Archbishop leads protest against textbooks

Staff Reporter

‘Faith to be protected at all costs’

Addresses family units of 125 parishes

Alleges move to spread atheism

KOCHI: Archbishop Daniel Acharuparampil of Varappuzha launched an awareness campaign among members of the Archdiocese and protest action against the controversial textbooks introduced in the new school syllabus.

The Archbishop, addressing hundreds of leaders of family units under the Archdiocese, reiterated that the faith inherited from their ancestors would be protected at all cost.

He said that the faith received by the present generation has been handed down from generation to generation through sufferings and sacrifices and that the Church was duty-bound to protect this faith.

The Archbishop called for the withdrawal of the controversial textbooks as he criticised what he described as a concerted attempt to tarnish the image of the Church and its institutions.

Central leaders of the family units in the 125 parishes of the Archdiocese participated in the protest meeting organised at Ashir Bhavan on Sunday.

The Archbishop said that the move to downplay religion and to spread atheism would not only affect the Christian faith but also other religions.

Antony Ambat, president of the Viswasa Samrakshana Samithy, the council for protection of faith, delivered the keynote address at the meeting.

A note on the present controversy over the text books was read out in all the parishes of the Varappuzha Achdiocese during the Sunday Mass. The note was prepared by the Viswasa Samrakshan Samithy.

People of the parishes also offered special prayers for protection of faith, said a spokesman for the Archdiocese here.

Meanwhile, a statement from Felix J. Pulloodan of Kerala Latin Catholic Association claimed here that the text book now under a controversy was not against faith in God.

The statement claimed that leaders of the Church were trying to create conditions for a second ‘Vimochana Samaram’ through the latest text controversy.

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