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Title:One Hundred Years of Catholicism in Eastern Nigeria: 1885-1985
Author:Nwaka, Geoffrey I.
Periodical:Africana Marburgensia
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:Catholic Church
Church history
Religion and Witchcraft
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:Reflexion on the growth and fortunes of the Catholic Church in eastern Nigeria, from its introduction by French missionaries in the 1880s, through its aggressive expansion in the period of Irish dominance from the 1920s up to World War II, to the sobering tribulations and changes of the civil war and postwar years. Attention is drawn to the successes and shortcomings of the church in the past as well as to the dilemmas and concerns of the present, which include how to introduce change constructively in an essentially authoritarian and conservative church, and how to indigenize Catholicism and make it feel at home without losing its unity and universality. There is also the concern for Christian cooperation and ecumenism, and the concern to make the church socially relevant to problems of injustice, poverty, exploitation, materialism, and acquisitiveness. Note, ref.