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June 26, 2009

New prayer groups spread abhorrence for Hinduism: Catholic Church

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The Catholic Church in Kerala has called on its flock to keep away from some of the new mass prayer movements that promise
miracles. The warning issued in the form of a pastoral letter also blames these sects of spreading abhorrence for Hinduism.
“They teach that evil spirits would come to us if we use some kinds of flowers, pictures of elephants or peacock, lamps or `mangalsutra’. They are spreading the message that by using things which other religions consider sacred, the sins would also come to the user. All this show only their abhorrence for Hindu religion,” says the letter signed among others by Kerala Catholic Bishop Council president Daniel Acharuparambil and president ofthe Catholic Bishops Conference of India Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil.
It says though the Catholic Church preaches only Jesus, it does not disregard what is true or divine in other religions. The Bible even teaches to treat other religions with respect, the letter adds.
The Catholic Church has its own mass prayer movements and these had played a significant role in reviving faith in the Bible, it said. However, the new groups were flouting all prescribed rules on interpreting the Bible, the state council charged.
Naming at least seven such sects in the state, the letter called on the clergy to ensure that they did not mislead the laity. Those who claim that they have had revelations or could cure diseases through miracle should be assessed logically, it added.
The letter evoked sharp response from the Indian Pentecostal Church (IPC) which termed it as a “desperate act” by the Catholic Church to stem the loss of its flock. “Large number of Catholics are leaving for other new-life sects and this was worrying them as their very existence is in danger, said IPC president K M Joseph. “We only preach the gospel. The accusation against us is only an attempt to confuse the Hindus.”

The Catholic Church in Kerala has called on its flock to keep away from some of the new mass prayer movements that promise miracles. The warning issued in the form of a pastoral letter also blames these sects of spreading abhorrence for Hinduism.

“They teach that evil spirits would come to us if we use some kinds of flowers, pictures of elephants or peacock, lamps or `mangalsutra’. They are spreading the message that by using things which other religions consider sacred, the sins would also come to the user. All this show only their abhorrence for Hindu religion,” says the letter signed among others by Kerala Catholic Bishop Council president Daniel Acharuparambil and president ofthe Catholic Bishops Conference of India Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil.

It says though the Catholic Church preaches only Jesus, it does not disregard what is true or divine in other religions. The Bible even teaches to treat other religions with respect, the letter adds.

The Catholic Church has its own mass prayer movements and these had played a significant role in reviving faith in the Bible, it said. However, the new groups were flouting all prescribed rules on interpreting the Bible, the state council charged.

Naming at least seven such sects in the state, the letter called on the clergy to ensure that they did not mislead the laity. Those who claim that they have had revelations or could cure diseases through miracle should be assessed logically, it added.

The letter evoked sharp response from the Indian Pentecostal Church (IPC) which termed it as a “desperate act” by the Catholic Church to stem the loss of its flock. “Large number of Catholics are leaving for other new-life sects and this was worrying them as their very existence is in danger, said IPC president K M Joseph. “We only preach the gospel. The accusation against us is only an attempt to confuse the Hindus.”

Source: TOI

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