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Vatican group looks at role of Indian theologians

Where do the country’s religious thinkers fit in the era of globalization?

Archbishop Bernard Moras of Bangalore (third right) with the Vatican delegates Archbishop Bernard Moras of Bangalore (third right) with the Vatican delegates
  • Francis Rodrigues, Mangalore
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  • January 20, 2011
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A Vatican delegation is in India to discuss the role of Indian theologians in the context of global theology.

Cardinal William Levada, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, on Jan. 16 began a seven-day closed door colloquium in Bangalore with 28 bishops and 26 leading theologians from India.

“We are discussing the role of the Indian theologians as responsible theologians,” said Cardinal Oswald Gracias, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India.

The basis for the discussion is Donum Veritatis, the 1990 Vatican instruction on the role of theologians in the Church, the cardinal explained. He said their discussions included topics such as inculturation and pluralism.

All bishop participants have theological backgrounds, said Bishop Thomas Dabre of Poona, a participant and head of the commission of doctrine and theology of India’s Latin rite bishops.

The program ends on Jan. 22.

A theology professor said the Vatican delegation would first meet with bishops and theologians and later discuss the outcome with the bishops alone.

Another theology professor, who is not attending the colloquium, says globalization of culture in the modern world has led to the emergence of a global theology.

“The pluralistic theologians have begun to dilute Christianity as one of the many religions to go to God. In this context, such a colloquium could become an alerting occasion,” he told ucanews.com on condition of anonymity.

Another theologian says the colloquium also is to discuss Agendi Ratio Doctrinarum Examine (regulation for doctrinal examination), another document from Cardinal Levada’s congregation.

This document aims to protect “true doctrine from the deviated theologians,” the priest told ucanews.com.

Among the theologians at the meeting are Jesuit Father Michael Amaladoss, a retired theology professor and Fransalian Father Jacob Parappally, president of the Indian Theological Association.

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