Though Cardinal Joseph Coutts retired from his role as Archbishop of Karachi earlier this year, he continues being a strong voice in favor of the Pakistan’s minorities – both Christians and Hindus.
But he’s also a man who loves his country, recognizing that in Pakistan one can find “the good, the bad, and the ugly,” and everything is just a bit more complicated than what it seems in the surface.
In Rome from early October, where he took part in the opening of the synodal process launched by Pope Francis, Coutts spoke with Crux on Monday for close to an hour, as he was finalizing his COVID-19 paperwork to fly back home.
The conversation centered on the anti-forced conversion bill that a Pakistan parliamentary committee rejected last week, following an increase in the number of Christian and Hindu girls being kidnapped, forced to marry and convert to Islam. The proposed bill banned conversion until the age of 18, aligned with the recently adopted law that bans marriage before that age.