In response to the prayer of Jesus, “May they all be one” (Jn 17:21), taught by Unitatis Redintegretio and echoed by John Paul II in Ut Unum Sint to promote every suitable initiative aimed at witnessing to unity and communion between Christians, this thesis studies the path towards Christian unity in the context of Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the Solomon Islands (SI)…. It examines the possible efforts towards unity, and proposes ways of commitment for the Church in PNG and SI towards full communion in the faith, sacraments, and ministry. This is enhanced through the evangelization of culture; reverence for traditional beliefs; collaboration in responding to various social issues; promotion of peace; and integral ecology in the light of Church teachings.
Though tasked to lead God’s people toward the divine, in fulfillment of the basic calling to be in communion with the Trinitarian life, the priest has to be at the same time immersed in the world. He is thus one with the people entrusted to him while also being set apart for God.
Sexual abuse scandals involving the clergy have erupted in recent years. The Church in the Philippines has not been spared and has apologized for sexual abuse cases committed by priests over the last 20 years.
The Holy Eucharist, the source and summit of Christian life, holds a special place in the theology of Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI.
The Second Plenary Council of the Philippines (PCP II) challenges the Church in the Philippines to be a Renewed Church and to commit to the mission of integral evangelization to build up a new civilization of life and love.
Spiritual Motherhood for priests, the vocation of women to pray for the Church’s ordained ministers, is a little known vocation but one that the Congregation for the Clergy insists is of fundamental importance. This thesis paper attempts to promote a greater understanding of this type of spiritual maternity and, moreover, attempts to prove its necessity in the life of the Church.