Posts Tagged ‘inculturation’

Pope: indigenous people’s feathered headgear no sillier than Vatican hats Comments 0

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 Comments 0

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

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 Comments 0

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 Comments 0

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 Comments 0

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

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 Comments 0

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

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 Comments 0

Friday, September 30th, 2016

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

China clamping down on religions Comments 0

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Last month China’s, State Council released a draft of the new ‘Regulations on Religious Affairs.’ It is a revision of the 2005 law of the same name. When the two laws are placed side by side, the consistent trends, and the new directions to China’s religious policy quickly emerge: greater control and regulation. Religious scholars Read more

Flamenco dancing priest draws crowds Comments 0

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Unlike across the rest of Spain where the Catholic Church has struggled with falling numbers, the priest, who is known as Father Pepe, celebrates mass to a packed congregation with queues regularly forming outside his church. The 66-year-old curate delights the faithful by dancing the sevillanas – a traditional dance linked to flamenco – in Read more

Mataca stood for equal opportunity, justice and dignity for every Fijian Comments 0

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Civil and church leaders in Fiji have been paying tribute to the late Emeritus Archbishop of Fiji, Petero Mataca. “He stood for equal opportunity, justice and dignity for every Fijian,” said the Prime Minster of Fiji, Voreqe Bainimarama, in his message of condolence. “Every Fijian joins me in mourning the passing of Archbishop Petero Mataca, Read more