Kiprah Gereja Keuskupan Ruteng Pascatambang (Studi Kasus Masyarakat Lingkar Tambang di Paroki St. Thomas Morus Robek, Keuskupan Ruteng)


  • Keristian Dahurandi & Benediktus Denar Sekolah Tinggi Pastoral St. Sirilus Ruteng



Kiprah Gereja, pertambangan, ekopastoral, keutuhan ciptaan, Keuskupan Ruteng


he Catholic Church is called to maintain the integrity of the natural
environment since the environment is regarded as brothers and sisters.
The Catholic Church regards this call as a sacred mission. Since the
mining investment in Manggarai, West Flores occurred the Church of
Diocese of Ruteng has consistently rejected it. The reasons are mining
investments damage the environment and destroy the culture of local
communities. Breakdown of various actions of resistance, mining
activities do not exist Manggarai any more, although some Mining
Business Permits (IUPs) have not been revoked by the government.
However, the impact of mining does not necessarily disappear from
the lives of the people around the mining sites. Based on this fact, it is
an urgent call of the Catholic Church in Manggarai to assist the post-
mining communities as a form of defending the poor and the suffering.
To achieve this goal, this study uses qualitative methods strengthened
by the process of data analysis through collection, reduction, display,
and verification of data from interviews, observations, and document
studies. These processes are also strengthened by questionnaire data
analyzed by descriptive statistics. The results of the study indicate that
the Church has been present as a sacrament of salvation and is called
to keep on accompanying and healing the wounds of the residents of
the former mining circle. These undertakings are carried out through he Church’s five tasks: liturgy, proclamation, service, fellowship, and
witnessing with various derivative activities. But the empowerment
of the church is not enough. The church must consistently develop
alternative economic models so that the people/community are
economically empowered without damaging the environment, adhering
to the principles of sustainable development, namely the principle of
democracy, the principle of justice and the principle of sustainability.
Thus, the empowerment carried out truly respects participation of
local communities, restores their culture, and at the same time does
not destroy the integrity of creation.




How to Cite

& Benediktus Denar, K. D. . (2023). Kiprah Gereja Keuskupan Ruteng Pascatambang (Studi Kasus Masyarakat Lingkar Tambang di Paroki St. Thomas Morus Robek, Keuskupan Ruteng). Jurnal Alternatif Wacana Ilmiah Interkultural, 10(2).