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Inculturation VIEWPOINTS Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz 05/01/2012

Tuesday, May 1, 2012


Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz
Such is the term used by the church when reference is made to the integration of the Christian faith into the culture itself of a people — in the different parts of the world, irrespective of their color and race.

In other words: Christ came. He preached the good news of salvation. Christ established the Church. People were converted to the Christian Faith. Christ died, resurrected and ascended into heaven. But the Church continued and still continues to teach and bring the faith to the four concerns of the globe — the Philippines well included. And the faith became a part of the Filipino culture. This in so many words, is the “inculturation” of the faith, the focal element of which is belief in God.

Once belief in God becomes nothing less than a cultural heritage of a people, there comes to fore certain noticeable realities among them, some of which are the following: Their belief in and reverence of God become as matter of course — although expressed in different ways and lived through different means. But just the same, faith in the Divine and respect for his Name developed as a way of life — as a part of living. Nevertheless, while observance of the teachings and the commandments of God are acknowledged, such are neither necessarily observed nor accordingly obeyed. This is a living reality even in Christian Philippines..... MORE

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