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Bishops’ biennial plenary to address “Mission of Mercy” 

By Matters India Reporter

New Delhi: The Catholic bishops of India plan to study seriously how the Church can channelize its diversities to witness its mission of mercy in a country where it increasingly faces neglect and hostility.

“We are being neglected because we are only a small percentage of the people of this country. But we need not be alarmed,” says Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI).

The cardinal was addressing a meeting of Church leaders from all over the country in New Delhi. The current problems, the cardinal told them, should not make Christians aggressive but firm their resolve to preserve the country’s democratic and secular characteristics. “Promoting the constitutional values is our important duty,” he asserted.

Deputy secretaries of 14 CBCI regions that cover 174 dioceses, secretaries of the CBCI Offices/Councils, Core Team and resident priests at the CBCI Centre attended the November 5-7 meeting.

Cardinal Cleemis, who is also the head of the Syro-Malankara Church, noted that the CBCI is the interface between the government and the Church and it deals with national and regional issues.

The conference also coordinates the works of India’s three ritual Churches – Latin and Syro-Malabar, besides Syro-Malankara.

The cardinal said the CBCI will gather views and suggestions from these Churches and other sources to prepare policies to witness together its works of mercy and uphold the Christian faith in the country.

The cardinal also said the bishops’ next biennial plenary early next year will address “United in diversity for a mission of mercy and witness.”

The plenary scheduled for February 2-9, 2018, has chosen “United in diversity for a Mission of Mercy and Witness.”

The cardinal told the Church leaders not to consider Christians’ minority status as a disadvantage. “Small is beautiful and effective. Jesus sent out to the world a small group to preach the good news.

“This country is ours and we need to respond proactively to the challenges,” the cardinal added. According to him, the beatification of Sister Rani Maria on November 4 is “a pointer to the challenges” awaiting Christians in India.

He said the CBCI and its various bodies have to respond to the challenges and formulate guidelines to help the Church share its missionary mandate. He wants the Church leaders to help regional and local communities trust Christ’s assurance that he would be with humans until the end of times.

CBCI secretary general Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, who also addressed the meeting, noted that India is a melting pot many religions, races, castes, tribes, ethnic communities with different cultures, languages, scripts, customs, cuisine and living styles.

Here Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Jains, tribals, Jews and men and women of every religion, language, and belief have to a large extent lived together in exemplary harmony and tolerance. The world looks with awe at India’s wonderfully diverse and plural society added Bishop Mascarenhas said.

The chief guest of the plenary will be Cardinal Charles Bo, head of the Catholic Church in Myanmar. The Salesian prelate will visit India just after Pope Francis’ visit to Myanmar. “That would be a further enrichment for our plenary assembly,” Bishop Mascarenhas said.

The plenary will study Dalit and Tribal issues.

CBCI vice president Archbishop Andrews Thazhath of Trichurch noted that the Indian Church remains vibrant even in these challenging times. The obstacles we encounter are just symptoms. We need to work toward having proper strategies with think tanks and legal cells. “The CBCI is growing and we need to ensure continuity,” he added.

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2 Responses to Bishops’ biennial plenary to address “Mission of Mercy”

  1. Thankapan vaidhyar

    “The cardinal was addressing a meeting of Church leaders from all over the country in New Delhi. The current problems, the cardinal told them, should not make Christians aggressive but firm their resolve to preserve the country’s democratic and secular characteristics. “Promoting the constitutional values is our important duty,” he asserted.”

    The important duty of church leaders is promoting constitutional values? Ha ha. CBCI is workers of Kingdom of God or …. Promoters of vote bank of the national politics?
    Good to listen to A.bishop Thazhath, seems to be good observation.

     
  2. Thankapan vaidhyar

    “We are being neglected because we are only a small percentage of the people of this country”
    ha ha What a logic from an episcopa? Was Israel a big community when they defeated the big kings and nations? The only difference was God was with them. Feeling of neglected and slavary are net result of spiritual alianation from God.
    Cardinals are most of the time engaging in worldly news and politicians and meeting, busy in pleasing the corporate system and securing their throne. So spiritual wisdom is not coming out. Only fear and cunning deplomacy are left with them. Former times bishops had morally strong persons in their circle. Now days it is found business people, criminals, cute religious sisters and some ladies for no good encircle them. Then what can come out? Good priests, traditional families, and persons awarded by the church are all kept away in decision making.
    I suggest all the cardinals including bishops should spend some time infront of the blessed Eucharist (if they sit, such blunders they will not utter again and again, learn from charismatic laity whom bishops keep away from the main stream) for one hour to be with the world be at least two hours in front of Eucharist.and to be encircled by morally sound persons. Entrust unnecessary public relations and entrust political wings to laity who is really better. Unfortunate that bishops have no confidence in its own church laity and own priests. Keenly observing w can see spiritual duties are now being carried by elite laity. Clerics are becoming a formal dress bearers of secular world.
    Democracy and secular, all these are not to be the topics of bishops. Let the people in politics do it. pray for them sincerely. And let the laity in your pastoral concern be taught Catholic moral values, it will evolve. Believe in Holy Spirit sometimes. Nedumparambil also observed well

     
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