1. Report of Episcopal Commission: The Ecpiscopal Commission of three
Bishops, constituted to go into the problem of the "Language -in -
the - liturgy" in Bangalore, has submitted its report which is given
in a separate sheet enclosed herewith. The report is self
explanatory. Let us now be united in the Lord and worship Him in
peace and tranquility, and project the image of the Church here in
Bangalore as a community united in love.
I, request all concerned to discuss with my Vicar General, Msgr. Colaco, if
there is any difficulty or problem regarding the language to be used in
With my best wished for a
Happy Christmas and a bright New Year and with my cordial blessing to all.
Yours devotedly in O.L
Archbishop of Bangalore.
REPORT OF THE BANGALORE
The Commission for Bangalore met several persons over a week of residing
at Bangalore. It received innumerable memoranda. It considered
all the various communities; the missionary dimensions of liturgical
worship; the socio-political situation in State and Country; the impact
any decisions might have on other parts of the country; Holy See's
directives on liturgy and pastoral care; the circular letters of the local
and regional Bishop's;- in fact, the Commission went into every dimension
of the complex problem which had surfaced in Bangalore as "Language -
in - the -Liturgy".
It was clear that the problems did not concern the Language-in-the-Liturgy
only. There were many wider connotations and interests emerging from
factors such as:
1-2-1 The Catholics of the Archdiocese of Bangalore originating from other
states were in a majority, giving there by the Kannada Catholics a feeling
of minority status and at times of suppression;
1-2-2 There was the new awareness of Kannada as a language having its own
rights in the Capital City of Karnataka;
1-2-3 There were traditions of another era when Bangalore was proud
to be a cosmopolitan City and happy to welcome the diversities of
communities from other states.
1-3 This Report - a response to the explicit terms
of reference that were given to us, -is meant to be at service of the
Church in Bangalore with special reference to the language-in-the-liturgy
2-0 CHRISTIAN LIFE IN A LOCAL CHURCH
2-1 The life of a local Church has many dimensions
: There is the administration of sacraments and the celebration of
the Eucharist; there are educational, medical and social services; there
is the pastoral care of the flock and the mission of evangelization.
These sum total of a local Church. Bangalore has been noted for its
extraordinary vitality in all these fields, - visible in the number of
religious communities residing its formation houses, and the variety of
its educational medical and social services.
2-2 For decades now Bangalore attracted people from all
parts of India. People from other states have been glad to find
their permanent residence within this "Garden City".
Besides the salubrious climate there were the attractions of spiritual care
and rather favourable material conditions. One of the tragedies of
the language controversy has been the disturbance of this peace and joy in
the spiritual field.
2-3 The Church is beautiful because of its richness and
diversity. The Bishop symbolises the one Head of the Church namely,
Christ, in whom the new people of God find no distinction of "Greek
or Roman, Jew or Gentile". Obviously, the Bishop will not be
able to belong ethnically to all the races who might come under his care;
yet , he is called upon to "be all things to all men". He
will do so by a deep concern for each and every on of this flock. He
will share their aspirations, assist them in their growth, console them in
their failures and rejoice with them in their joy. Factions in the
Church can only destroy the unity symbolized in Christ. "I am
for Apollo, I am for Caephas" are human sentiments, but the over
-riding principle is that we are all of Christ, in what we from o Body,
expressed and renewed in the eating ONE Body and sharing of the ONE Cup.
2-4 The solution to the language-in-the-liturgy problem
will, therefore keep all these factors in mind. The
language-in-the-liturgy must be placed in the perspective of all the many
values which the local Church offers to individual believers, as
also to a Catholic Community and to others outside the Church.
No decision can be taken in isolation, lest one value should nullify or
jeopardise other, more important, and even perhaps more vital, concerns.