Catholic Bishops' Conference of India
New Delhi - Though the 28-page document steers clear of mentioning priests, those demanding action against clergy abuse still find it a welcome step by the Indian church.
GSR Preview: Two top bodies of the Catholic church in India are finalizing a policy to address sex abuse and other forms of abuse by clergy.
The new president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India said the church should draw strength from spirituality to engage in works of charity.
"Energy for charitable works should come from our spiritual strength," Cardinal Baselios Thottunkal of Trivandrum told a news conference Wednesday at the end of the weeklong bishops' assembly.
The head of the Catholic church in India has reiterated its opposition to "criminalization" of homosexuality.
"It is for the government and the legislature to sort out the situation now," Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai said after the Supreme Court declined to review its December ruling on an anti-sodomy law.
The December ruling served to reinstate Section 337 of India's penal code, a law that outlawed homosexuality, making it a felony subject to fines and sentences of up to 10 years to life in prison.