Sixty-seven-year-old Sister Mary Chandy walked out of the Congregation of the Daughters of Presentation of Mary in Chevayur, Kozhikode, 14 years ago. She wrote her autobiography, Nanma Niranjavale Swasthi (Peace to the One Filled with Grace), in April 2012. Excerpts from an interview:
What did you do after you left the convent?
I only had the clothes that I was wearing. I did not have any money. I remember envying men for they can sleep at night under a tree but a woman cannot do that. I would visit houses and ask for donations. My dream was to open an orphanage and look after unwanted children.
Is there one incident that made you quit the order?
There are so many incidents that hurt me. After I left the convent, I went through many trials and tribulations. It has been a long journey outside.
You have said that the priests drink during festive occasions?
Yes, both the priests and nuns drink wine and foreign liquor. When the priests drink, what spews from their mouths is absolute filth.
The Church says that you were only a cook for a brief period and not a nun in the convent?
If that is so, why have they kept my baptism certificate? It is now in their hands to prove I was not a nun.
What you say about the priests...does it hold for the majority of them?
No, there are many good priests and nuns who do a lot of good work. But then there are also the bad ones. My advice to young Catholic girls is to not to go for counselling or confession to the priests.
Thank you to all those who have taken the trouble to read the article and share their thoughts. Out of the arguments made here, there are two that perhaps need answering. So here they go.
1. The first part of the article compares outcomes (relative percentages of population of the religions concerned) irrespective of the process that led to those outcomes - whether immigration, relatively faster population growth or conversions. This was for two reasons. One, to put the figure of 2.3 per cent in "numerical perspective", as the article itself explained. The second reason was that outcomes are ultimately what the crux of debate is about. The rest of the article in any case dealt with process - or conversions in this case, from both a contemporary and historical perspective.
2. Some commenters have tried to cast doubts on the reliability of Census 2001. Those who do this should bear in mind that Census 2001 was conducted by a BJP government. Considering the extreme importance that BJP gives to this issue, it would be reasonable to expect that IF it had perceived a problem with the methodology that was distorting the numbers, it would have fixed it. As the article mentioned, BJP or BJP-supported governments have been in power for 10 of the last 40 years, or about a quarter of the time, and the only reasonable conclusion one can arrive at is that any misreporting of numbers, real or perceived, would be marginal and hence, not of importance.
To all other arguments made, my answer is the following: Please read the article again, with particular focus on the quotations of Vivekananda and Monier Williams, and the history of the missionary efforts in Bengal and their outcome.
A christian priest has a poultry in village.
One of his 'cock' was missing.After prayer mass
he asked the members 'who has a cock?
All male members got up. Ohh no. who has seen cock?
All lady members got up. Oh No who has seen othe'rs cock?
A gain some Ladies got up.
Fruastrated he asked " Who has seen my cock"?
ALL NUNS GOT UP
It is thanks to the feminist leaders ( like the nun above ), who, through the willing media, ve vilified alcohol, that India already has the lowest drinking in the world, ( some one fourth of that of even China ).
Where does this feminist nun ( incidentally feminists also come in the guise of nuns / cooks ), want the country to go?
Ban alcohol entirely, maybe? Or tax the males who drink even further, in order to spite them?
I do not understand how the outlook is trying to collect some matter purposefully, which may perhaps represent a tiny minority of priest and religious just for cheap popularity. An internationally reputed magazine going down to such a standard and report the matter in a so called third rate magazine style is really deplorable. Please before publishing those interviews, just examine why these people have had such a fate. Is it because of their greatness or unable to live up to an ideal, which is accepted and well-appreciated in a rich culture like India. These are not martyers of strong convictions but agents of low opportunism. They just want to become famous by tarnishing a church, which does so many noble things not for its believers but for the whole society. Please do not neglect this great fact, when you try to publich such articles and interviews at a stretch.
The laregr message of unbridled power enjoyed has probably caused the decline.
Austerity and self control has no takers anywhere. For every Nityanand who is in trouble for not practising what he is preaching there must be by definition Fathers and clergymen who fool around.
Nuns at the bottom of the pecking order probably comply.
Whether the numbers are 10% or 50% or infinitismal who knows.
Certainly belief in institutions and institutionalised religion is under suspicion.
The stories in the three articles do highlight how the locals actually know a lot of what is going on but are by and large willing participants in the grand betrayal for personal reasons.
So only a few are actually betrayed....apart from Jesus ofcourse....
As Sadhguru Vasudeva says..."do not believe in anything tht you cannot experience because you will then have to defend your belief in the face of information to the contrary.'
true for any...'ism'.
But this is no case for hoplessness....we just need to turn our gaze away from the trappings of any 'ism' to its origins....strip the layers of untruth and overblown claims...be a little more rational and keep your eyes open.
All the best and regards to this brave honest nun Sister Chandy...
we need more whistle blowers in every institution of God or for God of every colour, ace and hue....
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