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Why newly built Hyderabad church attacked – why it was opposed by the local villagers yet built without permission from the Government? (1)

May 28, 2017

Why newly built Hyderabad church attacked – why it was opposed by the local villagers yet built without permission from the Government? (1)

UCAN India report

The Church inagurated on 13-05-2017 was attacked on 21-05-2017 by the local villagers[1]: Two days ago on Sunday [21-05-2017], vandals trashed “Our Lady of Fatima Catholic church” at Godamakunta in Kundapalli, a village in Keesara mandal, Hyderabad (Telangana), thus, the newspapers and internet versions started circulated the news as if the Christians are attacked again and again in India. This “is a great shock” for the local Catholic community. “We are deeply hurt” and “discouraged. We shall rally for peace through prayers,” said Mgr Bernard Swarna, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Hyderabad as he reacted to the act of vandalism[2]. “Our religious sentiments have been deeply offended,” the clergyman noted. “The attackers entered the church and destroyed everything. For us Catholics, it is very painful to see the statue of Our Lady thrown to the ground, the crucified Christ broken, and the altar turned over.” So, the other Christian denominations have chosen to keep quite!

Swarna Bernard Vicar General of St. Joseph College-Hybiz.tv

The Vicar says, “….the vandalising of the church is the work of a “few extremists”, unlike “the majority of Hindus with whom we have good relations[3]: At the same time though, “We received support from Muslims and Hindus who condemned the violence against the church. They expressed their solidarity by participating in an act of prayer.” Mgr Swarna added that the Archdiocese is organising a meeting for next Sunday with the participation of religious leaders and ordinary believers to reiterate that, despite the intolerance of Hindu extremists, “praying is important”. “At first we thought to limit to Catholics, but after receiving so many messages of support, we decided to open it to everyone,” he explained. According to the vicar[4], the vandalising of the church is the work of a “few extremists”, unlike “the majority of Hindus with whom we have good relations”.  So, the Vicar or the Bishop or the media, why did not point out –

  1. Who are the “few extremists”?
  2. How they are different from “the majority of Hindus with whom we have good relations”, as claimed by him?
  3. Does it mean the “few extremists” are different from “the majority of Hindus with whom we have good relations”, as claimed by him?
  4. What exactly, he wanted to convey?
  5. If they are not “Hindus”, who are they?
  6. Are they Christians, Mohammedans??

They have conveniently suppressed the facts without answering.

Herald Malaysian - on church attack

Still, “There is a lot of confusion,” the prelate said, “and people demand respect. We want to rally for peace.”: He [the Vicar] also thanked the local police for their proven support, which “guaranteed us protection”.  Likewise, the authorities have offered “maximum cooperation”, as shown by the arrest yesterday of 22 people involved in the vandalising of the place of worship.” Still, “There is a lot of confusion,” the prelate said, “and people demand respect. We want to rally for peace.” Today the Archdiocese issued a press release in which it describes the attack against the church, which was inaugurated on 13 May 2017 by Archbishop Thumma Bala for the centenary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima.  So, the Vicar again says something mysteriously –

  1. Still, “There is a lot of confusion,” the prelate said, ….why and that is the confusion?
  2. He continued to say, “…..and people demand respect. We want to rally for peace.”
  3. Why the attackers requires respect?
  4. Who are they to be respected?
  5. Why he wants peace with them?
  6. Does he imply that they are Christians?

Hyderabad church attacked- Thumma Bala

This is “a brutal act of violating our fundamental right of freedom to live, practice and worship our faith.”: The communiqué notes that a mob of more than a hundred people broke into the church, threatened the watchman and desecrated the place. “They also attacked Mr. Anantha Reddy, the supervisor of the construction work going on there, who was capturing this act of vandalism on his cellphone” [sic].  This is “a brutal act of violating our fundamental right of freedom to live, practice and worship our faith.” According to the Archdiocese, damages total around 250,000 rupees (US$ 3,850). “Such attacks can happen anywhere,” said Mgr Matthew Cheriankunnel in his homily. “We are not so far from [what is said] in “the Acts of the Apostles. In India, persecution is nigh, and we must expect it to come from all sides at any time. We have to live with this reality.” Fr Rayarala Vijay Kumar, the regional superior of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME) in India[5], believes that violence “does not come from the people, from ordinary people, but has political-religious motives. Unlike other confessions, Hinduism has traditionally always been a tolerant religion,” but “Today, it is becoming more and more extremist.”–Asia News.

  1. This is “a brutal act of violating our fundamental right of freedom to –
    1. live,
    2. practice and
    3. worship our faith.”

Fantastic, yet you do not care for the Acts and Rules prevalent there!

  1. “Such attacks can happen anywhere,” said Mgr Matthew Cheriankunnel in his homily. “We are not so far from [what is said] in “the Acts of the Apostles. – so what he wanted to say?
  2. In India, persecution is nigh, and we must expect it to come from all sides at any time. We have to live with this reality.” Fr Rayarala Vijay Kumar. So with this internal issue, he wants to politicize!
  3. Rayarala Vijay Kumar believes that violence “does not come from the people, from ordinary people, but has political-religious motives. – So from ordinary people violence comes and he can attribute to “extremism”!
  4. Unlike other confessions, Hinduism has traditionally always been a tolerant religion,” but “Today, it is becoming more and more extremist.” – Hinduis is becoming more and more extremist!
  5. Thus, for every thing, they want to blame “Hinduim”!

 Fr Rayarala Vijay Kumar, the regional superior of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME) in India

Church constructed without permission – construction started under the pretext of constructing a “function hall”[6]: According to the reports, a church located at Gudmakund village in Kesara Mandal of Medchal districts was attacked and the idols were desecrated. The persons arrested include Sarpanch, Dy. Sarpanch and two Govt. school teachers. ACP of Kushaiguda district, Syed Rafiq told that as soon as police got information, the accused have been arrested. It is mentioned that one Mr. George Reddy was constructing a church on his three acre land for which he had not taken permission from any authority[7]. He started this construction under a pretext of constructing a function hall. After getting this news, villagers including Sarpanch, Dy. Sarpanch and others assembled on Saturday. They reached George Reddy’s farm house and dismantled the under construction building. The arrested persons are Anil Kumar, Sarpanch, M. Rajalinga, Dy. Sarpanch, D. Venkat Reddy, Govt. teacher, C. Yadagiri, Govt. teacher and others. The Hindu reported it in its own way[8], “The irate villagers claimed that the owner of the land had illegally built the church. We have booked them for rioting,” Inspector M. Surender said, adding that they were yet to name people in the case. The inspector also said George Reddy, the owner of the land who had allocated about 1,000 square yards for the church, had applied for permission for constructing a church with the district administration but had not received approval yet.”!  So George Reddy started building consciously without permission without caring for the law of this land.

© Vedaprakash

28-05-2017

Amman, Mary, carrying Krishna-Hinduized

[1] Asian News, Catholics are discouraged their church is vandalised, but will rally for peace, says Vicar of Hyderabad, May 24. 2017.

[2] http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Catholics-are-discouraged-their-church-is-vandalised,-but-will-rally-for-peace,-says-vicar-of-Hyderabad-40818.html

[3] Herald Malaysia online, Catholics are discouraged their church is vandalised, but will rally for peace, says Vicar of Hyderabad, May 24. 2017.

[4] http://www.heraldmalaysia.com/news/catholics-are-discouraged-their-church-is-vandalised-but-will-rally-for-peace-says-vicar-of-hyderabad/36367/1

[5] https://www.pimeusa.org/contact; https://www.pimeusa.org/

[6] The Siasat Daily, DESECRATION IN MEDCHAL CHURCH, INCLUDING SARPANCH 22 ARRESTED, May 23, 2017.

[7] http://www.siasat.com/news/desecration-medchal-church-including-sarpanch-22-arrested-1188079/

[8] The Hindu, Newly built church vandalized, SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT, HYDERABAD, MAY 22, 2017 01:36 IST; UPDATED: MAY 22, 2017 07:27 IST.

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How is that Indians still do not know as to “Good Friday” is “Good” or “Bad” or that day is for mourning or celebration?

March 29, 2016

How is that Indians still do not know as to “Good Friday” is “Good” or “Bad” or that day is for mourning or celebration?

why Indians do not know about Good Fridsay 25-03-2016Business people want to do business on holidays: In a week filled with public holidays including Holi, Good Friday and Easter [(25-03-2016 (Friday), 26-03-2016 (Saturday) and 27-03-2016 (Sunday)], e-commerce sites have tried to capitalise on the four-day weekend by luring shoppers with heavy discounts[1]. It is quite natural thay business people want to do business on holidays! Therefore, the use of term ‘good Friday’ in a promotional campaign by E-commerce firm Snapdeal on Good Friday, a day observed to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, triggered a row, after which the company apologised[2], as reported by the Indian press is intriguing. It added the feason that the content of the promotions did not go down well with members of the Christian community, as despite its name, Good Friday is not a day of celebration. Instead, it is the day on which Christians commemorate the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. It is a day of fasting and penance for the community. It is in this context that some Christians felt that the advertisements put out by Snapdeal and Myntra were in bad taste[3]. Though, these media-guys suddenly became so “christian” to defend christians had not been intelligent enough to poin out the faux pas. Ironically, the so-called intelligent or secular Indian media did not point out when the ads were put on.

Snapdeal Good Friday 40 percent offerSnapdeal and Myntra offers on Good Friday: Issuing an (sic) statement, the e-tailer said: “We regret the tag line used. It is an error on our part”. “We extend our sincere apologies to all whose feelings we may have hurt inadvertently. We will work to ensure that something like this never happens again,” said a Snapdeal spokes person[4]. To cash in on the extended weekends due to Holi and Good Friday, Snapdeal had sent promotional e-mails to its customers with a subject line “It’s a really really good Friday|Flat 40% Off[5]. Another retailer Myntra also reportedly run a similar promotional campaign offering steep discounts ranging from 50 per cent to 80 per cent to its buyers on the day[6]. Despite several efforts, Myntra company officials could not be reached for comments. However, a section of people (Christians) felt offended to this as Good Friday is not a day of celebration.

why Indians do not know about Good Fridsay - Christians object-25-03-2016It (the objection of Christians) started with Goa: “I was appalled when I got the app notification from Myntra,” said Fernando Monte Da Silva, a journalist from Panjim in Goa. “I was shocked at the ignorance and insensitivity on display.” Silva said the prefix “Good” often misleads people into thinking it is a day for celebration. There are several theories surrounding the etymology of Good Friday, one of them being that the day is “good” because Christ showed his love for mankind by dying for their sins. However, Silva said this confusion could not be used an excuse in the case. “I had a professor who wished me for Good Friday, but that is an honest mistake,” said Silva. “In a company as big as Myntra, I would assume that there would be levels of scrutiny before such content is (are) put out. Ignorance is one thing, but when you’re using it as a promo to generate revenue, that’s just taking it a tad too far.” Silva shared a screenshot of the alert on his Facebook page and triggered a debate over whether sheer ignorance was at play or whether the content writers had pushed the boundaries of creativity. Thus, this news was also created out of Twitter only!

While few BJP leaders were wrong, Modi was correct on “Good Friday”: The faux pas occurred on a day when two senior BJP leaders were today left embarrassed after they set Twitter abuzz with criticism by “wishing happiness” on the occasion of Good Friday. After all when the business people with all nuances could not know “Good Friday” is “bad”, how the poor BJP leaders know. Any way, Modi tweeteed, “Good Friday is a day of prayer & a day to remember the noble, pious & compassionate thoughts of Jesus Christ, that touched many lives”! Any way, these Hindutwa guys have not been so sophisticated as the crooked, atheist and secular Karunanidhi who wishes and weeps dramatically for all non-Hindu festivals or mournings without fail, even if they forget.

Tech In Asia ‘s campaign against campaign:  Eye-popping sales and deals of the week are pretty standard marketing gimmicks for retailers across the world, online or offline[7], thus noted one Techniasia. In India, where ecommerce is seeing breakneck growth, taking up any opportunity to promote sales has become a pretty standard deal. There are Diwali sales, Christmas deals, regional celebrations and in true American fashion, even back to school campaigns. However, it has failed to record that these campaigners too had gone in “American fashion” but, took it as “Black Friday”! Over the weekend, two Indian biggies – Snapdeal and Myntra, owned by Flipkart – pushed the envelope so far, it all fell apart. They used Good Friday, the day observed to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, as promotional material. Not surprisingly, customers lashed out online, thus, Techniasia continued its big lie, as if “all customers” indulged in such lashing out. “We know it’s a Good Friday when you get 50-80 percent off,” said a Myntra campaign[8]. Snapdeal went along similar lines, saying it was a “really really good Friday,” peddling a flat forty percent off campaign on the website. Snapdeal has since apologized for the faux pas, but Myntra just told Tech In Asia it had no comments i.e, they could not be reached[9].

Indians do not know Good Fridsay - Modi and his collegues-25-03-2016Snapdeal’s Arvind confessed that they were ignorant about Good Friday!: That’s telling, given how a marketing campaign in these companies would have to be vetted and approved by an entire team before it went live, and couldn’t simply be a slip by one person. “There is pressure of increasing sales on all retailers, and it’s not just on online ones. But this purely a reflection of the ineptness of the marketing department at these companies,” chairman of management consulting firm TechnopakAdvisors told Tech in Asia. However, most industry watchers said this wouldn’t make a lasting dent on either company’s brand image. India is a secular country, but about 80 percent of its population is Hindu. Industry experts say the blunder may have been lost on a number of customers, who themselves may not be well acquainted with the significance of the day of mourning. “This is ignorance, but this won’t hurt the companies in the long run. When it comes to brand image, I don’t think customers will remember for too long,” Arvind said.

Black Friday and Good Friday in American way: BlacThe business people obviously confused with “Black Friday” (sales and shopping) with “Good Friday”! Thanksgiving Day in the United States (the fourth Thursday of November). Since 1932, it has been regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season in the US, and most major retailers open very early (and more recently during overnight hours) and offer promotional sales. Black Friday is not an official holiday, but California and some other states observe “The Day After Thanksgiving” as a holiday for state government employees, sometimes in lieu of another federal holiday such as Columbus Day[10]. Many non-retail employees and schools have both Thanksgiving and the following Friday off, which, along with the following regular weekend, makes it a four-day weekend, thereby increasing the number of potential shoppers. It has routinely been the busiest shopping day of the year since 2005[11].

Has Christianity and Christ failed in India?: From Snapdeal to Myntra amd politicians do not know about the significance of “Good Friday”, how common people of India know? For example, how many of Indian Christians, who were converted from Hindu religion really know about it mourn? The missionaries had been fooling the heathen Indians, idolatrous Hindus and what not for the last 300 years, but, yet, the “enlightened” converted Christians could not understand the theology of Good Friday and Easter. This clearly proves the religious fraud, failure of Christianity and Christ and utter uselessness of their theology. Why then thousands of missionaries of A to Z denominations come here, spent millions and loot millions to foll Indians and also fool themselves. Let them take a relook at themselves, as the commericial companies did blunder.

© Vedapraksh

29-03-2016

[1] Scroll.in, ‘It’s a really really good Friday’: Myntra, Snapdeal irk Christians with ‘insensitive’ ads, by Scroll Staff, Published Mar 25, 2016 · 08:10 pm.   Updated Mar 25, 2016 · 08:11 pm.

[2] The Financial express, Ecommerce: Snapdeal, Myntra eat humble pie on Good Friday sales, By: PTI | New Delhi | March 25, 2016 11:25 PM

[3] http://scroll.in/article/805679/its-a-really-really-good-friday-myntra-snapdeal-irk-christians-with-insensitive-ads

[4] Hindusthan Times, Snapdeal’s faux pas: Good Friday sales tagline backfires, PTI, New Delhi, Updated: Mar 27, 2016 02:39 IST.

[5] http://www.financialexpress.com/article/industry/companies/ecommerce-snapdeal-myntra-eat-humble-pie-on-good-friday-sales/229613/

[6] http://www.dnaindia.com/money/report-snapdeal-apologises-for-using-really-really-good-friday-as-tag-line-for-sale-2194084

[7] Techinasia, Two of India’s biggest startups really missed the mark on Good Friday, Nivedita Bhattacharjee, 6:55 PM on Mar 28, 2016

[8] https://www.techinasia.com/myntra-snapdeal-good-friday

[9] http://www.hindustantimes.com/business/snapdeal-s-faux-pas-good-friday-sales-tagline-backfires/story-gSgHhoVtFzmIGxznabQaTO.html

[10]  “Pima County in Arizona Replaces Columbus Day with Black Friday”. BestBlackFriday.com. August 7, 2013.

[11] International Council of Shopping Centers.“Holiday Watch: Media Guide 2006 Holiday Facts and Figure”.; ShopperTrak, Press Release,ShopperTrak Reports Positive Response to Early Holiday Promotions Boosts Projections for 2010 Holiday Season at the Wayback Machine (archived November 29, 2010) (November 16, 2010).

Why Vatican thrust “miracles”, “beautification”, “canonization”, “sainthood” etc., on India?

April 4, 2014

Why Vatican thrust “miracles”, “beautification”, “canonization”, “sainthood” etc., on India?

 

Vedaprakash

 

Two to be canonized 2014

Two to be canonized 2014

India has seen many-many saints, teachers, gurus etc, for the last thousands of years and therefore none need to certify them. To endorse that she is “the first Indian woman” to get “sainthood” etc., are meaningless in Indian context. Yet, Indians are surprised to note that she / he has been beautified; canonized; given “sainthood” etc., as if it is a man or woman is getting that status, that too, at the charity of Vatican they are given as if to to some beggars. And these details are dumped on them through media, as if they do not have saints etc. It is ridiculous, as no man can get certificate from others for his / her status of anything, as he / she is responsible for his / her actions. Indians never implore others to help. In fact, all came to India in search of wisdom, wealth, health, spirituality and so on. As such news is forced on them again and again, Indians have to understand such motivated propagation. Now, it has started with two Chavara Kuriakose Elias and Mother Euphrasia. Definitely, 99& of Indians do not know them. Yet, they are pushed on them.

 

Canonization and myth making machinery 2014

Canonization and myth making machinery 2014

The processes of identifying “miracles”, beautification and canonization:  The news is coming like this – Pope Francis I approved the miracles attributed to Chavara Kuriakose Elias (1805-1871) and Mother Euphrasia (1877-1952) are the members of the Syro-Malabar community in the state. and they would be canonized by October 2014. But the so-called sensational miracles are supposedly observed by individuals, as the stories go about narrating them. As could be noted in the Catholic sensational legends, they are observed only by few but certified by many or acceptable to the Pope. Many times, one-to-one miracles are declared as “public” one and even the priests who do not see or know ready to endorse. Thus, the sensational hierarchies go on attesting and the attested are confirmed in the order. Then the confirmed are officially stated, declared and canonized.

 

Beautification or the readiness to enter heaven: Indians generally know beautification courses offered nowadays and beauticians setting up parlours following LPG. However, here Beatificationas usual derived from Latinbeatus, but “blessed” thus, it is a recognition accorded by the Catholic Churchof a dead person’s entrance into Heaven. It also testifies the capacity to intercede on behalf of individuals who pray in his or her name understood as “intercession of saints”. Beatification is the third of the four steps in the canonizationprocess, as explained above. A person who is beatified is in English given the title “Blessed”. Till beautification, it is not known what the dead would be doing without entering heaven.

 

“Miracles” personalized – need not be more than one to be tested: As per the Christian sources, it is claimed that since the Catholic Church reform of 1983, one miracle must be believed to have taken place through the intercession of the person to be beatified, though the medical investigations of the Church are privately conducted and therefore subject to speculation about their methods. That is no second or third miracle is required to be reported, seen by others and testified, just one is enough. The miracle, phenomenon or vision is tested only by the Church appointed persons and the results are accepted and test certificates are duly given. So, like Sircar and other magicians, they need not show or prove their skills before the audience or public. If any two persons come together and certify the claim each other mutually, they could prove their miraculous power of amazing visions, astounding apparition and unbelievable images, none could question them, but only agree, endorse and certify.

 

For “martyrdom”, “miracle” need be reported, but can be testified straight away: Suppose, some people may not be capable of doing such things, then, they are given some sort of concession, exemption. That is you could not make miracle, do not worry, get killed, you would become “martyr”! Thus, there is another category of “martyrdom” and none could question, if somebody is declared as “martyr” i.e, died for the religion or sacrificed himself for cause of Mary or the Jesus Christ.  The requirement of a miracle is not necessary for those who have died a martyr, as their sanctity is already evident because they were killed distinctly out of hatred for the faith (“odium fidei”). Thus, the so-called “Church-historians” infuse hatred here, as the “martyr” is created, whether such persons was there or not or he / she ever actually did anything for Christianity or the person is Christian him/herself! Generally, the so-called “martyrs” have been sinners, cruel persons, criminals, and all other categories.

 

Christian myth can be localized and local history can be mythified to suit Christianity: The feast day for a Blessed person is not universal, but is celebrated only in regions where the person receives particular veneration. In other words, this is also very much localized or not noticed or known to others. Cultus confirmation is a somewhat different procedure, where the church recognizes a local cult of a person, asserting that veneration of that person is acceptable. In other words, to create myth, the church simply misappropriates, takes over and manufactures such localized myths. Such a confirmation is more an official sanctioning of folk Catholicismthan an active step in a canonization procedure, but the object of the cult may equally be addressed as “Blessed.” As “Christ-myth” has been useful to Christianity, everything would be blessed only as long as it serves for the purpose.

 

The story of Chavara Kuriakose Elias (1805-1871): Coming to these two now in Indian context, the brief about them are as follows – Chavara Kuriakose Elias was born near Alappuzha in 1805 and he founded the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate  – CMI on May 11, 1831, and the Mother of Carmel – CMC on February 13, 1866. He died at Koonammavu, near here, in 1871. They usually claim, “Scores of miraculous favours” were reported by the intercession of Kuriakose Elias. Sister Alphonsa (1910-46), who later became the “first saint of India” (Saint Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception, F.C.C.), has herself testified in 1936 that Father Kuriakose had appeared to her twice during her illness and relieved her suffering. That is the man who died in 1871 appeared before her and this is claim or miracle and none can vouchsafe this! As the correspondence was created in determination to beautify and canonize, In 1955, Mar Mathew Kavukattu, arch-bishop of Changanacherry, received instructions from Rome to start diocese-level procedure towards the canonisation. On April 7, 1984, Pope John Paul II approved the Servant of God, Kuriakose Elias Chavara’s practice of heroic virtues and declared him “Venerable”. He was beautified with Alphonsa[1] naturally. Six years after the canonization of Sister Alphonsa as India’s first woman saint by the Vatican, Fr Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Sister Euphrasia Eluvathingal moved closer to the sainthood with Pope Francis approving miracles attributed to them[2].

 

The story of Mother Euphrasia (1877-1952): Mother Euphrasia was a member of the order of the Sisters of the Congregation of Mother of Carmel, founded by Blessed Chavara Kuriakose Elias. She was beatified by Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil at a public function in Ollur, near Thrissur, in 2006[3]. A miracle attributed to her intercession and approved by the Vatican in June 2006 concerned the apparent healing of a carpenter from bone cancer. On December 3, 2006, she was beatified in St. Anthony’s Forane Church, Ollur, Thrissur, with the declaration of the Major Archbishop, Varkey Vithayathil on behalf of the Pope Benedict XVI. Apostolic nuncio to India Archbishop Pedro Lopez Quintana and Archbishop Jacob Thoomkuzhy of Syro-Malabar Catholic Archdiocese of Thrissurjoined 30 prelates and 500 priests for the beatification events. Ollur parish belongs to Syro-Malabar Catholic Archdiocese of Thrissur, part of the Syro-Malabar Church, one of the two Catholic Oriental-rites based in Kerala. The Vatican document says[4], “Pope John Paul II approved the Decree of the heroic virtues of the Servant of God in 2002, proclaiming her Venerable. On Sunday, 3 December 2006, she became the fifth Blessed of Kerala, India, and the sixth of the Nation of India.” Pope Francis has signed the reports sent by the Diocese of Pala and Irinjalakkuda, confirming  Vatican’s acceptance of the miracles[5].

 

From John Brito to Devasahayam Pillai – concocted histories manufactured: The church-writers have themselves have given two versions of John Brito – one he was a womanizer, eyeing for the wife of Kizhavan Sethupathy and thus warned first, but he did not heed and his repeated violations led to his execution  but, the second story makes him “martyr”! That is John Brito was preaching the word of god, but the idiot heathens did not recognize, prevent him from spreading good news and thus hanged him! Anyway, none know all these stories, yet, they created another story with one character Devasahayam Pillai (1712–1752) Devasahayam Pillai’s name was nominated by the church in Kerala as he was reportedly imprisoned in 1752 by Travancore King Marthanda Varma who was upset about Pillai’s conversion from Hinduism[6].  But, historians exposed the myths turned spurious church history in propagating such lies.

 

Iculturation with canonization

Iculturation with canonization

2012 Devasahayam Pillai brought and beautified: As per the Chrian version, the details are as follows: In 2004, at the request of the diocese of Kottar, Tamil Nadu Bishops’ Council (TNBC) and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) recommended Devasahayam Pillai for the process of beatification to the Vatican. Characteristically, it notes that Some “Hindu groups” objected to this initiative on the grounds that there was no evidence of religious persecution in Travancore during that period, and that Pillai was executed for sedition[7]. However, documents dating back to the period of Devasahayam Pillai show that conversion of court officials to Christianity was not tolerated. On June 28, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate a decree regarding the martyrdom of Devasahayam Pillai and he was referred to as “Venerable”. On 2 December 2012, a ceremony of beatification and declaration of martyrdom was held in Nagercoil, in the Roman Catholic diocese of Kottar in Southern India, presided over by Angelo Cardinal Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, acting as papal delegate[8]. Devasahayam Pillai is the first lay man to be elevated to the rank of “Blessed” in India (the step preceding raising a person to Sainthood under the Canon Law of the Catholic Church).

 

New myths created to exploit the old ones

New myths created to exploit the old ones

Picturization of the beautified ones, new myths floated around them: If all these processes and activities are confined to Christians and their faith, then, naturally, in secular India, others need not interfere with or in their miracles or myths. Moreover, the picturization of their saints in question prove that they exploit the inculturation process in India. In the case of Chavara Kuriakose Elias, the “chin-mudra” in one hand, “thanda” in another hand fire in front smacks any catholicity than the usual bastardization of mixing symbols. Some imaginary figures show that the new myths created would revolve around caste system, sudras, now mentioned as “dalits”, of course, the rejected “thomas myth”!  These prove that they have some ulterior motives, as they already played double-game with the so-called “Dalit-christians”, but failed miserably[9]. Pope accepted that Thomas never came to India! But, that does not prevent Kerala Christians from myth making. If old myth is not accepted, new one is spinned around the old one to create more myths that would be in circulation till they are declared myths by fraudulent ways or concocted etc[10].  The issues of stamps and coins have been strategically exploited to make appear that new myth floated get certified or as if approved by the Government of India!

 

Strategy of myth making

Strategy of myth making

Conclusion: As more and more murders, sex scandals, nun-running and other related crimes came out from the Churches, seminaries and convents, during the last two decades in many parts of India, the Catholic Church with blessings of the Vatican now tries to whitewash such sins by the wonderful way of canonization of males and females dead. What is required is attribution of miracles performed by them and no secularist, atheist and other rationalists of the categories would question and such stuff would be flashed as national news. But, when those Christian sinners are alive, that is the Christian murderers, pedophiles, rapists and other criminals there, the Indian church and as well as Vatican should worry about them and clean their minds and bodies. In fact, they can be punished to get them liberated to become martyrs straight away.

 

Vedaprakash

© 04-04-2014

[1] http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/homilies/1986/documents/hf_jp-ii_hom_19860208_stadio-kattayam_en.html

[2] http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/Kochi/Fr-Chavara-Sr-Euphrasia-closer-to-sainthood/articleshow/33193955.cms

[3] http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/two-more-from-kerala-to-be-canonised/article5869003.ece

[4] http://www.vatican.va/news_services/liturgy/saints/ns_lit_doc_20061203_eufrasia_en.html

[5] http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/kochi/Cup-of-Joy-Runneth-Over-for-Catholics/2014/04/04/article2148616.ece#.Uz5i8fQW1AI

[6] http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kochi/Three-more-Keralites-on-road-to-sainthood/articleshow/17408986.cms

[7] Historians like M.G.S. Narayanan point out that there was no such person penalized or executed during the reign of  Marthanda Varma.

[8] http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil_nadu/article1364366.ece

[9] Soosai vs UOI AIR 733 SC

[10] As “thomas-myth” protagonists work vigorously in Kerala, it is quite reasonable that they exploit this issue indirectly getting new areas for propagation.