Interreligious Studies and Intercultural Theology, Vol 3, No 1-2 (2019)

Identity of Catholic Schools in Multi-religious Contexts

Edmund Kee-Fook Chia
Issued Date: 5 Apr 2019

Abstract


The phenomenon of religious pluralism is a fact that needs no further discussion. How society and institutions are negotiating its impact, however, certainly needs further scrutiny. Schreiter's call for the construction of local theologies invites us to explore how the preaching of the Gospel has to adapt to the realities of new situations. The present article focuses on Catholic educational institutions and how they are dealing with the multi-cultural and multi-religious communities that are now found not only outside of the schools and universities but also within them as well. Its concern is with how the identity and mission of these Catholic institutions are expressed and measured in the new contexts, taking seriously the teachings of the Church on the role they play in its evangelizing mission.

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DOI: 10.1558/isit.35587

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