Apologies after offense won’t be enough, Catholic groups tell AIB


Despite the apologies of the AIB team to the Archdiocese of Bombay and the Christian community, Christian groups met with Bishop Agnelo Gracias on Wednesday and made it clear that they intended to continue the FIR filed against the AIB.

These groups alleged that the AIB Knockout show, held on December 20 last year in Worli, insulted Jesus Christ and portrayed Catholic priests in a bad light.

“We exercise our right to protest and complain about content that we find objectionable to our faith. The altar is sacred to us, ”said Judith Monteiro, member of the Association of Catholics Concerned. “We will continue with FIR. We follow a form of non-violent protest and apologize after anything offensive will do, ”she added.

The Archdiocese’s own position is that it will not pursue the case, but will not prevent these groups from seeking legal recourse.

“The Archdiocese will not pursue the matter after accepting the apologies, which we never asked for in the first place. Afterwards, the bishop had simply expressed that if the artists are free to express themselves, certain elements were offensive. The Christian groups were unhappy with us for accepting the apology, ”said Fr Nigel Barrett, spokesperson for the archdiocese. He said the bishop heard from the groups on Wednesday and said they could exercise their right to pursue the case. “But the archdiocese does not want to participate,” he said.

AIB Knockout’s live show and YouTube recording hit social media with the ‘roast’ of Bollywood actors Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh with Karan Johar acting as ‘roastmaster’ in front of a crowd of 4,000 people in a Worli stadium. The show was held for charity.

The community is looking for its own member of the Censorship Council

Meanwhile, a delegation of Christian leaders met with the state’s Minister of Cultural Affairs, Vinod Tawde, to complain about Bollywood’s representation of the Catholic-Christian community and to request a representative appointed by the Archdiocese to the Council. state censorship.

A Catholic priest blessing the nuptials of two dogs in the Bollywood film Kya Supercool Hain Hum, a Catholic priest having an affair with a woman in Sin and a priest shown dancing with a silver garland around his neck at Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal as well as Hollywood films involving the cult of Satan were some of the films the delegation cited as offensive.

“The community is hurt by Bollywood’s repeated and distasteful portrayal of community and its faith. We don’t want to muzzle free speech or interfere with creativity, but want to offer advice if we find a particular scene might be perceived as offensive. Instead of complaining every time and having protests, we want to anticipate the situation, ”said Father Barrett, who was part of the delegation.
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