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Prelate spurs Christian fight against graft

Karnataka archbishop calls for Church to be at forefront of growing movement to fight corruption

Prelate spurs Christian fight against graft
Archbishop Bernard Moras of Bangalore talking to the media
Philip Mathew, Bangalore

April 21, 2011

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Archbishop Bernard Moras has urged Christians in Karnataka to join the fight against corruption spearheaded by social activist Anna Hazare. He said he hoped a future anti-graft law resulting from the proposed Lokpal (Ombudsman) bill will have the “teeth and muscle” 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. “It should be transparent and free of political interference, if it’s to make an impact,” 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 Bishops’ 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 “immorality.” He said the Bible forbids bribery, adding that it was against the social teachings of the Christian faith. Reminding people that corruption can’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 Hazare’s hunger-strike to protest against corruption, which forced the federal government to set up a committee to draft the Lokpal bill. Related links: Bishops take aim at Indian corruption Bible values can fight corruption, bishop says
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