Theologian urges colleagues 'to be authentic to our vocation'.
India: One of the prominent female Catholic theologians in India said the church has lost its identity as "church of the poor."
"Today the church is no more the church of the poor, but one can even say it is the church of institutions," said Presentation Sister Shalini Mulackal, president of the Indian Theological Association, Catholic News Service reported.
"Starting from the '70s and extending to the late '80s, there was a great zeal in the church to be at the service of the marginalized," Sister Mulackal told the Eighth Congress of Asian Theologians, organized by the Christian Conference of Asia, April 20. "Individuals and groups were fired with the zeal of Jesus, who took the side of the poor and the outcast."
"Now churches own many institutions and, regrettably, some are mere money-making institutions," she said.
She urged the 100 Asian theologians of different denominations "to be authentic to our vocation."