1. Could you explain your stance on Pope John Paul
II's visit? Since there is a convergence many a times on his role as
the religious head of the Catholic Church and the symbolic leader of
the Vatican, in your view, in what capacity does he really come to
China, Taiwan and Sri Lanka
refused the pope's request to visit and launch his new activities
that aim at the evangelization of Asia. Hindu majority India, though
not a Christian country, has allowed him to do so. Therefore the
pope should feel grateful to the tolerant people of India. Clearly
no Western country would give a state welcome to a Hindu religious
leader seeking to promote Hindu conversion activities in the West.
India is one of the few
countries that recognize the pope as a head of state. The United
States and most Western countries recognize the pope only as a
religious leader. Clearly the Pope is not coming to India as the
political leader of a secular state but as a religious leader.
He is conducting a religious mass in Delhi, not organizing a trade
mission. The Catholic Church has a long and self-proclaimed policy
of evangelization or conversion and a special Asia synod to convert
Asia. The pope is coming to India to promote the cause of
Catholicism, which means the conversion of Hindus.