Members of the Akhila Karnataka Catholic Christian Kannada Sangha will demonstrate in front of Archbishop Bernard Moras’s residence on Saturday protesting his decision to implement a three-language formula in Bangalore and other dioceses in Karnataka.
Speaking to presspersons here on Thursday, sangha general secretary Raphael Raj said that while assuming charge, Rev. Moras had promised that he would follow the official language of the State in administration and during rituals in churches. However, in many Bangalore churches, Tamil and Konkani were used in administration and during rituals.
The other demands of the sangha are appointing a Kannada priest as Bishop of the Shimoga Diocese, converting St. Peter’s Church in Malleswaram as Karnataka Higher Regional Seminary, and giving prominence to Kannada in Mangalore, Udupi, Karwar and Belgaum churches.
Mr. Raj also condemned what he called the “anti-Kannada” attitude of Deputy Commissioner of Police (Intelligence) V.S. D’Souza. Being a government official, he should not interfere in religious and language issues. He said the sangha would organise a protest if he continued with this attitude.