The New Community Bible : Cardinal Oswald Gracias fools Indian Catholics with half-truths assisted by ignorant laity

 

JUNE 28, 2013

 

The New Community Bible

Cardinal Oswald Gracias fools Indian Catholics with half-truths assisted by ignorant laity

It must never be forgotten that the 2008 St Pauls pluralistic, syncretized New Community Bible (NCB) was released in Mumbai by none other than Cardinal Oswald Gracias, the Archbishop of Bombay, former president of the CBCI and the CCBI (the two Bishops’ Conferences):

New Community Bible Released

An extract from The Examiner
(The Archdiocesan weekly of Bombay)
July 05, 2008

Cardinal Oswald Gracias released the New Community Bible on June 28, 2008 during a concelebrated Mass on the occasion of the commencement of the Pauline Year. Cardinal Gracias in his homily urged the people to familiarize themselves with this Bible which is a revised edition of the popular Christian Community Bible during this year which has been declared as the year of the ‘Word of God’ in the Archdiocese of Bombay.

He congratulated the Paulist brothers and the daughters of St. Paul for their efforts in making this revised edition available to the people in India.

 

The commentaries and illustrations of the New Community Bible 2008, mostly written by Indian theologian-priests, are detrimental to the faith of Catholics and will not attract non-Christians to Christ or His Church because in it one religion is projected as being as good another. Whatever Jesus and the Bible have to offer man has parallels and equivalents in other religions and their scriptures, mainly Hinduism. Therefore Christianity and its founder are robbed of their unicity.

The following related reports are available at this ministry’s web site:

NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 01-A CRITIQUE JULY 14, 2008

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/NEW_COMMUNITY_BIBLE_01-A_CRITIQUE.doc

NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 02-THE PAPAL SEMINARY, PUNE, INDIAN THEOLOGIANS, AND THE CATHOLIC ASHRAMS
18 SEPTEMBER 2008/SEPTEMBER 2009/APRIL 2012

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/NEW_COMMUNITY_BIBLE_02-THE_PAPAL_SEMINARY_PUNE_INDIAN_THEOLOGIANS_AND_THE_CATHOLIC_ASHRAMS.doc

NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 03-A FRENCH THEOLOGIAN DENOUNCES ERRORS IN THE COMMENTARIES
FEBRUARY 24, 2009

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/NEW_COMMUNITY_BIBLE_03-A_FRENCH_THEOLOGIAN_DENOUNCES_ERRORS_IN_THE_COMMENTARIES.doc

NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 04-THE ONGOING ROBBERY OF FAITH FEBRUARY 24, 2009

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/NEW_COMMUNITY_BIBLE_04-THE_ONGOING_ROBBERY_OF_FAITH.doc

NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 05-THE ANGEL GABRIEL DID NOT APPEAR TO THE VIRGIN MARY
MARCH 15, 2009

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/NEW_COMMUNITY_BIBLE_05-THE_ANGEL_GABRIEL_DID_NOT_APPEAR_TO_THE_VIRGIN_MARY.doc

NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 06-PRESS REPORTS AND READERS’ CRITICISMS MARCH 22, 2009/DECEMBER 2009

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/NEW_COMMUNITY_BIBLE_06-PRESS_REPORTS_AND_READERS_CRITICISMS.doc

NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 07-UNPUBLISHED LETTERS AGAINST ITS ERRONEOUS COMMENTARIES-THE EXAMINER MAY 2009

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/NEW_COMMUNITY_BIBLE_07-UNPUBLISHED_LETTERS_AGAINST_ITS_ERRONEOUS_COMMENTARIES-THE_EXAMINER.doc     

NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 08-LETTERS CALLING FOR ITS WITHDRAWAL 31 DECEMBER 2008/DECEMBER 2009

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/NEW_COMMUNITY_BIBLE_08-LETTERS_CALLING_FOR_ITS_WITHDRAWAL.doc

 

 

NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 09-LETTER TO THE CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH APRIL-MAY 2009http://ephesians-511.net/docs/NEW_COMMUNITY_BIBLE_09-LETTER_TO_THE_CONGREGATION_FOR_THE_DOCTRINE_OF_THE_FAITH.doc

NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 10-CORRESPONDENCE WITH THE SECULAR MEDIA, AND WITH PRIEST-CRITICS OF OUR CRUSADE AGAINST ITS ERRORS MAY 2009

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/NEW_COMMUNITY_BIBLE_10-CORRESPONDENCE_WITH_THE_SECULAR_MEDIA_AND_WITH_PRIEST-CRITICS_OF_OUR_CRUSADE_AGAINST_ITS_ERRORS.doc

NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 11-VATICAN HELD RESPONSIBLE, BRAHMIN LEADERS DEMAND ITS WITHDRAWAL JUNE 25, 2009/DECEMBER 2009

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/NEW_COMMUNITY_BIBLE_11-VATICAN_HELD_RESPONSIBLE_BRAHMIN_LEADERS_DEMAND_ITS_WITHDRAWAL.doc

NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 12-LETTERS TO ROME JUNE 2009/AUGUST 2013

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/NEW_COMMUNITY_BIBLE_12-LETTERS_TO_ROME.doc

NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 13-RESPONSES FROM THE BISHOPS AND THEIR EXECUTIVE COMMISSIONS AUGUST 2009

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/NEW_COMMUNITY_BIBLE_13-RESPONSES_FROM_THE_BISHOPS_AND_THEIR_EXECUTIVE_COMMISSIONS.doc

NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 14-UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX GREEK CATHOLIC BISHOPS CALL IT A NEW AGE BIBLE, “EXCOMMUNICATE” INDIAN BISHOPS MARCH 2010/APRIL 2012

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/NEW_COMMUNITY_BIBLE_14-UKRAINIAN_ORTHODOX_GREEK_CATHOLIC_BISHOPS_CALL_IT_A_NEW_AGE_BIBLE_EXCOMMUNICATE_INDIAN_BISHOPS.doc

NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 15-DEMAND FOR ORDINATION OF WOMEN PRIESTS-FR SUBHASH ANAND AND OTHERS APRIL 2010/JULY 2010/APRIL 2012/17 MARCH/10 APRIL 2013

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/NEW_COMMUNITY_BIBLE_15-DEMAND_FOR_ORDINATION_OF_WOMEN_PRIESTS-FR_SUBHASH_ANAND_AND_OTHERS.doc

NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 16-CRITIQUE BY DERRICK D’COSTA
JULY 2010

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/NEW_COMMUNITY_BIBLE_16-CRITIQUE_BY_DERRICK_DCOSTA.doc

NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 17-EXTOLLED BY CAMALDOLI BENEDICTINE OBLATE
1/5/10 MAY 2013

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/NEW_COMMUNITY_BIBLE_17-EXTOLLED_BY_CAMALDOLI_BENEDICTINE_OBLATE.doc

NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 18-REVISED EDITION COMING, ST PAULS IN DENIAL
JULY 2010/DECEMBER 2011
http://ephesians-511.net/docs/NEW_COMMUNITY_BIBLE_18-REVISED_EDITION_COMING_ST_PAULS_IN_DENIAL.doc

NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 19-REVISED EDITION PUBLISHED A YEAR AFTER DENIAL
JULY 2010/DECEMBER 2011

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/NEW_COMMUNITY_BIBLE_19-REVISED_EDITION_PUBLISHED_A_YEAR_AFTER_DENIAL.doc

 

One Prakash Lasrado writes a cockeyed improperly-researched letter to the Cardinal; the
Cardinal
replies something completely else, fooling Lasrado (who is ‘greatly relieved’)
and dozens of people including the Apostolic Nuncio and Bishops and priests in the Cc of Lasrado‘s mailing list, and everyone complacently accepts the Cardinal’s reply as the truth. But his reply is only half-truth, and half the truth is … a lie!

Here is the exchange of emails between Lasrado and the Cardinal, followed by my comments:

 

From:
prakash.lasrado@gmail.com
To:
Cardinal Oswald Gracious; Catholic Bishops Conference of India;

Cc:
Prabhu [and dozens of Catholics including Bishops and priests] Sent: Sunday, June 02, 2013 9:53 AM

Subject: Criticism of New Community Bible which is historically distorted.

Rev. Cardinal Gracias,

The New Community Bible reminds me of Hitler rewriting the Bible as in web link below. Hitler’s Nazi Bible project was a failure.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-399470/Jewish-references-erased-newly-Nazi-Bible.html

One cannot distort history by portraying Joseph wearing a turban, Mary wearing a sari and a red dot and the Holy Family being simple Indian villagers in the New Community Bible.

Inculturation is good but the New Community Bible distorts Christian history which is unacceptable.

Every Bible whether it is Chinese, Arabic, Japanese etc. portrays Jesus as a Jew born in a Jewish society without any distortion of facts. The Bible is merely translated in many languages but there is no historical distortion.

Kindly rebut me with cc to all. I am keeping an open mind to rebuttals.

From:
Prakash Lasrado
To:
Cardinal Oswald Gracious; Catholic Bishops conference of India;

Cc:
Prabhu; [and over 100 others] Sent: Sunday, June 02, 2013 10:01 AM

Subject: Re: Criticism of New Community Bible which is historically distorted.

Rev. Cardinal Gracias,

If I were in your position, I would have released a book “Similarities between Hinduism and Christianity” which reflects on the similarities in teachings of Jesus, Gandhi, Bhagavad Gita etc.

 

 

I would not have rewritten the Bible as it is a theologically unsound practice to rewrite the Word of God and distort its original meaning.

 

From:
Prakash Lasrado
To:
Prabhu
Cc:
Emmanuel Thankachan ; Catholic Bishops Conference of India; [and over 100 others] Sent: Thursday, June 06, 2013 2:46 PM Subject: Fwd: Cardinal’s reply

Dear Michael Prabhu,

Cardinal Gracias has confirmed via his secretary Fr. Emmanuel that New Community Bible text has not been changed. 

Please refer word attachment. This comes a big relief for me. […]

Regards, Prakash

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Emmanuel Thankachan <ktemmanuel@gmail.com> Date: Thu, Jun 6, 2013 at 12:18 AM
Subject: Cardinal’s reply To:
prakash.lasrado@gmail.com
Dear Mr. Prakash,
Attached please find His Eminence reply to your email dated 3 June 2013.
With kind regards & best wishes.
Fr. K. T. Emmanuel
Secretary to the Archbishop

 

A01-001.03                                 June 3, 2013

Dear Mr. Lasrado,

I refer to your emails of June 2, 2013.  I appreciate your concern about preserving the integrity of our Faith.

The new Community Bible has not changed the text of the Bible.  An approved translation has been used.  Biblical scholars from India have prepared the footnotes. 

I am passing on your comments to the publishers.

With kind regards and best wishes,

Yours sincerely in Christ,


Oswald Cardinal Gracias

Archbishop of Bombay & President – CBCI

 

Prakash Lasrado writes to the Cardinal that the New Community Bible is “historically distorted”.

That historical distortion, according to Lasrado, is the NCB‘s depiction of the Virgin Mary and her spouse St. Joseph as “simple Indian villagers“. What he is referring to are some of the twenty-four illustrations in the NCB.

One cannot distort history” in this way, he says, adding, “Every Bible whether it is Chinese, Arabic, Japanese etc. portrays Jesus as a Jew born in a Jewish society without any distortion of facts. The Bible is merely translated in many languages but there is no historical distortion.” From apparently referring to the illustrations, he suddenly switches to talking about the fidelity to history in translations of the Bible into different languages, which makes no sense. He also suggests that the Indian Church has “rewritten the Bible“.

 

That Lasrado has done absolutely no research is clear when he expresses “a big relief” at the Cardinal‘s response which conveniently refers only to the text of the NCB for which he says, rightly, an “approved translation” has been used. The Cardinal was only too happy (he replied to Lasrado within 24 hours) to grab the opportunity to give a cleverly-fashioned response to a poorly-informed lay man and create a false public image of pastoral appreciation (Lasrado marks copies of his unsolicited emails to over a hundred Catholics) for laity who are concerned about “preserving the integrity of our Faith“, and Lasrado was equally happy to bask, unquestioningly, in the adulation that he received from the Cardinal.

 

Cardinal Oswald Gracias writes, “The new Community Bible has not changed the text of the Bible.  An approved translation has been used.  Biblical scholars from India have prepared the footnotes.

What the Cardinal is stating is that there is nothing at all wrong with the contents of the NCB. An approved translation has been used and the commentaries have been written by “scholars”.

Using Lasrado‘s silly letter as a publicity-op and a cover-up, the Cardinal has replied not only to Lasrado but also sent a message to longtime critics of the NCB.

 

There are three relevant sentences in the Cardinal‘s response to Lasrado.

They are:

1. “The new Community Bible has not changed the text of the Bible.” That statement is true.

2. “An approved translation has been used.” That is also true.

3. “Biblical scholars from India have prepared the footnotes.” This too is absolutely true.

 

So where’re the half-truths and the lie/s which fooled Lasrado and possibly many others?

There has never been any claim to the contrary that the NCB has “changed the text of the Bible” or used a defective or unapproved translation. So the Cardinal is responding to a non-existent charge.

 

 

 

There are three different facets of the contents of this so-called Bible, the NCB:

1. Its text and its adaptation from earlier recognised non-controversial (commentary-wise) versions

2. Its “Indianised” illustrations, and

3. Its commentaries, “prepared” by “Biblical scholars from India” – which the Cardinal refers to as “footnotes“.

 

Ordinary lay Catholics, leaders in ministry, priests and priest-theologians from India and from all over the world — and even representatives of the majority religion, Hinduism — have objected to some of the illustrations as well as to many of those Indian theologians’ “footnotes” (which I call “commentaries”).

The problems with the drawings and the ‘commentaries are not simply “historical distortion” as the uninformed Lasrado puts it, but range from inculturational to syncretistic to even doctrinal! Nineteen reports — see the list above (and counting) at this ministry’s web site — hundreds of protest letters, dozens of critical articles and scores of scathing comments lament the NCB as being heretical, “hybrid”, Hinduised, New Age, etc.

 

Despite having received the nihil obstat and imprimatur from the Indian Bishops, the crusade launched by this ministry — and supported by hundreds of angry Catholics — commencing July 2008 eventually led to the withdrawal of the NCB. But St Pauls did not give up. I had been in touch with St Pauls insiders and knew that they were most desperate to recover their investment; sadly, it remains for them just a financial enterprise.

After a cosmetic touch-up which anyway goes to show that the Indian bishops simply cannot be trusted for doctrinal integrity, the NCB came out almost surreptitiously in a “Revised” edition with most of the original errors and controversies still in it, once again with the Bishops’ seals of approval!!! It is now being exported.

Sold at ridiculously low prices, it is replacing excellent Catholic Bibles overseas. The Indian poison spreads…

 

I possess photographs of the New Community Bible lying on his desk in Cardinal Oswald Gracias‘ office as well as in his car. It is his “Bible” of choice. Why wouldn’t he defend it?

 

UPDATE

Here are some of the emails that Lasrado wrote to me — he has despatched several thousand such emails over the last couple of years but I have responded just once, requesting to be taken off his mailing list — after coming across a blog carrying the above report (all emphases including highlighting is his).

From:
prakash lasrado
To:
prabhu
Cc:
Archbishop Oswald Gracias PVT ; Cardinal Oswald Gracious ; Catholic Bishops conference of India ; divineretreatcentre@gmail.com ; agnelo fernandes ; archbishop@bangalorearchdiocese.com ; Archbishop Filip Neri ; augustinedivine@gmail.com ; Bishop Agnelo Gracias ; abpstan@gmail.com ; Percival Fernandez ; Bishop Ferdie Fonseca ; Aloysius Paul D’ Souza ; bishopap@sancharnet.in ; Pronuncio ; [and many more]

Sent: Saturday, June 29, 2013 10:22 AM

Subject: Michael Prabhu has blocked my email id and is backstabbing me and Cardinal Gracias on his website

Michael Prabhu,

You have cleverly blocked my email id and have started backstabbing me and Cardinal Gracias on your website as seen below.

https://ephesians511blog.com/2013/06/29/the-new-community-bible-cardinal-oswald-gracias-fools-indian-catholics-with-half-truths-assisted-by-ignorant-laity/

You have called my emails unsolicited because you do not have the guts to respond directly to my rebuttals with cc to all. Instead you backstab me on your website. I expected this.

Why don’t you seek a honest and open debate via email with cc to all and stop backstabbing people on your website?

Is it fair that you can criticize people on your website without you giving them a chance to respond? Debate must be fair and open and not one sided.

May God forgive you. Also I do not mind if you spoil my reputation behind my back.

 

From:
prakash lasrado
To:
prabhu
Cc: [As above] Sent: Saturday, June 29, 2013 12:04 PM

Subject: Re: Michael Prabhu has blocked my email id and is backstabbing me and Cardinal Gracias on his website

I admit that I am ignorant of the Bible as charged by Michael Prabhu. However Michael Prabhu feel he is an expert and wants to teach theology. He feels prophets in Old Testament were laypeople.

Here is proof to the contrary. Some of the prophets were priests as seen below

[…]

 

From:
prakash lasrado
To:
prabhu
Cc: [As above] Sent: Saturday, June 29, 2013 12:35 PM

Subject: Re: Michael Prabhu has blocked my email id and is backstabbing me and Cardinal Gracias on his website

Michael Prabhu,

Please give us specific evidence of your charges if I have asked the wrong questions to the Cardinal on the NCB.

Let us examine the evidence before giving a reply. It is possible that I have asked the wrong questions. 

 

From:
prakash lasrado
To:
prabhu ; Cardinal Oswald Gracious ; Archbishop Oswald Gracias PVT
Cc: [As above]

Sent: Saturday, June 29, 2013 4:55 PM REPEAT EMAIL
Sent: Saturday, June 29, 2013 4:56 PM

Subject: New Community Bible commentary query- Gabriel does not appear to Mary

 

 

 

Rev. Cardinal Gracias,

Michael Prabhu alleges that NCB says “Angel Gabriel did not appear to Mary” as per Fr. George Soares Prabhu SJ.

THE ANGEL GABRIEL DID NOT APPEAR TO MARY: NCB

The commentary on Luke 1 [page 1796 of the NCB, right hand column] denies that the angel Gabriel literally appeared and spoke to Mary. The commentator, the late Fr. George Soares Prabhu SJ now teaches Catholics that “The story of the annunciation is not to be read as a literal report of what happened, but as a dramatization of the inner experience of Mary’s call to be the mother of the Messiah.” In effect, he is saying, “The angel Gabriel did not appear to Mary. It was not a real, historical, external event. The Annunciation is just a story explaining how Mary experienced internally the call of God and responded to it.”

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/NEW_COMMUNITY_BIBLE_05-THE_ANGEL_GABRIEL_DID_NOT_APPEAR_TO_THE_VIRGIN_MARY.doc

My opinion

If Michael Prabhu’s allegations are right, then the commentary is wrong.

Basis:
Catechism of the Catholic Church which is a doctrinal document

The Immaculate Conception

490 To become the mother of the Savior, Mary “was enriched by God with gifts appropriate to such a role.”132
The angel Gabriel at the moment of the annunciation salutes her as “full of grace”.133 In fact, in order for Mary to be able to give the free assent of her faith to the announcement of her vocation, it was necessary that she be wholly borne by God’s grace.

http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p122a3p2.htm

Kindly rebut me with cc to all

 

From:
prakash lasrado
To:
prabhu ; Cardinal Oswald Gracious ; Archbishop Oswald Gracias PVT
Cc: [As above] 

Sent: Saturday, June 29, 2013 7:48 PM

Subject: Re: New Community Bible commentary query- Gabriel does not appear to Mary

Together with their existence, the faith of the Church recognizes certain distinctive characteristics of the nature of the angels. Their purely spiritual being implies first of all their non-materiality and their immortality. The angels have no “body” (even if, in particular circumstances, they reveal themselves under visible forms because of their mission for the good of men), and therefore they are not subject to the laws of corruptibility which are common to all the material world

3. The New Testament highlights the role of the angels in Christ’s Messianic mission, and first of all in the mystery of the incarnation of the Son of God, as we observe in the account of the announcement of the birth of John the Baptist (cf. Lk 1:11), of Christ himself (cf. Lk 1:26), in the explanation and orders given to Mary and Joseph (cf. Lk 1:30-37; Mt 1:20-21), in the indications given to the shepherds on the night of the Lord’s birth (Lk 2:9-15), in the protection of the newborn child from the danger of persecution by Herod (cf. Mt 2:13).

Further on the Gospels speak of the presence of the angels during Jesus’ forty days of fast in the desert (cf. Mt 4:11) and during the prayer in Gethsemani. After Christ’s resurrection there will also be an angel, appearing under the form of a young man, who will say to the women who had hastened to the tomb and were surprised to find it empty. “Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here … go, tell his disciples …” (Mt 16:5-7). Two angels were seen also by Mary Magdalene who was privileged with a personal apparition Of Jesus (Jn 20:12-17; cf. also Lk 24:4). The angels appear to the Apostles after Christ’s ascension, to say to them: “Men of Galilee, why do you stand here looking up into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven” (Acts 1:10-11).

http://www.ewtn.com/library/papaldoc/jp2angel.htm

 

From:
prakash lasrado
To:
prabhu
Cc: [As above] Sent: Sunday, June 30, 2013 7:48 AM

Subject: Please scan and email the evidence of errors in New Community Bible

Michael,

Since you feel my questions are improper regarding NCB, the onus is now on you to ask the right questions and email evidence.

Please scan and email the evidence of errors in NCB (text, sketches, commentary). Underline the errors in red pen to save time.

If the errors are too many, as a start just email a few sample pages of text, sketches and commentary.

We all will refer our Bibles at home and cross check the NCB.

Long back I had emailed to all Dom Desa’s errors in Examiner with errors underlined in red as proof (Jesus offering stale bread) and asked for people’s comments. You need to be transparent like me and do likewise.

Please be transparent on your website and be scientific by pasting all evidence on your website.

Also paste all rebuttals received by you regarding your articles on your website and be honest. Let people get both sides of the story and not just your opinion.

So far none of my rebuttals have been published on your website. Do not use your website just to backstab somebody without his knowledge.

 

 

 

 

From:
prakash lasrado
To:
prabhu
Cc: [As above] Sent: Sunday, June 30, 2013 8:49 AM

Subject: Good ethics of journalism- No backstabbing+publishing rebuttals

Michael Prabhu,

In future when you write against somebody, have the ethics of marking a copy to the concerned persons and publishing their rebuttals.

Your website can be viewed by 6 billion people on the planet and not just 100+ who view my emails.

You alleged that Cardinal Gracias tells half truths and Prakash did improper research and is ignorant in below blog.

https://ephesians511blog.com/2013/06/29/the-new-community-bible-cardinal-oswald-gracias-fools-indian-catholics-with-half-truths-assisted-by-ignorant-laity/

You should have marked a copy to mine and Cardinal Gracias’ email id so that we can respond to your criticism if we need to.

Good ethics demands this basic courtesy. Backstabbing is not an option at all.

Also publishing rebuttals shows that the editor is unbiased and fair to his opponents/critics.

 

From:
prakash lasrado
To:
prabhu ; Cardinal Oswald Gracious ; Archbishop Oswald Gracias PVT
Cc: [As above]

Sent: Sunday, June 30, 2013 9:17 AM

Subject: New Community Bible illustration query- Do not come near. Take off your sandals

Rev. Cardinal Gracias,

In the illustration in the below website with the caption “Do not come near. Take off your sandals” why have you shown a mosque, gurudwara, temple etc?

http://stpaulsncb.com/pages/Illustrations.html

This is theologically incorrect as God talked to Moses from the burning bush and there was no mosque, temple, gurudwara around Moses. God wanted to speak exclusively to the Jewish people after having them liberated from the pagan Egyptians.

Kindly rebut me with cc to all.

 

From:
prakash lasrado
To:
prabhu ; Cardinal Oswald Gracious ; Archbishop Oswald Gracias PVTCc: [As above]

Sent: Sunday, June 30, 2013 11:50 AM

Subject: Please do not put my emails on any blog or public domain without my permission

Dear All,

Since my emails are meant for a private select audience, please do not put my emails on any blog or public domain without my permission.

Those who wish to opt out of my email distribution list, please let me know and I will delete your name from my database.

 

From:
prakash lasrado
To:
prabhu ; Cardinal Oswald Gracious ; Archbishop Oswald Gracias PVT
Cc: [As above]

Sent: Sunday, June 30, 2013 12:02 PM

Subject: Re: New Community Bible illustration query- Do not come near. Take off your sandals

Note: This email is not to be put on the public domain or redistributed without my permission since it is meant for private circulation only.

Rev. Cardinal Gracias,
By showing mosques, gurudwaras, temple etc in the illustration, fundamentalists from other religions could raise objections saying that their religious symbols are being misused in the Bible.

In Malaysia, even the word “Allah” instead of God in the Malay Bible raised lot of controversy.
http://www.christianpost.com/news/malaysia-bible-burning-festival-over-use-of-allah-threatens-countrys-stability-88797/

 

From:
prakash lasrado
To:
prabhu ; Cardinal Oswald Gracious ; Archbishop Oswald Gracias PVT ; [As above]

Sent: Sunday, June 30, 2013 12:19 PM

Subject: Re: Please do not put my emails on any blog or public domain without my permission

Since certain errors against the Catholic faith are present on Michael Prabhu’s website in the public domain, concerned Catholics can rebut his errors with cc to fellow Catholics to increase awareness and defend the faith.
Similarly Michael Prabhu is free to counter rebut with cc to concerned Catholics in his defence.

However as a matter of principle, emails must not be put on the public domain without seeking permission from the sender.

 

From:
prakash lasrado
To:
prabhu ; Cardinal Oswald Gracious ; Archbishop Oswald Gracias PVT
Cc: [As above]

Sent: Sunday, June 30, 2013 5:03 PM

Subject: Re: New Community Bible illustration query- Do not come near. Take off your sandals

Can Christians Say ‘Allah’? In Malaysia, Muslims Say No

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1952497,00.html#ixzz2XhMP8Ghl

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1952497,00.html

 

From:
prakash lasrado
To:
prabhu ; Cardinal Oswald Gracious ; Archbishop Oswald Gracias PVT
Cc: [As above]

Sent: Sunday, June 30, 2013 7:28 PM

Subject: Re: New Community Bible illustration query- Do not come near. Take off your sandals

Note: This email is not to be put on the public domain or redistributed without my permission since it is meant for private circulation only.

 


Rev. Cardinal Gracias,
Christians are right in calling God as Allah since Allah is the Arabic name for God, however Islamic fundamentalists do not like Christians borrowing concepts from Islam into the Christian Bible as has happened in Malaysia. Similarly the use of other religious symbols and ideas in the New Community Bible could spark protests from Non Christian fundamentalists.
Non Christian fundamentalists could feel that Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs etc have to bow down to the Christian God after reading the New Community Bible and looking at its illustrations/commentary.

Regards, Prakash

 

My brief response:

1. I did NOT block Prakash Lasrado’s email id, ever

2. My Internet and web site ministry www.ephesians-511.net is NOT anonymous, backstabbing; it is an open book and fulfilling a prophetic role in the Indian Church; Lasrado, on the other hand, is an anonymous entity

3. I do NOT own or manage or post on a blog; the ephesians511 blog is owned and managed by a Catholic from Mangalore

4. I have NEVER, ever wanted to teach theology

5. I have responded to Lasrado’s charges in the two reports that you find immediately below

THE PRAKASH LASRADOS, THE JOHNSON SEQUEIRAS AND THE DOMINIC DIXONS
28 JULY 2013

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/THE_PRAKASH_LASRADOS_THE_JOHNSON_SEQUEIRAS_AND_THE_DOMINIC_DIXONS.doc

DISTORTED CRUCIFIX LITURGICAL ABUSES AT ST MARYS DUBAI-PRAKASH LASRADOS FALSE CLAIMS EXPOSED
10/12/13 NOVEMBER 2014

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/DISTORTED_CRUCIFIX_LITURGICAL_ABUSES_AT_ST_MARYS_DUBAI-PRAKASH_LASRADOS_FALSE_CLAIMS_EXPOSED.doc

 

See also

THE SALESIANS, OSWALD CARDINAL GRACIAS AND NEW AGE PSYCHOLOGIST CARL ROGERS
MARCH 2012/APRIL 2013

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/THE_SALESIANS_OSWALD_CARDINAL_GRACIAS_AND_NEW_AGE_PSYCHOLOGIST_CARL_ROGERS.doc

PAPAL CANDIDATE OSWALD CARDINAL GRACIAS ENDORSES YOGA
2
MARCH/9 APRIL, 2013

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/PAPAL_CANDIDATE_OSWALD_CARDINAL_GRACIAS_ENDORSES_YOGA.doc

SHOULD OSWALD CARDINAL GRACIAS HAVE RESIGNED AS CARDINAL OBRIEN DID
14 MARCH 2013

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/SHOULD_OSWALD_CARDINAL_GRACIAS_HAVE_RESIGNED_AS_CARDINAL_OBRIEN_DID.doc

HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 16-CARDINAL OSWALD GRACIAS WEARS
APRIL 2013

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/HINDU_RELIGIOUS_MARK_ON_THE_FOREHEAD_16-CARDINAL_OSWALD_GRACIAS_WEARS.doc

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