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Title:Jesuit Perspectives on the Formation of African Clergy and Religious Institutes in Zimbabwe, c.1922-1959
Author:Creary, Nicholas
Periodical:Le Fait Missionnaire: Social Sciences and Missions
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Christian orders
Church history
Catholic Church
higher education
Religion and Witchcraft
History and Exploration
External link:https://doi.org/10.1163/221185204x00221
Abstract:This article, which is based mainly on archival research conducted in Zimbabwe between October 1999 and April 2000, compares Vatican directives concerning the formation of indigenous religious institutes and clergy in Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) with Rhodesian Jesuit efforts to impede these developments. Although Jesuits were, in fact, responsible for the establishment of an order of nuns and the only Catholic major seminary prior to independence in 1980, the article shows that they were responding grudgingly to the initiatives of the incipient Catholic hierarchy in doing so. It would appear that the Jesuits had inculturated themselves into the dominant white Rhodesian culture, or at least adopted many of its attitudes with regard to race. Consequently, they did not move to transfer leadership of women's religious orders and diocesan structures to African nuns and priests until after the Second Vatican Council in the mid-1960s and mid-1970s respectively. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]