Analyzing the texts of Pastoral Guidelines of Archdiocese of Semarang: 1984-2010

Monday, February 1st, 2016, 11:36 WIB

Joko wicoyo, ICRS student of 2009 batch, has got his Doctoral Degree on January 28, 2016 by presenting his dissertation entitle Pastoral Guidelines of Archdiocese of Semarang 1984-2010: A Critical Discourse Analysis. In his dissertation, Joko Wicoyo applied critical discourse analysis by Norman Fairclough and theory of power proposed by Michel Foucault as the basic theories for analyzing texts of Pastoral Guidelines of Archdiocese of Semarang: 1984-2010.

In his presentation, Joko briefly said that his dissertation was an explorative research. The main data were texts of Pastoral Guidelines of Archdiocese of Semarang: 1984-2010. Up to 2010, Archdiocese of Semarang had issued five periods of Pastoral Guidelines. They were Pastoral Guidelines (PG) of 1984-1990, PG of 1990-1995, PG of 1996-2000, PG of 2001-2005, and PG of 2006-2010. During those periods, Archdiocese of Semarang led by four Archbishops. They were Mgr. Albertus Soegijapranata, SJ. (1940-1963), Cardinal Justinus Darmoyuwono (1964-1981), Mgr. Julius Darmaatmadja, SJ. (1982-1996) and Mgr. Ignatius Suharyo, PR (1997-200(), Joko said.

From his research, Joko found out that Pastoral Guidelines of Archdiocese of Semarang: 1984-2010 were the general pastoral directions of Archdiocese of Semarang and the verbalizations of the mental models of Archdiocese of Semarang which had been stored in the long memories of its Archbishops who had been much influenced by Javanese culture of Central Java and Yogyakarta’s society. They were the verbalizations of the core values of Catholic Social Teachings, Second Vatican Council, and the Gospel. The objectives of PG of 1984-2010 are guiding and directing the Catholic people of Archdiocese of Semarang to walk in the right track in implementing their faith after they have succeeded in “necep sabda Dalem, neges karsa Dalem, and ngemban Sabda Dalem (listening and welcoming the words of God, contemplating and discerning the God’s Will, and exercising and implementing the words of God). Their faith become more mature, responsible, missioner and committed in implementing their faith in pluralistic society. PG of 1984-2010 are a means of exercising and implementing Archbishop’s authority and power. Joko said that PG of 1984-2010 were powerful guidance which aimed to reinforce and empower the faith of Catholic people to become dynamic in implementing their faith which had been enacted from their consciousness towards lifting the life and dignity of human person, solidarity, subsidiary, distribution and preferential option for the poor and vulnerable accordance with local situation and culture without ignoring the sign of the time in pluralistic society. PG of 1984-2010 become powerful shield of the Catholics of Archdiocese of Semarang in defending the spirit of nationalism and Pancasila which had been declining days by days.

Furthermore the texts of PG of 1984-2010 are the verbalization of the ideals of Archdiocese of Semarang which focuses in proclaiming the Church as an event, and the words of God which manifest in faith, hope and charity in the context of Indonesian Churches: Gereja yang mengumat, mandiri, bersahabat dan murah hati (the Church which engages with societal life activities, independent, full of friendliness and generous). The texts of PG of 1984-2010 are the verbalization of the ideals of Archdiocese of Semarang which represent the Catholic Church as the Church of the poor, the Church of the family, the Church of communion of communities which are inclusive and open in dialogues, and the Church which is preserving the integrity of creation. PG of 1984-2010 are dynamic Pastoral Guidance which verbalizes the new paradigm of life of Catholic people of Archdiocese of Semarang that is establishing “the new habit” in their ways of thinking, feeling, behaving and conducting in fighting against corruption, violence and environment destruction.