Website Policy

The Catholic Church in India

The Catholic Church in India consisting of the Bishops, Priests, Religious and Lay Faithful form a family united in faith and witness in communion with the Universal Catholic Church under the leadership of the Pope. The Catholic Church in India is a communion of three individual sui juris Churches: Latin, Syro-Malabar and Syro-Malankara with three Episcopal Bodies, namely -
1) Conference of the Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) - Latin Church
2) Syro-Malabar Bishops’ Synod (SMBS) - Syro-Malabar Church, and
3) Holy Episcopal Synod - Syro-Malankara Church.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) comprises of these three sui juris churches.

Social Communications

The Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) affirms the importance of Social Communications in the life and mission of the Church as taught by the magisterium of the Church. It recognises the rapid strides India is making in the field of Communication and Information Technology. The new technologies have enabled people to relate and communicate with each other even when separated by long distances, thus building a world-wide-web. Media are ‘Gifts of God’ to humanity. They are in “accordance with his design to unite people in fellowship” and help them “to cooperate with his plan for their salvation” and work for the “unity and advancement of all peoples” (Communio et Progressio, n.2). We need to motivate all our church personnel to actively participate in the new opportunities created by media and the information technology to share the Good News and spread the kingdom of God.” (CBCI Statement, 26th General Body, Trichur, 2004). By means of the powerful medium of the internet, the websites of the CBCI, its various offices and centres, regions, dioceses and other affiliate bodies, shall strive to fulfil and uphold the principles and values of Christian communication in pursuance of the mission of the Church in India.

Website Policy

The Website Policy as contained herein and adopted and approved by the Standing Committee of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) shall be the official policy that govern the website of the CBCI. While the Editor and the Board of Management is entrusted with the normal execution and implementation of the Policy, the Standing Committee reserves the right to interpret, amend or nullify any of the clauses or provisions of the Policy. Henceforth herein ‘Policy’ means, CBCI Website Policy ‘Site’ or ‘Website’ means the CBCI Website.

The URL of the CBCI Site is........................... www.cbci.in

1. Mission Statement

This site is an online presence of the Catholic Church in India. The mission of the Site is:

1.1 To build a community of communities of all people in the Spirit of Jesus Christ through Social Communications.

1.2 The website is intended to serve as a source of information, formation and education regarding the Universal Catholic Church with special focus on the Church in India.

1.3 The site shall strive to provide updated, relevant news and information on the Catholic community, issues which involve the larger Christian concerns - the government, civil society, religions and other organisations.

1.4 The website shall focus on local, regional, national and international issues and events as per relevance and need. 1.5 The site will be concerned with the dissemination and promotion of activities, news and events, documents and messages as well as issues related to the CBCI and its various constituent bodies like the CBCI Offices, National Institutes, Regional Bishops’ Councils, Dioceses, affiliate bodies or or ganisations which are recognised by the Catholic Church in India.

1.6 It shall communicate the public position of the Church on various moral, ethical, doctrinal, sociopolitical, cultural issues.

1.7 It shall strive to communicate Church related news and events of international, national, regional and local nature.

1.8 It shall strive to assist visitors draw guidance and inspiration based on the values of the Gospel and Catholic teachings.

1.9 It shall strive to foster religious and Christian values, harmony and peace.

2. Management

The Website of the CBCI is governed and managed by the Board of Management.

2.1 The Chairman of the Board is ex- officio the Chairman, CBCI Office for Social Communications. The Board seeks the advise, collaboration and support of an Advisory Committee consisting of experts in the field of Social Communications.

2.2 The Secretary of the CBCI Office for Social Communications is exofficio the Chief Editor of the website. He/ she is the Convenor of the Board of Management and Advisory Committee, and shall hold responsibility for the ordinary functioning of the site. He/she shall, from time to time, especially when need arises, call meetings or consult the Board and the Committee. He shall report to the CBCI General Body and the Standing Committee whenever called for.

2.3 The Board of Management consists of the following:

1. Chairman, CBCI Office for Social Communications
2. Deputy Secretary General, CBCI
3. Secretary, CBCI Office for Social Communications
4. Public Relations Officer, CBCI
5. Director, NISCORT
6. Secretary, CBCI Office for Doctrine
7. One of the Secretaries elected or nominated by the Secretaries of CBCI Offices/Institutes.
8. The Standing Committee may nominate any other member if it so wishes.

3. Terms and Conditions

3.1 The user of our services explicitly and implicitly further acknowledges and agrees that either Catholic Bishops Conference of India or its affiliates shall not be liable regardless of the cause or duration, for any errors, inaccuracies, omissions in the information.

3.2 These terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed to be in accordance with the laws prevalent in India. Any dispute arising under these terms and conditions shall be subject to the jurisdiction of courts of Delhi.

4. Copyright

All the contents of the Site are copyright protected by Catholic Bishops Conference of India and may not be reproduced in any way except for own personal, non-commercial use Any other use of the content shall require the prior permission of the Editor.

5. Links to Third Party Websites

The Site provides links to other sites for the visitors’ use and reference. We are not responsible for the privacy policies of these websites. The visitor shall be responsible for abiding by the privacy policies of such sites.

6. Content and Editorial Policy

6.1 Those responsible for providing content and posting them on the site, such as correspondents, webmaster(s) editor(s) shall strive to report news and information as quickly as possible. They shall ensure that the information is accurate, complete and timely.

6.2 The Editor reserves the right to publish, edit as per his/her discretion, withhold or discard any matter that is submitted for publication.

6.3 For regular use of news and information and other relevant content for the Site from other sources, including news agencies, periodicals, websites etc., the CBCI Site shall enter into mutually acceptable terms and agreements.

6.4 It shall enter into MOUs or seek due permissions from the sources and copyright holders. For occasional use of the same, credits and acknowledgement shall be given.

6.5 The editor shall strive to safeguard the interests and respect the policies and guidelines of the sources from which such information is accessed.

6.6 The content generated or authorised by the CBCI, its constituent bodies, correspondents or columnists or contributors are non-commercial. Ordinarily, materials may be reproduced, published or circulated for non-commercial purposes with due credit and acknowledgement.

6.7 Any significant alteration, editorial change on such content shall be subject to verification and approval of the Editor prior to publication or distribution.

7. User Policy

The following Statement applies to all users of the website. A “user” means each person who establishes a connection for access to and use of the website.

7.1 The user shall be responsible for obtaining and maintaining all telephone, computer hardware and other equipment needed for access to and use of the site and all charges related thereto.

7.2 A user shall use the site for lawful purposes only. A user shall not post or transmit through the site any material which violates or infringes in any way upon the rights of others, which is unlawful, threatening, abusive, defamatory, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, vulgar, obscene, profane or otherwise objectionable, which encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal offence, give rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any law.

7.3 A user shall access the site and relay on its content at one’s own discretion. The CBCI or those responsible for the site do not warrant that it will be uninterrupted or error free.

7.4 This disclaimer of liability applies to any damages or injury, caused by any failure of performance, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, computer virus, communication line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorised access to, alteration of, or use of record, negligence, or under any other cause of action.

7.6 In no event will the CBCI or any person or entity involved in creating, producing or maintaining the site be liable for any damage, including, without limitation, direct, indirect, incidental, special, and consequential or punitive damages arising out of the use of or inability to use the site. The provisions of this section shall apply to all content on the site.

7.7 The website shall publish corrections pertaining to any of the content as soon as possible after duly verifying and establishing such error in question.

8. Privacy Policy

8.1 The site may store the visitors IP address. This serves as a visitor log alone.

8.2 The website may assign a cookie to your computer, to record history of site views, pages viewed as well as external links that may have led you to the site.

8.3 The CBCI provides or may provide links and pointers to Internet sites maintained by third parties. The CBCI does not operate or control in any manner any information, products or services on these third-party sites. The materials in the site and the third-party sites are provided “as is” and without warranties of any kind, either expressed or implied. 8.4 The Editor shall, after due consultation with the Board of Management, have the right to add, alter or discontinue any aspect or feature of the site, including, but not limited to, content, hours of availability and accessories and facilities needed for access or use.

8.5 The CBCI reserves the right to review all website link requests, and to remove links without prior notification.

8.6 The CBCI shall not collect personal user information without consent from the user.

9. Advertisement/Sponsorship Policy

In order to make the site self-sustaining, it shall seek advertisements, sponsorships, promotion of goods and services. In choosing and placing advertisements, the site shall abide by the following criteria:

9.1 Those responsible for the site shall ensure that the content of the advertisement is suited to promote and enhance:

9.1.1 The cause of Christian values and principles.

9.1.2 The interest of Christian business houses, organisations and institutions.

9.1.3 The tenets and teachings of the Catholic Church.

9.1.4 The image of the Church in India, its institutions and various activities

9.1.5 Outstanding individual Christians in various fields of work.

9.1.6 Unity and harmony between religious communities.

9.1.7 Better rapport with those who are good and reliable allies of the Church and its activities.

9.1.8 Social good will and building up of a better network among those working for the development of people.

9.1.9 Secular credentials of institutions, organisations and leaders of various socio-religious groups.

9.2 The site shall eschew anything that is contrary to the teachings of the Church, the values of the Gospel, and laws and regulations that govern public policies for advertisement in India.

9.3 The rate of contribution/donation or payment for the advertisements/sponsorship, their duration on the site and their placement shall ordinarily be decided by the Editor on the basis of the nature of the content, cause exposed and the purpose. Policy decisions as well as criterion for advertisement tariff shall be made by the Board of Management. It shall be reviewed and revised by the Board whenever it feels it necessary. The Editor may use discretionary powers in the tariff for specific instances.

10. Site Policy

10.1 No website other than the official site of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India: www.cbci.in, which has been sanctioned by the Church, may use the name, “Catholic Bishops Conference of India“ or contain, republish, refer to, advertise or take orders for Church literature or other copyrighted materials, in whole or in part, that are proprietary to the Church without the CBCI’s written permission Local websites receiving such permission should create a hyperlink to Church literature located at the CBCI website. Each website that creates an appearance of affiliation with the Church shall be subject to review to help ensure that its content does not violate the law or personal rights.

10.2 Congregations, organisations or bodies claiming a Church affiliation, using the name of the Church must not violate the Church’s copyright(s), trademark(s) or service mark(s), or other intellectual property.

10.3 The only official website of the CBCI is located at www.cbci.in. Any other websites maintained by third parties claiming affiliation with CBCI, or using its name in a way that is likely to convey such an affiliation, must display on the index or introductory page a disclaimer to state that they are not the official websites of CBCI and that the CBCI does not endorse and is not responsible for the claims and representations made by that website (s).

10.4 The CBCI Board may prescribe rules and ethical guidelines within which third party (claiming a CBCI affiliation) websites shall be required to conform. Failure to conform to these rules and guidelines can result in withdrawal of CBCI permission to use the name “CBCI” in connection with that third party website.

10.5 The CBCI reserves the right to modify this policy at any time with or without advance notice.

11. Disclaimer

11.1 This site is the intellectual property of the CBCI and is subject to internationally recognised and approved copyright regulations and cyber laws; it shall also be subject to all such laws prevalent in India.

11.2 If any part of these Terms and Conditions of Use is or becomes legally ineffective, invalid or unenforceable, the effectiveness, validity or enforceability of the remaining part of the Policy will not be affected.

11.3 The policies stated herein may be revised or changed from time to time at the discretion of the Board of Management of the site and approval of the Standing Committee. For any issue not covered by this Policy, the decisions of the Board of Management, the CBCI Office Bearers, the Standing Committee and the General Body shall be final and binding.

11.4 All disputes relating to the website shall be subject to the jurisdiction of Courts in New Delhi only.

11.5 Visitors will be notified of changes, as and when they are made. Queries,comments or permission requests may be sent to: editor@cbci.in

or:

CBCI Office for Social Communications,
CBCI Centre
New Delhi – 110 001