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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Kerala church commission pushes for declaring alcoholism as sin

Catholic prohibitionists in India's Kerala state have proposed making alcoholism a sin in the nation's largest Christian enclave.

"Alcoholism is a serious problem in Kerala, and we have to take tough measures to counter it," Bishop Sebastian Thekethecheril, chairman of the Temperance Commission of the Kerala Catholic Bishops' Council, told Catholic News Service Feb. 1 during the general assembly of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India in Bangalore.

More than 100 Temperance Commission delegates from 30 dioceses met in Kerala Jan. 29 and drafted a policy that says anyone who consumes alcohol moderately should be kept away from the church at all levels -- from teaching catechism to parish committees and any other nominated or elected post. > > > > Read More