Lay people in the Asian church: A critical study of the role of the laity in the contextual theology of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (1970-2001) with special reference to John Paul II's Apostolic Exhortations Christifideles Laici (1989) and Ecclesia in Asia (1999) and the pastoral letters of the Vietnamese Episcopal Conference

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Hai, Peter Nguyen Van. (2009). Lay people in the Asian church: A critical study of the role of the laity in the contextual theology of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (1970-2001) with special reference to John Paul II's Apostolic Exhortations Christifideles Laici (1989) and Ecclesia in Asia (1999) and the pastoral letters of the Vietnamese Episcopal Conference [Thesis]. https://doi.org/10.4226/66/5a95ee79c6806
AuthorsHai, Peter Nguyen Van
Qualification nameDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Abstract

This thesis investigates the theology of the laity as proposed by the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC) from 1970 to 2001, and situates it in the context of post-Vatican II magisterial documents, in particular Pope John Paul II's Apostolic Exhortations Christifideles Laici (1989) and Ecclesia in Asia (1999), and the pastoral letters of the Vietnamese Episcopal Conference (VEC). The thesis suggests that the FABC's theology of the laity follows a 'see, judge, act' methodology, and is basically a faith seeking triple dialogue with the cultures, the religions, and the poor of Asia. It notes that there was both a fundamental continuity and a gradual development in this theology, which privileges the concepts of 'priesthood of life' and contextualised communion, a common matrix that is linked to the notions of integral liberation and tria munera, to explicate the vocation and mission of lay people, defined first and foremost as Asian Christians. It suggests further that the FABC's theology of the laity was formulated in tandem with its ecclesiology, one that focuses on the kingdom of God, and was marked by an increased emphasis on the Church as communion-in-mission, as dialogue and solidarity, as disciple-community, and as a community of faith, hope, and charity, realised in basic ecclesial communities.

Year2009
PublisherAustralian Catholic University
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4226/66/5a95ee79c6806
Research GroupSchool of Theology
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Publication dates20 Feb 2009
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