Goa Church wants Catholics to engage in politics

The circular also calls active political participation as the “compelling need” of the times we live in.

Panaji: 

Goa’s influential Roman Catholic church wants its followers to both pray and actively engage in the political process to elect parliamentarians who will work for the good of the country.

In a circular issued Saturday, the Archbishop of Goa and Daman, Filipe Neri Ferrao, exhorted Goa’s 26 percent Catholics to start a prayer campaign to internally think and choose the best possible elected representative for the state.

The circular also calls active political participation as the “compelling need” of the times we live in.

“It should make us constantly aware of our duties and responsibilities as citizens who not only cast their vote, but also actively participate in the political life of our state. This is indeed a compelling need of the present times,” the circular says.

The circular comes a few days after a social organization backed by the Church issued a stinging critique of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and the Gujarat chief minister, accusing both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders of misgovernance.

The Church, during the last assembly elections, had a cosy relationship with the BJP, which eventually proved helpful for the saffron party helping it win an unprecedented simple majority in the 40-member Goa legislative assembly.

In Saturday’s circular, the Church has reminded the Catholic faithful to fulfil “their solemn duty of exercising their franchise with a sense of responsibility to oneself and to our beloved nation, so that we may have a government which will uphold the principles of democracy, secularism, human rights, freedom of conscience…as enshrined in the Constitution of our nation”.

IANS

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1 Comment

  1. dmelloalex said,

    March 25, 2014 at 11:26 am

    it’s a good sign that atleast some of the hierarchy has realised the importance of getting involved. But the question comes to mind is, that why we wait to hear something like this from the clergy? Are we not citizens of this country, are we not supposed to follow the Constitution of India which gives us all the rights? If we are beaten up on the road are we going to ask directions from the clergy? why we depend so much on the clergy for directions in civil matters? we as a community has been reduced to this level of thinking by our surroundings. Today without political clout or support nothing moves and whenever any need arises we rush to some politician and beg them to do something for us. In short, we have become politically bankrupt

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