Bishops Recommendations, 1960 and 1990

“Another end remains to be achieved, and we desire that all should fully understand it. The Church from the beginning own to our own time has always followed this wise practice: let not the Gospel on being introduced into new land destroy or extinguish whatever its people possess that is naturally, good, just or beautiful….” Evangelii Praecones, 1951, 56. “By reason of its deep conviction that “the synthesis between culture and faith is not only a demand of culture but also of faith, “ because “a faith that does not become culture is not fully accepted, not entirely thought out, not fully lived, “ (151) the Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops considered inculturation a priority and an urgent task in the life of Africa’s particular Churches. Only in this way can the Gospel be firmly implanted in the Continent’s Christian communities….” Ecclesia in Africa, 1995, 78. It is against these backgrounds that the suggestions/votes from Africa for Vatican II, as well as the Lineamenta, Instrumentum laboris, choices of the AMECEA Bishops and others to, and from, the first Africa Synod, help evaluate the state of the Church in Africa. About the author: A Jesuit from Tanzania, my human, spiritual, and academic formation have contributed immensely to who I am as a human person. In addition, my teaching experience at Hekima College, Kenya; St. Augustine College of South Africa; ITCJ Abidjan, Ivory Coast; Berkley, California; and, presently the Gregorian University, Rome, have been invaluable.

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