A Catholic Bishop in Kerala has stoked controversy by recommending the Communist Celebration of India (CPI) to provide election ticket to a church-backed candidate forward of the upcoming legislative elections within the state.
As per reviews, Bishop Jacob Manathodath wrote a ‘confidential letter’ on January 11 to CPI State Secretary Kanam Rajendran, endorsing the candidature of a Catholic industrialist named Issac Varghese. The Catholic Bishop assured the CPI chief that the Christians would help the Communist celebration if Varghese is handed an election ticket from the Mannarkkad constituency in Palakkad district.
Catholic Church distances itself from Bishop
The matter got here to mild after the letter was leaked to the media, thereby prompting folks to query the political leanings of the Church and the Bishop. Whereas talking concerning the controversy, one Congress supporter Mathew Xavier said, “A bishop certainly has each proper to decide on his celebration, however interfering within the nomination of a political celebration together with his advice shouldn’t be appreciated.”
Whereas brushing the controversy apart, the Deputy Secretary of Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council (KCBC), Father Jacob Palakappilly has mentioned that the Church maintains satisfactory distance from all political events. He mentioned that it has been the long-standing place of the Church and Bishop Jacob’s feedback are his private views. Regardless of social media criticism, the Bishop didn’t clarify the rationale for writing such a letter.
Stance of catholic Church on Communist Events
Forward of the upcoming polls for 140 seat State Meeting, a number of political events are reaching out to non secular leaders in a bid to consolidate their vote financial institution. Historically, the Catholic Church has opposed the concept of Christians voting/supporting the Communist events attributable to their underlying philosophy of atheism.
As such, Bishop Jacob Manathodath’s letter appears to be a deviation from the normal political discourse of the Church. Christians represent 18% of Kerala’s inhabitants and are believed to play a vital function in figuring out the political fortunes of the brand new authorities. The Christians within the State have conventionally supported the Congress celebration.