Ad Extremas, an encyclical epistle issued by Pope Leo XIII, gives a rare insight into the official opinion of the Catholic Church with regard to India’s indigenous religious traditions at the close of the nineteenth century. By means of a historical and textual analysis of the document, this essay offers a critical assessment of its contents facilitating a better appreciation of the ecclesial transition that occurred between the pontificate of Leo XIII and the promulgation of those texts of the Second Vatican Council that made reference to Hinduism.
"The Papal Encyclical Ad Extremas (1893):The Call for an Indigenous Indian Clergy, Its Effects Upon theCatholic Church in India, and Its Description of Indian Religions,"
Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies:
Vol. 32, Article 6.
Available at: https://doi.org/10.7825/2164-6279.1732