Posts Tagged ‘inculturation’

Pastor says smacking children not part of pre-christian Samoa

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

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

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

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

The ambiguities of being Catholic

Friday, June 27th, 2014
back to the future

Perhaps because of my visits to Tokyo I’ve been haunted by images from a film I saw some time ago. The multi-award winning Lost in Translation, starring Bill Murray and Scarlet Johansson, displays a relationship that unfolds between two Americans – a middle-aged man and a younger woman – when they meet in Japan. Portrayed Read more

PNG Evangelical church leader supports removal of carvings

Friday, December 20th, 2013

An evangelical church leader in Papua New Guinea says people will in time realise that the Speaker of Parliament was right to remove carved wooden heads at the tops of totem poles from Parliament House. Joseph Walters, a prominent evangelical church leader in Papua New Guinea, says the Speaker did the right thing, and there Read more

PNG Bishops disappointed carvings removed for Parliament buildings

Friday, December 13th, 2013

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands is disappointed by the Speaker, Theo Zurenuoc’s, decision  to remove the traditionally-carved lintels above the public entrance into the Parliament’s public gallery. Conference General Secretary Fr Victor Roche is strongly against the opinion of the Speaker that the traditional carvings and decorations in Parliament Read more

Questioning Church’s multicultural nature

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

US-dominated globalization is not compatible with cultures of the south. Among the 22 new cardinals  receiving a biretta on February 18 from Pope Benedict XVI, 10 hold positions in the Roman Curia. Italians comprise seven of the 22, making them the largest group. Only three are from outside Europe or North America. So this consistory Read more