PUBLIC LECTURE by Prof Jan Jans
QUERIDA AMAZONIA: A CASE OF JESUITISM?
Wednesday, 01 April 2020
St Augustine College Auditorium
53 Ley Road, Victory Park, Johannesburg
Free of charge, although a cash donation to St Augustine would be appreciated
During October 6-27, 2019 the participants of the Pan-Amazon Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops met in Rome to discuss the various topics listed in the preparatory documents and to suggest ways forward with regard to the pastoral challenges including an integral ecology.
As usual, the Pope adds to this process by publishing a post-synodal apostolic exhortation in which “I wish to offer my own response to this process of dialogue and discernment” (QA, 2). As expected, and in line with recent social teaching of Pope Francis – cf. the encyclical letter Laudato Si’ – a key notion in the document is the challenge of an integral ecology, bringing together a social, a cultural, an ecological and an ecclesiological dream.
Contrary to other expectations – positive or negative – Querida Amazonia seems to skip over the synodal suggestions on new ministries (code word ‘viri probati’) and the presence of women (code word ‘permanent deacons’). The lecture will also discuss this ‘silence’ and ask if now the glass is half full or half empty…
Prof Jan Jans is Associate Professor of Ethics at Tilburg University and a Visiting Professor at St Augustine, the Catholic university of South Africa.