Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, hoped that the new Pope, which would reportedly be elected at a conclave before Easter after Benedict vacated the position on February 28, would intensify the Roman Catholic Church’s efforts at interfaith dialogue and creating harmony among world’s diverse religions; be more open to reforms; and bring transparency, maturity, accountability and modernization to Church.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, also urged the new Pope to come up with a detailed worldwide White Paper on the global child abuse scandal engulfing the Church.
Rajan Zed suggested that new Pope; leader of about 1.2 billion adherents worldwide, “supreme priest”, holder of “Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven”, supreme shepherd and teacher of the faithful, “The Holy Father”, “Servant of the Servants of God”; should dedicate himself for defending human rights, helping the helpless, charitable projects, human improvement, ecological responsibility, etc.
Moreover, he should reconsider favorably the ordination of women priests as women could disseminate God’s message as skillfully as men and deserved equal and full participation and access in religion. Church could hold a referendum among its congregations worldwide to learn about the feelings of Catholics on the subject. Holy See being the largest religious organization in the world should show exemplary leadership in women equality to the rest of the planet, Rajan Zed argued.