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All’s not well in Jalandhar Diocese, Pope’s envoy told

This is what the Catholic Union, senior citizens and members of the Diocesan Pastoral Council (DPC) of the Diocese of Jalandhar told Vatican's representative to India Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, who is on a three-day visit to Punjab.

The members of the Diocese of Jalandhar and the people of Christian community handing over a memorandum to the Pope’s envoy Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli in Jalandhar at Bishop house.

All’s not well in the Diocese of Jalandhar. This is what the Catholic Union, senior citizens and members of the Diocesan Pastoral Council (DPC) of the Diocese of Jalandhar told Vatican’s representative to India Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, who is on a three-day visit to Punjab. They met him in person at Bishop House in Jalandhar on Saturday and handed over to him a memorandum stating their grievances against local officials of the Diocese of Jalandhar.

They alleged in the memorandum that there is no transparency regarding the working of the officials, and personal interests are getting the better of charity works.

Hostels, coaching institutions, dance schools, sports projects, employment institutions, livelihood, sponsorship & scholarships programmes are on the verge of closure, they alleged.

The issue of poor Dalit Christians who are at the receiving end of social discrimination, too, was raked up at the meeting. They said that the local officials were not taking up their matter in a manner it ought to be.

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They said that even the Archbishop’s visit to the diocese was not published in ‘Sada Zamana’ – a monthly Punjabi magazine of the diocese.

They said that the Archbishop’s visit here means a lot, especially when Punjab is beset with problems of drug menace, gang wars and discrimination against Dalits, among others.

The letter says that to keep the youth from doing drugs, various inter-state and intra-state hockey clubs were formed in the villages under the diocese which were supported by international players and coaches, but these clubs have been closed.

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There had been only one meeting of DPC since 2018, they said, adding that religious preaching was hardly taking place in Malwa region of the state. And also in last 50 years, Catholic social teaching (CST) has produced just one Punjabi priest.

“The various commissions formed earlier for the welfare of poor are now on the verge of dissolution. For example, Laity commission does not have office-bearers,” they alleged.

On the closing of various commercial activities under Jalandhar Diocese, the Archbishop said that the church’s objective is to preach, not to involve in commercial activities.

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Younas Peter, convener of Catholic Union and Tarsem Peter, a DPC member, who submitted memorandum, said that a meeting of the DPC is scheduled on Sunday in which they will raise matters related to public welfare.

Father Peter, director of Trinity College Jalandhar, which is under the diocese, said, “When people asked Archbishop why Bishop Mulakkal Franco has not been reappointed when he was absolved by the court in an alleged nun rape case, the Archbishop replied that his reappointment is pending with the Vatican.”

First published on: 12-06-2022 at 02:36:02 am
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