Playing with Pornography: HELP!

Saint Pope John Paul II once made this memorable comment on Pornography, “the problem with pornography is not that it shows too much of the person, but that it shows far too little.” We live in society where sex sells. Models, showing too much sex appeal and wearing far too little clothes, are used to…

My ‘Law and Order’ Moment in New York

My first week in the United States was not without its fare share of action and drama. Any new visitor to the US would relish the thought of seeing the sights that have been imprinted in the minds of the rest of the world thanks to American films and television. But I had a slightly…

What you post online will remain your legacy

A recent Masterclass which I attended on “Communicating in the Digital Culture” brought out some fascinating new insights on how we can understand the place of the digital and the virtual in our lives. Studying the impact of the digital on the human is very important. As Rod Dreher points out – the two most…

Prince of the Poor

In the days following his death and funeral, I am trying to think how the late Cardinal Ivan Dias impacted my life. Lots of eloquent and praise-worthy eulogies have poured in, but he impacted different people differently. After the enigmatic and towering Cardinal Valerian Gracias, Cardinal Ivan Dias must surely rank as one of the…

The Google God

One of the questions in the old penny catechism was “Where is God?” And the answer was “God is everywhere.” Today one can replace ‘God‘ with the word ‘Google‘ and the answer would be equally valid.

A Sense of Purpose

Mark Zuckerberg recently gave the commencement speech at Harvard, his alma mater, from where he dropped out to work on his brainchild Facebook, which is ‘connecting people’ across the globe today. This ‘dropping out of college-then-success‘ story is being bandied about a lot. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Evan Williams (Twitter), Larry Ellison (Oracle) and Travis…

In Trump We Trust

I was in Paris a couple of weeks ago. And I loved every bit of it. Why would anyone want to abandon something that has got ‘Paris’ in it? But Trump has done exactly that – withdrawn the USA from the Paris accord on fighting climate change. Trump-bashing is becoming a sort of legitimate occupation…

Broken Crosses

As I write this piece, another Church in Hyderabad has been vandalised by a local mob. A few days ago, two statues of the Virgin Mary and a Cross were desecrated and another prominent and historical Cross demolished by the BMC. I would proudly tell my fellow priests here in Rome, that India has always…

13 Reasons Why

Selena Gomez was the only reason I wanted to watch 13 Reasons Why. I was expecting a light, drama-filled teen TV show, but what I saw took my breath away.

Hidden Figures: Superwoman in the Church

Let me explain the title for you. Hidden Figures is an Oscar nominated film that revolves around three African-American women working at NASA in the early 1960s. This was during the Space Race between the US and Russia. These three women played an important role in putting the first American astronaut, John Glenn into orbit.

I’m 30 and still Single! No need to panic

One of the many roles that a priest takes on is that of a Matchmaker. It’s not something that we are trained for but then what are we trained for?! “All things to all people” #St Paul. I was approached once by a girl along with her mum. “Father, I want to get married but…