Tuesday 8 December 2015

Salesian Priest and Salesian Brother

The best theological reflection on the Brother and the Priest that I have seen so far. Bozzolo is principal at Crocetta. one of the most brilliant theologians we have. young. i am amazed at his grasp of theology. and his creativity. 

in summary: the difficulties, practical and theoretical, that we have been experiencing w.r.t. the vocation of the Brother (and of the Priest) are rooted ultimately in an inadequate theology. For certain reasons (among them, the sharp and bitter debates about the catholic priesthood and consecrated celibacy, during the protestant reform; and also a particular understanding of 'reason') we had a theology of the religious life that distinguished it from the priesthood and from the lay vocation by separation. The new understanding is a kind of relational ontology, or a typological ontology. in simple words: there is distinction, but it is for the sake of relation. even simpler: the deacon - 'servant' - is an icon of service to the whole church. he reminds the whole church of the importance of service. So the laity remind the whole church of the importance of the secular reality; and the consecrated persons remind the whole church of its final state, the eschatological state... Strangely, Viganò had already begun saying this way back. Now Bozzolo is bringing it firmly to centre stage. 

Bozzolo, Andrea. “Salesiano Prete e Salesiano Coadiutore: Spunti per un’interpretazione teologica.” Sapientiam dedit illi: Studi su Don Bosco e sul charisma salesiano. Ed. Andrea Bozzolo. Studi di Spiritualità 27. Roma: LAS, 2015. 317-373.

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