|Vatican||DOCUMENT URGES "BROAD PASTORAL APPROACH" TO ASIAN CULTURES|
The Church must adopt a broad pastoral approach to the cultures of Asia, a continent inspired by non-Christian religions, traditions and wisdom, a new Vatican document on culture says.|
Asia has ancient cultures that are profoundly inspired by Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Shintoism and Taoism, "which need to be considered carefully," says the document, "Towards a Pastoral Approach to Culture," which was recently issued by the Pontifical Council for Culture.
"Many elements of spirituality and mysticism," like holiness, self-denial, chastity, universal love, a love for peace, prayer and contemplation, bliss in God and compassion, "which are very much alive in these cultures, can lead to faith in the God of Jesus Christ," it says.
However Vatican authorities recently banned the spiritual writings of Indian Jesuit Anthony De Mello for excessive borrowing from other faiths.
UCAN 1:34pm 11/6/99