An ecumenical movement of Dalits in India called on Catholic bishops in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu to empower Dalits in their communities.
In an open letter, the Dalit Christian Liberation Movement (DCLM) urged the church leaders to implement the 10-point “empowerment program” of the Tamil Nadu Bishops’ Council and the eight-point program of the state unit of the Conference of Religious in India.
The group also reminded the bishops of the 2016 Dalit Empowerment Policy of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India.
The July 11 letter reiterated its demand to appoint bishops from the community in vacant dioceses of Tamil Nadu. They also requested the prelates to share with the movement their resolutions regarding Dalit Christians.
The group said that if the bishops fail, the movement will launch protest actions.
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