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Jesus was a communist, CPI-M says
Historical exhibition draws condemnation from Catholic Church leaders
- ucanews.com reporter, Kochi
- February 3, 2012
The exhibition, titled Marx Alone Is Right, includes a section called â€śMartyrdom, Christ to Che,â€ť will officially open during the partyâ€™s state conference in Thiruvananthapuram but has already generated widespread interest.
Archbishop Maria Calist Soosapakiam of Thiruvananthapuram has condemned the exhibit and issued a press statement.
The prelate, who serves as president of the Kerala Region Latin Catholic Council, said there was a â€śhidden political agendaâ€ť behind it.
â€śThe communists have always shown disregard for the teachings of Jesus and tried to humiliate Church leadersâ€¦. We hope they will rectify their mistake and not hurt the religious sentiments of the true believers of Jesus Christ,â€ť he said in the statement.
Fr Paul Thelakat, spokesman for the Syro-Malabar Church, said the exhibition only exposed the chinks in the partyâ€™s armor.
â€śThey have lost all their icons and crowd pullers. Now they need something to clinch onto. But people can make out their sinister designs,â€ť he said.
The CPI-M, a major political force in Kerala and leading the opposition, narrowly lost in the 2011 Assembly elections.
It was at loggerheads with the Church whenever it came to power. Christians in the state constitute 22 percent of the 32 million residents.
Protests in Wayanad district last year forced the local party office to remove a hoarding of Jesusâ€™ picture hanging beside that of Marx.
MV Jayarajan, a CPI-M state committee member, also stirred up controversy recently after comparing Jesus to the partyâ€™s national secretary, Prakash Karat, a Hindu high caste.