Catholic Ashrams: Sannyasins or Swindlers?

28 Dec 14
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The emergence of Catholic ashrams in several parts of the country is not an isolated development.

These institutions are links in a chain which is known as the "Ashram Movement", and which different denominations of Christianity are promoting in concert.

                                                    The Protestants and the Syrian Orthodox have evolved similar establishments. Taken together, these institutions are known as Christian ashrams. Several books and many articles have already been devoted to the subject by noted Christian writers. The Ashram Movement, in turn, is part of another and larger plan which is known as Indigenisation or Inculturation and which has several other planks. The plan has already produced a mass of literature and is being continuously reviewed in colloquies, conferences, seminars, and spiritual workshops on the local, provincial, regional, national, and international levels. High-powered committees and councils and special cells have been set up for supervising its elaboration and implementation. What strikes one most as one wades through the literature of Indigenisation is the sense of failure from which Christianity is suffering in this country. Or, what seems more likely, this literature is being produced with the express purpose of creating that impression. The gains made so far by an imperialist enterprise are being concealed under a sob-story.

Whatever the truth, we find that the mission strategists are trying hard to understand and explain why Christianity has not made the strides it should.

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