Dalit Christians raise complaints to Jesuit superior general

Dalit Christians raise complaints to Jesuit superior general

1457087702Dalit Catholics in India raised their complaints to the visiting Jesuit superior general about the discrimination they face within the church.

Jesuit Father Adolfo Nicolas, head of the Society of Jesus, received their memorandum when he met a group of delegates from the Dalit Christian Liberation Movement in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

M. Mary John, president of the movement, said that they had given the memorandum to Father Nicholas because, the Jesuits are the Church’s largest congregation and that the Pope himself is from the Society of Jesus. “They play a major role in the Catholic Church and in the world and if they take the initiative in our case, the church will listen. They are the right channel,” the president told.

John also expressed hope that the Jesuits could easily understand their plight because in Tamil Nadu they had implemented policies that provide equal opportunities to Dalits in education and employment.

In the memorandum they had asked for strengthening the policies for Dalits across the entire country.