//In Depth

In-Depth contains all serious creative writing, journal articles, conference papers and book chapters written by Jose Vallikatt.

True and False Labourers: A Parable from Kerala

By | July 21st, 2017|In Depth, Vallikatt|

“I will give you whatever is right,” is what the protagonist of the great parable of The Labourers in the Vineyard offered to the hired workers (Mt. 20:1-15). But when those who worked more in the field grumbled about what they thought as unfair distribution of wages, the landowner intervenes: “Why are you envious about [...]

Please, Don’t Close That Door

By | December 4th, 2016|In Depth, Resources, Vallikatt|

Now that Mercy Doors have been closed, what would happen to mercy? Would the Church and its members pack up mercy and set to relax of the ‘fatigue’ of the yearlong jubilee celebration? Pope Francis wants the wheels of mercy rolling forever, as expressed in his apostolic exhortation, Misericordia et Misera (MM), published at the [...]

Preventing the Predators

By | November 6th, 2016|In Depth, Vallikatt|

Open Letter to Cardinals, Bishops and Major Superiors to Stop Sex Abusers in Church Dear Cardinals, Bishops and Major Superiors, It is disheartening and scary to see news breaking out frequently about one or other Catholic priest abusing children, women or seminarians. In recent times some priests have been arrested for various levels of sexual [...]

20 Irresistible Quotes from “Communicating Mercy”

By | August 12th, 2016|In Depth, News|

Communicating Mercy is a work edited by Dr Jose Vallikatt. The book with the punchline "Let Mercy flow like a river of Nardine" comes during this Jubilee Year of Mercy. It covers "a range of aspects – peoples, social life, environment, authority – in relation to mercy. The Church, which was hitherto viewed almost contemptuously [...]

New Media Literacy

By | June 14th, 2016|In Depth, Vallikatt|

Keralites claim to have high rate of literacy. However, it is ironic that many do not even know what they mean by 'high rate' and 'literacy.' It is all the more shocking that the Catholics, the leader in education have only a superficial understanding about the meaning and significance of 'literacy' albeit their claim of [...]

Banish the Bane: Looking at the Tender Toilers of India

By | June 11th, 2016|In Depth, Vallikatt|

Driving through a street in Chandigarh I was struck by a sight of few people, apparently women and children from two families, sitting at roadside. I parked my car and approached the two women and seven of children sitting beside their assets and dreams bundled in rags. A pot was boiling on a provisional hearth [...]

Beckoning political parlance

By | June 6th, 2016|In Depth, Vallikatt|

No other Assembly election than the recently polled one in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Assam (May 16) and West Bengal had seen the worst communal polarisation ever. These had also been elections, which the Catholic Church and other Christian bodies endeavoured to steer the course by strong interventions in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Minority electorate was [...]

Being politically correct

By | May 9th, 2016|In Depth, Vallikatt|

Father, what would you say of the Catholic Church’s explicit political stance in Kerala? Facing this rather embarrassing question I felt I was being tested as was Jesus by the Pharisees. The question was raised soon after a lecture I delivered to a group of priests in Faridabad diocese on Mercy and Communication. The tantalizing [...]

The Francis Age and Catholic Communications

By | May 3rd, 2016|In Depth, Vallikatt|

Pope Francis has just released his third World Communications Day Message on 24th January. The theme of the day - Communication and Mercy: A Fruitful Encounter obviously, has been chosen to locate the significance of communication within the larger gamut of the celebration of the Year of Mercy. Pope Francis has positively geared the global [...]

Solidarity: A Vital Virtue

By | May 3rd, 2016|In Depth, Vallikatt|

Not many Catholics have thought ‘solidarity’ in relation to their faith. Many do understand solidarity as a political force in the society and not as connected with their spiritual practices and devotions. Ignorance about the Catholic Social Doctrine may be a possible reason for this. In one of his recent speeches Pope Francis was urging [...]