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Participative Structures in the AMECEA

Five Selected Participative Structures in the AMECEA: The Diocesan Synod, the Diocesan Finance Council, the Presbyteral Council, the College of Consultors, and the Diocesan Pastoral Council

by Lennoxie Lusabe (Author)
Monographs 188 Pages

Summary

This book analyses selected participative structures (Diocesan Synod, Diocesan Finance Council, Presbyteral Council, College of Consultors, and Diocesan Pastoral Council) in selected particular Churches in the AMECEA region and proposes some concrete means through which active participation of the Christian faithful may be fostered in the participative structures of these Churches.

Table Of Contents

  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • Dedication
  • Acknowledgements
  • About the author
  • About the book
  • Citability of the eBook
  • Contents
  • Abbreviations
  • Abstract
  • General Introduction
  • Chapter One The Communio Ecclesiology Animating the Canonical Structures within a Particular Church
  • Introduction
  • 1.1 The Notion of Koinonia/Communio
  • 1.2 Communio Ecclesiology in Lumen gentium
  • 1.2.1 The Church as the Mystery of Communion
  • 1.2.2 Universal Church and Particular Churches
  • 1.2.3 Communion of the Churches, Eucharist, and Episcopate
  • 1.2.4 Unity and Diversity in Ecclesial Communion
  • 1.2.5 Ecclesial Communion and Ecumenism
  • 1.3 Pope John Paul II and Vatican II Communio Ecclesiology
  • 1.4 Pope Benedict XVI and Vatican II Communio Ecclesiology
  • 1.5 Ecclesia in Africa and the Church as Family of God
  • 1.6 A Synthesis
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter Two Selected Participative Structures within a Particular Church According to the 1983 Code
  • Introduction
  • 2.1 The Diocesan Synod
  • 2.1.1 Conciliar Documents
  • 2.1.2 Post Conciliar Documents
  • 2.1.2.1 Ecclesiae Sanctae
  • 2.1.2.2 Ecclesiae Imago
  • 2.1.3 The 1983 Code of Canon Law
  • 2.1.3.1 Nature and Purpose
  • 2.1.3.2 Convocation
  • 2.1.3.3 Preparation and Celebration
  • 2.1.3.4 Composition
  • 2.1.3.5 Functions
  • 2.1.3.6 Cessation
  • 2.1.4 Documents after the 1983 Code
  • 2.2 The Diocesan Finance Council
  • 2.2.1 Conciliar Documents
  • 2.2.2 Post Conciliar Document
  • 2.2.3 The 1983 Code of Canon Law
  • 2.2.3.1 Nature and Purpose
  • 2.2.3.2 Composition
  • 2.2.3.3 Functions
  • 2.2.3.4 Cessation
  • 2.2.4 Documents after the 1983 Code
  • 2.3 The Presbyteral Council
  • 2.3.1 Conciliar Documents
  • 2.3.2 Post Conciliar Documents
  • 2.3.2.1 Ecclesiae Sanctae
  • 2.3.2.2 Presbyteri sacra, Ultimis temporibus, and Ecclesiae imago
  • 2.3.3 The 1983 Code of Canon Law
  • 2.3.3.1 Nature and Purpose
  • 2.3.3.2 Composition
  • 2.3.3.3 Functions
  • 2.3.3.4 Cessation
  • 2.3.4 Documents after the 1983 Code
  • 2.4 The College of Consultors
  • 2.4.1 Conciliar Documents
  • 2.4.2 Post Conciliar Document
  • 2.4.3 The 1983 Code of Canon Law
  • 2.4.3.1 Nature and Purpose
  • 2.4.3.2 Composition
  • 2.4.3.3 Functions
  • 2.4.3.4 Cessation
  • 2.4.4 The Documents after the 1983 Code
  • 2.5 The Diocesan Pastoral Council
  • 2.5.1 Conciliar Documents
  • 2.5.2 Post Conciliar Documents
  • 2.5.2.1 Ecclesiae Sanctae
  • 2.5.2.2 Omnes christifideles and Ecclesiae imago
  • 2.5.3 The 1983 Code of Canon Law
  • 2.5.3.1 Nature and Purpose
  • 2.5.3.2 – Composition
  • 2.5.3.3 Functions
  • 2.5.3.4 Cessation
  • 2.5.4 The Documents after the 1983 Code
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter Three Application of the Canonical Norms on Selected Structures in Particular Churches in the AMECEA Region
  • Introduction
  • 3.1 The World Today: Brief Reflections
  • 3.1.1 Liberalism and Catholicism
  • 3.1.1.1 Liberalism and the Second Vatican Council Teachings
  • 3.1.1.2 Liberalism Today
  • 3.1.2 The Church and Its Hierarchy
  • 3.2 Pope Francis and Participative Structures in a Particular Church
  • 3.2.1 Pope Francis’ Critique of Modern Liberalism
  • 3.2.2 Pope Francis’ Critique of “Rigid Church Hierarchy”
  • 3.2.3 Pope Francis’ Perspective on Participative Structures in a Particular Church
  • 3.2.3.1 Pope Francis and the Mission of the Church
  • 3.2.3.2 The Church’s Hierarchy and Pope Francis’ Understanding of Synodality
  • 3.2.3.3 Participative Structures in a Particular Church
  • 3.3 Application of Canonical Norms on Selected Participative Structures in the AMECEA Region
  • 3.3.1 Church as Family of God
  • 3.3.1.1 The Role of the Bishop
  • 3.3.1.2 The Priest as Collaborator in the Ministry of the Bishop
  • 3.3.1.3 Seminary Formation
  • 3.3.1.4 The Laity
  • 3.3.2 Specific Proposals
  • 3.3.2.1 Terminology
  • 3.3.2.2 Leadership Training
  • 3.3.2.2 Emphasis on the Purpose of the Participative Structures and the Unique Purpose of Each Participative Structure
  • 3.3.2.4 Specification of Roles of Members
  • 3.3.2.5 Empowerment: Call for More Instances for Deliberative Vote
  • 3.3.2.6 Benchmarking
  • Conclusion
  • General Conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • Series Index

Abstract

This book analyses participative structures in selected particular Churches in the AMECEA1 region and proposes some concrete means through which active participation of the Christian faithful may be fostered in the participative structures of these Churches. Structures of participation are means whereby a communio ecclesiology finds expression. The 1983 Code provides for a greater number of participative structures in a particular Church in order to reflect communio. This study focuses on five of these participative structures: the diocesan synod, the diocesan finance council, the presbyteral council, the college of consultors, and the diocesan pastoral council, treating their nature, purpose, composition, functions, and cessation.

Pope Francis emphasizes the principle of synodality, a constitutive element of the Church, as offering the most appropriate interpretative framework for understanding the Church. For synodality to be a reality, there is an urgent need for the renewal of participative structures. Areas of renewal include: the training of bishops, presbyters, and the laity in servant-leadership skills; intensification of ongoing formation of presbyters; revamped seminary formation programmes based on the Ratio fundamentalis institutionis sacerdotalis, 2016; a greater use of the deliberative vote in participative structures; identifying the purposes of the participative structures and making the best use of them.

Details

Pages
188
ISBN (PDF)
9783631832684
ISBN (ePUB)
9783631832691
ISBN (MOBI)
9783631832707
ISBN (Hardcover)
9783631828267
Language
English
Publication date
2020 (August)
Tags
Communio Ecclesiology collaborative consultative dialogue laity
Published
Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Warszawa, Wien, 2020. 188 pp.

Biographical notes

Lennoxie Lusabe (Author)

Lennoxie N. Lusabe, CM teaches and researches in the area of canon law in the Department of Canon Law, Tangaza University College, and in the Institute of Canon Law, Catholic University of Eastern Africa. His teaching and research interests also include Christian ethics and civil law.

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