La CERAO et l'édification d'une église régionale en Afrique de l'Ouest

Authors: Tiendrebeogo, Wenceslas Michel
Advisor: Routhier, Gilles
Abstract: The subject of the regional African Churches is the major preoccupation of this reflection. The author divides that subject into three major sections. Asking what a regional Church and its role are today, the author first introduces the current practices of collaboration and communion found in one modern episcopal conference of West Africa (CERAO). The significant contemporary practices that are brought in focus do recall the practices that were customary within the local networks of ecclesial coordination, territorial or regional, during the first six centuries of Christianity. After this historical introduction, the author moves on to a systematic approach apt to clarify the theological and canonical foundation of a regional Church. He also considers the teaching of the Council of Vatican II and the post-conciliar canonical elaborations on the regrouping of Churches. He also takes due account of the teaching of the Magisterium as well as of the works of some theologians and canon lawyers on the matter. Since he is primarily concerned with the African regional Churches, the author concludes his critical reflection on how, within the concrete perspective and the particular context of ecclesial, political, human, economical and cultural integration, the CERAO brings to realization pastoral, organic solidarity in reference to Ecclesia in Africa (16, 63, 72, 131) of Pope John Paul II. The author offers his reflection in the perspective of Lumen Gentium 23, which he believes encourages a genuine solidarity within the large cultural areas of the world. His work allows for a better knowledge and eventually for rewarding reflection on the practices of communion and organic pastoral solidarity in Africa. It also leads to a better understanding of the historical, theological and canonical value of the fusion between two important regional episcopal conferences in West Africa: AECAWA and CERAO. For the author, it is also an opportunity to assess the emergence of a new ecclesial object of study, which he calls a genuine apprenticeship in the task of the edifying a regional Church in West Africa.
Document Type: Thèse de doctorat
Issue Date: 2015
Open Access Date: 23 April 2018
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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