11 Towards a New Way of Being Church in India - Praneeta D'Souza

posted Mar 22, 2018, 7:02 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Mar 22, 2018, 7:02 AM ]
New Way of being Church" - a term coined at the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences' (FABC) held at Bandung, Indonesia aims to go beyond the already realised accomplishments of building of educational institutions, hospitals, restructuring Catechetics, linking of the Catholic faith with social justice, the establishment of CCOs in the Archdiocese of Bombay and more.

The need of the hour is for each parish in the Archdiocese to move forward from being in a maintenance mode, wherein activities are planned and carried out in a robotic, albeit systematic way. The call is to rebrand the Church itself, radiating Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth and the Life. This requires each parish to pay greater attention to some key areas.

The CBCI Plenary Assembly 2018 has identified a few characteristics of 'A New Way of being Church':

1. Foster greater lay collaboration and participation in socio-pastoral activities of the Church.

2. Promote lay leaders in academic, professional and public services.

3. Make the Church more gender-friendly by promoting more women into the decision-making in the various institutions of the Church.