“The Lineamenta on the Vocation and Mission of the Family
in the Church and Contemporary World”
The Relatio Synodi sent as the Lineamenta for the 2015 Synod, concludes with the following call for continuing analysis and discernment: “These proposed reflections… are intended to raise questions and indicate points of view that will later be developed and clarified through reflection in the local Churches in the intervening year leading to the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops” (Relatio Synodi, n. 62)” Pope Francis adds, “From this vantage point, we have ‘one year to mature, with true spiritual discernment, the proposed ideas and to find concrete solutions to so many difficulties and innumerable challenges that families must confront’ (Pope Francis, Concluding Discourse, 18 October 2014). The local churches/academic institutions/organizations/lay movements are enjoined to participate in this process.
In response to this call, the DaKaTeo (Damdaming Katoliko sa Teolohiya - Catholic Theological Society of the Philippines) will focus its next annual conference on the 2015 Synod on the Family. The aim is to produce commentaries on the Lineamenta which we can present especially to the bishops from the Philippines who are attending the Synod in October.
A commentary consists of a concrete proposal for the deletion, modification or addition of a word/phrase/sentence/paragraph(s) to the Lineamenta, supported by a 2500-3000 words of sociological, theological, and/or canonical justification. It should clearly indicate the paragraph no. being referred to or the section where an additional paragraph can be inserted. There are questions at the end of the Lineamenta which can help direct your reflection, or you may choose to focus on any of the following areas:
Definition of the family
Feminization of migration and the need for fathers to assume care-giving work
Patriarchy, masculinism, machismo as cause of problems in marriage/family
Global capitalism and poverty and impact on families
Challenges to marriage and family, brought about by the internet
Increase in family size and decline in quality of life
Family and demographic trends of the youth and elderly
Stress on gender equality and mutuality in Pre-cana seminars
De facto unions in the Philippine context
Domestic violence against women and children
Facilitating annulment process
Access to sacraments of divorced and remarried
Pastoral attention toward persons with homosexual tendencies
Pastoral attention toward those who have undergone abortion
The commentaries can be situated within the Philippine, Southeast Asian or Asian context. Citing documents of regional/national episcopal conferences which can be used in support of the proposal is encouraged. Collaboration of a sociologist or canonist with a theologian is welcomed. The quality papers/commentaries will be published by the DaKaTeo. It is possible that some of the commentaries are based on previously published works as our main purpose is an evaluation/appreciation/critique of the Lineamenta.
Theologians commemorate Vatican II in the Philippines
by Emmanuel S. de Guzman
Theology and Power: An Intercontinental Conversation
July 19, 2013, Loyola School of Theology
July 20, 2013, St. Vincent School of Theology
The DaKaTeo (Catholic Theological Society of the Philippines) and the ESCT (European Society of Catholic Theology) collaborated on a joint symposium on “Theology and Power” on July 19-20, 2013 as part of their participation in the three-year, global research project of INSeCT (International Network of Societies in Catholic Theology) on “the nature, function and location of theology, with particular attention to the power of theology to overcome power abuse in Church and Society.”
The papers that were presented in the conference were as follows:
Vatican II and abuses in the Church: 'A community composed of men' that is 'always in need of being purified' (Gaudium et Spes 1; Lumen Gentium 8), Stephen Bullivant (St Mary's University College,UK)
Challenging Prometheus: A Theology of Disability, Pia Matthews (St Mary's University College, UK)
In But Not of the World: Filipino Christianity and its Powers, Mario Francisco (Loyola School of Theology, Philippines)
A Kenotic Use of Power on Theology: Dangerous or Not, Machteld Reynaert (KU Leuven, Belgium)
How Can Humility Tame Power and Prevent Its Ideological Entrapment?, Dennis Gonzales (Ateneo de Manila, Philippines)
Church Power and People Power: Hegemonies and Resistances, Randy Odchigue (Father Saturnino Urios University, Philippines)
Elements in the Barrel that Produce Rotten Apples (Ramon Echica, San Carlos Major Seminary, Philippines)
El Shaddai: God Almighty (Esmeralda Sanchez, University of Sto. Tomas, Philippines)
The joint symposium was hosted by the Loyola School of Theology and the St Vincent School of Theology, both in Metro-Manila, Philippines. The results of this project will be presented at INSeCT’s global congress in Brazil in the summer of 2014. Selected papers will be published together with additional papers from the US, Europe and the Philippines in an anthology provisionally titled as: 'Power, Ethics, and Theology: International Perspectives', eds., Stephen Bullivant, Eric Genilo, Daniel Franklin Pilario and Agnes M. Brazal.
The additional papers are as follows:
'From the Power of Pharaoh to the power of God: The Journey of Israel from Egypt to Sinai' - Anicia Co RVM (Institute of Formation and Religious Studies, Philippines)
Women in Filipino Basic Ecclesial Communities: ‘Body Wisdom’ as Power
Power and Church Reform: A Jesuit Named Francis - Angela Senander (University of St Thomas, USA)
'Things Hidden, Now Revealed': Mimetic Theory and the Child Sex Abuse Crisis - Michael Kirwan SJ and Sheelah Treflé Hidden (Heythrop College, UK)
Ecclesial Obedience: An Ethical Assessment in the Light of Sexual Violence against Minors in the Roman Catholic Church - Kurt Remele (University of Graz, Austria)
Excuse: The Clerical Abuse Scandal and the Reception of Revelation - Terrance W. Klein (Diocese of Dodge City, USA)
The Damdaming Katoloko sa Teolohiya or DAKATEO is an association of Catholic Theologians in the Philippines which promotes theologies for a just and inclusive Church and society.
To achieve the vision, DAKATEO (a) supports creative and scholarly theological research and its dissemination, (b) promotes theological reflection and discussion on current issues and questions in society, and (c) fosters fellowship among its members and solidarity with the oppressed and excluded.
Dakateo is specifically oriented to theological research and practice that dialogue with varied contexts, disciplines, social movements, and faith traditions from a liberative