September 2011

By your fruit they shall know you
(Thursday, 29 September 2011 )

The vineyard of the Lord plays host to the House of Israel in the first reading in today’s liturgy. However, the Lord laments that when he came to the vineyard to look for and find justice, all he discovered was bloodshed, leaving the Lord shouting for justice.

The prophet, Isaiah, describes the successive generations of Israel as called to be the repairers of what is breached, or people cooperating with God...

Twenty-seventh Sunday of the Year
(Thursday, 29 September 2011 )


Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green). 
Isaiah 5:1-7;
Philippians 4:6-9; 
Matthew 21:33-43.

Mass of the day (green).
Jonah 1:1—2:1,11; ...

Who are the scribes and Pharisees in the right of abode debate?
(Thursday, 29 September 2011 )


The recent judicial review for foreign domestic workers on their right of abode seems to have torn Hong Kong apart.

Newspaper columns make remarks, legislators express their views and groups rally, but the bulk of mainstream opinion has been against foreign domestic workers having the right to apply for abode.

Scare tactics have been used, warning that if the foreign...

A Maryknoll pocket in New York for Chinese migrants
(Thursday, 29 September 2011 )


NEW YORK (SE): The parish of the Transfiguration in New York gained a new claim to fame on Nine/Eleven 2001, as the giant World Trade Centre came crashing to the ground.

Situated in nearby Mott Street, the pastor of the time, Maryknoll Father Ray Nobiletti, was one of the first priests to arrive at the scene of the disaster.

The inner city parish was built in 1801 and...

Stand firm in the storm pope urges the people of the German Church
(Thursday, 29 September 2011 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): “This is not a godless city. It is even a city of martyrs,” Archbishop Rainer Woelki said on September 22 in welcoming Pope Benedict XVI to Berlin at the stadium that was purpose built by the Adolf Hitler regime to host the 1936 Olympic Games.

However, despite describing Berlin as not being godless, the archbishop informed the pope that only one in three people in the country identify...

What’s national may not 
necessarily be moral
(Thursday, 29 September 2011 )


As the government of Hong Kong retires to consider its verdict on the Moral and National Education Consultation Paper, educationalists ponder the possible outcomes of such a course being introduced.

The lumping of the two words moral and national together is one concern, as the very title suggests that there is something moral about national pride or patriotism, whereas in reality, this is a long bow to draw...

Cardinal Zen questions unconditional commitment to government
(Thursday, 29 September 2011 )


HONG KONG (SE): “Education is a process in which students seek the truth and, in the process, develop their potential,” the former bishop of Hong Kong, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, told around 300 people at a forum organised by the Catholic Education Office at Ng Wah Catholic Secondary School on September 25 to discuss the proposed Moral and National Education Consultation Paper.

Addressing the...

A rare peep into Eastern Catholic spirituality
(Thursday, 29 September 2011 )

HONG KONG (SE): A rare peep into the spirituality of Eastern Catholic Churches will be presented by Australian-born Father Olexander Kenez, currently working through the Eparchy of Ss. Peter and Paul, in Melbourne.

Father Kenez is in Hong Kong and is presenting a series lectures, liturgies and prayer sessions designed to give a deeper insight into the path to holiness developed in the rich traditions of Eastern...

Maryknoll centenarian goes to eternal rest
(Thursday, 29 September 2011 )

Hong Kong  (SE): Sister Agnes McKeirnan (Rose Eileen) died peacefully at the Maryknoll Sisters Centre in New York on September 5. She was just 25 days short of her 101st birthday. 

Born on 11 October 1910 to Rose and Joseph McKeirnan in Pomeroy, Washington, the United States of America (US), Sister McKeirnan had five brothers and three sisters. One brother, Father Michael McKeirnan, was a Maryknoll priest...

Regional seminary in Shanxi suspends classes
(Thursday, 29 September 2011 )

FENYANG (UCAN): The Montecorvino Major Seminary in Shanxi province, northern China, did not re-open for the academic year beginning in September, due to a controversy over the dismissal of its rector.

Convening a board meeting on June 18, Bishop John Huo Cheng, from Fenyang, the chairperson of the board of directors, announced the decision to dismiss the seminary rector, Father Anthony Chang Tongxi, and begin the...