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Domesticating a Religious ImportThe Jesuits and the Inculturation of the Catholic Church in Zimbabwe, 1879-1980$
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Nicholas M. Creary

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823233342

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823233342.001.0001

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Domesticating a Religious Import

Nicholas M. Creary

Fordham University Press

In 1962, the Southern Rhodesian Catholic bishops appointed a commission to investigate the mission of the Catholic Association and its relationship to other Catholic organizations in the colony. The organization had petitioned the bishops to delete the word “African” from its title and establish it as the “territorial administrative body for all Catholic Action within Rhodesia.” The bishops approved the name change with the proviso that it not “be implied that is to be the parent body of all Catholic Action. This chapter shows the operation of two separate yet intersecting processes: the Africanization of the Catholic Church and the discourse of inculturation. To the extent that VaShona Catholics made the church their own, it was generally over and above the objections of the Jesuit leadership of the Zambezi Mission and usually with their grudging acceptance.

Keywords:   bishops, Catholic Association, Catholic organizations, Africanization, inculturation, VaShona Catholics, Zambezi Mission

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