[lg policy] Bangalore: Vatican directive gets mixed reaction

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Mon Apr 20 15:12:32 UTC 2015

Vatican directive gets mixed reactions

K.V. Aditya Bharadwaj
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The language of liturgy and Masses has always been controversial in the
archdiocese from the past 40 years. The Bangalore Archdiocese that today
comprises Bengaluru city, Bengaluru urban, Kolar, Tumakuru, Ramanagaram and
Chickballapur, was earlier under the Pondicherry dioscese. Members of the
community in the city even today speak Tamil and Malayalam. The language of
the masses and liturgy had gained parochial colours as Kannada was pitched
against Tamil, a senior member of the community said.

The issue reached the Pope and the Congregation for the Evangelization of
Peoples, Vatican, had appointed a three Bishop Commission on March 7, 2012.

The committee met several times in the city and submitted its report to the
Vatican, based on which the three-language policy has now been formed.
While English Masses have been allowed, “Each parish Pastoral Council has
to now study and make a profile of the parish community based on which the
archbishop will decide the schedule of the masses and the language to be
used in every parish,” the directive said.

*Mixed reaction*

Meanwhile, the decision of the Congregation for the Evangelization of
Peoples, Vatican, has got mixed reaction.

The Akhila Karnataka Catholic Christara Kannada Sangha has objected to the
recent directives, demanding that the Masses in the State have to be held
only in the regional language. Writer M. Chidanandamurthy, was among the
first to raise the issue.

However, welcoming the decision, social activist T.J. Abraham said that the
new directives were fair and alleged that language issue was being used as
a fig leaf for power games within the archdiocese.

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