April 2013

Is it a husband’s right or rape?
(Saturday, 27 April 2013 )

At a meeting in the early 1990s, an informal discussion on domestic violence drew some alarm when I mentioned marital rape.

“What!?” exclaimed a couple of men, “there is no such thing as marital rape!” Even now, in the 21st century, I find that there are still men who share their view.

The Justice Verma Committee was set up in December last year by...

God’s creation
(Saturday, 27 April 2013 )

Pope Francis has given many homilies since he was elected on March 13 and has mentioned creation on numerous occasions.

At his installation Mass, the pope said, “We must protect all creation, the beauty of the created world, as the Book of Genesis tells us and as St. Francis...

Who can occupy Central?
(Saturday, 27 April 2013 )

Comments coming out of the China Liaison Office naming love of Hong Kong and the People’s Republic of China as not-negotiable assets for passing muster as a candidate for chief executive may seem harmless on the surface, but the makeup of the judging panel could provide the menace.

Coupled with misinformation coming from professed Beijing supporters that the United Nations Universal Declaration on Democracy...

Fund raising appeal for Sichuan earthquake victims
(Saturday, 27 April 2013 )

As an expression of solidarity with our brethren suffering from the earthquake which struck Sichuan on April 20, John Cardinal Tong Hon, has appealed to the faithful to pray for the victims and the rescue workers. The cardinal also called for generous support for the emergency relief efforts being made with the collaboration of Caritas-Hong Kong, in partnership with the Church in mainland China. All parishes have also been asked to take up a second...

Pope calls in outsiders to advise on curia reform
(Saturday, 27 April 2013 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Amid rising concerns about corruption and mismanagement in the central administration of the Catholic Church, the Vatican Secretariat of State announced on April 13 that Pope Francis had established an international advisory panel of eight cardinals.

The panel is charged with advising “him in the government of the universal Church and to study a plan for revising the apostolic constitution...

Church unity is path to good relations with government
(Saturday, 27 April 2013 )

Guangzhou (UCAN): “The Vatican doesn’t really understand the reality of the Church in China,” Bishop Joseph Gan Junqiu, from Guangzhou, said during an interview at his house in the compound of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

With both the Holy See and Beijing having undergone recent leadership changes, the bishop noted that there was still no word from the Vatican on how Pope Francis...

Young Chinese adults plan families based on experiences as children
(Saturday, 27 April 2013 )


MANILA (CNS): “My plan is to have a boy, and then a daughter and, after six years, I wish to have one more, maybe a girl,” said Teresa Li, who arrived in Manila, The Philippines, early this year from Wenzhou City, China, to study. 

Young adults, like Li, born under the China’s one-child policy, are planning their families based on personal experience as government officials debate the...

Christian perspective on relationship between Church and state
(Saturday, 27 April 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): “I am urging all the people of Hong Kong to join in,” the former bishop of Hong Kong, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, told a forum held at the Baptist University of Hong Kong on April 18 and 19 on the Occupy Central campaign.

The campaign is the brainchild of law academic, Benny Tai Yiu-ting, and Reverend Chu Yiu-ming. 

Both maintain that the...

Sacredness of creation to be priority at World Youth Day
(Saturday, 20 April 2013 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): When hundreds of thousands of young people gather for World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from July 23 to 28, reflections on the sacredness  of creation and importance of safeguarding the environment will be part of the programme. 

Like previous Youth Days, the celebration in Rio de Janeiro will include morning catechetical sessions and afternoon cultural events. ...

Challenge is to bring freedom to inherited land not expand repression
(Saturday, 20 April 2013 )


HONG KONG (SE): “It seems their strategy is to win the hearts of the people by proving that they love their country more than the Communist Party does,” Martin Chung Chi-kei, a doctorate in philosophy candidate in European Studies at the University of Hong Kong, says of the group from Hong Kong that erected a Chinese flag on the disputed Diaoyu Islands, or Senkaku Islands as the Japanese call them, in August last year.