‘Sabhayum Raashtreeyavum,' a book on the stand taken by the Catholic Church on various political, economic and social developments in Kerala over the last five decades is a historical record that throws light on some of the key spheres of social and democratic life in the State.
The book opens with the statement that the Church has the moral responsibility and right to intervene in the political life of a society though politics is not the mission of the Church.
The opening remarks recall the substantial contribution made by Christian education in the development of the Kerala society though the Church's recent social interventions had raised a lot of controversy in the State.
The book reiterates that the Church has a universal vision beyond political factionalism and it had helped to destroy the roots of casteism and untouchability in Kerala by providing further impetus to social reforms.
The book provides in-depth understanding of the Church's view on nation-building, vis-à-vis the prescriptions by the Second Vatican Council; the role of the Universal Catechism of the Catholic Church and its political and social vision; the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church and the Church's political mission as expressed through the various encyclicals.
The second part of the book, edited by the official spokesman for Kerala Catholic Bishops' Council Stephen Alathara, is a record of the pastoral letters written by the Bishops' Council at various stages in the social and political history of Kerala up to the present.