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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Priests to take lessons from Hinduism, other Indian traditions

Kochi, Oct 10 (PTI): To prepare its future priests meet modern day challenges, the Catholic church in Kerala has decided to draw lessons from Hinduism and ancient Indian culture and traditions.

The Syro Malabar church will soon be delving into ancient texts in Hinduism and Indian philosophy and traditions to draw lessons on its four 'ashramas' and the Gurukul system of learning to train its priests.

The Church has decided to take lessons on the four ashramas-- Grihasthashramam, Brahmacharyam, Vanaprastam and Sanyasam, Father Paul Thelakat, Church spokesman told PTI.

"Training of priests is a major concern of the church. It is only fitting for the church to draw lessons from ancient Indian philosophy and tradition and provide for local adoption and formation for priestly ministry", he said.

A document promulgated by the Syro Malabar synod of Bishops and signed by Major Archbishop Cardinal Mar Varkey Vithayathil, titled 'Charter for Priestly formation in the Syro Malabar church' has been brought out, which stipulates how priests are to be trained in the church.

Today, the priest is also called upon to be involved in various fields of activity, including socio-economic development, as part of his pastoral care.

Seminaries shall as far as possible try to give an integral training which will make future priests respond to these tasks as well without neglecting the primary ones, he said.

The charter is a 'Normative guide', an inspiration for the attainment of this objective, he added. PTI


At 10/15/2007 10:29:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not surprised at all.

Whether people like it or not, Hinduism has a wealth of information.

I salute Christianity for its willingness to accept all the finer things Hinduism has to offer.

Rig Veda states

Aa no bhadraah kratavo yantu vishvatah

" Let noble thoughts come to us from every side".

For example, BORN AGAIN concept from the Dwija in Hinduism.

JOHN 1:1 [70 AD] was identical with what is written in Vedas Hindu Vedas [ at least 5000 BC]

"Prajapathi Vai Agre Aseet"

In the beginning was Prajapati, The Brahman, The God

"Tasya Vag dvitiya Aseet"

with whom was the word:

"Vag Vai Oarama Brahman"

and the word was verily the Supreme Brahman - The God.

John 1:1 states:

"In the beginning was the word,
and the word was with God and the word was God."


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