“INCULTURATION” “ACCOMODATION” “CAPITULATION”
FATHER DOMINIC D’ABREO
PRIEST OF VASAI DIOCESE, MAHARASHTRA
NEWLY APPOINTED PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF INDIA
WEARS A HINDU MARK IN THE CENTER OF HIS FOREHEAD
THIS MARK, CALLED “TILAK” IS OF RELIGIOUS SIGNIFICANCE TO HINDUS.
IT IS NEVER APPLIED BY MUSLIMS OR CHRISTIANS [ESPECIALLY PROTESTANTS].
MANY CATHOLIC WOMEN HOWEVER COMMONLY FLAUNT A STYLISED “BINDI”.
NOW THERE IS AN ALARMING TREND OF THE MARK’S INCREASING USE BY NUNS
AND BY CATHOLIC MEN – NOT AMONG THE LAITY,
BUT AMONG PRIESTS, BISHOPS, CARDINALS, AND EVEN THE APOSTOLIC NUNCIO
Bishops appoint Vasai priest as new spokesperson
May 15, 2012 – The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) has appointed Fr. Dominic D’Abreo as its public relations officer. The priest from Vasai diocese in Maharashtra replaces Divine Word Father Babu Joseph, who held the post for more than 9 years. Fr. D’Abreo is currently the registrar and public relations officer of the National Institute of Social Communication Research and Training, CBCI’s media training institute based at Vaishali on the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border. He will take charge of the new post from June 1.
He had done his media studies from the Mumbai-based Xavier Institute of Communications.
I have scoured the internet and my research library seeking information, any information which says that the bindi or tilak is a purely Indian cultural phenomenon. While I didn’t find a shred of evidence that says that, I found tons of evidence to the contrary. My findings are compiled in a separate article titled, “BINDI OR TILAK MARK ON THE FOREHEAD-INDIAN OR HINDU?”
MAY 15, 2012
Categories: Hinduisation of the Catholic Church in India
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