UCAN needs your support
You are why we do what we do - report, describe, comment, review. It is to bring to your eyes just what life is like for believers across Asia that we publish UCAN.
But as you know, the effort needs to be sustained if it is to have continuing effect.
UCAN publishes some 150 stories a week in four languages across six websites. We are grateful to benefactors in Europe and the US who support us. But those countries and the Church there are under increasing financial strain and their generosity no longer covers our costs.
We need financial help from our readers to sustain our efforts. Our reporters, editors, video producers and photographers all have families and we need to support them. They do excellent jobs, but they can't do their jobs for nothing.
Will you help us to sustain UCAN? Please click here to help.
Thanks in anticipation.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
A recent Supreme Court order stated that the Church of North India (CNI) cannot have any authority over one of five Protestant denominations over which it holds sway.
Based on this order, another denomination will approach the state to pull away from the CNI.
Formed in 1970, the CNI is an umbrella body which constitutes five denominations of the Protestant church.
The apex court’s order of Sep. 30 states that the CNI cannot have any authority — religious or with respect to properties of one of the churches. This order was given after a faction of one of the five denominations, The First District Church of Brethren (FDCB), challenged the power of CNI.
Following the court order in September, another of the five denominations — The Church of India, Pakistan, Burma and Ceylon — has stated that they too will approach state authorities to end the role of CNI over itself.
This opposition that is brewing among the denominations of the CNI has put a question mark over its very existence.
The various courts in which this matter came up, before being heard in the Supreme Court, raised various questions. One of these was: ‘Whether by mere merger... the CNI becomes the legal successor?’
The SC also settled the issue about following of a faith. It upheld the Gujarat high court’s decision that stated: “...in the name of unification and merger, it is aimed that there is total control of not only properties and the churches but it will also have an ultimate effect of imposing particular faith or belief, which is not permissible.”
“There is nothing legal that CNI has to show to prove that it is legally having control...We will write to the government,” alleged Sandeep Gaikwad, president of all India legal committee of People’s Synod, a body formed to counter CNI.
India: The hindu mahasabha leader’s statement said churches are no longer places of..