A “new trend” of mono-culturalism, which demanded uniformity in what and how one ate, dressed, lived and even worshipped, was putting human rights at risk, pastoral letter said.
The Goa church authorities on Tuesday tried to downplay the comments of the Archbishop of Goa and Daman, Filipe Neri Ferrao, in his annual pastoral letter that the Indian Constitution is in danger owing to the current political environment in the country.
The Archbishop’s Secretary, Fr Joaquim Loila Pereira, said “one or two statements” made by the Archbishop were taken out of context. “One or two statements of the Bishop have been taken out and I will say taken out of the context and made an issue of. We will not make any further comments or give explanations of the letter. If you want, you read the pastoral letter online and try to understand the context of why it is being said, what is said,” he told presspersons.
The pastoral letter released on Sunday, among other things, said that Indian Constitution was in danger and added that a “new trend” of mono-culturalism, which demanded uniformity in what and how one ate, dressed, lived and even worshipped, was putting human rights at risk.
It said, “Today, our Constitution is in danger, a reason why most of the people live in insecurity. Particularly, as the general elections are fast approaching, we must strive to know our Constitution better and work harder to protect it.”
The pastoral letter is an annual note written in June by Archbishops to church parishes across the State.