Learn the art of unity from Andhra Christians

via HK published on November 10, 2006

Editor’s Note

Kerala govt is ready to swallow Hindu temples completely…Kerala Hindus, do learn something from Christians from Andhra..Church will unify under a single umberlla keeping apart their differences if they smell a threat against them..But the majority Hindus in Kerala are still sleeping under the dope of Pseudosecularism injected by Commie-Congie nexus.

 

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Churches oppose takeover law


Nov. 8, 2006
Deccan Chronicle

All churches in the State have come under one umbrella to fight the proposed legislation of the State government to control and protect church properties. The AP Federation of Churches (APFC), an apex body of Catholic, Protestant and other Christian denominations, is demanding that they should be exempted from State control on the lines of the recent order exempting Shridi Sai Baba temples and Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari temples. The Government is trying to control rampant corruption and scams across the churches in Andhra Pradesh.

A House committee set up by the State Assembly in May 2005 had recently recommended a legislation on the lines of Wakf Act and Hindu Charitable and Endowments Act. APFC executive secretary Fr Dr Anthoniraj Thumma said, “There are some cases of illegal occupation of church properties by builders and others with the connivance of some members of trusts and societies of churches particularly in Kurnool, Nellore and Vishakapatnam. Because of a few instances no one can generalise that all the church properties have been occupied. The majority of church properties are safe and are well controlled.”

“There is no single instance of illegal occupation in the Catholic Church. Even in other denomination churches, synods and councils are regulating all sales,” Dr Thumma added. Church properties are registered under the Indian Trust Act or Society Registration Act and are done as per the rules of these acts. “Church properties are private properties similar to those owned by any private registered trust or society,” Dr Thumma said.

The federation argued that church properties differ from endowments and wakf properties. “Our properties are not gifted by individuals or by erstwhile rulers on will deed. All church properties are registered and have sale deeds. They are totally of private nature,” said Dr Thumma. Most of the properties are bought by using funds from foreign mission agencies.


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