Polygamy in sub-Saharan Africa and the Munus Docendi: Canonical Structures in Support of Church Doctrine and Evangelization

Polygamy in sub-Saharan Africa and the Munus Docendi: Canonical Structures in Support of Church Doctrine and Evangelization

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dc.contributor.author Lyimo, Prosper Baltazar
dc.date.accessioned 2012-01-23T15:06:13Z
dc.date.available 2012-01-23T15:06:13Z
dc.date.created 2011 en_US
dc.date.issued 2012-01-23
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10393/20625
dc.description.abstract The practice of polygamy poses some challenging canonical and pastoral problems for the Christian churches in sub-Saharan Africa. This work explores these problems from the perspective of Roman Catholic canon law in light of traditional African cultural values and Roman Catholic theology. It develops some strategies for evangelization and catechesis which are consistent with the Catholic Church’s teaching and which support the pastoral care of people living in polygamous societies. In the first of four chapters, the thesis considers various cultural aspects of polygamy in sub-Saharan Africa: its practice, prevalence, effects on Christian marriage and family life, civil law considerations, and related questions such as the rights of women and children in polygamous unions. The second chapter surveys the principal aspects of the Church’s teachings on marriage and polygamy, teachings that are rooted in Scripture and the great Tradition as consistently taught by councils, popes, and most Catholic theologians and canonists. The third chapter treats various canonical norms related to marital unity in general and to polygamous marriages in particular. The fourth and final chapter focuses on canonical and pastoral approaches to evangelization in polygamous societies today that conform to the requirements of the Catholic faith and its canon law. In particular, it explores how existing canonical structures in both the universal law and in the laws and customs of local African churches may be utilized in the service of the doctrine of the Church on marital unity and its mission of evangelization. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Polygamy in sub-Saharan Africa en_US
dc.subject Munus docendi en_US
dc.subject Canonical and pastoral problems en_US
dc.subject Roman Catholic Canon Law en_US
dc.subject Traditional African cultural values en_US
dc.subject Roman Catholic theology en_US
dc.subject Christian marriage en_US
dc.subject Family life en_US
dc.subject Civil law en_US
dc.subject Rights of women and children en_US
dc.subject Councils en_US
dc.subject Popes en_US
dc.subject Catholic theologians and canonists en_US
dc.subject Canonical norms en_US
dc.subject Marital unity en_US
dc.subject Evangelization en_US
dc.subject Canonical and Pastoral Approches en_US
dc.subject Universal law en_US
dc.subject Customs en_US
dc.subject Doctrine of the Church en_US
dc.subject Inculturation en_US
dc.subject Pre-catechumenate en_US
dc.subject Catechumenate en_US
dc.subject Small Christian Communities en_US
dc.subject Catechetical instruction en_US
dc.subject Apostolate en_US
dc.subject Justice and Peace en_US
dc.title Polygamy in sub-Saharan Africa and the Munus Docendi: Canonical Structures in Support of Church Doctrine and Evangelization en_US
dc.type Thèse / Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Huels, John
dc.embargo.terms immediate en_US
dc.degree.name PhD en_US
dc.degree.level doctorate en_US
dc.degree.discipline canon-law en_US

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