Hindus ask Pope to issue "white paper" on global Church sex scandal

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Nevada (US), Mar 28 (ANI): Hindus want Pope to urgently come up with a white paper on reportedly mushrooming global sex scandal engulfing the Roman Catholic Church, which they called "unprecedented and shocking".

Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that this authoritative paper should truthfully address the reported worldwide sexual abuse crisis the Church was facing; and then list the solutions, action program and implementation schedule. A monitoring body should also be established for future.

Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, further said that instead of church officials pointing fingers at the "hostile media", consumerism, and secularism; His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI should publicly acknowledge the reported past mistakes of the Church on this issue, apologize, and clarify his personal role in the crisis.

He pointed out that stonewalling could not go on forever to handle such a big Church credibility crisis. It was now time to abandon the institutional self-protection and embrace accountability and transparency. Vatican should come out of its bureaucratic web and reset its priorities and undertake complete reform.

Meanwhile Bhavna Shinde of Forum for Hindu Awakening says that it is opportune moment for the Vatican to become really serious and committed to cleanse the Church. As warnings were reportedly ignored in the past, it has now landed at Pope's doorstep, she adds. (ANI)

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