Theologians are flying to Yaoundé, Cameroon this week for a three day conference, beginning on November 27th.
The conference comprised of five panels of discussion, with the focus being the application of Pope Benedict XVI’s thought from the African perspective, and covering the topics of Contact with Africa, Canon Law, Philosophy, Law, and Social Teaching.
This is the second conference held by the Benedict XVI Institute for Africa (BIA), and follows closely after the first conference, which took place in October, and closed with a joyful feeling of hopeful accomplishment.
Fr. Maurice Agbaw-Ebai, a key organizer and director of the BIA, expressed optimism that “doors are opening up” for the institute, as the conferences are setting the foundation for future BIA educational programs for the Church in Africa.
Participants will bring essays for discussion, and a body of output will be gathered. Current topics include:
- The Word of God and Exegeses in Benedict XVI: What heritage for Africa? – Dr. Patrice Mekana
- The vision of the liturgical reform of Pope Benedict XVI – Prof. Atoine Essomba Fouda
- Africa’s place in Benedict XVI’s social teaching – Prof. Thomas Bienvenu Tchoungui
- Joseph Ratzinger and the Universality of the Logos in Cultures: The Preference for Inteculturality over Inculturation – Dr. Maurice Agbaw-Ebai
- Love and Truth in the thought of Joseph Ratzinger / Benedict XVI – Fabrice N’semi
- The Concept of Reason in Benedict XVI – Prof. Gabriel Ndinga
- Benedict XVI and the Philosophy of Hope: From Africa the Forgotten to Africa of Authentic Hope – Prof. Stephen Kizito Forbi
- Benedict XVI and the question of sexual abuse committed by clerics on minors – Prof. Jean-Marie Signe
- Benedict XVI and the formation of the diocesan clergy – Prof. Jean-Paul Betegne
- Benedict XVI and Marriage – Prof. Angele Makiang
- Benedict XVI and Africa: Hope as a Utopian Model – Dr. Engelbert Meyongo
- The thought of Benedict XVI to open the breach in the blockade of the ideology of development of the African – Dr. Mawata Augusta Anata
- The Impact of the Justice and Peace Commissions in Citizen Engagement of Catholic Christians in Cameroon – Dr. Martial-Aime Wakeu
Benedict XVI and Africa: An engaged and apolitical thought – Dr. Saint Daniel Marcel Enama