NEWS ANALYSIS/OMNIS TERRA - Latin America at the forefront in the "laboratory" of mission and urban pastoral care for large cities

Saturday, 10 August 2019 evangelization   mission   missionary animation   pastoral   citizenship  

Starting from the challenges that confront the action of the Church in the cities in this "change of epoch", Latin America is at the forefront in theological-pastoral reflection and in the proposals for urban pastoral care (U.P.). Mexico City and Buenos Aires are the places where the Church, towards the end of the 1980s, began to feel strongly challenged by post-modernity and by the irreversible socio-cultural changes in the megalopolis.
"I consider the judgment of Carlos Maria Galli, Argentine theologian, to be correct, who states that urban pastoral care is an original contribution of the Latin American and Caribbean Church to the "Catholica" before and after Pope Francis". These are the words of Cardinal Lluís Martínez Sistach, Archbishop emeritus of Barcelona, one of the promoters of the Pastoral Care of the Big Cities together with Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Fr. Benjamín Bravo, theologian and professor of U.P. interviewed by Agenzia Fides agrees: "Indeed, the U.P. is of Latin American origin because it starts from a typical situation of the region, of basic religiosity, in which the majority of people, even if not practicing, believe in God, and do not move from the European experience of de-sacralization and the secularization of postmodernity. Also because modernity has influenced us for 30 years: it has not left much". The U.P "is not the same as pastoral care in the city", said Jorge Eduardo Scheinig, current auxiliary bishop of Mercedes-Lujan, years ago. "Pastoral care in the city is to do what we have always done in the paradigm of Christianity. The P.U. is a new pastoral care because the cities generate multiculturalism", he concluded (...)