Vatican II Council as An Open Gate for The Church's Mission in Postmodern Society with some Case Studies from Flores-Indonesia

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Alexander Jebadu

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Drawing on case studies from Flores-Indonesia, this article aims to show how the Vatican II Council in the 1960s opened a gate for the Catholic Church to a new style of mission in the postmodern world. Keeping this aim in mind, the author will start by defining what postmodern society is all about, then relate it to some basic reforms carried out by the Catholic Church at the Vatican II Council. The author will then link these definitions to a number of matters relating to the Church’s pastoral mission in Indonesia, especially in Flores. The method used in this study is literature studies and direct observation on the overall development of missionary activity in Flores-Indonesia. One of the findings of this study is that the Catholic Church warmly welcomed postmodernism in a broad sense at the Vatican II Council by abandoning a number of grand narratives. The church embraced postmodernism before the council, challenging the previously long-standing adage extra ecclesiam nulla salus (outside the Church there is no salvation), which prioritized Church truth over all others. The church bravely opened itself up to the sparks of truth, wisdom, and morals cherished for ages by the world’s diverse religions and cultures. This openness will undoubtedly bring abundant fruits for the Church’s missionary work. Christian mission work is about giving the light of salvation to all people, as the author observed and experienced in Flores-Indonesia.

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