24 Letters

posted Oct 16, 2018, 9:57 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Oct 16, 2018, 9:58 AM ]

'An Authentic Church'

Sir, The Synod of 266 delegates gathered from Oct. 3-28 in Rome, discussed the "need for better formation of young clergy", as part of the Synod dialogue on 'Young Adults, the Faith and Vocational Discernment'.

The Instrumentum Laboris had a section subtitled 'Body, Affectivity and Sexuality', which addressed early sexual activity, multiple sexual partners, digital pornography, online body exhibiting, and sexual tourism risks – all of which disfigure the beauty and depth of sex!

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#MeToo campaign

Sir, The #MeToo movement started exactly a year ago on October 15, 2017 when Hollywood actress Alyssa Milano effected the #MeToo hashtag. It was tweeted more than five lakh times overnight. In the week after, versions of #MeToo swept through 85 countries.

The movement was triggered in India on September 25, 2018 with actress Tanushree Dutta alleging harassment by actor Nana Patekar in 2008; more than 1.5 lakh tweets in about 15 days. Soon after, writer-producer Vinta Nanda alleged abuse by actor Alok Nath, followed by another actress, Sandhya Mridul. More and more victims are gathering courage to speak out against the offenders who are influential and powerfully connected.

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Listening in the Church

Sir, One recurrent theme in the Synod of Bishops on Young People has been that of LISTENING. Cardinal Tagle of Manila has been reported to have said: "Take our hand, and together we work for a better future."

As a matter of fact, 'listening' has to be, must be, a characteristic of the Church – a Church that is Sign and Sacrament of the One who became incarnate, precisely because He wanted to share in the joys and sorrows, hopes and dreams of all of humankind.

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Criminal politicians

Sir, The Supreme Court asked Parliament to frame laws to bar those accused of crime from fighting elections; now that's a good piece of news! For long, politicians with criminal backgrounds, with criminal cases pending against them, have been making it to the seats of power and lording it over the citizens of the world's largest democracy.

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