JACOB NANGELIMALIL, The Relationship between the Eucharistic Liturgy, the Interior Life and the Social Witness of the Church according to Joseph Cardinal Parecattil
Among the recent theologians
of the Syro-Malabar Church - an Oriental Catholic Church in India, founded
by the apostle St. Thomas - who have contributed to the formulation of
its Eucharistic theology, Joseph Cardinal Parecattil, the late Metropolitan
of the archdiocese of Ernakulam, has emerged as the most prominent.
In his Eucharistic theology Parecattil systematically developed the idea that, through the celebration of this sacrament, divine grace nourishes the spiritual life of the faithful and stimulates their social action. Having been a participant at Vatican II, and im-pressed by its readiness to promote the renewal of the Church, Parecattil called for various measures of reforming the Syro-Malabar Eucharistic theology. Through a careful analysis of the major texts, the author depicts the theological thought of Parecattil, attempting to ask and to respond to the following question: what led a loyal and officially approved son of the Church to dress in such a way that his pectoral Cross rested against saffron robes, and that his pastoral heart and administrative capabilities inspired him to prepare an «Indian Mass», to incorporate Hindu religious and ascetical practices into Christian spirituality, and to encourage the faithful to be engaged in human welfare activities?
JACOB NANGELIMALIL, was born in 1957 at
Pulluvazhi, Kerala, India. During his formative years at St. Joseph's Seminary,
Mangalore, he earned his secular and ecclesiastical degrees. He was ordained
priest for the archdiocese of Ernakulam in 1984. Later, he obtained the
Doctorate in Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome.
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