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Agnes Of God Controversy: The Performance That The Catholic Church Wants To Outlaw

The Catholic Church in India has asked for a ban on the play “Agnes of God,” which is an adaptation of American playwright John Pielmeier’s drama about a nun giving birth to a dead child. The Catholic Church claims the play “wrongly portrays” priests and nuns who live celibate lives and offends Christians.

The play Agnes of God, which is an adaption of American playwright John Pielmeier’s drama about a nun giving birth to a child, has been sought to be banned by the Catholic Church in India. They claim that it “wrongly portrays” priests and nuns who live celibate lives and offends Christians by doing so.

Here is everything you need to know about the play’s controversy:

The Play’s Subject Matter:

The play is an adaption of Pielmeier’s 1982 Broadway performance. The narrative, which tells the tale of a novice nun who delivers birth and swears that the kid was the product of a virgin conception, is supposedly based on a true incident that occurred in New York in 1977.

Agnes Of God Controversy: The Performance That The Catholic Church Wants To Outlaw

The play’s star, Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal, is Kaizaad Kotwal’s mother, who is equally well-known in India for her earlier performance of vaginal monologues.

What The Church Is Declaring Is:

The performance “is the erroneous portrayal of the character of lakhs of clergy, who are committed to a life of celibacy,” claims the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI).

The Catholic Church opposes the play because it inaccurately portrays the character of thousands of our clergy members who have vowed to live celibate lives, according to the CBCI letter.

According to Catholic Secular Forum (CSF) general secretary Joseph Dias, “We have written to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and also other Chief Ministers to ban the play as it damages religious emotions.” Dias said this to PTI on Saturday.

“The play was produced by a group known for its “Vagina Monologues” prior works. They did not involve or consult the Church, and they are not Christians. The play explores nuns’ self-sacrifice. The tickets will now be sold for hundreds of rupees “Added Dias.

The Play’s Creators Said:

Agnes Of God Controversy: The Performance That The Catholic Church Wants To Outlaw

Kotwal has defended his version of Agnes of God by claiming that it does not in any way criticize Christianity.

It’s a sophisticated piece that, among other things, discusses spirituality and faith. In an interview with the Indian Express, Kotwal stated, “Once the dust has settled, I’d like to utilize it also to expose concerns of child abuse and a lack of mental health facilities.

He also has no intention of backing down. “After the premiere, I will look for locations where we can stage the play. Making sure our voice is not muffled is the goal rather than sticking a thumb in anyone’s nose. India is a democracy, and as long as it is, we won’t give in, the man said.

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The Play Will It Continue?

Agnes Of God Controversy: The Performance That The Catholic Church Wants To Outlaw

The play was supposed to debut on October 4 but Kotwal said he was threatened and the performance was postponed as a result.

In order to further his request for safety for himself and the main cast, including thespian actor Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal, Kotwal has gone to the police.

According to the NCPA, the play has a certificate from the censor board and will have its premiere on October 5 at 7.30 p.m.

“It seems absolutely evident that the play will take place tomorrow. However, it will be a free performance, and we don’t want to hurt anyone’s sentiments, NCPA director KN Santook reportedly stated, according to the Hindustan Times.

After meeting with the play’s producers and the Catholic Secular Forum, the Mumbai Police reportedly pledged security for the NCPA performance.

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Agnes Of God Controversy: The Performance That The Catholic Church Wants To Outlaw

Five constables will be present, along with two police inspectors and a senior police inspector, according to senior police inspector Pandurang Shinde.

“We have scheduled a meeting with both parties in an effort to resolve their differences. They have promised to work with us and not cause any issues, so we can trust them. According to Shinde, we are taking precautions to make sure the event is conducted without incident.

However, Dias had earlier stated that there is no CSF intention to block the impending performance.

There is no discussion about stopping the performance because it will be held at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA, even though it was initially scheduled for Sophia Hall) in front of an invited audience.

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