Asian Family

Topics: Family, Poverty, Extended family Pages: 77 (25119 words) Published: July 1, 2013
THE ASIAN FAMILY TOWARD A CULTURE OF INTEGRAL LIFE

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Introduction: The Hope of the Asian Family for Life in Fullness1

PART I. PASTORAL CHALLENGES TO THE FAMILY IN ASIA

1. Family Traditions and Values6
2. A Variety of Family Forms9
3. The Poverty of Asian Families and Economic Globalization12 a. The Poverty of Rural Families13
b. The Poverty of Urban Families14
c. The Phenomenon of Asian Migration15
4. Landlessness and Loss of Ancestral Domain19
5. Cultural Globalization and its Impact on Family21 6. Patriarchy in Asian Families and Societies27
7. Woman and the Girl-Child29
8. Youth in the Family32
9. Child Labor34
10. Ecology35
11. Population Programs36
12. The Family and HIV / AIDS40
13. Families in the Midst of Conflict42

14. Bio-Genetic Threats to Life43

15. Families and Basic Ecclesial/Human Communities46 16. Summing Up47

PART II. THEOLOGICAL-PASTORAL REFLECTION

A. A Framework and Process of Reflection50

B. A Culture of Integral Life52

1. Covenant Love and Life, Communion and Solidarity53 2. Jesus the Life: Shared Love, Communion and Solidarity58 3. Covenant Life in the Spirit: The Family of God, the Church60

C. The Family: Sanctuary of Love and Life, Covenant and Communion64

1. Jesus’ Experience of Family with Mary and Joseph65
2. Marriage: A Sacred Covenant between Man and Woman67
3. A Sacrament of Christ’s Love68
4. Covenant Love in Marriage: Parenthood and Children71
5. Human Relationships in the Family and the Reign of God74

D. Vocation and Mission: “Family, Become What You are!”76

1. Mission and Economic Globalization82
2. The Family and Cultural Globalization85
3. The Family and the Means of Social Communications89
4. The Family and Social Transformation91
5. The Family and Inter-Religious Dialogue95
6. The Family and the Basic Ecclesial Community99
7. The Family as Prophetic101

D. Family Spirituality toward a Culture of Integral Life103

1. Spirituality of Communion104
2. Spirituality of Discipleship and the Way of the Ordinary1073. Conscience Formation and the Grace of Marriage110
4. Prayer, the Paschal Mystery, and the Eucharist112

PART III. PASTORAL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FAMILY MINISTRY

A. A Vision of Family Ministry in Asia116

B. General Program Directions / Orientations

1. A Family Ministry that Forms and Empowers118
2. A Family Ministry that Cares and Serves119
3. A Family Ministry that Promotes Social Transformation120

C. Some Priorities and Plans Drawn Up by Regional Groups at 8th FABC

General Orientations 123
Programs124
Structures125
Research and Action126
Some Issues and Concerns for the FABC127

APPENDIX: CHARTER OF THE RIGHTS OF THE FAMILY

THE ASIAN FAMILY TOWARD A CULTURE OF INTEGRAL LIFE

INTRODUCTION: The Hope of the Asian Family for Life in Fullness

1. The hope, the aspiration, the dream of the Asian family for life in fullness in the Reign of God is one that never fades. Even in the midst of seemingly insurmountable misery and poverty, Asian families live this hope not without reason with vibrant, even exuberant joy. The positive experiences of Asian families who find continuing happiness and well-being by being family are signals of the Spirit of God at work. Sustaining this hope is the profound Asian sense of the sacred and Asia’s rich spiritual resources. God, the ultimate Being and Creator of Life, is the reason for this hope. It is God’s...

References: a) "Codes Iuris Canonici", nos. 1058 and 1077; "Universal Declaration", no. 16, 1.
c) "Gaudium et spes", no. 49; "Familiaris consortio", nos. 19 and 22; "Codex Iuris Canonici", no. 1135; "Universal Declaration", no. 16, 1.
a) Humanae vitae, no. 14; Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Declaration on Procured Abortion, November 18, 1974; Familiaris consortio, no. 30.
b) Pope John Paul II, Address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, October 23, 1982.
f) Pope Paul VI, Message for the Third World Communications Day, 1969; Familiaris consortio, no. 76.
[4] See The International Social Survey Program (ISSP), 2002; cited by the Bishops of South Korea, Intervention on the Working Paper (CBCK, IWP), July 22, 2004, p. 1.
[6] Catholic Bishops Conference of Japan, Intervention on the Working Paper (CBCJ, IWP),
July 1, 2004, p
[7] See FABC VI, Manila, 1995.
[8] From the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, Rome, 2004.
[11] Even as the authority of fathers has weakened in Japanese families with mothers managing the household, “we still find sexism in society (especially in the companies)”, CBCJ, IWP, July 1, 2004, p. 2.
[13] See FABC VI, Manila, 1995.
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