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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: 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
Subjects: D - Missiology
College/Association with University of Divinity: YTU: Yarra Theological Union
Depositing User: Dr John Prior
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2015 04:33
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2015 04:33
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1708

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