Bishops condemn blasphemous Times of India story

The Indian bishops’ letter exhorted Christians not to be carried away by the “nefarious attempts”.

New Delhi: The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India has condemned and termed “blasphemous” a news item in the Nov. 11 Times of India daily, which said Jesus had married Mary Magdalene and fathered two children.

“It further contains derogatory and obscene comments about the mother of Jesus, Blessed Virgin Mary,” said a letter posted in the website of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India.

The bishops’ conference “deplores and strongly condemns the blasphemous news item,” said the letter signed by public relation officer Father Joseph Chinnayyan.

The Times of India report quoting London based media said a manuscript almost 1,500 years old unearthed at the British Library authenticates the marriage of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, and they having children.

Professor of Religious Studies Barrie Wilson and historical writer Simcha Jacobovici, who spent months translating the manuscript, are set to publish their findings in a new book, The lost Gospel, reports said.

“It is not for the first time that such obnoxious stories appear in the media about Jesus Christ and other Religious founders and sacred persons. None of these stories can change the history, nor can it shatter the faith of millions of people around the world,” the letter said.

Christian faith “handed down from generation to generation through the last 20 centuries, have withstood such nefarious attempts to tarnish the image of Jesus Christ and of His Blessed Mother. The fate of this news item, aimed at creating chaos and confusion will not be a different one either,” the bishops’ letter said.

The Church of England has dismissed claims saying it is closer to popular fiction than an accurate historical account. “This appears to share more with Dan Brown [author of The Da Vinci Code] than Matthew, Mark, Luke or John,” a church spokesman told the Sunday Times of London.

“It sounds like the deepest bilge,” added Diarmaid MacCulloch, Professor of the History of the Church at Oxford University, according to SundayTimes.

The Indian bishops’ letter exhorted Christians not to be carried away by the “nefarious attempts” and said any “hideous attempt to distort the truth and weaken the faith will have its shameful end.”

They also asked to pray that “better sense prevail on such people, who by distorting the truth do great harm to our faith and great disservice to humanity at large.”

Source: CBCI



  1. Fr.Robin Mantode said,

    November 13, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    We should not condemn or protest such attempts because by reacting you are admitting that what they say is right.But when you respond it in peace you claim that you neither agree with the matter nor accept it.Instead of sending resentful and negative vibrations ,we must sent vibrations of love and forgiveness. Fr.Robin

    Fr.Robin Mantode Director Divine Natures Cure, Karan Bazar, Somnathnagar, Pune-411014 Mo-9922345997/9922194242,


  2. November 14, 2014 at 4:55 am

    So many confused people in this world — before this book came, The Da Vinci Code — I saw the movie out of curiosity — it felt like another fiction novel —
    What is the reason for this so called revelation? M O N E Y !!!!!
    Hope the authors are happy with the material goodies they can buy with the moolah they make from this adventure — trying to rock the basis of Christianity .
    Read the book if you must — I certainly will not buy it — I think that reading the book will only make my faith stronger
    Think kindly about the authors — poor things could not find any other way to make some extra cash !!!!!


    • aubreyguard said,

      November 15, 2014 at 7:48 pm

      It is a crying shame that the Times of India chose to publish this story just to increase its circulation. This is journalistic sensationalism. This biased attitude towards certain religious communities is quite common in the TOI. I remember meeting the Jesuit Provincal, during the Kandhalmal riots and he narrated how he tried to give the true picture of the atrocities committed by the Bhajrang Dal and how the authorities turned a blind eye, and yet not a single letter was published by this paper under some pretext or the other. The minority point of view was never published. So much so for the “Grand Old Lady of Bori-Bunder”. Satyameva Jayate – aap kaha chup gaya?


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