A group within the Syro Malabar Church has expressed doubt over the Church’s stand on ‘Love Jihad’ and CAA as a ploy to appease BJP.
One of those critical towards Church stand, Fr Mundadan, Presbyteral council secretary and a priest of the Ernakulam Angamaly Archdiocese, has hailed this view in his column 'Varikalk idayil' (Between the lines) published in Sathyadeepam, a weekly published by the Syro Malabar Church, on January 22. He expressed doubts over Church’s stand on Love Jihad and soft stand on Citizen Amendment Act (CAA).
The priest also points out the lack of evidence in allegations of 'love jihad'. "Has anyone taken the number of men and women who have converted to Christianity in the name of love?. When an entire country is burning due to the politics of religion, it is merely common sense not to make statements tarnishing any particular religion," he said in the article. Earlier, Syro Malabar Church has alleged that around 23 Christian girls were lured by ‘Love Jihad’.
The article also takes potshots at Church for its soft stand on CAA. “CAA would negatively affect the diversity and democracy of India,” criticize the article for the cold stand of church.
"These statements by the Syro Malabar Church Synod headed by KCBC President Cardinal George Alencherry were just advice to the central government," the article said. There were widespread feelings among a group of Syro Malabar Church that the recent stands of the church indirectly help BJP and Modi Government. Many said that Church Synod headed by Cardinal George Alencherry, an accused in a church land scam, is behind these moves to save him from the case appeasing Modi government.