Archbishop call to protect Constitution


Panaji, June 5: The Archbishop of Goa and Daman, Father Filipe Neri Ferrao, has said the Constitution is in danger and many people are living in an atmosphere of insecurity.
“Today, our Constitution is in danger (and that is) the reason why most of the people are living in insecurity,” the Archbishop said in a letter issued at the start of the pastoral year that is from June 1 to May 31.
“In this context, particularly as the general elections are fast approaching, we must strive to know our Constitution better and work harder to protect it,” the letter, addressed to Christians in the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman, adds.
The Archbishop said that “in recent times, we see a new trend emerging in our country, which demands uniformity in what and how we eat, dress, live and even worship: a kind of mono-culturalism.”
“Human rights are under attack and democracy appears to be in peril,” Ferrao said. “Various minorities fear for their safety. In short, respect for law is frankly on the decline in this country.”
The Archbishop called upon the parishes to be open to the problems of the world. “This social concern should not only remain within the confines of the parish community but should reach out to the whole state and country at large,” the letter said.
It was advisable that the faithful play an active role in politics, it said, adding they should follow their conscience and shun “sycophantic” politics. “They should thus strengthen democracy,” he said. (PTI)