Posts Tagged ‘inculturation’

Reforming Catholic liturgy

Thursday, April 15th, 2021
Catholic liturgy

Other than sex, nothing is more heatedly debated by Catholics than the liturgy. Everyone has strong opinions based on years of personal experience. In the 1960s and ’70s, Pope Paul VI implemented revolutionary liturgical reforms laid out by the Second Vatican Council, but after his death in 1978, the Vatican put a stop to the Read more

Should the Catholic Church have an African-American rite?

Thursday, February 25th, 2021
African-American rite

After growing up Baptist, Nate Tinner-Williams became a Roman Catholic in December 2019. Now, after a move to New Orleans, he is planning to enter the seminary of the Josephites, an order of brothers and priests who have ministered specifically to the African-American community since 1893. In the meantime, he has devoted himself to developing Read more

Pope says inculturated Mass highlights gifts of the Holy Spirit

Thursday, December 3rd, 2020

It is just on year since Francis offered an inculturated Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for Congolese immigrants. The Mass marked the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the Congolese Catholic Chaplaincy of Rome. The Mass included traditional Congolese music and the Zaire Use of the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite (Zaire Use). An Read more

Pope: indigenous people’s feathered headgear no sillier than Vatican hats

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

Pope Francis said tell me: what’s the difference between having feathers on your head and the three-peaked hat worn by certain officials in our dicasters?” he said to applause, referring to the three-pointed red birettas worn by cardinals. Francis described how upset he became when he heard a snide comment about the feathered headdress worn Read more

When the Amazon meets the Tiber

Thursday, October 10th, 2019
Amazon

The opening days of the Amazon Synod have been marked by the familiar polar tensions at the heart of the Catholic Church: between center and periphery, universal and local; between the demands of the law and the pastoral needs of a particular people. But now there is something new, something that is tilting the balance Read more

Amazon Synod about more than married priests

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

With the upcoming Amazon Synod, some people are only focused on whether it will recommend that the priesthood be opened to the ordination of married men, but there is a lot more at stake. True, the synod will discuss the possibility of ordaining married men because there is a shortage of priests to serve such Read more

Catholic reactionary group raises profile ahead of Amazon synod

Monday, September 30th, 2019

Battle lines have been drawn for October’s highly anticipated Vatican summit on the Amazon region, where the proposal to give isolated communities access to the sacraments by ordaining married men has led to uproar — frustrating some of the meeting’s organizers for distracting from other pastoral concerns at stake in the region. Father Michael Czerny, Read more

Inculturation: Not a morbid desire to distinguish

Thursday, June 21st, 2018
inculturation

Cultures recognize God but they also recognize that God makes use of culture to speak to us. In an interview with La Croix Africa, Father Léonard Santédi (pictured) explains the concept of inculturation. La Croix Africa: What is inculturation? Father Léonard Santédi: Inculturation is an encounter between life and the Christian message and culture, understood Read more

Some church groups hindering village life in Fiji

Thursday, February 16th, 2017
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There is a need to limit and be very careful about allowing new religious groups to come into villages because they have different beliefs says Ministry of iTaukei Affairs permanent secretary He said that they are asking these religious groups to follow the proper channel and liaise with the village headmen. “New religious and church Read more

Pastor says smacking children not part of pre-christian Samoa

Friday, September 30th, 2016
smacking

Reverend Nove Vailaau says during his research into pre-Christian Samoa he has discovered that smacking was not a feature of traditional Samoan language and culture. Accepting children into family life was a more inclusive process. Traditional Samoan values promoted the protection of children, not the infliction of suffering upon them. He says when the missionaries arrived Read more