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The Silent Scream of a Silenced History. Part One: The Maumere Massacre of 1966.

Prior, John (2011) The Silent Scream of a Silenced History. Part One: The Maumere Massacre of 1966. Exchange: Journal of Missiological and Ecumenical Research, 40 (2). pp. 117-143. ISSN 0166-2740

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    Part One of this paper looks at local Church responses to the massacre in the Maumere district
    of central Flores, Indonesia, during the months of February to April 1966. Instigated by the
    Indonesian army, the slaughter of from 800 to 2,000 people was implemented by local Catholics
    against victims who were also Catholic. Responses of the local clergy, Archbishop and Dean are
    studied together with an account by one of the perpetrators, and the memoirs of three Dutch missioners written 40 years after the event. In Part Two these responses will be examined in the light of two analyses of the Indonesian Church, one using an ‘integration’ frame, the other a Volkskirche model. When combined these studies allow us to begin to comprehend how the massacre could happen and why the clergy responded as they did. Honesty and transparency would allow us to move forward in mission with ‘bold humility’.

    Item Type: Published Articles
    Repository Version: Published Version
    Keywords (separated by commas): Roman Catholic Church in Indonesia, Church and Politics, Ecclesiology, Religion and Violence.
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
    Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
    Type of Activity: Applied Research
    Subject Area(s): D - Missiology
    Association with University of Divinity: YTU: Yarra Theological Union
    Depositing User: Dr John Prior
    Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2015 15:33
    Last Modified: 15 Jan 2015 15:33
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1708

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