Its acceptance will depend on what it proposes and what it has to offer, Cardinal Cleemis said.
(Note: Right from the moment rumours began to hover over the Catholic community, regarding a Christian wing that is proposed to be formed quite attached to RSS, intellectuals within were suspecting a serious foul play led by a sect of Bishops. When an article on this appeared in a Hindu publication recently, siting certain meetings in which some Bishops were involved, the Bishops referred there were heard to be saying, 'It shocked me', I was embarrassed' and so on. What Mar Cleemes confirms now is that there had been such an attempt and the matter was not unknown to at least a few Bishops. Why this ‘hide and seek’ in the Church? Have the Bishops got some hidden agendas to workout? Time will tell us what this was all about. Joseph Mattappally – asso. editor)
Thiruvananthapuram: (UCAN): Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, the president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India, yesterday reacted cautiously to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's reported move to set up an organization to reach out to the Christian community.
"We will wait and see what they have to offer," the head of the Syro Malankara Catholic Church said on Thursday on the RSS decision to start a Christian wing.
"Its acceptance will depend on what it proposes and what it has to offer. So we will wait and see what they have to offer," Moran Mar Baselios Cleemis Catholicos told the media.
"I am still not clear, so the best what we can do is we will wait, till they express what they wish to do," he added.
In an apparent reference to rightwing Hindu groups, the Cardinal said from what one has seen so far, "one thing is said and something different happens and so let them be clear what they have in their mind".