JOURNEYING TOWARDS A NEW WAY OF BEING CHURCH
Basic Ecclesial Communities in the Philippines
By Amado L. Picardal, CSsR
©2016 / Paper Cover / 416 pp.
“What is the BEC? Is the Filipino BEC patterned after the Latin American BEC? Is it a Leftist creation? Is it ideological? The daughter of Latin American Theology of Liberation? What are its theological and scriptural foundations? What is the place of the Word of God and the Eucharist in the BEC? What is the role of laity and priests in the BEC? Is it against lay organizations and movements, such as the Knights of Columbus or Catholic Women’s League? How is it organized? How difficult is it for a BEC to be sustained? What is its place and role in the parish structure? In what way is it participatory in structure and in mission? What is meant by the BEC as a Church of the Poor? How is it renewing the Church?
In a series of essays, Fr. Amado L. Picardal, CSsR, Executive Secretary of the CBCP Committee on Basic Ecclesial Communities, offers some answers and insights. Not only does he tell the story of the BEC from his theological academic research, but even most importantly from his personal experience of BEC building and living.”
- From the Foreword of Orlando B. Cardinal Quevedo, O.M.I.
Archbishop of Cotabato