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New groups spread hatred against Hindus: Catholic church

New groups spread hatred against Hindus: Catholic church

Author: Ananthakrishnan G
Publication: The Times of India
Date: June 6, 2009

The Catholic Church in Kerala has called on its flock to keep away from some of the new mass prayer movements that promise miracles. The warning issued in the form of a pastoral letter also blames these sects of spreading abhorrence for Hinduism.

"They teach that evil spirits would come to us if we use some kinds of flowers, pictures of elephants or peacock, lamps or 'mangalsutra'. They are spreading the message that by using things which other religions consider sacred, the sins would also come to the user.

All this show only their abhorrence for Hindu religion,'' says the letter signed among others by Kerala Catholic Bishop Council president Daniel Acharuparambil and president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil.

It says though the Catholic Church preaches only Jesus, it does not disregard what is true or divine in other religions. The Bible even teaches to treat other religions with respect, the letter adds.

The Catholic Church has its own mass prayer movements and these had played a significant role in reviving faith in the Bible, it said.

However, the new groups were flouting all prescribed rules on interpreting the Bible, the state council charged.

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