DBCS Monograph Series

This newly-launched series features books authored by DBCS professors or guest authors who have written on themes and issues that fall within the school’s areas of interest. For more information on how to purchase any of these books, please contact us at research@dbcs.edu.ph or call us at (63 2) 8233290, 8239483, 8246787.

A Body Broken for a Broken PeopleA Body Broken for a Broken People: Divorce, Remarriage, and the Eucharist

by Fr. Francis J. Moloney, SDB (2015)

The Philippine Edition of Fr. Moloney’s thought-provoking book is in his words “inspired by the courageous openness manifested by Pope Francis, and responds to his charismatic presence as the head of the Roman Catholic Church. Following the first session of the Synod of Bishops on the Family (October 2014), Pope Francis (and many Bishops across the world) asked, in continuation of the practice of the return to the sources of our faith (ressourcement), so central to the Second Vatican Council, that time and effort be devoted to a study of the biblical and theological traditions that impinge upon marriage and family in the Catholic Church.”

It can be considered the third edition of his book previously published in 1990 and 1997 with a foreword from Xavier Leon-Dufour (which is kept in this edition because of its importance). Moloney said this book appears “between the two sessions of the Synod on the Family (which resumed in October 2015), and its focus is caught by the subtitle: ‘Divorce, Remarriage, and the Eucharist.’ It thus reaches beyond the earlier studies, and I trust will serve all Christians who celebrate and live the Eucharist. But it is written expressly to guide Roman Catholics, especially Catholic leaders, in our attempt to rethink some traditions in the light of the difficult questions that contemporary Catholic life has posed to the Synod.”

The contribution of A Body Broken for a Broken People underscores the importance of exegetes in the effort to understand so as to live out more fully authentic Church Tradition in an ever-changing world. The question of banning people in irregular situations from eucharistic practice is certainly not an easy one to answer. As Xavier-Dufour wrote, “The answer… cannot come from a purely exegetical study. Only the consensus of the Church can correctly appreciate its interior resistance to the poison that unlimited eucharistic access of one or another member whom it considers ‘guilty’ may generate. But exegetical endeavor is indispensable to prevent the Church from resting sleepily on past practices. The critical function of those who have been entrusted by the Church to spell out the immediate meaning of the biblical texts must go on without ceasing.”

Its publication in the Philippines in 2015 is very timely not only because of the Synod on the Family, but also the Jubilee of Mercy inaugurated by Pope Francis on the same year, and the Fifty-first International Eucharistic Congress held in January 2016 in Cebu, Philippines. As Fr. Joel N. Camaya, SDB wrote in the Introduction to the Philippine Edition “As we find ourselves in the midst of these converging events and the realities that they reflect and represent — the family, the disenfranchised and the Eucharist — we find that a Scriptural meditation on these is apt and timely. Fr Moloney’s work can serve as a guidebook that puts together exegetical and pastoral concerns on the Eucharist.”

Fr. Moloney, SDB, AM, FAHA is an Australian Salesian Priest. He is a prolific author, well-known for his books and studies on the New Testament, especially the Gospel of John. He is currently a Professorial Fellow at Australian Catholic University, and a Senior Fellow at Catholic Theological College within the University of Divinity, Melbourne. A member of the International Theological Commission of the Holy See from 1984-2002, he is a Member of the Order of Australia, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities.

Theo-Dula of the Salubong: A Filipino Theological Dramatic Approach to Popular Religion Theo-Dula of the Salubong: A Filipino Theological Dramatic Approach to Popular Religion

by Fr. Rafael Rey M. Dela Cruz Jr., SDB (2014)

How do we take popular religion seriously? How do we listen to it in its own terms? This study is an exercise in theological dramatics as a way of approaching popular religion theologically. Specifically, it rehearses a Theo-dula (a Filipino theological dramatics) of the Salubong (a popular religion drama portraying the doleful encounter between Jesus and Mary before the crucifixion and their joyful meeting on Easter morn).

Setting the stage for a rehearsal in Filipino theological dramatics, this study first expounds on the Salubong, a popular religious drama celebrated in the Philippines during Holy Week. Then, building on von Balthasar’s Theo-drama and Garcia-Rivera’s Theodramatics, it proposes the Theo-dula as a theological approach to expressions of popular religion.

Rehearsing the Theo-dula of the Salubong, the study explores the possibility of encountering the divine mystery in a popular act of worship such as the Salubong.

Fr. Dela Cruz, a fulltime professor of Systematic Theology at DBCS, holds a Doctorate in Sacred Theology (SThD) from the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in California.

Youth DiscipleshipYouth Discipleship by Fr. Raymond Victor Acuña (2014)

The author discusses the theology of youth discipleship of Pope John Paul II, who instituted the Word Youth Day. He highlights the salient points of the saint’s messages, speeches, homilies, and letters addressed to the youth by examining the biblical foundation, and presenting youth discipleship in relation to Jesus, Mary, and the Church. The book also tackles the anthropology of youth—the attitude, behavior, struggles, and issues of young people, and their true nature.

“It is a book not just for the youth but also for those who serve and inspire the youth…. This book is for all of us,” wrote Most Rev. Socrates B. Villegas, DD, Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan and President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

Meanwhile, Most Rev. Leopoldo C. Jaucian, SVD, DD, Bishop of Bangued and Chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Youth had this to say: “Fr. Raymond V. Acuña’s book is and will always be a timely gift to the youth who are searching for the answers to their questions…. For the young and those who want to remain young and those who love JP2, the ‘Pope for All Seasons’ and who had a profound solicitude for the youth, this book is a must read.”

Fr. Acuña belongs to the Diocese of Tarlac where he heads the Diocesan Commission on Youth. He wrote this thesis paper for his Master of Arts degree in Systematic Theology in San Carlos Seminary.

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