The thesis portrays the attempt at greater lay participation and growing communion within and between local Catholic Churches in Mindanao-Sulu from 1971-1983. A focus for these varying ideologies of communion and participation was the Mindanao-Sulu Pastoral Conference and tensions were finally highlighted in the Dissociation of the Bishops from the Secretariate and the Board of the Conference. There were a number of causes for this rupture including disagreement about the nature of the church; the exercise of authority; the «this-wordly» demands of faith; and the question of armed struggle.
Frankfurt/M., Bern, New York, Paris, 1990. XXVII, 324 pp., num. ill.
Contents: The Mindanao-Sulu Church in the context of its history and peoples - The story of the Mindanao-Sulu Pastoral Conference
- On developing Basic Christian Communities - The underlying issues in the split between Bishops and people.