By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Friday, February 15, 2013

African Cardinal: Hebrew, Scripture Scholar & Evangelist (Originally Published Oct. 26, 2009)

Over three years ago (Oct. 26, 2009), I posted the following, which I am republishing today:

So you know that I, like many others, will keep a close eye on him as a potential future pope. Here is the link to the recommended Whispers in the Loggia blog where you get some eye-popping, well overdue analysis by Peter Cardinal Turkson of Ghana (in West Africa) on the unfortunate reversal of priorities in too many Catholic settings: teaching faith data and forgetting about personal conversion. Here is an excerpt of an analysis that applies to too many places which fail to challenge people with personal conversion:

"The early years of the church were all based on evangelization," he added. "When the structures began to evolve and develop it became catechetical, notional -- you teach people certain things, they can repeat them, then you baptize them.

"The emphasis on the thrust of evangelization -- provoking conversion in people -- and helping people find a real relationship with a personal God -- that gradually was missed out."

Source link above (emphasis added by me).

Too many on the traditionalist end of the spectrum simply want more of the "notional" approach criticized by the Cardinal. Such an approach is a dead-end.

By the way, the Ghana Cardinal has just been named to the top Vatican post on social justice and has played a key role in the soon to be concluded Synod on Africa held in Rome, as also recently reported at the same blog (see link). Let's keep our eye on his future.