Sunday, July 09, 2006

Church Above Script Controversy: Fr Loiola

Church is above controversy of scripts: Fr Loiola

NT News Service

Mapusa, July 8: The Church in Goa has refused to be drawn into the controversy over the latest demand to accord equal status to Konkani in the Roman script. The demand has come from the South Goa Member of Parliament, Mr Churchill Alemao who has revived the Konkani Porjecho Avaz for the same purpose.

The Town and Country Planning Minister in the Pratapsing Rane government, Mr Atanasio Monserrate and others have also reiterated the demand. When asked whether the Church supports that demand, the spokesman for the Archbishop of Goa, Fr Loiola Pereira said that “the Church is all for the advancement of Konkani, but it is above the controversy of scripts.”

Fr Loiola said that Konkani is the official language of the state of Goa and also the official language of the Church of Goa. It is the language of our ministry. All our churches have Konkani masses. All our books are in Konkani. But the Church is above the controversy of scripts, Fr Loiola said.

Source: Navhind Times
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