The Catholic Church has taken offence to the reported speech, wherein the previous chief minister’s son, extensively anticipated to be named a candidate for the upcoming meeting election, appears to make gentle of the difficulty by saying that nobody had points when hundreds of church buildings within the West have been transformed into dance bars. He additionally blamed CPM for utilizing the difficulty of the church-turned museum-turned mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, to create a wedge between Muslims and Christians.
“For the final 40 years, a whole lot of church buildings have been transformed into dance bars however nobody appears to have had any challenge with that. However now we see some events making an attempt to divide the folks within the title of a non-existent downside,” Chandy Oommen stated.
The Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council (KCBC) conveyed its displeasure over the feedback. “In his speech the youth chief tried to tarnish the picture of the Catholic Church. Our suspicion is that such reactions are intentional. There was no change within the Catholic Church’s stance on the article by Panakkad Syed Sadiq Ali Shihab Thangal on the Hagia Sophia challenge.” stated KCBC’s deputy secretary and official spokesperson Jacob Palackappilly.
. “We contacted Chandy Oommen by cellphone to specific our sentiment and the youth chief conceded that it was a mistake on his half,” he added.
In an official assertion, KCBC stated younger leaders ought to know their historical past. “In an try and justify the author of an article in Chandrika each day, which praised the act of Turkish president Erdogan changing Hagia Sophia right into a mosque, Chandy Oommen analyzed the occasion connecting it with church buildings in Europe getting bought and transformed into business areas. Does the political management right here not know that the act of changing the historic monument right into a mosque inflicted an unhealable wound on Christianity?” the assertion stated.
Chandy Oommen got here out with an announcement later. “I by no means tried to justify [Erdogan’s] motion. Everyone knows that makes an attempt to restructure locations of worship can have repercussions in society. I remorse that the speech was manipulated and misinterpreted. I by no means supposed the identical,” he stated.
( With inputs from Kochi bureau)