The opening of the Theological Institute of Singapore ( CTIS ) will encourage the formation of lay Catholics in a more "systematic" and "in-depth" study of theology boosting skills and knowledge.
Goh, archbishop of the city-state, emphasized the advantages of the institute
inaugurated on January 22 in the presence of the Apostolic Nuncio, Msgr. Leopoldo Girelli,
priests, nuns and lay people. Pondering
God, our relationship with Him, , according to the prelate , are already elements
difference between a theologian and a simple Christian, he adds, is that the
former reflects and analyzes "the faith in a systematic and methodical"
reasons for our doctrine must be explained, so that people understand that our faith
is "credible and reasonable".
CTIS is an important development for the Church in Singapore. The local Catholic community actually
consists of more than 200 thousand Catholics, representing approximately 5 % of
the population (Buddhism is the most popular with 43 %, followed by
Christianity with 18%, 15% Islam, Hinduism and Taoism
11:05 %). Bishop
Goh does not hide what he calls a strange "anomaly", in short despite
a generally high level of education among the citizens, including Catholics,
when it comes to theology and doctrine of the Church there is a widespread attitude
this reason, the prelate warned, it is important that those who occupy public
offices and positions of responsibility, or are involved in education "are
guided by Church teaching" to ensure an "orthodox" and not
"personal" or reshaped transmission of the faith and of Christian
institute is a "milestone" for the Church in Singapore, said the
rector Fr. James
Yeo, according to whom, it is first of all at the service of the community of
the city - state and, secondly, even if the possibility remains to be verified,
"the surrounding nations". At
present there are at least 130 requests for registration for the course in
theology, the school has so far received applications from 105 students, most
of whom already boast a "high-level" and specialized education. The
lessons began on January 27 with a solemn Eucharistic celebration.
Chua, an expert in Information Technology, is among the new theological
students of the institute. He says that it
is "a golden opportunity" and is excited about beginning lessons. He
hopes to "better understand the God who loves him". A
student named Hannah Lim can not wait to "grow in the Lord" and hopes
to bring "others to Christ".
than New York and without natural resources, the city-state's 2010 gross
domestic product (GDP) stood at 285 billion Singapore dollars (about US$ 231
billion), up 14.5 per cent, the highest in all of Asia.
However, wealth is not
equally distributed and the city-state's economic prosperity has accentuated
the disparity among citizens. Singapore's Gini coefficient - a measure of
income distribution inequality - now stands at 0.48 (it was 0.444 in 2000).
Gini coefficient ranges between zero (perfect equality) and one (perfect