Understanding challenges the church in Asia faces
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It lies at the intersection of local hierarchical cultures and the culture of the church fostered by Rome before Vatican II
The calm confidence of Cardinal Oswald Gracias that the church in Asia will avoid or at least manage a Left-Right divide in the church’s hierarchy is an optimistic political review of our prospects.
But the challenges and divisions the churches of Asia face are both far more obvious and much more complex than a simple political analysis will reveal.
The use of "Left" and "Right" as political descriptors lost any meaning — even when applied to theological positions — with the fall of the Berlin Wall (1989) and the end of the Cold War. That signaled the end of full-blown ideologies as the controlling ideas that shaped societies, economies and polities.
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