church do with its Inquisitions-all over the globe and right here in India. It destroyed churches-brutalized the poor Indians. I am just citing two instances. So the Archbishop is ignorant of the Church history leave alone the history of India. He has no right to give lessons on patriotism and call for saving ‘our beloved country’. The kind of loot and scams that the RC. Church silently watched even abetted is history. The UPA government dented and shredded the Constitution of India and here comes Archbishop Macwan calling upon for safeguarding the Constitutional Rights. He goes further to state that the ‘secular and democratic fabric’ of the country is at stake. This if analyzed would mean that the Congress must be thrown out of the country (not just Gujarat) because what ONE DOES NOT HAVE ONE CANNOT GIVE. How can a party which has no inner democracy safe guard democracy? How can a dynast for the simple fact that he belongs to one family rule democratically and safeguard democracy?

Yes, vote for ‘humane leaders’. And what attributes does Archbishop Thomas Macwan give for being humane? Keep the ‘flock’ from birth to death in its clutches. Refuse them the freedom to think and brainwash them with the notion of One and Only God-which Archbishop Macwan has. If that is not oppression and tyranny then what is it? Is it not laughable that the Archbishop who belongs to the R.Catholic church calls for humane leaders? He has forgotten the genocide the burning of the witches at the stake-he has no knowledge of the torture and the Inquisition right in Goa.He has no idea of the forced conversion-of luring the people with a plate of rice /a loaf of bread-he has forgotten that the Mother Theresa indulged to baptizing dying children-refused them even painkillers. All this and more. Yet the R.Catholic church saw in her a saint because of the thousands she baptized. Archbishop Macwan  thinks that the elections in Gujarat is important because it will set the trend for the country. So he has advised and called upon the Catholics to recite the Hail Mary and Holy Mary. Recite the rosary he recommends. What if these Hail Marys and Holy Marys do not bring in the kind of result which Archbishop hopes for? So after the elections will he accept that the people have voted for ‘humane leaders’ and that the Hail Marys and Holy Marys produced that which the heavens wanted? Will he then talk of ‘secularism’ in the same breath and hail the verdict? The whole approach and the letter clearly depicts how ‘unsecular’ the Archbishop’s mindset is-and the R.Catholic church to which he belongs. Where is the relevance for such a call in a secular’ environ? For ages now the Christian churches have destroyed the ethos of this country which was based on tolerance and pluralism. Did the Hindus stoop to conversion and that too through violence and the blood shed as the R.Catholic church to which he belongs? In fact all the invaders be they the Dutch, the Portuguese the French and the English all belonging to the various Christians churches indulged in conversion and forced conversions. The Hindus did not-So who is secular and who is tolerant? Can one forget facts of history? Today so much is made of  a few incidents and attacks. But the bloody battles and the forced conversions are all pushed under the carpet. You get what you sow. There is no need for Archbishop Macwan to hide what he really wants-A few years ago I was in a church in B’lore when from the pulpit the preacher clearly instructed the ‘faithful’ on whom to vote.But one must have some guts to openly state ‘please do not vote for the BJP.’Why has Archbishop Macwan tried to hide his real intention in ‘beloved country’ and ‘Constitutional rights’ and ‘humane leaders’ et al. Still like the ostrich which hides its head in the sand? If he is  honest then he must openly state what his intention is to the Eminences and the Graces and the Lordships’ Calling upon the catholic community to daily recite the hail Marys and the Holy Marys what if the recital of the rosary worked out exactly for the opposite of what Archbishop Macwan has in mind ?.Will he swear by its efficacy? At least one would expect an Archbishop to speak out his mind with some clarity and courage. This is what this country deserves for giving the Minority Rights-which no other country in the world has. Naturally with such a right based on religion how can one expect a country to be secular? So I humbly plead to Archbishop Thomas Macwan to be more open and to pray that the Minority Rights be deleted from the Constitution so that we could really call this country really secular.

(Years ago I was a member of the National Advisory Council of the National Bishops Conference of India)

Dr Mrs Hilda Raja,Vadodara

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