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Free the Church

The editorial “Need for an Ecclesiastical Insurrection” (EPW, 6 April 2013) is contextual and timely. A professional journal devoted to the pursuit of secularism, social justice and scientific analysis has rightly raised the question, “Isn’t there a dire need for an ecclesiastical insurrection in the Church to make it give up its paternalism towards the poor and the weak, and move in the direction of active solidarity with those whom Jesus called the least of these my brethren’?” Jesus was a breaker of tribal and religious boundaries. The good news of liberation from bondage and the new ethics preached by Jesus have since then given rise to structures of unfreedoms, which, in Amartya Sen’s parlance, are the very negation of development.  Institutionalism has disfigured the image of Jesus and neutralised the revolutionary force of his teachings.

M A Oommen
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM

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