Walter Fogarty is a priest of the Parramatta Diocese. Prior to entering the seminary, his studies focused on Australian social and cultural history, areas he taught in at the University of NSW. Following ordination, Walter served as Chair of the Parramatta Diocese’s Liturgical Commission and its Sacraments of Initiation Committee.
As Director of the Diocese’s House of Priestly Formation (now the Holy Spirit Seminary) he was involved extensively in priestly formation as well as the on-going formation of clergy in the diocese. Currently, he is a member of Catholic Education Office’s Mission Committee and is Chair of the Diocese’s Interfaith Commission. He is involved also in retreat ministry.
A love for cross-cultural experiences and the demands of ministry in one of the most multi-cultural dioceses in Australia has led to Walter’s current research into liturgical inculturation.
Liturgical Inculturation: Evolving a Theological Method and ‘Norms of Action’
This thesis investigates the evolution of the theology of liturgical inculturation from Sacrosanctum Concilium through the post-conciliar liturgical documents implementing the Vatican II reform. It identifies and critiques the effects of the normative concept of culture underlying the various generations of documents outlining the Church’s relationship to culture as expressed in its liturgical reforms.
In its critique it draws on Clifford Geertz’s anthropological approach to defining and understanding culture, and utilises Bernard Lonergan’s criticism of the Church’s ‘classicist’ approach to culture. Employing Walter Kasper’s notion of a third phase of conciliar reception and implementation, this thesis examines the need for a rearticulation and expansion of Sacrosanctum Concilium’s principles for adapting the liturgy along with the development of norms of action for inculturating the liturgy.