June 2017

A plug for clericalism
(Saturday, 24 June 2017 )

 

SEOUL (SE): During a speech at the quarterly meeting of the Social Apostolate Research Institute, which operates under the auspices of the Catholic Lay Apostolate of Korea in Seoul, Father John Chung Hee-wan put in a plug to keep the real power in the hands of the clergy.
 
At the May 25 meeting, the chairperson, Paul Kwon Kil-joong, said, "Apostleship should not be monopolised by priests. Laypeople should fulfill their mission to proclaim the gospel...

Shorter work-week but longer hours
(Saturday, 24 June 2017 )

MANILA (SE): The lower house of the Philippine congress is toying with a bill proposing a four-day work week. The member from Baguio City, Mark Go, proposed the bill to amend the Labour Code to require a four-day week instead of the current six days.
 
While it sounds inviting, wait until you read the small print. Go is not suggesting shorter working hours, but that people extend their normal eight-hour day to 12 hours, so they get their 48 hours done in a...
The rights of human wrongs
(Saturday, 24 June 2017 )

 

MANILA (UCAN): The Philippines presenting its progress in human rights to the Universal Periodic Review at the United Nations in Paris is a bit like a Dr. Jekyll posing as Mr. Hyde.
 
Looking good is a tough call for a nation that officially promotes extrajudicial killing, is pushing to reintroduce the death penalty, operates secret detention centres and has a president encouraging his soldiers to use rape as a weapon of war.
 
Nevertheless,...

Spines shiver and hearts beat as Moon presidency launched
(Saturday, 24 June 2017 )

BANGKOK (SE): "A rare Catholic leader in Asia, South Korea's new President Moon Jae-in is a very faithful man, in a Catholic sense," Michael Sainsbury says in pointing to the great appeal he had to many people who hope he can break the dominance of big corporations over government.
 
However, while he won an overwhelming majority of the popular vote in the capital of Seoul, as many a prophet of good tidings, he was not nearly as welcome in his home town of Busan....

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 24 June 2017 )

 

 
 

Synod seeks input from young people
Vatican (SE): The office of the Synod of Bishops has launched a new website titled, The youth, faith and vocational discernment, in preparation for its October 2018 meeting which will discuss youth and vocation.

Designed to encourage...

Raising an encyclical on the priesthood out of the grave
(Saturday, 24 June 2017 )

 

During their lifetimes and for many years after they died in the second half of the last century, the two prophetic priests were subjected to marginalisation and condemnation by the ecclesiastical authorities
 
A private visit to two tombs in obscure parts of Italy by Pope Francis on June 20 could be passed over as an act of private respect for two priests of the 20th century, but I believe that more than showing a personal...

Unease with religion in China is an historical inheritance
(Saturday, 24 June 2017 )

 

HONG KONG (SE): The relationship between religion and the state in China has been a topic that has held the attention of people from many walks of life, partly because of the somewhat uniqueness of its nature, partly because it is seen as connected with the development of human rights and partly because it reflects progress or regress in the rule of law.
 
It has also been brought to a head by the high profile, yet clandestine talks taking place...
Moments with my father
(Saturday, 17 June 2017 )

When I was young my father loved to sing me songs and his favourite was The Impossible Dream. And when I grew up we used to sing together. We both love to sing and that is what I inherited from him—a talent for singing. I was told that I inherited his voice. I really miss him. He has been gone for more than a decade and his memory will forever remain.

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Fountain of joyful grace
(Saturday, 17 June 2017 )

“Come to me 
all you who are weary and
burdened, and I will give you rest”(Matthew 11:28)
 
God is good and wonderful 
in all his creation
He made us 
through divine inspiration
walking hand in hand 
in our holy vocation
to bring all souls 
with the...
Everyday love for an everyday dad
(Saturday, 17 June 2017 )

We all have role models, the people that have had an impact on our lives in one way or another. The list of those inspiring personalities varies from one person to another as we all have different experiences and backgrounds.
 
Some were inspired by parents, others were further motivated by living heroes, by the saints, those they have read about or an unforgettable event, as life is always colourful when we are surrounded by people with...