Indian Jesuits shrug off reports of Vatican censure

Fr Amaladoss

The Jesuit Provincial of South Asia has shrugged off reports that the Vatican has launched an investigation into the writings of Fr Michael Amaladoss, a prominent Indian Jesuit theologian, reports Ucanews.

'As far as I know there is no investigation, and he has not been barred from writing and teaching,' the Provincial, Father Edward Mudavassery, told yesterday.

He added that the Vatican's Congregation of Doctrine of Faith (CDF) invited Fr Amaladoss to Rome in the first week of April for a 'dialogue' on evangelisation, but insisted that the conversations with CDF officials took place in a 'friendly manner.'

Fr Amaladoss, 77, known globally for his teachings on culture and inter-religious dialogue in Asia, is said to be currently in Europe on a personal visit and could not be contacted for details.

The theologian, who belongs to the Madurai province of Jesuits, worked in Rome from 1983 to 1995 as a general assistant to the Jesuit Superior of the time, Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, with special responsibilities for questions of evangelisation, inculturation and inter-religious dialogue.

A senior official of the Madurai province, who asked not to be named, confirmed to that correspondence between the CDF and Fr Amaladoss 'has been going on for some time, at least two to three years now.'

The issues being discussed do not relate to 'any particular book of his but how to proclaim Jesus to an Asian audience,' said the official.

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