//In Depth

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

Let Us Pray…. For, the Nation Wants It

By | May 25th, 2018|In Depth, Vallikatt|

Does being a Christian forbid one to participate in the socio-political and secular affairs of the country? The height of being apolitical is when someone vehemently resists another’s political views for his religious belief. The Catholic archbishop of Delhi, Anil Couto was targeted by some hashtag groups and Modi media a couple of days ago [...]

The Age of True Lies

By | February 4th, 2018|In Depth, True Lies, Vallikatt|

World leaders would not be as threatened by the most advanced warhead of a hostile country today than a FAKE NEWS. No doubt, any fake news or information, which often goes viral, is a nightmare for celebrities or politicians. In our country even responsible people themselves increasingly circulate fake information to boost their foothold. One [...]

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Lord of the Lands…. Not Masters of Faith

By | January 5th, 2018|In Depth, Vallikatt|

Balance sheet of a land deal: Moral integrity questioned, Clergy divided, Faithful alienated. With its notorious land deal, the pastors of the Eranakulam-Angamali Archdiocese of the Syro Malabar church in Kerala served a sourly feast for its faithful during the bygone Christmas season. Providing convincing explanations to the faithful may be relatively less challenging than [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]