Dalit Christians oppose non-Dalit Archbishop's appointment

    26-Mar-2022   
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The Dalit Christian liberation movement, an organization working against the discrimination of Dalits in the Catholic Church hierarchy, has strongly criticized the appointment of a non-Dalit as the Archbishop of Puducherry and Cuddalore. Francis Kallat, Archbishop of Meerut, was recently appointed by the Pope as the Archbishop of the two regions.
 
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Mary John, State President of Dalit Christian Liberation Movement (DCLM) said that even though Archbishop Francis Kallat was born in the Kanyakumari district, it was rare for a Bishop serving in North India to be moved into this region. He said that the move was to prevent the appointment of a Dalit Archbishop, Mangalorean reported.
 
The DCLM leader, while speaking to IANS, said, "Even though the Dalit population is three-fourth of the Catholic population in the region, never in the history of the diocese since its formation in 1955 has a Dalit been made the Archbishop of the region."
 
He said that only one of the 17 Catholic dioceses in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry had a Dalit as Archbishop even though the Dalit community accounts for 75 per cent of the Catholic population of the State.
 
Mary John said, "The Dalit population constitutes 64 per cent of the total Catholic population in the country, and still the percentage of Dalit Bishops in the country is less than 10 per cent of the total strength."
 
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