The Feb. 12 open letter by Jesuit Father Cedric Prakash was written as the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) was about to begin its 34th biennial plenary assembly Feb. 13-19 in Bengaluru. The theme of this year’s assembly is “Dialogue: The Path to Truth and Charity.”
“Dear Bishops, your meeting takes place at a time when the country is perhaps in the most critical phase of her history. It has never been so bad, on every possible front!” Prakash writes.
“Democracy, so dear to us, is being destroyed; the letter and spirit of our Constitution are systematically denigrated; above all, the pluralistic and multi-cultural fabric of our nation is being eroded,” the letter continues.
The Jesuit pointed to the millions of people protesting the Citizens Amendment Act (CAA), the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the National Population Register (NRC), which many critics say is aimed at non-Hindus in India.