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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 [...]

Illogical and Emotional Malayali

By | September 26th, 2016|SR News, Vallikatt|

Pretentious Malayalis are drenching the cultural sphere of Kerala with emotional rants on the pretext of justice for Soumya, a young woman brutally raped and allegedly murdered by a single-handed beggar Govindachami in a running train. Hundreds of Malayalis vent their spleen at the erudite Juries of the Supreme Court (SC) for an unquestionably rational [...]

A Fishy Dish For Onam

By | September 20th, 2016|Vallikatt|

While travelling in Delhi Metro two days ago I came across two small children who were claiming for a newly purchased bag. “Yeh meri hain” (this is mine), said the little brother aged four or five, and “yeh meri hain,” repeated the elder sister who must be an year older, trying to snatch it from [...]

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 [...]

Till It and Keep It: Mercy to the Created World

By | May 16th, 2016|Vallikatt|

In September 2003, I was shooting a short video for the Franciscan magazine Assisi to mark its 50th anniversary. The project was commissioned to me by Capuchin Fr. Roy Karakkattu. He was then the editor of the magazine as well as the mastermind behind the idea. Inspired by the splash of water drops on plants [...]

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 [...]