Thursday, January 03, 2008

Somehow I Don't Think The Council Fathers Had This in Mind

This story is a couple of weeks old, but no one else seems to have picked up on it, so it's still new for my purposes:

Mob hurts parishioner, destroys property over language clash in India
BANGALORE, India (CNS) -- A controversy over languages used during Catholic liturgies heated up as a mob hurt a parishioner and destroyed church property in the Archdiocese of Bangalore... Kannada- and Tamil-speaking Catholics in the archdiocese have clashed for more than three decades. Confrontations have often turned violent, especially during the Christmas and Easter seasons. Kannada is the state's official language and local Catholics demand that the archdiocese use it in church services. However, more than 70 percent of the archdiocese's Catholics are ethnic Tamils from the adjacent Tamil Nadu state. They also want the liturgy in their own language.

Hmmm... I can't think of any possible solution to this problem. It's a real stumper, for sure!