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Michael J. Schuck and John Crowley-Buck

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823267309

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823267309.001.0001

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Musyawarah and Democratic Lay Catholic Leadership in Indonesia: The Ongoing Legacy of John Dijkstra, SJ, and Ikatan Petani Pancasila

Musyawarah and Democratic Lay Catholic Leadership in Indonesia: The Ongoing Legacy of John Dijkstra, SJ, and Ikatan Petani Pancasila

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(p.99) Musyawarah and Democratic Lay Catholic Leadership in Indonesia: The Ongoing Legacy of John Dijkstra, SJ, and Ikatan Petani Pancasila
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Democracy, Culture, Catholicism
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Paulus Wiryono Priyotamtama

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823267309.003.0007

For Paulus Wiryono, grassroots, lay Catholic activism characterizes the contemporary, democratic character of post-colonial Indonesia. Through analyzing the lay movements Ikatan Petani Pancasila and Bina Swadaya, Wiryono offers an articulation of the democratizing legacy left by figures like John Batista Dijkstra, S.J. The system of musyawara that Dijkstra championed—‘a traditional system of mutual dialogue, consultation, deliberation, and decision-making based on consensus’—grounds the contemporary Indonesian state philosophy of pancasila. In his analysis, Wiryono evaluates the effectiveness, and continued relevance, of this deliberative process for developing contemporary lay Catholic activists and, in the end, finds that the process of musyawara retains its effectiveness in the process of developing such activists, especially when their religious, social, and political commitments are coupled with social entrepreneurship and responsibility.

Keywords:   Bina Swadaya, democracy, John Batista Dijkstra, S.J, Ikatan Petani Pancasila, Indonesia, lay Catholic activism, musyawara, pancasila, post-colonialism

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