“INCULTURATION” “ACCOMODATION” “CAPITULATION”
CARDINAL OSWALD GRACIAS, ARCHBISHOP OF BOMBAY
Cardinal Oswald Gracias is the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India [CBCI], serving since March 2010, and re-elected for a second consecutive two-year term in February 2012!
On February 9, 2013, he was elected president of the Latin-rite Conference of Catholic Bishops of India [CCBI]!!
He is also the Secretary General of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences and member, Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts!!!
On April 13, 2013, he was appointed by Pope Francis, along with seven other Cardinals to advise the Pope on Church governance and the reform of the Roman Curia!!!!
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
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?”
Categories: Hinduisation of the Catholic Church in India
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