Bishop asks churches to rethink need for wine in mass

Philiphose Mar Chrysostom, of Mar Thoma Syrian Church said it was not necessary for wine to be used for Mass.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: August 25, 2014 3:25 pm
In Kerala, Mass wine is brewed by various dioceses and Christian congregations with the license from the Excise Department.  (Source: Nandagopal Rajan) In Kerala, Mass wine is brewed by various dioceses and Christian congregations with the license from the Excise Department. (Source: Nandagopal Rajan)
Joining the liquor controversy in Kerala, senior non-Catholic bishop Philiphose Mar Chrysostom, of Mar Thoma Syrian Church, on Monday asked the Churches to rethink about using wine during Mass.

The use of wine at churches for Mass has come to the liquor controversy after prominent backward Hindu leader Vellappally Nateshan questioned the logic of allowing Mass wine when Indian made foreign liquor is banned in a phased manner.

In Kerala, Mass wine is brewed by various dioceses and Christian congregations with the license from the Excise Department.

Chrysostom said it was not necessary for wine to be used for Mass. “Churches should rethink about using grape water, as had been the practice in the past, instead of wine. At the same, I would not agree with those who had raised the issue on both sides,” said the bishop.

Reacting to the non-Catholic prelate’s suggestion, Catholic Church spokesman Fr Paul Thelakkattu said Chrysostom’s opinion was not acceptable. Using wine at Mass is a global practice. Not even an ounce is used for a mass, he said.

Meanwhile, raising the bar on the licence given to various dioceses to make wine, Nateshan said the Church in Kerala is running 24 distilleries. “Jesus turned water into wine.

Today, nobody has the power to convert water into wine. Then, why don’t the churches use water considering it was wine,” asked Nateshan, who said his community would be hit by revoking liquor license of hotels.

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    Guest
    Aug 25, 2014 at 4:48 pm
    You sound like a true communist.
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  2. G
    guest
    Aug 25, 2014 at 6:05 pm
    Never lacking the attacks on catholic church and the attacks on the Presence of the God in the Eucharist. Why does this prelate not questioned pouring milk on stone deities or suggests getting rid of all inanimated deities requiring food offerings so the poor of india can eat and those suffering india's poverty may have food on their tables? Poor Prelate!The atheist plank in his right eye blinds him to the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of the Living God in the consecrated Bread and Wine...while the agnostic gnat in his left eye tells him that water, grape juice and wine are the same...even a drunk in a gutter would dispute this Poor Prelate!
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    narayan
    Aug 25, 2014 at 10:23 am
    silly arguments.
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    $119292665
    Aug 25, 2014 at 5:50 pm
    when modiji banned liquor in Gujarat nobody had any problem and no hindu leader questioned him
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  5. S
    Scit Dei
    Aug 26, 2014 at 4:04 am
    Even the original bread used is not used now. The white host of same substance is accepted by the church, so I don't think there would be a problem with shifting to angoor-pani instead of wine. But on the other side if in the original m if the substance used was wine then it could not be replaced. Moreover as the priest said not even an ounce is used for the m, so it is not going to make much big difference.
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    common
    Aug 25, 2014 at 11:57 pm
    Kerala ranking among the most developed and educated state is yet to take systemmatic steps to modernise its industries and increase the job opportunities to youth. Its decision on drinks is the most modern ideas ever adopted in post hiji era. We wish good luck for Kerala and also pray for the health of alcoholic Kerala.
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    Citizen
    Aug 25, 2014 at 12:53 pm
    Good all the religious leaders should think progressively for the benefit of society . They should ask their followers to adopt FP to share the scarce resources of the planet with all and like the same education, treating the other as equal in all respects not half witness and giving them equal opportunities in all fields and shunning the out modded laws and rituals. Jaihind
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