September 2011

Group of Australian Catholics appeals to pope for an ear
(Thursday, 1 September 2011 )

HONG KONG (SE): “The Church no longer adequately inspires many of our communities. It has alienated too many adults who were born of Catholic parents, attended Catholic schools and lived a sacramental life.

“It has become disconnected from and irrelevant to the lives of too many of our children,” a letter, signed by 3,337 people addressed to Pope Benedict XVI and the Australian Bishops’...

Around the Traps
(Thursday, 1 September 2011 )

 World Youth Day pumps €160 million into Spain

MADRID ( The head of the Madrid Chamber of Commerce, Arturo Fernandez, estimates that an extra €160 million ($1.782 billion) was ploughed into the Spanish economy during the World Youth Day celebrations that ended on August 21.

Despite widespread complaints in Spain about the amount of money being lavished on the...

Following through on World Youth Day is critical
(Thursday, 1 September 2011 )

The 26th World Youth Day held in Madrid, Spain, came to a close on August 21 and over 800 young people from Hong Kong have returned home to face the next stage of the process, the follow-up, in itself a difficult challenge.

In the past, the diocese has organised a series of follow-up gatherings to help them keep the fire of faith, kindled through the special experience, burning in their hearts. Unfortunately, past...

Split with St. Pius X group may end
(Thursday, 1 September 2011 )

ROME ( The head of the Society of St. Pius X, Bishop Bernard Fellay, has been called to the Vatican for a meeting on September 14.

News of the meeting has revived speculation that the Vatican and the renegade traditionalist society may be close to an agreement that could regularise the status of the breakaway group.

In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI lifted the...

Cohabitation number one enemy of children’s welfare
(Thursday, 1 September 2011 )

WASHINGTON DC ( The United States of America has seen an explosion in the number of couples living together and raising children without the benefit of marriage. A new study shows that the number of couples has increased by 1,200 per cent since 1970.

The results of the study entitled, Why Marriage Matters, were released on August 17. They show that children living with unmarried parents are more likely...

Biden attacked for praising China’s one-child policy
(Thursday, 1 September 2011 )


WASHINGTON DC ( The vice president of the United States of America, Joseph Biden, is under fire in Washington DC for commenting that he can fully understand China’s one-child policy, without making any qualifying remarks about what member of congress, Chris Smith, called its brutal enforcement.

“Your policy has been one which I fully understand—I’m not second-guessing...

Fun in the sun or preparation for illicit ordination?
(Thursday, 1 September 2011 )

  HARBIN (UCAN): An organised sight-seeing tour billed as a study session by authorities in Beijing for leaders of the official Church in China gathered in the city of Harbin just one week prior to its conclusion in Beijing on August 23.

Jointly organised by the United Front Work Department of the Communist Party and the State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA), two dozen people participated, most of them officials of the Chinese Catholic...

Priests and parish leaders picked up in Gansu
(Thursday, 1 September 2011 )

  TAINSHUI (UCAN): Security officials detained a number of priests from the unofficial communities of the Church in Tianshui, northwestern Gansu province, between August 20 and 21.

Specifically targeting leadership positions in the diocese, those picked up include the administrator, Father John Baptist Wang Ruohan, and his brother, Father John Wang Ruowang; and retired Bishop Casmir Wang Milu; as well as several other priests and dozens of lay...

Threat of renewed fighting sparks fresh flood of refugees in Myanmar
(Thursday, 1 September 2011 )

MYITKYINA (SE): “When the fighting starts again, it will be the ordinary people who suffer the most,” Nhkum Gam, told the Sunday Examiner from the Myitkyina, the capital of the Kachin state in the north of the Union of Myanmar, where violence flared in early July between the State Peace and Development Council (former name for the national government of Myanmar) and the Kachin Independent Army (KIA), an extremely strong separatist movement....

Inflation hits low income families hardest
(Thursday, 1 September 2011 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): With Hong Kong experiencing its steepest inflation curve since 1995, both civil and Church groups are calling for measures to relieve the burden on poor families, especially with the crippling cost of food.

Government statistics released on August 22 show that overall consumer prices rose 7.9 per cent year on year in July.

Teresa Mak, the secretary general...