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The Synod gets self-critical

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The discussion at the Synod for Africa is moving in an unexpected direction, reports (who else?) John Allen.

Many had expected the speeches to focus on the external challenges of the African Church – poverty, corruption, Islam, Pentecostalism and so forth. Instead, they are highlighting the Church’s own failings.

Archbishop Joseph Aké Yapo of the Ivory Coast leads the charge:

How can the Church in Africa be the salt of the earth and light of the world if she does not question herself about the management of the faithful and of priests, in the practice of power and authority?

If the church wishes to play an effective role as an artisan of peace, reconciliation and justice, she must start by putting into practice from within what she teaches.

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Written by Luke Coppen

October 8, 2009 at 10:46 am

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