Don Bosco: History and Spirit. 6. Expansion of the Salesian Work in the New World and Ecclesiological Confrontation at Home

Don Bosco: History and Spirit. 6. Expansion of the Salesian Work in the New World and Ecclesiological Confrontation at Home

LENTI Arthur J.

  • Codice EAN/ISBN: 978-88-213-0725-6
  • Num. Collana: 6
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2009
  • Pagine: 378
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The main part of this Volume 6 (Chs. 1-5) of the series, Don Bosco: History and Spirit, continues the survey of the Society’s Institutional Expansion begun in the preceding chapter in its twofold aspect, external and internal. The external expansion is set in a different scenario and context—no longer in Europe but in South America. Chapters 1-4 describe the implantation of the Salesian work in South America, and specifically (after a briefs anthropological and historical introduction by way of establishing a context) they tell the story of the Argentine offer and of Don Bosco’s acceptance, out of several option available to him (Ch. 1). It is noted that the original offer was for implanting the Salesian work of behalf on poor children and immigrants in Buenos Aires and La Plata area. Don Bosco, however, out of a new missionary awareness at the same time aimed at committing the Society to missionary apostolate properly so called, among the aboriginal native population, and he eventually obtained Apostolic recognition (Chs. 2-3). Chapter 4 is a collection of appendices relating to the above.
Chapter 5 describes a further internal institutional expansion, the “founding” (organization) of the Salesian Cooperators and connected structures, namely, the Work of Mary Help of Christians and the Salesian Bulletin.
The last two chapters continue the discussion of further stages in the conflict between Don Bosco and Archbishop Gastaldi that had begun in connection with the approval of the Constitutions (1872-1874). The conflict, for a variety of causes, increases in bitterness through 1874-1877 (Ch. 6), and becomes more acrimonious with the appearance of defamatory pamphlets against the Archbishop (Ch. 7, 1877-1882). It is brought to an end only by Pope Leo XIII’s intervention, imposing a document of reconciliation (Concordia).