24 Letters

posted Jun 14, 2018, 7:54 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jun 14, 2018, 7:54 AM ]

Sports Ministry

Sir, "Sports touch the lives of many people, and while they can be a vehicle for character growth, they can also pose moral dangers, as in the case of abuse and corruption" – warned a Vatican document, released by the Dicastery on Laity on June 1, 2018.

"The Church feels co-responsible for 'sport', and for safeguarding it from the drifts that threaten it every day; particularly dishonesty, manipulations and commercial abuse. Among these problems is the physical, emotional and sexual abuse of minors. Any abuse by coaches, trainers or others is an affront to God and the young person 'created in the image and likeness of God'!" (Gen 1:26-27)

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Support Archbishop Couto

Sir, Little purpose is served by supporting Archbishop Couto in Catholic publications. Though the Cobrapost sting operations show why such letters are not likely to be published in the mainstream media, Christians should continue writing them. The social media offers a splendid opportunity to express our support to the Archbishop. It is likely that abuses like rice bag converts are going to be hurled, but this must not deter us from expressing our thoughts and opinions.

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"Give a Book for Elisa"

Sir, In his most recent 'Mercy Friday' deed, Pope Francis visited a school named after a little girl who passed away, but who left her mark - the Comprehensive Institute of Elisa Scala, which created the 'Elisa Library'!

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India – a democracy in danger!

Sir, Controversy after controversy has dogged the Catholic Church in recent times. Anything that we Christians say, is being taken out of context. Hardly had the controversy over the letter of the Archbishop of Delhi, Anil Couto, died down, another letter from the Archbishop of Goa, Filipe Neri Ferrao, has caused a furore among the fascist forces. He has advised Catholics to play an "active role" in politics and warned that "the Indian Constitution is in danger" and that "a kind of monoculturalism" has gripped the country. These letters have rattled those who seek to turn our country into a "Hindu Rashtra".

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Mukherjee's visit to RSS HQ

Sir, One of the political conundrums of recent days is the visit of former President Pranab Mukherjee's visit to the RSS Headquarters at Nagpur. Pranabda (as he is affectionately referred to) is an old Congress soldier, a dyed in the wool Congressman. He could hardly have been expected to endorse RSS policies or attempt converting the RSS to his thinking. Several Congress bigwigs attempted to make him change his mind. >>>

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Use ballot papers in 2019

Sir, The recent bypolls to four Lok Sabha and nine Assembly seats have thrown up some unexpected results. This time around, EVMs and VVPATs have come out on top of the heap. In the two prestigious Lok Sabha seats from UP, 21% malfunctioning machines in Kairana and 19% in Bhandara-Gondia had to be replaced! Officials cited 'heat and dust' as the reason for the high rate of malfunctioning. Personally, I don't buy the tampering theory. What I'm concerned about is the large scale malfunctioning of the machines which can have disastrous consequences, if repeated, in the next general elections 2019.

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