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Discrimination in Catholic Church- Marginalised Christians lament that they could have remained Hindus

Marginalised Christians have rapped the doors of the court to get justice from the Vatican. This comes after the Vatican went against their demand to appoint someone from their community as the bishop of the Salem diocese. They have revealed shocking details of the forms of untouchability practiced in the Catholic Church.

Recently, Matthews, convenor of Tamil Nadu Dalit Christians Forum spoke to the press in Chennai. He told them that due to the continuing discrimination in the church administration they have filled a petition in the Madras High Court seeking relief. In his interview he explained how the marginalised community of Christians are treated badly by other Christians and the Vatican.

Marginalised Christians are made to go to a separate church, use a separate mortuary van, cemetery, conduct separate festivals, etc. Their kids are not even allowed to be choir boys and volunteer for church services as per Matthew’s claims. He also accused the Catholic church of refusing to share power in administration. This is prevalent and proved to exist in 151 villages of TN across all the 18 dioceses of TN. He claims that 70% of the total Christians in Bharat belong to the marginalised community. 

However out of the 180 bishops in Bharat only 10 are from their community. Similarly only 3 out of the 18 bishops in TN are from the marginalised community and none of the 4 Cardinals is represented by the community. Matthew lamented that among the 10,000 bishops appointed by the Pope in the past 14 years, none were from the marginalised community. He said that people of the marginalised community embraced Christianity believing the words of the pastors and bishops that there won’t be any discrimination in the religion. However, the casteist catholic administration not only practices untouchability but doesn’t give due importance to them either.

Earlier in an interview, Matthew had told that unable to bear the discrimination in the Catholic Church, sometimes they feel that they could have remained Hindus. But he retracted his statement after being pressurised by fellow Christians, saying his comments were misconstrued. This exposes how marginalised Christians are not even allowed to express their thoughts. But Christian organisations in the guise of NGOs into social service, demonise the caste system and in turn Sanatana Dharma. 

The class difference is prevalent in all societies anyway but Sanatana Dharma is targeted by abrahamics to lure innocents towards their religion. But lately the ills of abrahamic religions are coming out and perhaps sooner than later converts would realise the futility of finding social justice in a religion that was built mainly through inquisitions.

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