Catholic body condemns sale of babies, accuses 'some powers' of targeting missionaries

UNI
Thursday, 12 July 2018

Secretary-General of Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) Theodore Mascarenhas today condemned the sale of infants by the staff of missionaries of charity but on the other hand in a veiled attack also accused the state government of deliberating targeting the missionaries in Jharkhand.

Ranchi: Secretary General of Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) Theodore Mascarenhas today condemned the sale of infants by staff of missionaries of charity but on the other hand in a veiled attack also accused the state government of deliberating targeting the missionaries in Jharkhand.

"We have good relations with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other BJP leaders but there are some powers which are targeting us," he said in a press conference at the archbishop house here adding that he wanted the missionaries to partner the state government in the development of the tribals.

Yesterday, Jharkhand DGP D K Pandey had urged the state government to get the accounts of Missionaries of Charity and its affiliate organizations checked for Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) violations and also demanded for a CBI probe into their activities.

When asked about the request made by the Jharkhand Police for a probe against FCRA violation by the CBI, he said every three months the accounts with the audits are uploaded on the website but the organization too will have its internal probe into the dealings at the centers.

Father Theodore also condemned the act of child being sold by one of the staff of the missionaries of charity but maintained that using the incident to bring a bad name for the entire institution was wrong.

Commenting over the arrest of a father in Khunti gang rape case, he said it was incorrect to arrest the father for just not informing the police and demanded that a CBI probe should be held over the issue so the truth can come out in open while in Dumka 16 people including women were arrested for singing Christian songs. He questioned the police of the district for arresting these people just for singing songs and talking about their religion.

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