US Hindus welcome Pope's Twitter move
Welcoming traditional Pope's move towards a new digital arena of Twitter on Dec 12, a US based Hindu group has urged Pope Benedict XVI and Vatican to introduce real change by reconsidering favorably the ordination of women priests in Roman Catholic Church. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) on Tuesday, said that Pope's embracing of new media initiative showed that the age-old institution was trying to catch up with 21st century and it was thus highly appropriate time for the Holy See to hold a referendum among its congregations worldwide to learn about the feelings of Catholics on the subject of ordination of women. Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, stated that women could disseminate God's message as skillfully as men and deserved equal and full participation and access in religion. He further said that as women were equal partners in the society, so they should be equal partners in the religion also.
He urged Vatican to be more kind to Roman Catholic women as exclusion of women from religious services, just because they were female, was very unfair and ungodly.
Roman Catholic Church, largest of the Christian denominations with about 1.2 billion adherents, is headed by Pope and headquartered in Vatican.