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- ItemHuman dignity and moral renewal(Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Theology, 2007) Le Bruyns, ClintThe pathway adopted by South Africa to give serious attention to the challenge of moral transformation as a public responsibility that is affirming of life is explored in this article. In the first place, the historical journey on this moral road since it initiative by Nelson Mandela in the late nineties is summarised. In the second place, the resourcefulness of the churches and other faith communities for their moral import is probed. In the third place, attention to the possibility of an ethic of human solidarity for renewing the moral fibre of the nation, with special reference to insights from Karl Barth, is discussed. In the fourth and fifth places, the notion of transcendence as a potential cornerstone for affirming life and seeking moral renewal, drawing on insights from Paul Tillich and Reinhold Niebuhr, is proposed.
- ItemIndustrial theology in South Africa : problems, priorities and prospects(Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Theology, 2006) Le Bruyns, ClintThis paper discusses the nature and role of industrial theology in South Africa against the broader theme of the vocation of the theologian in South Africa after ten years of democracy and its implications for teaching theology. I reflect on the state of theological reflection in South Africa on issues pertaining to the world of work, and identify what I contend to be problems and priorities confronting industrial theologians in South Africa. Then I highlight some ways in which the world of work can be integrated into the activities of theological training and ministerial formation.
- ItemWomen, the Vatican, and hope for the future : an ecumenical process(Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Theology, 2006) Le Bruyns, ClintThe prevailing position against women's ordination to the ministerial priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church presents itself as an ongoing ecumenical dilemma within and beyond its ecclesial borders. This paper is critical of current attempts at defending or opposing the Vatican ban for different reasons as these do not contribute constructively to unlocking the deadlock. Instead, this paper recommends that the Vatican engages in a strategic process with its dissenters and the broader Christian communion as a point of departure towards a more promising way forward.
- ItemWomen, the Vatican, and hope for the future : an ecumenical quagmire(Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Theology, 2004) Le Bruyns, ClintThe prevailing position against women’s ordination to the ministerial priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church presents itself as an ongoing ecumenical dilemma within and beyond its ecclesial borders. This paper provides an overview of the ‘official’ position of Rome in teaching and defending the church’s view against the ordination of women, even in the midst of great dissent among its members. Then it proceeds to lay a basic foundation for legitimately and respectfully offering an ecumenical contribution. Finally it considers several challenges that confront the ecumenical community in engaging an ecumenical response.