SILENT VOICE speaks from Kolkata;

Issac Gomes is regular  SILENT VOICE Reader from Kolkata who contributes his views and opinions through comments. This is one such comment, related to following post. Which, in our opinion deserve the place on front page.


Victoria Memorial, Kolkata

 Victoria Memorial, Lolkata;


The CBCI deserves compliments for having the courage and conviction to urge Mr Narendra Modi to urgently intervene and stop activities that challenge nation’s secular nature. Such statements are intended to keep the government on the path of genuine secularism.

Since the dawn of civilization, India is known to assimilate other cultures and religions and it should be allowed to carry on doing so to enrich itself instead of imposition of “Majoritarianism”, a political agenda which asserts that a majority (In India’s case categorized by religion) of the population has the right to make unilateral decisions that affect the society.

The Indian Church on its part, before advising the government, should set its own house in order by embedding TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY in each diocese and in each parish. An expert-checked system of proper checks and balances (as is being done by our Pope for Vatican Bank) should be instituted in each parish (through experts and not amateurs, as is being done by the Pope). All receipts including overseas (FCRA Account) and payments should be accounted for through Parish Finance Committees (PFCs) of each parish and consequently in each Diocese.

truthfulness and honesty as taught in catechism classes and preached in Sunday sermons cannot be expected if the Church itself is not transparent in all its dealings. It should be more of a habit – of emptying oneself as Jesus did – rather than compliance with the rule book. Talking of rules, with increasing applicability of RTI, soon the Church too will come under it.

Church officials need to be trained in public relationship and social communications. Church institutions should have qualified and professional PROs who know how to face the camera; how to deal with the public and give Press Interviews, without saying “No Comments” or “Off the record”. If the PROs are priests and nuns, they too should undergo training courses, particularly in Crisis Management. Every attempt should be made to unearth smouldering crises and solve it early instead of sweeping them under the carpet.

Most importantly Church Officials should be polite and people-friendly – instead of behaving as Corporate Honchos. To start with CBCI Deputy Secretary General and Spokesperson Fr. Joseph Chinnayyan himself has much to improve in his communication skills, particularly with his own fellow-priests.

The President of India, as the Head of the Executive, should be kept abreast of minority concerns. It would have been better if CBCI had roped in representatives of other Minority Communities and presented a united front instead of harping on only Christian concerns. This approach weakens the movement and allows the government to create a division among other minority communities.

Isaac Gomes
ICPA – Kolkata


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