Greater transparency demanded in Church assets management

Christians want State laws to govern Church properties.

Posted on June 23, 2012, 8:33 AM



A growing number of Catholics are demanding a law to govern Church properties and greater transparency in their management.

Christians are just 2.5 per cent of India’s population, but the Church “suffers from a case of plenty”, says Remy Denis, All India Catholic Union President.

“Church authorities control funds equivalent to the Indian Navy’s annual budget. The Church is also the second largest employer after the government,” he said.

“The Church is not a symbol of power but service, and democratic laws must apply to it equally…,” Eduardo Faleiro, Goa Non Resident Indian Commissioner, told a press conference.

The conference was called to debate the matter of bringing Church properties under state laws.

Faleiro said Church properties in Goa are governed by laws enacted during Portuguese regime but the same laws have long since been repealed in Portugal.

Almost all other religions in India have laws enacted to administer their properties, K T Thomas, former Supreme Court judge, said.

Hindu temples are governed by laws specifically enacted for each trust and their accounts are subject to judicial review. The Sikhs, one of the smallest religious groups in the country, have the Sikh Gurudwara Act. Muslim trust properties comes under the Wakf Act.

He alleged that the head of the Believers Church had recently acquired a huge plantation in Kerala for 1.2 billion rupees.

Clearing apprehensions, Thomas said all religious denominations have the right to own and acquire properties, establish and maintain religious institutions.
“But, in matters of administration of your properties you have to abide by the law,” he said.

Refer : VM 002/2012  Dated 25 February 2012  Where have all these Properties Gone


Church (Photo credit: George M. Groutas)








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Church run colleges agong the best in India

All India Institute of Medical Sciences was ranked the top college.

Posted on June 23, 2012, 8:27 AM


CMC, Vellore

New Delhi:A leading news magazine has rated Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore as the second best medical college in India.

India Today put the All India Institute of Medical Sciences on top of medical schools in India in its annual survey of 2012.

The Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry was ranked third followed by Armed Forces Medical College, Pune.

CMC founded by American medical missionary Dr Ida Sophia Scudder has “gained immensely from the synergy of a well-reputed hospital…. and run with tremendous commitment,” India Today wrote.

A total of 2,000 students are enrolled in 150 different postgraduate courses in the medical, nursing and allied health disciplines.

The magazine noted that the alumni of the century-old Christian institution had several public health specialists, including civil rights activist Binayak Sen and Magsaysay Award winner Rajnikant Arole.

In this mercenary age, CMC still produces medical professionals ready to offer unflinching public service to the nation, the magazine remarked.

CMC, which started in the year 1900, “seeks to be a witness to the healing ministry of Christ, through excellence in education, service and research”.

“We continue to strive to ensure that our growth in size and numbers is matched by a growth in the depth of our caring and commitment…,” CMC Vellore director, Suranjan Bhattacharji was quoted saying.

Another Christian medical institution St John’s Medical College, Bangalore, run by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, was listed as the ninth best medical college in the India Today Nielsen survey.

In addition to medical colleges, the India Today survey also listed the best colleges in the Arts, Commerce, Science, Law, Medicine, Engineering, BBA and BCA categories.

While Christ University, Bangalore topped the BBA and BCA categories, St. Stephen’s College, Delhi ranked first in Science and second in Arts.

The Arts category has St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai ranked third, Loyola College, Chennai fourth, St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata fifth and Christ College, Bangalore sixth.

Source: Christian today

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