In the NCB, the Hindu bindi is affixed on the foreheads of women including that of Mary, the Mother of Jesus
BINDI OR TILAK MARK ON THE FOREHEAD-INDIAN OR HINDU?
There are three frontal illustrations of young women in the Hinduised New Community Bible (NCB), and in each of them the bindi is shown affixed on the forehead.
The picture below is from page 1645 of the NCB. The woman is the Virgin Mary, on the flight to Egypt with her husband St. Joseph and the child Jesus. (The bindi is not clearly visible in the image reproduced here.)
The illustration below is from page 2263 of the NCB. The woman wearing the Hindu mark, the bindi, is performing arati with flowers, a coconut and a flame on a thali (plate). It has been removed from the Revised Edition 2011.
The Hindu arati has been permitted by Rome (The Twelve Points of Adaptation) in the Indian Rite Mass, that permission having been fraudulently extracted from Rome by a coterie of Indian bishops.
THE TWELVE POINTS OF ADAPTATION FOR THE INDIAN RITE MASS-WAS A FRAUD PERPETRATED ON INDIAN CATHOLICS?
THE PAGANIZED CATHOLIC CHURCH IN INDIA-VICTOR J F KULANDAY
4 DECEMBER 2013
THE GOLDEN SHEAF-A COLLECTION OF ARTICLES DEALING WITH ECCLESIASTICAL ABERRATIONS
The line drawing below is from page 1557 of the NCB.
Excerpts from Bishop Agnelo Gracias of Bombay’s analysis of my July 14, 2008 critique on the 2008 edition of the St Pauls New Community Bible written probably in October 2008, and my comments.
C: Mr. Prabhu’s objections to the Illustrations
I find it difficult to respond to these objections because I know so little of art. I asked a priest and two knowledgeable laywomen to go through the illustrations. The priest and one laywoman found the illustrations quite in order. According to them, the illustrations are artistically done and very much in harmony with our faith. The second laywoman objected to the illustrations, especially the one of the woman with the bindi (which according to her had a Hindu connotation)… one sees what one is looking for!
The second illustration which Mr. Prabhu objects too (sic) is towards the end of NCB, p.2263.
Mr. Prabhu on p.7 of his Critique states: “Traditionalists will reject the NCB on the basis of just the one drawing of an Indian woman wearing a bindi (tilak) in the centre of her forehead while preparing to do arati (aarti) or puja with a flame, flowers and a coconut on a plate”.
Keeping in mind what I said above about the laywoman who objected to the picture, I can still affirm that these traditionalists who are out of sync with what the Church allows. “Traditionalists” rejecting the NCB is not surprising. For that matter, we have the “traditionalist” followers of Lefebvre who reject Vatican II!
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 22-BISHOP AGNELO GRACIAS DEFENDS IT YET IT IS PULLED FOR REVISION
Despite all the defensive arguments of the Bishop, TWO illustrations — that of the larger temple and mosque and the diminutive church in the foreground which inclusively the commentators regarded as “holy ground” (Exodus 3:5) on page 92, as well as the arati-performing woman with the bindi on page 2263 — have been excised from the First Revised Edition 2011.
One line drawing of a woman with a bindi on page 1557 in the 2008 edition is not mentioned by the Bishop and is left untouched in the Revised Edition 2011.
The Bishop conveniently avoids mentioning the illustration of the Mother of God, Mary, with a Hindu bindi on page 1645! It, too, is retained in the Revised Edition 2011!!
And Bishop Agnelo accuses me of seeing what I am looking for!!!
Another issue that the Bishop conveniently overlooks is the arati that I wrote about in conjunction with the bindi in my critique. But he doesn’t see it — though he saw the bindi – when he looked.
The arati is a Hindu religious ritual.
Eddie Russell of Flame Ministries International, Australia, has this to say about the NCB:
As with the totally compromised Philippine Community Bible, the Indian bishops have also jumped to inculturate the authentic Bible translations, supposedly to make it more acceptable to Indians of all religions.
No doubt that the criteria for this compromise and accommodation has been spurred on by the 12 Points of the Indian Rite Mass, a Mass that allows certain Hindu practices and rituals to be included. According to the Vatican correspondent, Victor J.F. Kulanday’s book, “The Paganisation of the Church in India”, this Rite was slipped through the process to gain its approval*. Now, the recent approval of the New Indian Bible seems to be a progression of the paganisation of the Church in India.
Source: The New Hinduised Catholic Bible – A concern for the fate of truth,
Eddie Russell was referring to the arati in the above passage!
Eddie Russell also describes the NCB as a “Heretical Indianised Catholic Bible” and affirms, “I cannot accept it, and will always oppose it“.
*THE TWELVE POINTS OF ADAPTATION FOR THE INDIAN RITE MASS-WAS A FRAUD PERPETRATED ON INDIAN CATHOLICS?
THE PAGANIZED CATHOLIC CHURCH IN INDIA-VICTOR J F KULANDAY
4 DECEMBER 2013
THE ONGOING ROBBERY OF FAITH-FR P K GEORGE FEBRUARY 2009/OCTOBER 2012
The Bishop himself sports the bindi. See the list below for the file on him which records that he offers Holy Mass wearing the bindi.
Two or three decades ago, the bindi was neither applied by the clergy and religious on their foreheads nor did Catholics portray women wearing the bindi. Where did this sudden adoption by Catholics of the bindi as “Indian” spring from?
In trying to rebut my critique, Bishop Agnelo diverts the issue from the arati and the bindi by engaging in a criticism of Traditionalists. He surely must know that Traditionalists did not reject other Catholic Bibles before the emergence of the NCB whereas in the case of the latter, every Traditionalist web site eventually did condemn the NCB.
DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE ERRORS-04
– HINDU BINDI OR TILAK MARK USED
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 01-PRIEST WEARS
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 02-PRIEST WEARS
ROY MATHEW THOTTAM
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 03-PRIEST WEARS
CLEOPHAS DOMINIC FERNANDES
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 04-PRIEST WEARS ANTONY KALLIATH
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 05-PRIEST WEARS
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 06-PRIEST WEARS VALERIAN MENDONCA
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 07-NUN WEARS
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 08-BISHOP WEARS
BISHOP AGNELO GRACIAS
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 09-BISHOP WEARS
BISHOP HENRY D’SOUZA
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 10-BISHOP WEARS
BISHOP ALOYSIUS PAUL D’SOUZA
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 11-CARDINAL WEARS
CARDINAL IVAN DIAS
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 12-THE APOSTOLIC NUNCIO WEARS
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 13-THE POPE WEARS
JOHN PAUL II
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 14-WOMAN THEOLOGIAN WEARS
ASTRID LOBO GAJIWALA
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 15-WOMEN THEOLOGIANS WEAR
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 16-CARDINAL OSWALD GRACIAS
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 17-PREFECT OF THE CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 18-BHARATANATYAM-DANCING PRIESTS WEAR
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 19-THE VIRGIN MARY WEARS
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 20-THE ARCHBISHOP OF WESTMINSTER WEARS
HINDU RELIGIOUS MARK ON THE FOREHEAD 21-JESUS CHRIST WEARS
Categories: Hinduisation of the Catholic Church in India