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Title:Local unity and global communion: an analysis of the ecumenical scene in African Roman Catholicism
Author:Uzochukwu, Peter UcheISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:Exchange: Journal of Contemporary Christianities in Context
Volume:38
Issue:1
Pages:58-83
Language:English
Geographic term:Southern Africa
Subjects:ecumenism
Catholic Church
External link:https://doi.org/10.1163/157254309X381165
Abstract:Correlating the general ecumenical directory from Rome and that of the southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference, this study brings to the fore, once again, the tension that exists between the local and universal spheres of the Catholic Church. If this tension is not properly balanced up, the pursuit of a global vision might tend to dwarf grassroots initiatives, thus engendering a dilemma of interests or a split in fidelities, especially among young churches like those in Africa. To realize their full essence, global policies and local praxis should mutually complement each other, empowering genuine and enriching diversity at the grassroots level without disconnecting it from the global goal of the ecumenical movement. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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