Forma ecclesiae : Per un cattolicesimo di popolo oggi: “per tutti” anche se non “di tutti”

Authors: Carrara, Paolo
Advisor: Routhier, Gilles; Bressan, Luca
Abstract: The current radical cultural change causes a crisis of the forma ecclesiae and introduces a question about what type of Church could be more relevant for the announcement of the Gospel. Italian Church, which is the main point of view for this work, is affected too: actually, Christian faith is no longer a heritage “of everyone”. The question arises because, in the name of the Gospel, the ecclesial action has to be universal (it’s “for everyone”). The theological and pastoral aim of this thesis is to reflect about the tension between the theological objective of a faith “for everyone” and the sociological fact that this faith is no longer “of everyone”. Many contemporary projects of pastoral reforms aims to consider these cultural transformations, avoiding a possible improper domestication. However, as this thesis would like to pursue, there could be the risk of provoking a gap with the past of the Church. Actually, these projects attack the “popular Catholicism”, that is the figure through which Christianity has been rooted inside the fabric of society at the time of the “parish system”. It is reduced as a sort of impure “mass Catholicism”. Whereas, the aim of this work is to suggest a resumption of this “popular Catholicism”. This figure is not considered in a static way (its form at the time of christianitas) but in a dynamic one. “Popular Catholicism” reminds us that Christianity comes from the comparison, the assumption, and the transformation of shared and daily ways of life. Moreover, this dynamics is successful when it comes from the interaction between power initiative and believers’ common sensibility. The dynamics so discovered, also by means of a study in the field, leads to find some challenges, able to change the current ecclesial body. They concern: descriptions, actions, subjects, and boundaries. These challenges are considered as special directions for a Church reform able to answer current needs, without forgetting the fact that it is in service of a faith “for everyone”.
Document Type: Thèse de doctorat
Issue Date: 2016
Open Access Date: 24 April 2018
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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