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Title: The Society of Christian Doctrine, M.U.S.E.U.M. and the Church's mission of evangelisation
Authors: Agius, Sandro
Keywords: Society of Christian Doctrine (Malta)
Catholic Church -- Malta
Preca, Ġorġ, Saint, 1880-1962
Laity -- Catholic Church
Evangelistic work -- Catholic Church
Issue Date: 2012
Abstract: In the beginning of the 20th century, many Maltese people lived in poverty and ignorance. Although the churches were always filled with people, it was an expression of faith often built on superstition and lack of knowledge of Catholic doctrine. In 1905, Pope Pius X, in his encyclical ‘Acerbo Nimis’, showed his concerns about the religious ignorance which reigned amongst Christians: “How many and how grave are the consequences of ignorance in matters of religion! And on the other hand, how necessary and how beneficial is religious instruction! It is indeed vain to expect a fulfillment of the duties of a Christian by one who does not even know them.” The Pope highlighted the need of serious actions in favour of the religious formation of Christians through the canonical establishment of the Confraternities of Christian Doctrine. “In each and every parish the society known as the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine is to be canonically established. Through this Confraternity, the pastors, especially in places where there is a scarcity of priests, will have lay helpers in the teaching of the Catechism, who will take up the work of imparting knowledge both from a zeal for the glory of God and in order to gain the numerous Indulgences granted by the Sovereign Pontiffs.” His call found fertile ground in Saint George Preca. Preca understood then, that in the near future even the Church in Malta would soon have to face the ideologies that were already shaking the Christian values in the European continent. And the manner Christian formation was being given, before the advent of the Society of Christian Doctrine in the Maltese Islands left really nothing to hope in for the future. The only solution was mass formation of children and adults, an on-going formative process.
Description: B.A.(HONS)THEOLOGY
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacThe - 2012

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