Wednesday, June 15, 2005

A Rising Tide of Anti-Christian Violence in India

In a culture where the gravest difficulties posed by our profession of faith may be avoiding hamburgers on Good Friday and trying to outlive Dan Schutte's music with only vitamin supplements and fallible physicians on our side, it can be humbling to see the risks Catholics take for professing their faith abroad.

Zenit reports that on Sunday, "around midnight, a bunch of miscreants entered the shrine of the Infant Jesus, which is inside the compound of the Holy Trinity Church [in the Jabalpur Diocese], and desecrated it."

Similar reports from recent days:

"Angry Hindu youths beat three American missionaries and tried to kidnap one as they held a bible studies class in Mumbai, police said."

"An elderly nun was reportedly recovering from her injuries Sunday, June 12, after militants attacked two orders in Bihar, one of India's most impoverished north-eastern states."

"Two ministers have been murdered in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh since mid-May in what an All India Christian Council official has called 'a very planned way of terrorizing the Christian community'."

Meanwhile, in San Francisco, things proceed with a more characteristically American nuttiness....