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Master of Arts
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Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts
Discrimination in the Indian Catholic Church is a leading reason why the lower caste Dalits leave and join the Pentecostal churches, especially in south India. This is a grave threat to the future of the Catholic faith in India and the sharing of the true and full Gospel message. In this paper, I will explore three themes in these regards: the current reasons for leaving, historical and social context, and theological teachings, and provide a recommended pastoral approach for the Church’s response to this crisis. Specifically,
- Reasons why the Pentecostal and Charismatic churches draw Christians away from the Catholic Church.
- Historical context and the social experiences of the Dalits.
- Theological foundations of the fundamental rights of human beings based on Jesus’ response to marginalized peoples.
- How the Catholic Church might respond in the current culture.
Jesudoss, Lourdu Xavier, "The Dalits experience of discrimination in the Indian Catholic Church: A Pastoral exploration and response" (2022). LMU/LLS Theses and Dissertations. 1008.