Father Joseph Menengis, priest of St James Church in Mariyannapalya, Bangalore, confessed before the Justice B K Somashekara Commission of Inquiry on Wednesday that idol worship was being performed in churches to attract Hindus and convert them to Christianity.
Menengis said The priest told the commission
“Hindus believe in idol worship. So to attract them to Christianity, idol worship is performed in churches,” "despite idol worship being prohibited in Bible, we have idol worship in churches.” “The duty of every Christian is to convert non-Christians to Christianity by any means,”
During cross-examination the priest also confessed that
“no girl students are permitted to use kumkum, bangles and wear flowers"
St James Church was attacked by miscreants on September 21, 2008. The Commission is inquiring into the recent attacks on churches in Karnataka.