Lethargic IITian
Musings of a 20-something lethargic IITian on India and Catholicism.

Wednesday, January 22, 2003  

From the pages of Zenit:

War "in the Name of God" Doesn't Exist in Religion, Say Conferees

"We must verify first of all that we are making a correct reading of the sacred texts, which in each religion have principles of love and peace imprinted," [Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop of Washington] said. "The call to war in the name of God does not belong to any religion."

The symposium was organized by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue under the motto "Spiritual Resources of Religions for Peace". What interested me most was the list of religions represented - Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism and Zoroastrianism. Who's missing?

Hinduism. I really cannot say whether this was because scholars invited from the various maths and peeths could not turn up for practical reasons. Or whether it's because the Sangh Parivar has managed to defame the Church to such an extent in India (and not always with truth, as I've argued earlier) that no-one wants to participate in an event organised by the Vatican.

I just don't know. After recent events in Kerala, I just hope for the best.

posted by Kensy | 3:47 AM
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Caste in Indian Christianity
Syro-Malabar engagements
Syro-Malabar weddings
Divine Retreat Centre
Varsha Bhosle and Ideological Relativism
Anti-Conversion Ordinance and the Church stance
Self-Righteous Rightism
The Hindutva Attack on St. Francis Xavier
Varsha Bhosle and the Church (U-turn)
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