Can Catholics support same-sex marriage?

Just a few days ago, Australians voted for same-sex marriage in a non-binding postal referendum, with the “yes” earning 61 percent of the votes. Though this referendum has not yet been translated into legislation till the time I was writing this, there seems to be little reason why it won’t happen. With this, one of…

Pope Francis’ Double Whammy

Pope Francis has this unique knack of putting his finger on issues that may seem to be small and insignificant but nevertheless make headlines across the globe. Some have called him the ‘King of One-liners‘ while some marketing and advertising professionals have begun looking upto him as a ‘Guru‘. His “Who am I to judge?”…

The ‘Indian’ Saints and Blessed Sr Rani Maria

On November 4, Sr. Rani Maria will be ‘beatified’ in Indore (the place where she worked) in a formal ceremony led by the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints (Rome). Does this mean that India will have a new saint? Not exactly, since being beatified is the second-last stage before being declared…

It’s MY Life, I can do as I please!

The invitation card for my priestly ordination was a personalised one, very different from the ones you usually come across. I had worked on the concept and design for a couple of months with a lot of help from my dad who was kind of a self-made wiz on the computer. The front (like a…

Can Christians celebrate Halloween?

Halloween is around the corner, and has given life to a debate about whether it is appropriate for Christians to celebrate this day. The question may be a new one in urban India, but has been resurfacing every year in the west where Halloween has been celebrated for decades. To put the issue into perspective,…

The Eucharist calls us to perfection

The Eucharist has been a subject of debate in recent times, more specifically the reception of Holy Communion. The debate is centred around the post-synodal document on the Family Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), in which Pope Francis has opened the possibility of Holy Communion to the divorced and remarried. Understandably, this little detail…

When Sandi met Papa Francesco

“Caro Papa, mi chiamo Sandia. Ti amo, io sono Indiana e questo regalo è per voi.” [Dear Papa, I am Sandia. I love you, I am from India and this gift is for you] These were my first words to Pope Francis. This was my dream come true, to be in my wedding gown standing…

‘I confess’ vs ‘iConfess’

A number of people have asked me if one can make his/her confession over the phone. The rapid diffusion of virtual technologies are enabling people who are physically separated by long distances, to communicate instantaneously and easily. Practically everyone who has close family members abroad uses Skype. Messaging apps like Whatsapp and Hangout also allow…

The Saas-Bahu Saga Continues (Part II)

In Matthew Ch 10, Jesus says: “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person’s…

The Saas-Bahu Saga (Part I)

“Father, my daughter-in-law is my gold! Bhangarachi Sunn! She takes such good care of me, bringing me my medicines from time to time, she looks after the home. She makes it a point to come ask me for advice for important things. I must have done something good to deserve a daughter-in-law like her”….and then…

Chocolate Catholicism

Anyone who knows me well enough is privy to the fact that I have a sweet tooth and a sweeter tooth for chocolates. Bring me a bar of rich chocolate and you will have my loyalty! One of the many blessings of being temporarily sojourned in Europe is finding myself on the continent which takes…

Mumbai Ark

It’s déjà-vu each year when Mumbai is blest with its annual flood. Having the annual Visarjan (not the one for Ganpati bapa), when every Mumbaikar is drenched to his or her bones, is left stranded somewhere with no trains or transport, and is forced to wade through knee-deep mucky water, is part of what it…