Post Mortem

A brief response to my article ‘At last Holy See wilted: No talk, act now’

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 9/3/2018 12:18:40 PM IST

 Pleased to read a rejoinder to my article entitled At Last Holy See Wilted: No Talk, Act Now, appeared in Nagaland Post on the 3rd September, 2018, unfolds certain unfounded utterances that need clarity and brevity. Though the article embarks on specific entity as it progresses it covers all the churches be it—Roman Catholic, Protestant or Orthodox categorically bringing to the fore Catholic (universal) Church irrespective of doctrinal and creedal differentiations. Certainly, the article has not been selective and partial, but did take up the recent episodes that concerns the Roman Catholic Church and thus draws inference to Catholic (universal) that denotes Roman Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox churches. While deliberating and analyzing the issues, objectivity has been observed all through. However, the rejoinder posits more emotional outbursts—subjectivity, and certainly not rationality, openness and factuality. 

More and more new findings and reports keep emerging about the Church be it Roman Catholic, Protestant Churches or Orthodox Churches. It is a positive sign that in recent times those who have been abused, the victims—children, women and adherents are openly coming out and testifying. A common thread that weaves all the abuses whatever may be the nature, gravity and magnitude of the abuse the power that the ecclesiastical authorities wield. There have been numerous in-depth investigations, amylases and findings that extensively cover the abuses of those considered to be the custodians of the church and certainly a few merit mentioning: Murphy Report 2009, Ferns Report, Raphoe Report, Limark Report and the Pennsylvania Report. These reports comprehensive covers the abuses with definitive periodization.  

Catholic Church certainly controls huge properties, moneys and institutions. Church-related institutions and organization may be employing thousands and thousands of people, facilitating education and extending health care. Catholic Church across the world may be engaged in development initiatives, charity works and awareness programs. A simple question that at this point may be asked: So what? Does it mean the abuses and agonies perpetrated by the bishops and priests against the women, children and others be absolved? The victims according to the reports show trauma and total wreckage of their lives as they could not come to terms of what they experienced when they were young and adolescents. Let not the church as usual offer homilies and intercessory prayers. The church should go beyond these narratives and gestures.

The reports and other records concerning the abuses and other nefarious acts of those associated with the Catholic Church should become public and be left to the judiciary to take its own course of action. When the Church talks aloud about truth and justice, then she should not tamper with the process—justice and truth. Those who are concerned about the victims insist on retribution and reparation justice. Let us not eulogize and cover up the facts and injustices whoever it may be. In tune to this, let me invoke two verses that concludes my response to the rejoinder: Jesus then said to the Jews, who had believed in him, ‘If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and truth will make you free’ (John 8: 31-32 RSV).


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