Idukki: Idukki Bishop Mar Mathew Anikuzhikattil Monday apologised for his controversial comments on the inter-religious marriage.
“I didn’t have any bad intention while making the remarks. I tender my apology if it had hurt anyone,” said Anikuzhikattil.
Addressing a pastoral convention at nearby Kanjirapally in Kottayam, the Bishop had said Christian girls were being targeted by boys of other religions.
"Mixed marriages are against Christian beliefs. It will destroy our values and beliefs," he said, adding, “the faithful should resist such trends and not fall prey to it.”
On Sunday, SNDP general secretary Valappally Natesan criticised the Catholic bishop's views on inter-religious marriages, saying that a case should be registered against him for his remarks which discouraged inter-religious weddings as it was against the values and beliefs of the Christian community.