07 March 2014

Japanese Bishops Make Synod Report Public

Japanese Bishops Make Synod Report Public (UCA News, 19 February 2014)

Japan's bishops have led the way in Asia by publishing the findings of their consultation with the nation's Catholics, in preparation for the October Rome Synod on the family. The report is a straightforward account of what being a Catholic in a minority Church context means, where the challenges of a minority status constitute a challenge to the acceptance of views and Church teaching that may be persuasive in cultures where Catholics dominate the population. Many of the views of the wider society about divorce, remarriage, contraception and abortion are taken for granted in Japan and the efforts to share Catholic views are hampered by the lack of resources that a small Church has.
Related article: Japanese bishops: Vatican mindset doesn't fit Asian church (National Catholic Reporter, 19 February 2014)