Catholic union wants hierarchy to follow pope

The world has began to speak what SILENT VOICE has been talking about, with regards to Archdiocese of Bombay.


Pope’s ways have have greatly enthused the faithful in India, the AICU said.


The All India Catholic Union (AICU) has urged the Church leaders in India to follow Pope Francis’ views of an enlarged role that the pontiff has called for men, women and youth in the Church.

While congratulating Pope Francis for revitalizing the Church, the Asia’s oldest laity organization demanded greater involvement of common people in management of church finances and temporal affairs.

Pope’s ways have have greatly enthused the faithful in India in all the three rites of the Church– Latin, Syro-Malabar and Syro-Malankara, the AICU said in a statement at the end of its two-day Working committee and general body meetings in Kolkata yesterday.

“The people are now expecting that the bishops in India will also take similar steps to encourage lay participation in the many organs and structures of the Church, especially in matters of finance, management of temporal goods and in public life,” it said.

The AICU leadership also demanded that Indian bishops implement Canon Law provisions for the participation of the laity in finance and other committees.

The bishops should also ensure that every diocese and parish has a Catholic association in addition to a Pastoral Council, it said, adding that there is sufficient talent among the faithful to assist the clergy in the transparent functioning of these institutions.

Source: press release

All India Catholic Union , AICU 


  1. August 20, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Parish Councils are the biggest eyewash in the Indian context; it now seems necessary for a sticks and stones and blackening of the face revolution


  2. August 23, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Fergie`s comments about Parish Councils are a bit extreme, especially his solution. However, there is a lot of truth to it and this has shaped his outlook. Firstly, there should be transparency in the functioning of all Parish Councils. Many well meaning council members have been forced
    out because they opposed the Parish Priest on particular issues. So there should not be a right to veto by the parish priest, if the council majority agrees. Professionals in the fields of finance, business, administration, law etc. should be invited to advise on issues they are familiar with. From the grapevine comes a report that a senior marketing professional was thrown out and replaced by a motor-mechanic, in a parish council, because he disagreed with a parish priest. So to all the parish priests I say QUO VADIS ?


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