‘Mechanism soon to curb corruption in churches'

CHENNAI: A self-regulatory mechanism will soon be in place to check corruption in churches, said Dr. Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the principal leader of the Church of England and the symbolic head of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
He was speaking on the sidelines of the 175th  jubilee celebration of the inception of the Diocese of Madras at St George’s Cathedral.
Responding to queries from the media on corruption in churches he said, “We know there are some reported cases of  corruption, which are pending in the court, and the Moderators of the churches are working to constitute a self-regulatory mechanism to look into the issue.”
The Church of South India(CSI), a member of the Anglican Communion consisting of 80 million Christians and 44 different churches, played host to the visiting Archbishop.  He will be here till October 24 andwill visit  member churches and leaders.
About the Church’s stand on Gay Marriages, The Archbishop said, “The church was against it. But, we need to be tolerant with such people.”
Earlier in the day, during an interaction with  economically disadvantaged members of the congregation at Vyasarpadi,  he said, “Am touched by what I see and I will cherish my Indian experience.”
The public reception in the evening was well attended by  the congregation and eminent representatives from all faiths like the Nawab of Arcot, N Ram, Journalist, Chinnappa, Archbishop of Madras - Mylapore Diocese of the Catholic Church, Bishop Devasahayam of CSI diocese of Madras, CSI Moderator Vasantha Kumar and Geetha Jeevan, Minister of Social Welfare.
Courtesy : Express News Service


George Philip said...

That is good for the CSI...........however, I do not see why the Moderator or the Bishops should be involved in setting up a mechanism to stop the very thing that we know they are doing? .....this has to be done by involving the larger base of the laity and clergy and by making the necessary amendments in the constitution. Plus having an independent cell where complaints of wrong doings can be filed, giving them the mandate to investigate and bring out the findings in a given period of time.

Anonymous said...

Quoted from above:
'About the Church’s stand on Gay Marriages, The Archbishop said, “The church was against it. But, we need to be tolerant with such people.”'

I do not think Church should be tolerant with Gay Marriages. When we become tolerant then such things will grow in church and finally it will overtake the church from it very foundation. As happened to Methodist church in US where now many pastors are also open-gay.

Anonymous said...

The fact that the CSI is endowed with so much of property and is one of the richest land owners in south India is an issue that works against Christianity. Perhaps some re thinking is required. Do we need a church set up that is endowed with so much of material wealth? Does it not work against the very spirit of Christianity? Should we have to build earthly empires?

It goes without saying that there is abundant corruption in CSI. But let us look into the root causes.

Jaiprakash Raghaviah

Unknown said...

I feel shame to see all these corruption in my CSI.

Shame ! Shame! Shame!

Anonymous said...

The archbishop should know that Gay marriage is sin. It is against God. It is against the nature. Sodom and Gomorrah were cursed and destroyed by the Lord because of these cruel and highest sin. In the coming days God's curses will come to all the wicked bishops and priests who supporting these cruel sin. As member of an Anglican church i shame myself. Oh! Lord do not forgive these cruel bishops. Please save the people who are trust in you.

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