To Be a Relevant and Responsive Church: The Indian Church in Need of Liberation from Clericalism

Paulose Mangai
2020 Zenodo  
Prof Kurien Kunnumpuram's dream for a Church was radical and his thinking and teaching were both marked by sound learning, lucidity, rigour, solidity and depth. He wanted to see the reformatory process of the church initiated by the Second Vatican Council more fully realized in the life and practice of the church in India. With this aim and focus, he taught and wrote with passion and commitment. His theological writings aimed at the radical renewal of the church, the Indian church in
more » ... hurch in particular, in its internal life and organization and also in its mission ad extra. He knew that without such renewal, the church would increasingly become irrelevant for the Indian people. Only a transformed church could read and relevantly respond to the signs of the times. This ecclesial and ecclesiological passion of Kunnumpuram is behind the choice of the topic of this essay in his honour. Then he elaborates on the challenges before the Indian Church, including the evil of clericalism. He pleads for a Church, led by the Holy Spirit and enters into creative dialogue with political, economic and cultural factors of the nation. This needs a radical conversion, a continual metanoia, leading to a way of the beatitude.
doi:10.5281/zenodo.4273813 fatcat:e4e2ied6b5dytoh6i4uk236p5y