THE MARONITE CHURCH: UNITED AND UNIVERSAL
An apostolate for this age - a strategic vision
"Lebanon could be one of the world’s strongest countries if it better utilized the potential of its Diaspora."
His Beatitude Nasrallah Butros Cardinal Sfeir(11/28/01)
The Lebanese outside of Lebanon vastly outnumber those in Lebanon. This is especially true of the Christians, and the Maronites in particular. Those Maronites are numerous and influential on an individual basis. Most, however, shun involvement with organized groups dealing with socio-political issues concerning Lebanon and the Christians due to the fractured approach and the myriad of elements ...view middle of the document...
The worldwide Maronite Church is a group of bishoprics not bound to a common socio-political concept or plan of action. Many Maronites have felt disenfranchised during this most crucial time in the history of their church. There has been no defined process for leadership and action. The Maronite identity is the Maronite Church under the Patriarch. Outside of the organized church, this claim cannot be legitimately be made. Because the Maronite identity is so connected to the Patriarch, it is essential that he have the facility to promulgate his universal message. Presently, it is the perception of the laity that the Patriarch has limited authority (facility) over the worldwide Maronite Church by virtue of the traditional involvement of the Vatican in matters of Patriarchal authority that affect Maronites worldwide. This has presented impediments, whether real or perceived, to a unified policy on important social and political issues.
1. The Patriarchy
• The Patriarchy of the 21st century assumes a worldwide role in...