Influencial Kerala Catholic body declares support for those who will protect democracy and secularism

While not naming any political party or leader specifically, influencial Christian body the Kerala Catholic Bishops Conference (KCBC) on Tuesday declared its support for those who will protect democracy and secularism. KCBC is the powerful and influential Church body Kerala which functions under Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI). 

“KCBC wishes to make it clear that they will not support any political front or political party or any candidate. We do not wish to interfere in the freedom of our laity. But at the same time, the KCBC will be with those who protect democracy and secularism and who will work for the upliftment of the country,” KCBC President Archbishop Soosa Pakiam said.

Catholics in Kerala constitute 50 per cent of the 61.41 lakh Christians in Kerala, who form 18.3% of the state’s population. Currently, the body is up in arms against the ruling Left Democratic Front government for proposing the Kerala Church (Properties and Institutions) Bill, 2019. 

The body has argued that the bill was just a political tool to control the Church administration. The bill envisages an administrative system that would be responsible for fair and transparent administration of the properties and funds of the churches in Kerala, much similar like the Devaswom Board, that monitors the Sabarimala shrine.