Mission needs ongoing formation
The word “mission” has a negative connotation. It suggests the idea of proselytizing, forced conversion, imposing personal convictions on other people, or worse, destroying other cultures. Some episodes in history of mission have led to this prejudice. Missionaries are accused of despising the cultures of other peoples. Often they were convinced of the superiority of their own European culture and ignored or misunderstood the values and expressions of African cultures and religions. Already 100 years ago, Pope Benedict XV. in his Encyclical ‘Maximum Illud’, made a clear distinction between colonization and christian mission and demanded respect for the cultural peculiarities of peoples.