Catholic bishops of the southern Indian state of Kerala called for a ban of a play that allegedly insulted Catholic monastic life and Christianity.
“The communist organizations are giving huge publicity for the drama,’’ read a statement issued by the Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council (KCBC).
The prelates were referring to the Malayalam play “Kakkukali” that portrays what are supposed to be the challenges faced by a woman who entered the convent despite her communist father’s opposition.
Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, KCBC president, the play is against the cultural fabric of Kerala and staging it is a blot on the culture of the state.
The statement issued by KCBC deputy secretary Jacob Palakkapilly noted that the play insults the self-respect and confidence of nuns.
The play’s director Job Madathil said they have already staged the production in 15 places and they will continue as planned.
The group Pro Life under the bishops’ council earlier complained against the staging of the play, but the All India Youth Federation, the youth wing of the Communist Party of India, supported the play.
A circular against the controversial play was read in parishes all over the Archdiocese of Trichur during Sunday Mass on March 12.
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