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      Inculturation and the Roman Catholic Church in Japan

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            The Roman Catholic Church is perhaps one of the most ethnically diverse group in Japan. With nearly half of its members being foreign-born, practicing multiculturalism has become a religious imperative for this church. Through four sections, this article provides a brief sketch of Japanese history, an analysis of two theological concepts of the trinity and inculturation, and how these apply to contemporary issues of multiculturalism in Japan. Tracing inculturation throughout Japan's Roman Catholic history reveals the changing relationship God holds with this ethnically diverse church.

            Keywords: Inculturation, Roman Catholic Church of Japan, Multiculturalism, Immigration.

            La Iglesia Católica Romana es quizás uno de los grupos étnicamente más diversos en Japón. Con casi la mitad de sus miembros nacidos en el extranjero, practicar el multiculturalismo se ha convertido en un imperativo religioso para esta iglesia. A través de cuatro secciones, este artículo ofrece un breve bosquejo de la historia japonesa, un análisis de dos conceptos teológicos de la trinidad y la inculturación, y cómo éstos se aplican a los temas contemporáneos del multiculturalismo en Japón. El rastreo de la inculturación a lo largo de la historia católica romana de Japón revela la relación cambiante que Dios mantiene con esta iglesia étnicamente diversa.

            Palabras clave: Inculturación, Iglesia Católica Romana de Japón, Multiculturalismo, Inmigración.

            A Igreja Católica Romana é talvez um dos grupos mais etnicamente diversificados no Japão. Com quase metade de seus membros nascidos no estrangeiro, praticar o multiculturalismo tornou-se um imperativo religioso para esta igreja. Através de quatro seções, este artigo fornece um breve esboço da história japonesa, uma análise de dois conceitos teológicos da trindade e da inculturação, e como estes se aplicam a questões contemporâneas do multiculturalismo no Japão. O rastreamento da inculturação em toda a história católica romana do Japão revela o relacionamento mutável que Deus detém com esta igreja etnicamente diversificada.

            Palavras-chave: Inculturação, Igreja Católica Romana do Japão, Multiculturalismo, Imigração.


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