Catholic prohibitionists in India’s Kerala state propose making alcoholism a sin in the nation’s largest Christian enclave.
Anyone who consumes alcohol moderately should be kept away from the church at all levels -- from teaching catechism to parish committees and any other nominated or elected post, the proposal says.
Church officials would refuse donations from Christians in the state’s thriving alcohol business.
Alcoholism is blamed as the root of increasing suicides, divorces and road accidents in Kerala, where more than 6 million Christians account for 19 percent of the population.
Liquor trade is the highest revenue contributor in Kerala, which also has highest rate of alcohol consumption in India.
The state’s road accident rate is more than twice the national average. This had earlier prompted the Kerala church to declare that drunken driving is a sin and it should be confessed.