30 Letters

posted Apr 5, 2018, 9:01 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Apr 5, 2018, 9:01 AM ]

Love Lives, Alleluia!

Sir, Your Easter editorial "Love Lives, Alleluia!" is gracefully narrated in the March 31-April 06, 2018 issue of The Examiner, wherein you have rightly opined in your opening paragraph: "This is the message of Easter: God's love never ends … It enables the segments of humanity that have buried their hope, for the right to life…"!

These 'segments' I visualise as: millions of aborted female foetuses, female infanticides, dowry deaths, domestic violence, traumatised widowhood and selective female euthanasia!


Ensure Papal visit to India

Sir, With reference to Prof Robert Castellino's letter titled 'Papal visit to India' in The EXAMINER (March 31-April 6), hopefully in the very near future, our current Pope will visit India with our Prime Minister extending an invitation to do so. But we must apply extremely strong pressure through all possible means until this happens, as it will enable many Christians and other Indians who cannot afford to go abroad to see him and be blessed and empowered by him.


'Emperor Xi'

Sir, My favourite line from the movie 'Godfather' (#3) is: "Power wears out those who don't have it" - words whispered into Don Lucchesi's ear, seconds before he was assassinated with his own spectacles. Earthly power is an intoxicating and often rather brief illusion, made savage when it's in the hands of frightened men who cling to it.

As President Xi Jinping has now ascended to China's throne as dictator for life, we can expect trouble. Already, China's Christians are feeling the pressure, as he declares war on religion, and Christianity in particular. In some areas of the country, it's a soft approach, instructing Christian villagers to replace holy pictures with those of Xi, accompanied by financial inducements, as his personality cult spreads. Mostly though, he is following in the footsteps of the old guard, earning him the nickname 'Xi Zedong' after his ruthless predecessor.

With churches initially being forced to remove crosses from their spires, that are now being torn down altogether, it's starting to look a lot like the Cultural Revolution all over again. Even state-approved churches, once willing collaborators of the Communist Party, are now finding themselves under scrutiny, and their key members disappear into labour camps and the infamous 'black prisons' from which there is no return.


Expectations of Pope Francis' visit to India

Sir, I have fond memories of the late, now Blessed, Pope Paul VI's visit to India in December 1964. There were fringe elements, then, who decried the Pope's visit, asking him to go back. However, Pope Paul VI made a unique statement: "In the name of the Lord, I go." The late, now saint, Pope John Paul II visited India on two occasions, in 1986 and 1999. Similar apprehensions were anticipated during Pope John Paul II's second visit. Thank God, it was a peaceful visit. A recent press release issued by the CBCI spoke about His Eminence, Cardinal Oswald Gracias' meeting with Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Pope Francis coming to India. >>>


Jail term for lynching

Sir, This refers to the news item 'Jail term for lynching' (The Examiner dated Mar 31-April 6). It is indeed heartening to hear the role of the judiciary and police, wherein the culprits were jailed for having lynched a Muslim by so-called Hindu cow vigilantes. The Supreme Court had asked all States and Union Territories to appoint nodal police officers district-wise to crack down on, and prosecute, cow vigilante groups that engage in violence and mayhem.

Four BJP-ruled states—Haryana, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Gujarat—accepted the apex court's suggestion to appoint dedicated nodal police officers of the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) to prevent cow vigilantes or gau rakshaks, as they call themselves, from "taking the law into their hands, or becoming a law unto themselves."