The meeting in Thailand "manifests the desire of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to support local Episcopates in their responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the doctrine of the faith, considering the specific challenges that face the continent of Asia today.”
Vatican City (AsiaNews) – A delegation of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will meet the presidents of the Doctrinal Commissions of the Episcopal Conferences of Asia on January 15-18 at the Baan Phu Waan Pastoral Centre in Bangkok, Thailand (pictured). The delegation will be led by the prefect, Card Luis F. Ladaria, S.I., and the Adjunct Secretary, Mgr J. Augustine Di Noia, O.P.
In announcing the event, the Press Office of the Holy See cited “an instruction dated 23 February 1967, whereby the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, at the behest of Saint Pope Paul VI, asked the Bishops’ Conferences to establish their own Doctrinal Commissions within their Conferences, as a consultative body to assist them and individual bishops, in their concern for faith and morality.
“In certain situations where this may be difficult, this essential pastoral task can be assumed by another Commission, or by a singular bishop who follows doctrinal problems with particular attention.
“To strengthen the collaboration between the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Doctrinal Commissions of the Episcopal Conferences, the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger decided in 1982 that the presidents of such Commissions should meet periodically at a continental level.
“One of the original characteristics of these meetings lies in the fact that the Superiors of the Congregation go to the different continents, thereby underlining the importance of the local and regional jurisdictions and their responsibility in addressing doctrinal issues.
“The first of these meetings took place in Latin America, in Bogotá (1984); there were subsequent meetings in Kinshasa, Africa (1987); Vienna, Europe (1989); Hong-Kong, Asia (1993); Guadalajara, Latin America (1996), and San Francisco, North America (1999). In more recent times, meetings took place in Dar es Salaam, Africa (2009) and Esztergom-Budapest, Europe (2015).
“Now, in collaboration with the Presidency of the Federation of the Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC), a new meeting of the same kind has been prepared for Asia.
“Such an event manifests the desire of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to support local Episcopates in their responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the doctrine of the faith, considering the specific challenges that face the continent of Asia today.”