Just when you thought the Catholic Church was done with this nonsense…
An Indian skeptic who was invited by a local TV station to investigate the mystery behind a weeping statue of Christ, found that it was water from a
nearby drain that had been seeping into it by way of capillary action. He has been persecuted by Church leaders and charged with “blasphemy”. Now
the police have an arrest warrant out for him.
Here we are in the 21st century and the church is still using a medieval mindset to dispose of it’s enemies.
On 10th March, Sanal Edamaruku, President of the Rationalist International, flew to Mumbai. The TV channel TV-9 had invited him to investigate a
“miracle” that caused local excitement. He went with the TV team to Irla in Vile Parle to inspect the crucifix standing there in front of the
Church of Our Lady of Velankanni. This crucifix had become the centre of attraction for an ever growing crowd of believers coming from far and wide.
The news of the miracle spread like wild fire. For some days, there were little droplets of water trickling from Jesus’ feet. Hundreds of people
came every day to pray and collect some of the “holy water” in bottles and vessels. Sanal Edamaruku identified the source of the water (a drainage
near a washing room) and the mechanism how it reached Jesus feet (capillary action). The local church leaders, present during his investigation,
appeared to be displeased.
Some hours later, in a live program on TV-9, Sanal explained his findings and accused the concerned Catholic Church officials of miracle mongering, as
they were beating the big drum for the drippling Jesus statue with aggressive PR measures and by distributing photographs certifying the
“miracle”. A heated debate began, in which the five church people, among them Fr. Augustine Palett, the priest of Our Lady of Velankanni church,
and representatives of the Association of Concerned Catholics (AOCC) demanded that Sanal apologize. But Sanal refused and argued against them. [The
whole TV program is recorded. You can watch an abridged version of it on YouTube.]
When they saw Sanal refused to bow to their demands, they threatened to file a blasphemy case against him. And they did. Yesterday (10th April,2012)
Sanal received a phone call from a Police official of Juhu Police Station in Mumbai directing him to come to the said police station to face the
charges and get arrested. He also said that FIRs have also been filed in Andheri and some other police stations u/s 295 of Indian Penal Code on the
allegations of hurting the religious sentiments of a particular community. Mumbai police has announced that they were out to arrest him. It is
apprehended that he can be arrested any moment.