African Catholic Priests
192 Pages
English
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192 Pages
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This is a timely book on the contemporary African priesthood. Just as in other parts of the globe, the African priesthood currently faces a serious crisis of identity. The unfolding crisis puts stress on the clerics and augments the tension with lay people. The model of the Church-as-Family of God opted for by the Church in Africa is a new milestone that puts pressure on Catholic priests to define their role in the new context. The identity and image of priests need to be specified as lay ministries render the Church active from the grassroots. Reflection about the ministry of the clergy in Africa is urgent, and indeed it is an important aspect of enculturation. Nyenyembe demonstrates an admirable capacity to situate his rich theological reflections in an African context.

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Published 01 December 2010
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EAN13 9789956579860
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African Catholic Priests Af ican Catholic Priests Confronting an Identity Problem Jordan Nyenyembe
AFRICAN CATHOLIC PRIESTS Confronting an Identity Problem Jordan Nyenyembe
Langaa Research & Publishing CIG Mankon, Bamenda
Publisher: LangaaRPCIG Langaa Research & Publishing Common Initiative Group P.O. Box 902 Mankon Bamenda North West Region Cameroon Langaagrp@gmail.com www.langaa-rpcig.net Distributed outside N. America by African Books Collective orders@africanbookscollective.com www.africanbookcollective.com Distributed in N. America by Michigan State University Press msupress@msu.edu www.msupress.msu.edu
ISBN: 9956-578-33-9 ©Jordan Nyenyembe 2011
DISCLAIMER All views expressed in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Langaa RPCIG.
Dedication To Jean Marc Ela, Priest and Theologian with great love for Africa and the Church
Table of Content List of Abbreviations.................................................................. v Acknowledgment........................................................................... vii Introduction................................................................................. ix PART ONE: PRIESTS ON CHURCH TOWER 1 Chapter One Royals without Royal Privileges...................................................... 3 “King of the Jews”- the Priests’ Connection........................ 5 Misconceptions regarding King Imagery............................... 9 Awakened Interest for Traditional Kings............................. 17 Thinking David- King of the Heart.......................................... 27 Jesus Christ Rules from the Cross.............................................. 33 Not Super Stars but Down to Earth Pastors......................... 37 Chapter Two Fathers in Fatherless Society........................................................ 61 Call No One a Father............................................................. 61 God as “Retired” Father........................................................... 69 Parental Fatherhood Denied................................................... 71 Church as Family of God: Death of Clericalism.................... 74 Chapter Three Spiritual Guides to Dispirited Flock............................................. 89 Promoters of the Spirituality of Joy...................................... 90 Animators of Liberty of the Spirit............................................ 94 Facilitating Christian Wisdom under the Tree........................ 98
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PART TWO: PRIESTS IN “CATACOMBS” 105 Chapter Four Prophets in Hostile Politics.......................................................... 107 Prophets in the Bible............................................................. 108 Confess that You Do Politics................................................... 114 Avoid Partisan Politics......................................................... 119 “Do not kill Our Prophets”: Appeal to “Watchdog Catholics”.............. 126 Chapter Five Servants to People who Hate Servitude......................................... 135 From Cultic Function to Ministry based on Service................135 Service Ministry-Swimming against Current............................ 137 Leaders Wrapped with Towel.................................................. 142 Chapter Six Concluding Reflections: Can Priests learn from Priests of African “Traditional” Religions?......................... 149 Bibliography................................................................................... 161 iv
LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS AFERAfrican Ecclestiastical Review AGAd Gentes Divinus(Decree on the Church’s Missionary Activity) AMECEA Association of Member Episcopal Conferences of Eastern Africa ARAfrican Religions EIAEcclesia in Africa(A Post synodal Exhortation for the Church in Africa) GSGaudium et Spes(Pastoral Constitution on the Church in Modern World) LGLumen Gentium(Constitution on the Church) NGOSNon Governmental Organizations OPOptatam Totius(Decree on the Training of Priests) PDVPastores Dabo Vobis(Post Synodal Exhortation on the Formation of Priests) POPresbyterorum Ordinis(Decree on the Formation of Priests) QPQuas Primas(the Papal Encyclical that instituted the Feast of Jesus Christ the King) SCSacrosanctum Concilium(The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy)SCCSmall Christian Communities v
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