Priests remain anonymous to support Church in Facebook

August 10, 2017 by  
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Kerala, August 9, 2017: A team of priests has launched a Facebook page to present perspectives of the Church amid growing anti-Church comments in social media, but preferred to remain anonymous.

The priests, who manage the page ‘Vigilant Catholic,’ have not revealed their identities presumably to avoid individual criticisms and personal comments, the Hindu newspaper reported.

The team plans to directly contact those who post ‘fake news’ against the Church in Kerala—Latin, Syro Malabar, and Syro-Malankara rites–to set the record straight. If defamatory posts and comments continued, the critics would be handled legally.

Group administrators are experts on Church’s teachings on various social issues and legal systems, the newspaper said quoiting sources.

The page created last month already has 2,000 followers.

Sources said that the activities of ‘Christian Helpline,’ a Sangh Parivar-started Facebook page to defend Christians’ rights, will be monitored by the group.

State joint convener of the ‘Christian Helpline’ Jis Nalleparamban said those defending the Church should not stay anonymous. “We have a clear political stance for the empowerment of the Christian community and we are supported by people with transparent identities,” he claimed.

Father Jimmy Poochakkatt, spokesperson for Syro-Malabar Church said the Church did not officially endorse the priest’s Facebook page.

“Of course, some of us have shared the contents of the page in our personal groups, but that does not mean that we encourage anonymous online campaign on behalf of the Church,” he said.

– hindu

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