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Prelate spurs Christian fight against graft
Karnataka archbishop calls for Church to be at forefront of growing movement to fight corruptionArchbishop Bernard Moras of Bangalore talking to the media
- Philip Mathew, Bangalore
- April 21, 2011
He said he hoped a future anti-graft law resulting from the proposed Lokpal (Ombudsman) bill will have the â€śteeth and muscleâ€ť to tackle corruption at all levels.
Addressing journalists in the southern city of Bangalore yesterday, Archbishop Moras demanded that all government, judicial and political institutions be covered by the future law.
â€śIt should be transparent and free of political interference, if itâ€™s to make an impact,â€ť he said.
The prelate wants the Church to be at the forefront in making people aware that corruption is an immoral activity.
To do this, the president of the Karnataka Regional Catholic Bishopsâ€™Â Council also urged churches to encourage people to take up the fight against graft.
He called on Christians to be part of anti-corruption initiatives and build a society free of â€śimmorality.â€ť
He said the Bible forbids bribery, adding that it was against the social teachings of the Christian faith.
Reminding people that corruption canâ€™t be fought by a few individuals, he said people of goodwill must join hands to fight the evil which is spreading its tentacles far and wide.
Hundreds of thousands of people supported Hazareâ€™s hunger-strike to protest against corruption, which forced the federal government to set up a committee to draft the Lokpal bill.
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