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African Catholic Priests. Confronting an Identity Problem

African Catholic Priests. Confronting an Identity Problem

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  • ISBN-13: 9789956578337
  • Publisher: Langaa RPCIG
  • Release Date: Dec 01, 2010
  • Pages: 190 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.44 x 8.50 x 5.51 inches


This is a timely book on the contemporary African priesthood. Just as in other parts of the globe, the African priesthood currently faces a serious crisis of identity. The unfolding crisis puts stress on the clerics and augments the tension with lay people. The model of the Church-as-Family of God opted for by the Church in Africa is a new milestone that puts pressure on Catholic priests to define their role in the new context. The identity and image of priests need to be specified as lay ministries render the Church active from the grassroots. Reflection about the ministry of the clergy in Africa is urgent, and indeed it is an important aspect of enculturation. Nyenyembe demonstrates an admirable capacity to situate his rich theological reflections in an African context.

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