The Church in India is criticising plans that could see communion wine disappear at mass to enforce prohibition laws.
Authorities in the country plan to ban alcohol over the next 10 years in the state of Kerala which has the highest Christian population.
According to the Tablet, the Bishop of Central Kerala in the Church of South India, Thomas K Oommen, said the ban should not apply to churches.
"The people have the common sense to discern what is right and what is wrong. There are many medicines that have alcohol content in them. Could we ban them also in the name of implementing total ban on alcohol?" He said.
In the coming months hundreds of bars and shops selling alcohol will be forced to close in the crack down which will also see 'alcohol free' days introduced.
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