Ahmedabad: The Catholic Church of Gujarat in a recent statement called the government’s implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) “unconstitutional” due to “the exclusion of any particular group on the basis of religion”, even as it welcomed the Government’s attempt to provide citizenship to refugees.
It also “humbly urged” the government to stay the implementation of CAA, the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the National Population Register (NPR).
The church “condemns attempts to silence dissent and to suppress non-violent protests” and notes “the laxity and negligence by the administration and the police in acting against those who violently try to disrupt peaceful protests”. It also clearly announces its support for the recent anti-CAA protests across the country.
The statement reads: “As loyal citizens of India, the Catholic community of Gujarat is committed to safeguarding the Constitution of the country and in ensuring that all communities living in the country, enjoy happiness, prosperity and human rights without discrimination.”
It was signed by Rt Rev Bishop Athanasius Rathnaswamy in Ahmedabad, Rt Rev Bishop Jose Chittooparambil CMI in Rajkot, Rt Rev Archbishop Stanislaus Fernandes SJ in Vadodara and Rt Rev Archbishop Thomas Macwan of the Archdiocese of Gandhinagar, on behalf of the state’s Catholic community.