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Church of South India director attacks media for political bias

Posted on: January 16, 2014 2:24 PM
Viji Varghese Eapen (l) speaks at the CSI Synod. The new Primate, the Most Revd Dr G Dyvasirvadam (third from the left) was elected for a two-year term
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By ACNS staff

A leading figure in the Church of South India (CSI) has hit out at the media for working against justice and peace and for suggesting that the Church might do the same. 

Viji Varghese Eapen who is just ending his time as Director of CSI's Department of Ecumenical Relations & Ecological Concerns was speaking after the Church's 34th Session of Synod Council in Vijayawada, Andrah Pradesh from 11-14 January.

He spoke out against the media following a press conference in Chennai in which journalists asked which political parties the Church would support in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. 

"The Office Bearers, very clearly affirmed that we leave that decision to the local dioceses and regions based on their respective local contexts," he said, "but in general, that we would stand with the parties that strive for the cause of minorities, the poor and the marginalised.

"It is so sad to note that the media which are supposed to become the voice of the voiceless, are taking stand with the perpetrators of violence and injustice, and further, in order to promote their hidden agendas, going to the extend of misusing and misquoting the institutions, movements and individuals that counter such trends."

Mr Vargese Eapen added that CSI, which he said was the biggest Protestant Church in India, was "a Church of the minorities, for the minorities and with the minorities."

The Biennium 2014-2016 of the CSI Synod began with Holy Eucharist led by the new Moderator (CSI's most senior bishop) the Most Revd Dr G Dyvasirvadam. A new Deputy Moderator Bishop Thomas K. Oommen was also appointed at the Synod. 

Notable moments in the Synod included the blessing of the new Office Bearers, and book launches for two CSI publications: Kaleidoscope: A Collation of Editorials and Renewed Faith for a Redeemed Earth: Eco-theological Reflections.