African Catholic Priests
Confronting an Identity Problem
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: African Books Collective
Title Page, Copyright
Table of Content
List of Abbreviations
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The reflections of this book are motivated by two events: the Year of Priests promulgated by Pope Benedict XVI (June 2009 - June 2010) and the Golden Jubilee of Likonde Seminary in Mbinga -Tanzania (August 2009 - 3 September 2010). My Bishop Dr. Emmanuel Alex...
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The 5 May 2001 edition of the English Catholic periodical, The Tablet, editorialised on the priesthood, with these proposals: ‘Ultimately, it will be necessary to hold a council on the issue of the identity of the priest for today and tomorrow, and the means to train clergy and...
PART ONE: PRIESTS ON CHURCH TOWER
1. Royals without Royal Privileges
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At Likonde Seminary (Diocese of Mbinga in Tanzania), there is a long tradition which has been kept to this day. Every Sunday after attending Holy mass, seminarians line up on the assembly ground to sing a song dedicated to Jesus Christ the King. God’s providence...
2. Fathers in Fatherless Society
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The Christian community which recognize itself as Family of God lives its commitment with the understanding of God Himself as its Father. This idea is crucial, especially in the African continent which has in the past seen the shedding of blood on basis of ethnic rivalries...
3. Spiritual Guides to Dispirited Flock
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The hunger for spirituality has become a common feature among believers in all religions today. In Europe especially, the Eastern methods of spirituality like yoga and other Buddhist forms of meditation for attaining interior peace are attracting many people...
PART TWO: PRIESTS IN “CATACOMBS”
4. Prophets in Hostile Politics
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The African continent is breathing a new era, an era of democracy. To come to a stage where justice can be exercised in different social segments, it demands that the people listen to the voice of prophets sent to them. In every part of the continent now there is urgency for...
5. Servants to People who Hate Servitude
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Christianity among the World Religions is distinguished by her insistence on the love of God and neighbour in the spirit of service. It is centred on the four pillars namely the witness “martyria,” the worship “litourgia,” the proclamation “kerygma” and service...
6. Concluding Reflections: Can Catholic Priests Learn from Priests of African “Traditional” Religions?
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We began the first chapter of this book with the emphasis on the fact that we should take seriously the fact of our sharing in the kingship of Christ. We indicated that there is yet no serious reflection on the kingship character of the baptized. Endowed with democratic ideas...
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Page Count: 190
Publication Year: 2010