JULY 28, 2015
Church Citizens’ Voice (CCV) of Dr. James Kottoor
is liberal and New Age
Kerala Catholic Church Reformation Movement
Dr. James Kottoor, Editor-in-chief, Church Citizens’ Voice (CCV)
Our online media was originally started as almaysabdamblogspot.com, in Malayalam, meaning Voice of the Laity, to promote and publicize the Christian goals and ideals of Kerala Catholic Reformation Society started in Palai, Kerala, to reform the Syro-Malabar Church more than 4 years ago. It completed its fourth anniversary last November 6th and the organisers simultaneously launched its new Global version on 1st December 2014, which was being planned and got ready. So now with the global outreach it has become Catholic Reformation Movement, embracing all Catholic Churches.
Church Citizens’ Voice (CCV) is not a one-man show, but the result of a team work for service, not profit, propelled by a vision for unity, fraternity, equality and liberty in an environment of total transparency called for by Jesus, Pope Francis and philosopher Voltaire. A three-member team has been planning and working together for long. They launched the CCV project seven months ago without much ado, on November 6, 2014.
Church Citizens’ Voice comes to my notice as I was included on their emailing list in connection with a discussion on the Survey for the October 2015 Synod on the Family, after which I wrote to them:
From: James Kottoor
To: arcanjo sodder email@example.com
CC: Allan de Noronha
firstname.lastname@example.org, Gordon Jacobs email@example.com, Bishop Rodrigues firstname.lastname@example.org, Cardinal Pell email@example.com, Fr Sunder firstname.lastname@example.org, Bishop Pune Dabre email@example.com, Archbishop of Bangalore firstname.lastname@example.org, Archbishop of New Delhi email@example.com, Karen Coutto firstname.lastname@example.org, Bishop Felix email@example.com, Fr Adrian firstname.lastname@example.org, Fr Rui Comelo email@example.com, Fr Michael Goveas firstname.lastname@example.org, Bishop Fernandes email@example.com, Fr Clement de Lima firstname.lastname@example.org, Fr M Pinto email@example.com, Elaaine Rego firstname.lastname@example.org, Bishop of Belgaum email@example.com, Archbishop Goa firstname.lastname@example.org, Freddy Pinto email@example.com, Cardinal Burke firstname.lastname@example.org, Archbishop Kochi email@example.com, Pro nuncio firstname.lastname@example.org, Joseph Vaz Goa email@example.com, Archdiocese Administrator- Sunder firstname.lastname@example.org, Fr Vernon Aguiar email@example.com, Dolphy Dsouza firstname.lastname@example.org, Joan Fernandes email@example.com, Floyd Dsouza firstname.lastname@example.org, zezie sodder email@example.com, john menezes firstname.lastname@example.org, Christopher UCAN email@example.com, prabhu firstname.lastname@example.org, Fr Milton Gonsalves email@example.com, Kevin Dsouza firstname.lastname@example.org, Agnelo Gracias email@example.com, Karen Fonseca firstname.lastname@example.org, Fr Nigel Barrett email@example.com, Bishop Percival Fernandez firstname.lastname@example.org, Fr Reuben Tellis email@example.com, Fr Warner Dsouza firstname.lastname@example.org, Bishop Elias Amravati email@example.com, Astrid Lobo
firstname.lastname@example.org, Archbishop Oswald Gracias email@example.com, Fr Ryan Fernandes firstname.lastname@example.org, Fr Cedric Prakash email@example.com, CBCI India firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Joseph Mattappally firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:15:14 +0530
Subject: Re: Family survey
Dear Friends Arcanjo, Chottebhai and Gorden Jacobs,
Since I happened to know all three of you (never met) as men of honor, transparency who say what they say and mean what they say I take the liberty to say a few words.
If what Arcanjo says is what is really happening, it makes me terribly sad and grief stricken and inclined to believe fully what some described the Church in the Extra ordinary synod, not holy, catholic, apostolic etc. but “sancti peccatori” I know we are all frail but not to this extend. Few words to the intelligent (Intelligenti Paucca) so no more on it.
And to Chottebhai I have to fully agree with you when you say: “I daresay that some of the language being used is not conducive to dialogue” especially when they come from highly placed persons who should set an example of not being judgmental, let alone judging outright without clear facts.
As for Gorden Jacob I ready go along with you: “Not everyone reads the Examiner page to page. Don’t you believe it would have been ideal for parishes to have informed that laity and to encourage them to join the survey?”
In fact I wrote in another place that I was expecting the CBCI Chairman Baselios to send a pastoral letter to bishops to be read in all parishes and published in all vernacular media to wake up the laity and distribute questionnaires to those on the pews and explain in two sermons how to fill them up. And I was fooled and caught napping, I who was talking too much about the survey and offering even my website CCV for it to bishops.
I wonder why this common sense is found wanting among our eminent persons. May be common sense is the most uncommon sense. All these are happening when I have published the survey results of Europe and US. I didn’t know what was happening right under my nose. To this day I didn’t have the good fortune to see a questionnaire. I haven’t even heard from Cardinal Baselios and my own Alencherry who calls me back when I fail to connect him on the phone.
I am more and more convinced where there is no healthy vertical communication (which is the life blood for body) that Church is dead and must be burred before it starts stinking. This is my conviction, I don’t mean to hurt anyone. God bless you and may His peace abide with you.
Subject: THE SYNOD ON THE FAMILY AND THE SURVEY
Let me introduce myself.
I have been following with keen interest your exchange with the Sodder brothers, Gordon Jacobs and others on the subject-named issue.
I am one of those in the CC.
Due to my younger son’s wedding and injuries sustained in a motor accident, I could not attend work on my pc for the last 8 weeks almost.
I am slowly getting back to it and I have a huge backlog of emails in my Inbox to attend. Hence the delay in communicating with you.
I am in full time Catholic ministry since 1995 and I have a web site on which I write about the doctrinal and liturgical errors of the priests and bishops.
I don’t think that there is any one in India who has written more about the Synod and the Questionnaire as I have.
The already published files are given below:
SYNOD OF BISHOPS 26 JUNE 2014
LINEAMENTA-THE VOCATION AND MISSION OF THE FAMILY IN THE CHURCH AND CONTEMPORARY WORLD-SYNOD OF BISHOPS
SEPTEMBER 9, 2014
THE SYNOD ON THE FAMILY-QUESTIONNAIRE
5 NOVEMBER 2013
THE EXTRAORDINARY SYNOD OF BISHOPS ON THE FAMILY AT THE VATICAN
2 AUGUST 2014
THE SYNOD ON THE FAMILY-THE MID-WAY REPORT
14 OCTOBER 2014
THE SYNOD ON THE FAMILY-THE CONCERNS OF THIS MINISTRY STAND VINDICATED
15 OCTOBER 2014
SYNOD ON THE FAMILY 01-FR JOHN ZUHLSDORF
30 NOVEMBER 2014
CCBI QUESTIONNAIRE FOR THE OCTOBER 2015 SYNOD ON THE FAMILY
IS THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BOMBAY IN THE LIBERAL CAMP AT THE SYNOD ON THE FAMILY MARCH 2015
Because of my inability to work for the past 8-10 weeks, I now have several hundred more pages of information to be collated into different articles and reports before the Synod in October and I have to put in at least 8 to 10 hours of work a day to meet the deadline.
I would like to include your observations (from the correspondence with the others) in one of the forthcoming reports as I too am of the opinion that there has been some sort of manipulation going on relating to the Questionnaire. May I do so?
After re-reading your emails, I might ask you a few questions for clarification. Will that be okay with you, starting now?
Just for my understanding of the reasons for your interest in the Synod, I would like to know if you don’t mind, whether your position is conservative as a Catholic or whether you are a liberal like “Chhotebhai” or even a Traditionalist (SSPX/Lefebvrist).
Another thing is that I do not like to be involved in debates with a long list of people in the CC as is going on with the emails of the Sodder brothers/Gordon Jacobs on the sordid financial scams of the Mumbai archdiocese; that is the reason that you do not see any responses from me.
Have a good day and God bless you.
Michael Prabhu, CHENNAI
2461 1606, 98840 29907
Dear Micael Prabhu,
1. Many thank and highly honored for seeking my views as though they are of any worth. I don’t think so. I am a squeezed lemon left with little to contribute, now with my both hands overloaded editing the Church Citizens’ Voice (CCV) a global portal, till I can find some on to hand it over. I am neither conservative, liberal or traditionalist, but a crazy Christ like guy. For me nothing counts more than being Jesus-like, who never condemns, only saves, who is never tired of forgiving, we are tired of asking his forgiveness. Nothing else matters to me at the fag end of my life. When issues are brought to my attention I give my views without fear or favor, but wishing well to all. I can’t promise anything more to my well wishers dear Prabhu God bless you.
Thank you very much for your letter.
You started with point no 1. There was no point no. 2.
You had come across as a person who was interested in what happened to the Synod Survey/Questionnaire and hence I wrote to you.
However, you did not touch on that issue in your response to me despite all the information that I provided about the related files on my web site and those yet to be published. Naturally, I am disappointed with you reply.
I too am old and very sick and may not have much time left, and so, like you, I work all the more. May the Lord use us both till the very end.
There was a reason that I asked you your position as a Catholic.
I visited your web site and saw the profiles of two of your Associate Editors.
One of them has immersed himself in the works of some leading anti-Catholic, liberal modern writers; another is a Reiki Master; Reiki is a New Age alternative therapy that is occult (evil) and whose spiritual philosophies are condemned in a 2003 Vatican Document. Catholics may not practise Reiki.
You may not be aware of these things but they all are exactly what I crusade against in my ministry:
REIKI AND CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY-DR EDWIN A NOYES
REIKI AND HOLISTIC HEALING AUGUST 2004/AUGUST 2009/MAY/OCT/DEC 2012
REIKI-FR CLEMENS PILAR 14
REIKI AS A NEW AGE ALTERNATIVE THERAPY-EVALUATION BY THE US BISHOPS APRIL 2009
TESTIMONY-MY EXPERIENCE WITH REIKI
2004, EDITED JULY 2010
I thought that I should let you know about my observations.
God bless you.
After sending off the above email to Dr. Kottoor, I was completing the following file for our web site
SURVEY FOR THE OCTOBER 2015 SYNOD ON THE FAMILY: WHOM DID THE QUESTIONNAIRE REACH?
http://ephesians-511.net/docs/SURVEY_FOR_THE_OCTOBER_2015_SYNOD_ON_THE_FAMILY-WHOM_DID_THE_QUESTIONNAIRE_REACH.doc, when I made some interesting discoveries. (The page numbers that I refer to concern the above report.)
and Church Citizens’ Voice (CCV) of which Dr. James Kottoor is Editor or Editor-in-chief, are run by liberal Catholics. Dr. James Kottoor is a liberal. It is no wonder that he did not reply to me.
From page 2, I quote Dr. James Kottoor who seeks “to merge into that ancient spiritual vision Vasudaiva Kudumbakam, of Indian Yogis and Gurus, who saw humanity as one great extended family.” New Age!
Zach Nedunkanal, Associate Editor (pages 5, 13) spent three years, in Sussex, England during which he was “in contact with many of the renowned and radical thinkers and writers of Europe like Hans Küng, Eugen Drewermann and philosophers like Nietzsche, Heidegger, sociologists like Eric (sic) Fromm etc.”
Hans Küng is a heretical Swiss Catholic priest who rejects the doctrine of papal infallibility, etc. and is banned from teaching Catholic theology.
criticized the Roman Catholic Church’s literal and biologistic interpretations of miracles, the virgin birth, Ascension, and Resurrection as superstitious and medieval.
I believe that will suffice. -Michael
Joseph Mattappally, Associate Editor
(page 7) is a Holistic Healer and Reiki Master.
“He also became a Reiki Master in 2001. That was because he happened to bump into Dr. Shyamal Durvey and her Reiki India Research Centre during one of his trips to Mumbai… There he read books on Reiki and got enamored of it. Realizing that this was the philosophy he was searching for long, he attended a Reiki Seminar under Shri. Rajiv Gaitonde of Reiki India Research Centre, Mumbai of which the Chairperson was Dr. Shyamal Durvey.
After six years of learning holistic techniques leading to healing he became a Reiki Master, and that at the presence of Sakthipeet Sankaracharya. The years he spent with Reiki made him introspect and changed even his vision on the purpose of living. During those years he was instrumental in introducing Reiki in Kerala.”
“He initiated Indian Thoughts* in 2004… a secular website with spiritual content that reaches out to nearly 10,000 desktops around the globe, each day… Indian Thoughts … upholds a unique vision of spirituality beyond religions…
On its panel of contributors, you can find an array of great names and thinkers like Swami Sachidananda Bharathi (Founder of Dharma Bharathi Mission), Fr Joe Eruppakkatt (former Gen. Manager of St Paul’s Publications Mumbai) ... Though the writers touch different topics they all give an insight into what Indian sages said and how they thought. But how did it all get started is like unraveling a riddle. Attending hundreds of discourses and reading many books on holistic techniques…” *http://indianthoughts.in/
Swami Sachidananda Bharathi and Dharma Bharathi are New Age, see the reports at our web site.
Fr Joe Eruppakkatt brought out the heretical, Hinduised, New Age 2008 St Pauls New Community Bible that was withdrawn and revised as a result of the crusade conducted by thus ministry.
I’m fairly certain that if I check out the “Indian Thoughts” web pages, I will find both liberal interpretations of the Faith as well as New Age.
With stuff like the following on their site, I doubt that they, Church Citizens’ Voice, are even Catholic:
“There was always the belief, there still is, that anything started by Church Citizens (laity) without the active support and blessing of the clergy will never succeed. Team CCV instead believes that nothing started with divisive mentalities like, Clergy, Laity, Catholic, Christian, non-Christian, religious, agnostic, atheistic can never ever succeed for the simple reason: none of them has the substance of permanence due to internal feuds and competition for supremacy.
That may be why Pope Francis said: ‘My God is not a Catholic God.’ Only a humanely human and all embracing “Son of Man” vision of Jesus eloquently expressed also by Sri Narayana Guru: “One God, one religion, for one all-embracing humanity” alone can sail gloriously and peacefully above all man-made divisions. Recall here also Vayalar Rama Varma’s prophetic poem: “Man created religions and religions created Gods. Then humans, religions and Gods held the marathon conference and divided this sweet mother earth, divided the fertile minds of humans among themselves.”
These divisions should be wiped out of the face of the earth.“
2. They appeal to other liberal rags like the National Catholic Reporter (page 3).
3. Conservative Catholics normally do not exert themselves too much to access a Vatican Survey/ Questionnaire.
The pains that Dr. Kottoor and Church Citizens’ Voice were going to, made me suspicious, which led me to investigate.
I wrote to Dr. Kottoor but I was dissatisfied with his response after which he ceased communication.
Then one of my web masters who has an amazing memory reminded me of an earlier report of ours exposing Dr. James Kottoor!
I reproduce an excerpt in dark green colour from the report
ARCHBISHOP OF DELHI SUPPORTS WOMEN’S ORDINATION 2/7 FEBRUARY 2013
A Google search also turned up the following, a link to a 2002 book by Dr. James Kottoor on the subject of women’s ordination. The blurb seen on the Googled web page is reproduced in red color below:
James Kottoor – 2002 – 223 pages*
QUOTE Anil Couto, supporting women’s ordination in an interview to UCAN prior to his
Episcopal Ordination said, “Ordaining women would be a step forward in the full
in the full flowering of the Church.” UNQUOTE
Dr. James Kottoor
is pro-women’s ordination.
A prominent Indian “Catholic” journalist and former editor of the New Leader (a Catholic fortnightly from Chennai) and Indian Currents, he attended the first Women’s Ordination Worldwide [WOW] Conference in Dublin in 2001 at the personal invitation of ex-priest John Wijngaards, the founder of the leading women priests organization www.womenpriests.org
which is represented in India by Virginia Saldanha.
The book in which he quotes (the now Archbishop Anil Couto is the outcome of that conference of heretics and his close association with leading feminists and women priests and their supporters, Bishop Anil Couto being portrayed as one of them.
“Discerning the Spirit’s New Creation”, in Woman, Why Are You Weeping? ed. James Kottoor, Media House, Delhi 2002, pp. 89 – 113
The Foreword to Dr. Kottoor’s book is written by ex-priest John Wijngaards.
One of the inclusions is titled “Nuns defy Vatican ban”.
The book carries interviews with 4 speakers at the Women’s Ordination Worldwide Conference including Sr. Joan Chittister, feminist, dissident and pro-women’s ordination activist, and with an “ordained” woman priest of the Church of England, the “Rev.” Rose Hudson.
As liberal “Catholics”, Dr. James Kottoor
and team’s Internet activities reach several thousand Catholics worldwide and they would be able to influence them on how to answer the Survey to Church Citizens’ Voice‘s satisfaction. This explains their interest in the Survey as we can find in the SURVEY FOR THE OCTOBER 2015 SYNOD ON THE FAMILY: WHOM DID THE QUESTIONNAIRE REACH? report.