1. Now, Church politics in Gujarat: Gandhinagar Archbishop Thomas Macwan urges Christians to save India from nationalist forces

Now, Church politics in Gujarat: Gandhinagar Archbishop Thomas Macwan urges Christians to save India from nationalist forces

Gujarat Election 2017: In a signed letter Archdiocese of Gandhinagar Archbishop Thomas Macwan has urged Christians to pray for the election of humane leaders to save India from nationalist forces.

By: | Gandhinagar | Updated: November 24, 2017 11:41 AM
gujarat elections 2017, church letter, archdiocese of Gandhinagar Archbishop Thomas Macwan , church politics Archdiocese of Gandhinagar Archbishop Thomas Macwan. (IE)

Gujarat Election 2017: In a signed letter Archdiocese of Gandhinagar Archbishop Thomas Macwan has urged Christians to pray for the election of humane leaders to save India from nationalist forces. The letter on behalf of al Bishops of Churches in the state have urged Christians to organise prayer services so that people who are faithful to the Indian Constitution could be elected. “The Bishops of Gujarat state request you to organise prayer services in your parishes and convents so that people, who would remain faithful to our Indian Constitution and respect every human being without any discrimination, are elected in the Gujarat state Assembly,” said the letter signed by Macwan on November 21.

The official communique termed Gujarat elections as “significant” for the future of India. Without mentioning the name of any political party, the letter, however, urged Christians to pray for the defeat of nationalist forces.

“The dates of the Gujarat state Assembly (polls) have been declared.The results of this election are significant and it will have its repercussion and reverberation throughout our beloved nation. It will influence the course of our country. We are aware that the secular and democratic fabric of our country is at stake. Human Rights are being violated. The constitutional rights are being trampled. Not a single day goes without an attack on our churches, faithful or institutions. There is a growing sense of insecurity among the minorities, OBCs, BCs, poor and so on. Nationalist forces are on the verge of taking over the country. The election results of Gujarat State Assembly can make a difference.”

Here is the Letter:

Citing examples from history prayers to Mother Mary had helped in the defeat of tyrannical forces, the letter said, “The recitation of the Holy Rosary at individual, community, family and parish-levels will be of great help. It saved Europe from being taken over by the people of other faith. Communist governments and dictators in a number of countries have been tumbled in the past through the protecting hand of our beloved Mother Mary. It has brought the level of abortion incidents in Poland from 30% to 4%. It will save our country from nationalist forces too. Even the Lord, while he was praying in the garden of Gethsemane (where Jesus Christ prayed the night before his crucifixion), had asked his disciple to watch and pray. Let us take his advice seriously. Let us trust our Lord Jesus and ask for His help.”

  1. J
    Judef
    Dec 2, 2017 at 1:32 am
    What`s wrong in the Bishop`s letter? The Bishop is only asking the faithful to pray for Good Lord to show mercy and it is the solemn right of every religious to pray for his/her faith(may it be a Muslim/Hindu/Christian).
    Reply
    1. J
      Judef
      Dec 2, 2017 at 1:31 am
      What`s wrong in the Bishop`s letter? The Bishop is only asking the faithful to pray for Good Lord to show mercy and it is the solemn right of every religious to pray for his/her faith(may it be a Muslim/Hindu/Christian).
      Reply
      1. B
        B Navin Kumar
        Nov 25, 2017 at 5:34 pm
        Thomas, Teresa was a fraud, and pope, knowing fully well that she is a fraud, ( s: medium / KittyWenham/mother-teresas-sainthood-is-a-fraud-just-like-she-was-eb395177572) made her a christian 'saint'. chistianity is the religion where thieves, fraudsters, rapists, cheats and all kind of criminals ( s: books.google.co /books?id MaWOAgAAQBAJ pg PA197 lpg PA197 dq criminal papacy source bl ots ZsiJchVwnI sig gSy6CmAjS3IcQ81UyBmd1QdRb0s hl en sa X ved 0ahUKEwjygYLV2djXAhUETo8KHbqHDIQ4ChDoAQg9MAQ#v onepage q criminal 20papacy f false)
        Reply
        1. B
          B Navin Kumar
          Nov 25, 2017 at 12:23 pm
          Thomas, you come from a long line of criminals, rapists, murderers, fraudsters and thieves. (The Criminal History of the Papacy s: bibliotecapleyades /vatican/esp_vatican30a.htm : ftarchives /foote/crimes/c7.htm s: /watch?v QvTCYTAZrmM). Churches are sinful buildings where nuns are raped and murdered ( s: ephesians511blog /2017/06/21/rape-and-sexual-abuse-of-nuns-and-girls-and-boys-by-indian-priests-03/ s: en.wikipedia /wiki/Catholic_Church_sex_abuse_cases_by_country), where children are sodomised, and where a non-existent demigod (more of a satan) is worshiped ( s: itunes.apple /us/audiobook/nailed-ten-christian-myths-that-show-jesus-never-existed/id685066730). church also promotes killing or enslaving natives, apart from telling lies, and insulting superior religions. ( : rediff /news/2005/sep/14inter1.htm You are just a slave, a psychological slave of vatican, which has highest crime rate in the world.
          Reply
          1. S
            Santy
            Nov 24, 2017 at 11:59 am
            Case of tail wagging the DOG... It's such at ude that has bought us to the state we are in. The more such ill conceived statements are put out in public, the more will be the reaction at the hustings. Keep praying....
            Reply
            1. M
              modibhakt
              Nov 24, 2017 at 11:47 am
              What only Temples allowed in politics???
              Reply
              1. S
                sandeep
                Nov 24, 2017 at 11:46 am
                Let us surrender this country to mercenaries, missionaries and anti Nationalist forces is what this person wants. Well this will never happen and our country is going to be governed ONLY by Nationalists. People who think or pray otherwise should start planning their future here on.
                Reply
                1. Sudhakaran
                  Nov 24, 2017 at 11:41 am
                  Those who want defeat of nationalists are ANTI NATIONALISTS
                  Reply
                  1. Ramakrishnan Kandoth
                    Nov 23, 2017 at 10:37 pm
                    Christian priests want their say in politics, whichever country they go. Pretend that they are servants of Lord Yeshua. However, they actually serve the purpose of the Roman Emperor, Constantine. They also become very upset, when they are unable to wield their clout, akin to states like Gujarat. They would become very happy, if the whole of India becomes like Nagaland and other eastern hill states and Kerala. Christian majority and Hindu minority. Great!!!
                    Reply
                    1. Vaman Kamath
                      Nov 23, 2017 at 9:58 pm
                      Let Election Commission take action. I wonder what the great Bishop has to say when there was proselytization of Hindus in Goa in 16th Century and members of Gowda Saraswath Brahmin had to flew the place or get converted.
                      Reply
                      1. P
                        pravnedra patel
                        Nov 23, 2017 at 8:54 pm
                        It seems BJP state govt. working very efficiently. in Gujarat no room for anti-national, they are feeling the heat.
                        Reply
                        1. R
                          rrameshntpc
                          Nov 23, 2017 at 7:28 pm
                          church is always anti hindu and anti BJP. Hindus shall enblock vote for nationalistic forces
                          Reply
                          1. Narasimha Prakash
                            Nov 23, 2017 at 7:04 pm
                            I heard him in the TV interview saying that his idea was to avoid enmity between communities etc. But what he has done is to inject enmity between communities. The opposition parties keep blaming BJP for the so called polarization. What this gentleman has done is to advise the christian community not to vote to BJP. I do not know whether advising the community as to who should they vote is a part of his job.
                            Reply
                            1. S
                              sunder
                              Nov 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm
                              Editor are you a licking the Christian anus? normally you are not publishing my good comments also but published to instigate Bhangis?
                              Reply
                              1. S
                                sunder
                                Nov 23, 2017 at 6:05 pm
                                Who is this bhangi converted to Christianity to say anything? ia how many bhangis are there in Gujarat?
                                Reply
                                1. S
                                  subash Chettri
                                  Nov 23, 2017 at 5:36 pm
                                  This is very bad to pronounce such religious sentiments. It was not the right time. This sort of pronouncement makes people hatred to each other religions.
                                  Reply
                                  1. R
                                    Raghava sasikumar
                                    Nov 23, 2017 at 5:20 pm
                                    Thank you
                                    Reply
                                    1. R
                                      Raghava sasikumar
                                      Nov 23, 2017 at 5:19 pm
                                      Thank you .
                                      Reply
                                      1. Load More Comments

                                      Go to Top