都市部カトリック教会における成人入信者のニーズと背景 : 伝統宗教としてのカトリック教会に接近する人々は、どのようなニーズを満たそうとしているのか(第二ヴァティカン公会議閉会四十周年記念)

元データ 2005-08-01

概要

Though there was a "Christian boom" after World War II in which many adults entered the Catholic Church, since the 1990's the number of those being baptized has declined to between four and five thousand per year. The religious needs of Japanese have changed since the postwar period, but the Catholic Church has not met those needs. In addition, the aging of Religious and laity is imposing limits on the range of Church activities. In such circumstances, what kind of people are these newly converted ? To reply to this question, I conducted a series of interviews of ten Catholics who were baptized within five years of the beginning of 2000. They lived in urban areas and had participated in the "Griffin Catechetical Course," a program that mainly uses group dynamics and faith sharing as its core. The process of their belief shift is analyzed in this paper, utilizing MORIOKA Kiyomi's theory of "deprivation, radical transformation, and aspiration toward brand-new values" as motives for conversion. The role of "Significant Others" who accompanied the subjects in their faith journey is also examined.

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有村 浩一 カトリック中央協議会

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