Militancy based on love is a part of Christianity, but piety has killed it, a Catholic priest has told a youth conference.
Some 100 young people are attending the three-day national conference that began in Pilar, Goa, yesterday. “India today, the youth, the Church and social commitment” is its theme.
Father X. D. Selvaraj, a theologian who spoke on the “reality in India today and the response of the youth,” said Christian love demands boldly opposing injustice, oppression and social evil.
However, Christian militancy ought to be born out of love, he said and added, “Our prayer will be real when we stand outside the church compound.”
According to him, many Catholics think they can take Jesus seriously without attending to modern problems and issue. “Some pious people are like monkeys who see injustice, but shut their mouths,” he added.
The priest regretted that consumerism and competition have made media the new evangelizer and television the new tabernacle that “shape our tastes, values and behavioral pattern.”
The new priests are transnational firms that preach that there is no salvation outside the market.
Father Selvaraj says the planners have lost their way because they do not experience hunger and poverty.
The priest called for an alternate system of economy that gives jobs to people, helps them politically negotiate with the government and strengthens value-based civil society.
Catholic youths march for peace