Catholic Church has a Canon Law, which is followed all over the world and regulates family issues like, divorce, marriage and inheritance, implemented by Ecclesiastical Courts.
The Catholic Secular Forum (CSF) general secretary, Joseph Dias has said that Christians were against a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) foisted upon the minorities.
His statement came as a reaction to a reported statement that federal law minister plans to introduce a UCC, as suggested by the Supreme Court and it being part of the BJP manifesto.
According Dias, Catholic Church has a Canon Law, which is followed all over the world and regulates family issues like, divorce, marriage and inheritance, implemented by Ecclesiastical Courts.
The government's move "would be ultra vires of the Constitutional right to freedom of religion and gives the impression that the BJP government would like to control especially the minorities and its property or institutions by weakening the authority of religious leadership," Dias said.
"If at all, the UCC needs to be considered, then it needs to be optional or voluntary, as assured by BR Ambedkar during the Constituent Assembly debates on the subject, where he also said that the fears of the minorities need to be allayed first," his statement said.
It uniform laws and secularization have "failed in the West or developed nations and we seem to be importing it from there, which has not solved, but rather created problems."
Besides personal Laws "fulfill a great role" to ensure justice as governments and systems struggle with "huge backlog of legal cases and ineffective arbitration."
"The BJP has made unilateral announcements, with not consensus or consultation. We do not even know what is their idea of a UCC and how would it make provisions for cultural or religious differences through various parts of the country," the statement said.