Archbishop backs Kerala priest on ‘narcotic jihad’ | India News – Times of India


KOTTAYAM: The archbishop of Changanassery diocese of the Syro-Malabar Church, Joseph Perumthottam, on Monday extended his support to the “narcotic jihad” statements of Pala bishop Joseph Kallarangatt.
In an article in ‘Deepika’, a daily which is widely circulated among the catholic community in Kerala, the archbishop wrote that love and narcotic terrorism goes together and the church, which is the voice of righteousness, cannot remain silent towards such social evils. He urged those in the public domain to understand the apprehensions of the Christian minorities and discuss them with an open mind.
He also urged political parties and media to correct their discriminative policies on this issue. He said that the possibility of Kerala becoming a major market for narcotics after Taliban came to power in Afghanistan is very high. “Both love and narcotic terrorism go together; all should try to eliminate such threats. The detached attitude of those in power in this issue will put the future of the country in danger,” the archbishop wrote.
The archbishop also urged the state and the Centre to consider this situation with utmost seriousness.
Defending bishop Kallarangatt, the archbishop said the Church cannot remain silent when forces tighten their grip against the security of families. “That is why bishop Kallarangatt cautioned about some dangers and asked the faithful to be alert on those. Certain elements which ruin families are emerging strong in the society in recent times,” the archbishop wrote in the article. “The families in Kerala are facing varied and serious threats; cases of sexual abuse and suicides are on the rise,” he wrote. The archbishop also pointed out that minor girls, women, and homemakers fall victims in these cases.

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