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Title:Ethiopian traditional values versus the social teaching of the Church
Author:Dejene, SolomonISNI
Periodical:Exchange: Journal of Contemporary Christianities in Context
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:Catholic Church
religious literature
External link:https://doi.org/10.1163/157254308X278558
Abstract:By analysing four recent (2002-2005) pastoral letters of the Catholic Bishops of Ethiopia, the present author attempts to find out to what extent the Catholic bishops have made use of Ethiopian traditional symbols and values in communicating their visions to the Ethiopian public. These documents mark a turning point in the pastoral service of the Roman Catholic Church in Ethiopia - a minority Church covering not more than 1 percent of the Ethiopian population - because, for the first time, the Church has spoken on social and political issues (particularly the 2005 elections). As a method, the author uses critical discourse analysis, specifically as it is worked out by Norman Fairclough (1995). The author argues that, although theology needs to be communicated in a concrete way based on and as a reflection of human experience, the pastoral letters discussed draw mainly on the Social Teaching of the Church (CST), and liberation and classical theological discourse, in this way diminishing the accessibility of the texts for the wider public. Notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]