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Pope for Sedevacantists

Sedevacantists hold that no Pope has been validly elected after the death of Pope Pius XII in 1958. They do not accept the decrees of Second Vatican Council. Sedevacantism means the Chair is vacant. The Chair here refers to the Chair of Pope who is Bishop of Rome. John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis are not valid Popes for Sedevacantists. Congregatio Mariae Reginae Immaculatae, Novus Ordo Watch, and Society of St. Pius V are among Sedevacantists.
There are Catholics who do not accept Popes after Pius XII and have their own Popes. The number of followers of such Popes varies. They are not Sedevacantists.
There are some who blame Pius XII for the changes he made in liturgy. For them he began the process that damaged the Church. John XXIII was the link between Pius XII and Paul VI. Paul the VI completed the process.
On 20/9/2018 I wrote to Novus Ordo Watch.
Subject: bishops and priests
“Who consecrates your bishops and ordains your priests? Pope’s approval is needed to consecrate bishops. You do not recognise popes from John XXIII onwards. That is from 1958 and 60 years now. Bishops consecrated before that are dead. Pius XII changed many things. He suppressed most octaves and vigils, changed Holy Week liturgy, changed ceremony for consecration of bishops, reduced communion fast to three hours. Why are you not against him?”
On 20/9/2018 I wrote to Novus Ordo Watch.
I got the reply.

“The law that the Pope’s explicit approval is required for the consecration of a bishop is a church law only, not a
divine law, and automatically ceases if it becomes harmful or impossible to fulfill. The Church was made for souls,
not souls for the Church.

The Pope has every right to make changes to the Sacred Liturgy. The problem with Paul VI and his gang is not
that they made changes but what kind of changes they made.”

I wrote.

“Not good for a see to be vacant for 60 years. You can have a bishop of Rome.”

See means seat or diocese.

There was no reply to that.

On 22/9/2018 I wrote to NOW.
Subject: Bishop of Rome
“Not good for a see to be vacant for 60 years. I can be bishop of Rome. The territory of Diocese of Rome
will include all countries and territories except USA. I understand you are not outside USA. I will retain the
right to marry. Clerical celibacy is church law, not divine law. I will restore octaves, vigils, liturgical
sequences, tenebrae suppressed by Pius XII and other popes. I will allow Benedectine, Capuchin,
Carmelite, Carthusian, Cistercian, Dominican, Franciscan, Gilbertine, Norbertine, Beneventan, Celtic, Gallican,
Lyonnais rites. Oriental Rites will continue. I will restore communion fast from midnight without food, water,
other liquids and medicine. I will bring back Holy Week liturgy as it was before Pius XII. Chrism mass will have
twelve priests, seven deacons and seven subdeacons.”

There was no reply.

I posted that message on CMRI web site. No reply.

Sabarimala Verdict

On 28/9/2018 a five –judge bench of the Supreme Court by 4-1 majority ruled that females of all ages can enter Sabarimala Temple. It struck the rule that forbade girls above 10 and women below 50 from entering the temple.
CJI Dipak Misra, Justices Rohinton Nariman, Ajay Khanwilkar, Dhananjaya Chandrachud said that the provision in the Kerala Hindu Places of Public Worship (Authorisation of Entry) Rules, 1965, which authorised the restriction, violated the right of Hindu women to practice religion. It also said that patriarchy in religion cannot be allowed to trump the right to pray.
They found the practice discriminatory in nature and that it violates Hindu women’s right to pray. They said devotion cannot be subjected to discrimination. “Patriarchal rules have to change. Patriarchy in religion cannot be allowed to trump right to pray and practise religion.” “To exclude women of the age group 10-50 from the temple is to deny dignity to women. To treat women as children of lesser god is to blink at the Constitution.” “Religion cannot be used as cover to deny rights of worship to women and it is also against human dignity.” “Prohibition on women is due to non-religious reasons and it is a grim shadow of discrimination going on for centuries.”
They ruled that devotees of Ayyappa do not constitute a separate religious denomination.
Justice Indu Malhotra, the only woman Justice on the bench, dissented with others. She said the notions of rationality cannot be brought into matters of religion. She added that the shrine and deity are protected under Article 25 of the Constitution and that it was not up to the court to decide which religious practices should be struck down, except in issues of social evil like ‘Sati’. Worshippers of Sabarimala temple constitute a separate religious denomination.
The matter was debated for years on TV channels. Rahul Easwar has said there is differentiation at Sabarimala, no discrimination. There is one temple where only women are allowed, men not allowed.
The verdict has consequences for others. Indian Young Lawyers Association had petitioned for removal of restriction on females of 10-50 age group. They are not devotees of Ayyappa. We see unrelated people meddling in affairs of life and religion. In Aruna Shanbaug case, Pinki Virani had petitioned for ending life of Aruna Shanbaug though she was not her relative or guardian. Nurses of KEM Hospital were taking care of Aruna Shanbaug. Nurses won the case and Aruna Shanbaug lived for more years.
Recently National Commission for Women wanted ban in Catholic and Orthodox Churches. Leaders of Churches opposed ban. In Catholic Church the commandment is to confess mortal sins once a year. If a person has not committed a mortal sin in a year there is no obligation to confess.

Around 12 years back Kannada actress Jayamala had said she had entered the Sabarimala temple dressed as a man. Some people said the power of the deity had gone down because of that. Recently some people blamed the petition for all females to the temple for flood in Kerala.

Many religions are collectively known as Hindu. Legally, anyone who is not a Christian, Jew, Muslim or Zoroastrian is a Hindu. That includes atheists, agnostics, rationalists, Bahais, Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs.

Judiciary should not determine what forms an essential practice of religion unless followers of that denomination or religion come to court. Constitution forbids the State from discrimination on the ground of sex. It does not forbid private or religious entities from discrimination on the ground of sex.

Terror and talks

Terror and talks cannot go together.
That was the BJP line when UPA was in power. BJP opposed talks with Pakistan. After BJP came to power there were talks with Pakistan for some time. Terror continued. Talks stopped.
Army controls Pakistan. Pakistan’s army does not want peace with India because it reduces the importance of army. Nawaz Sharif tried for peace. Once he was overthrown by the army. Second time army used judiciary to disqualify him. Army dictates to judiciary what orders to give. One judge said army and ISI should not dictate to judiciary. That did not make a difference. During Pakistan’s elections Nawaz Sharif and his daughter were in jail. They continued in jail for a month after Imran Khan became Prime Minister.
On 20/9/2018 MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar said Sushma Kumar and Shah Mehmood Qureshi will meet in New York during United Nations General Assembly session. This came as a surprise as terror had not stopped. Pakistanis had shot dead and slit the throat of a BSF jawan. Raveesh Kumar repeatedly said the meeting was at the request of Pakistan. It was not dialogue. Repeating was unnecessary as if a favour was being done. To say it was a meeting and not a dialogue was playing with words. When two sides talk it is a dialogue.
On 21/9/2018 MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar said the meeting has been cancelled. Two reasons were given. One, abduction and murder of three J&K policemen by terrorists. Two, Pakistan releasing 20 postal stamps honouring terrorists.
Imran Khan had talked to Narendra Modi and written about having talks. Modi agreed for talks though situation in Kashmir had become worse. Imran Khan wants Kashmir to be part of Pakistan. For him India’s terrorists are Pakistan’s freedom fighters. This was well-known.
Terrorists killing Kashmiris is a new phenomenon. Their targets used to be Indian soldiers and paratroopers from outside Kashmir. Kashmiris in army, paratroops and police force were spared. Now they are also targets.
Surgical strikes in 2016 did not have the desired effect. Modi’s talk of 56 inch chest before he became Prime Minister sounds hollow.
Government should crack down on sections of media that do not mention terrorists as terrorists but refer to them as militants or extremists. They should be warned and if they do not comply their licences should be revoked.
India does not allow bilateral cricket series with Pakistan. It allows cricket matches with Pakistan in tournaments like World Cup, Champions Trophy and Asia Cup. This time India is the host for Asia Cup. Government did not permit BCCI to invite Pakistan. BCCI shifted Asia Cup to UAE. Government should tell BCCI that when India is the host the matches should be held in India. Otherwise BCCI should not be host. When there are Lok Sabha elections BCCI shifts IPL matches outside India. Government should tell BCCI if they shift IPL matches outside India during any year they will not get security during other years.

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