GENDER POLICY OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH OF INDIA

A Contribution of the Indian Church for Women Empowerment

  • Shaji George Kochuthara Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram (DVK)
Keywords: Bishops' Conference, Catholic Church, CBCI, Gender Justice, Gender Policy, Human Rights, Indian Church, Justice

Abstract

The Gender Policy of the Catholic Church of India, released on 24 February 2010, is the first official gender policy, published by a Catholic Bishops' Conference in the universal Church. Though the Indian society and the Church still continue to be predominantly patriarchal, the Bishops' Conference took the courageous step to officially declare a policy for the empowerment of women, and opening doors for more creative roles in the Church. The initiative and work for this policy was undertaken by committed women and supported by others, including the bishops. Gender Policy is a good starting point for the empowerment of women in the Church and Society, and if implemented, it can become a model and tool for women empowerment in India. However, it has to be studied seriously and implemented with sincere commitment, especially by those in authority. Measures to make women aware of their rights in the Church and society are also needed.

Author Biography

Shaji George Kochuthara, Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram (DVK)

Dr Shaji George Kochuthara CMI, Associate Professor of Moral Theology at Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bangalore, is the Chief Editor of Asian Horizons, Dharmaram Journal of Theology, editor of CTEWC Asian Theological Ethics Series, Chairperson of the Institutional Ethical Board of St John's Medical College (Bangalore), Religious Adviser of the Ethics Committee of St Martha's Hospital (Bangalore), a member of the international planning committee of "Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church" and its Asian Regional Chair.

References

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Vidyajyoti Journal of Theological Reflection (Special Issue: "Empowerment of Women in the Church and Society") 72, 6 (June 2008).

John Paul II, Mulieris Dignitatem, 15 August 1988, <http://w2.vatican. va/content/john-paul-ii/en/apost_letters/1988/ documents/hf_jp-ii_ apl_19880815_mulieris-dignitatem.html> (10.06.2016).

Streevani, Gender Justice and Catholic Church: Beliefs and Behaviours. A Scientific Study, Pune: Streevani Publication, 2014.

Gender Justice in the Church and Society. Second DVK National Seminar on Moral Theology, ed. Shaji George Kochuthara, CMI, Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2016.

Astrid Lobo Gajiwala, "CBCI Gender Policy: A Tool for Gender Justice," Gender Justice in the Church and Society, ed., Shaji George Kochuthara, CMI, Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2016, 169-182.

Published
2016-12-31
How to Cite
George Kochuthara, S. (2016). GENDER POLICY OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH OF INDIA. Journal of Dharma, 41(4), 415-436. Retrieved from http://dvkjournals.in/index.php/jd/article/view/449