Prioritize protection of citizens over cows: Cardinal


Cardinal Cleemis was speaking to reporters ahead of his visit to West Bengal following the brutal sexual assault on a seventy-year-old nun.

New Delhi:The country has a responsibility to protect all citizens, said Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, the head of the Catholic bishops’ conference of India ahead of his visit yesterday to West Bengal to meet the nun who was gang-raped last week.

“The country has a responsibility towards all of us — every human being — and not just cows,” the cardinal told reporters.

The priority should be to protect citizens of the country, Cardinal Cleemis told reporters, lamenting that instead of citizenship “we are now speaking more about religiosity.”

Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, on Tuesday said not just the minorities but even a majority of the Hindus were worried about the “disfiguring of the country’s secular fabric,” he added, “Ours is a culture, more than a country with room for all [beliefs] including the right not to believe.”

Cardinal Cleemis was speaking to reporters ahead of his visit to West Bengal following the brutal sexual assault on a seventy-year-old nun in the Convent of Jesus and Mary School in Ranaghat.

Both he and Cardinal Oswald Gracias – a member of the Pope’s Council of Cardinals – maintained that they were not rushing to conclude that the attack on the convent in Ranaghat was a hate crime but said the rape of the nun and the desecration of the chapel raised questions about the motive.

“It has caused anxiety within the community. Such attacks are bad for India’s image globally and bad for the economy,” said Cardinal Gracias.

To the government’s counter in Parliament that it cannot be held responsible for every act of violence in any State or every comment made by someone of prominence, Cardinal Cleemis said: “We all know that the Prime Minister cannot control all of them or stop it, but when such irresponsible comments are made with increasing frequency, should there not be a mechanism to tell such people to stop hurting the sentiments of people.”

Source: The Hindu



  1. March 19, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Well said Cardinal Cleemis. We as a community need to now stand up, hold hands and demand our rights as enshrined in the Constitution of India. We also need our religious heads like you to lead us. Please be assured the community stands behind you come thick or thin.


  2. March 20, 2015 at 4:52 am

    It would be nice to find out how many homes or hospices there are to look after elderly persons in our country !!!!
    Yet now there are suggestions for ” old age homes ” for cows ????


    • March 20, 2015 at 9:46 am

      Fergus and all my friends,Come to Bandra to the Clergy home and see how “we” care for our own aged priests. Dont have any information about aged nuns, could be worse.


  3. March 22, 2015 at 8:11 am

    GORDON — I remember the days when Rev. Fr. Roque Pereira
    was banished from St. Teresa’s parish in Girgaum — and sought refuge at Mount Mary’s Basilica in Bandra– later he spent his last days
    at the clergy home on B J Road in Bandra — not a 5 star place but he was cared for by the lady who was accused of all sorts of horrid
    accusations — I visited Fr. Roque as often as I could mainly because I think he was a good person — He was the person who started the11 mile walking pilgrimage from Girgaum St. Teresa’s Church to Bandra
    Mount Mary’s Basilica — He was praying for the IRON CURTAIN to fall — and for RUSSIA to come back to GOD — BOTH HAPPENED —
    But ALAS !!! he did not live to see his prayers bear fruit — He also started the GRAND devotion to OUR LADY and the MIRACULOUS MEDAL — BUT SADLY — due to some terrible higher ups in the BOMBAY Archdiocese — was banished and died in semi disgrace
    SUCH A TRAVESTY !!!!! I still remember Fr. Roque very fondly


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