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Electing a Pope. Women will have no say in choosing the new leader of the Catholic Church

president of Universal Society of Hinduism
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115 Roman Catholic cardinals will soon hold a conclave in the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City to elect a new Pope.The idea of men only electing amongst themselves the new Pope, as the biggest religious leader of the world is simply “out of line” in this 21st  century.

Women will have no direct say in electing the Pope, holder of "Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven" who, with about 1.2 billion adherents, besides heading the Roman Catholic Church also greatly impacts the religious scenario of the world.

Shouldn't the Holy See, the largest religious organization in the world, show exemplary leadership in women equality to the rest of the planet ?

Women can disseminate God’s message as skillfully as men and deserve equal and full participation and access in religion.

Theologians and canonists of the Church need to address this issue urgently; re-evaluate Church doctrine, theology, male hierarchy and history; and give women a chance in decision-making and leadership positions in the Church. They need to re-examine the Church’s Cannon Law 1024, which says that only a baptized man validly receives sacred ordination.

Women should be ordained to priesthood and should perform the same functions as male priests. Treating women as unequal members of the Church is clearly a case of discrimination promoting gender inequality. God never wanted us to undervalue our sisters, mothers and daughters,

Women are equal partners in society, so they should be equal partners in religion as well. Excluding women from religious services is very unfair and ungodly.

According to the Hindu scriptures, where women are honored, the gods are pleased. Men and women are equal in the eyes of God and religions should respect that. Time has now come for women to be ordained priests, bishops and to be elected to the position of Pope. 
People with “no religion” are increasing and religious leaders and organizations are responsible for their alienation. Social control, judgmentalism, stagnant approaches, etc., might be turning them away resulting in many of them questioning belief in God, equating religion with fear, etc.

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI during mass in Vatican City on April 21, 2011, himself reportedly admitted that people were tired of their faith, people of God becoming population of non-believers, widespread abandonment of faith, people rejecting religion and distancing from God, etc.

Conventional style of dealing with spirituality and religion do not appear to be effectively working. Give them fresh answers without any religious stigma attached. Accept the people as they are. Let’s make religion lively if we want to keep people in God’s fold.

March 4, 2013

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Zed, Rajan
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President of Universal Society of Hinduism, Nevada, USA

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