August 2018

Twenty-first Sunday of the Year: At times God asks too much
(Saturday, 25 August 2018 )

We are at the end of Jesus’ discourse in the synagogue at Capernaum. The Jews, who have sought him as a miracle worker, are faced with a dilemma: to eat of him as bread, which came down from heaven. 
 
The invitation to “eat his flesh” in the Eucharist is an incomprehensible offer. The disciples are asked to leave the world of the “flesh” and enter the world of the Spirit to understand it. Purely human and earthly wisdom is...

Twenty-first Sunday of the Year: Mahirap man, Hindi natin tatalikuran!
(Saturday, 25 August 2018 )

Mula noo’y marami sa kanyang mga alagad ang tumalikod at hindi na sumama sa kanya. Kaya’t tinanong ni Jesus ang labindalawa, “Ibig din ba ninyong umalis?” Sumagot si Simon Pedro, “Panginoon, kanino po kami pupunta? Nasa inyo ang mga salitang nagbibigay ng buhay na walang hanggan. Naniniwala kami at ngayo’y natitiyak naming kayo ang Banal ng Diyos.” (Jn. 6:66-69).
 
Ang mga tao ay tumalikod kay Hesus pagkatapos nilang...

Vatican wants accountability for abusers and their protectors
(Saturday, 25 August 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): Greg Burke, head of the Vatican press office, called the abuses described in a 900-page grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse in Pennsylvania, the United States “criminal and morally reprehensible.” 
 
He said, “Those acts were betrayals of trust that robbed survivors of their dignity and their faith. The Church must learn hard lessons from its past, and there should be accountability for both abusers and those who permitted abuse to...

Outcry of the abused cannot be silenced pope says
(Saturday, 25 August 2018 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): “The heart-wrenching pain of these victims, which cries out to heaven, was long ignored, kept quiet or silenced,” Pope Francis said in an August 20 letter addressed “to the people of God.” 
 
“But their outcry was more powerful than all the measures meant to silence them,” he said.
 
The letter was published less than a week after the release of a grand jury report in the United States of America,...

The conundrum of uneven distribution of land
(Saturday, 25 August 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): The government was urged to use existing land resources properly to help the grassroots during a forum organised by the Catholic Messengers of Green Consciousness on the justice of land use in Hong Kong at St. Vincent’s Chapel, Win Tin Sin, on July 30. The forum was organised in response to a five-month consultation launched by the government about the supply of land in the next three decades, which ends on September 26.
 
Camille Lam Chi-kwan, town...

Salesian Sisters honour jubilarians
(Saturday, 25 August 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (the Salesian Sisters) in Hong Kong celebrated their Foundation Day on August 5 along with the silver and diamond jubilees of the religious profession of six of their sisters and the perpetual vow of another at St. Andrew’s parish, Tseung Kwan O. 
 
Sister Anita Kwok and Sister Amy Lim celebrated their silver jubilees, while Sister Regina Hsu, Sister Rosa Leung, Sister Antonietta Yao and Sister Cecila Yip...

Foreign powers warned to stay out of religion
(Saturday, 25 August 2018 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): Parroting the tired old line, Wang Zuo’an, the deputy minister of the United Front Work Department of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), insisted that China’s religious affairs cannot be dominated by any foreign powers.
 
In an article published in the Party journal, Qiushi, on August 17, Wang who is also director of the State Administration of Religious Affairs, stressed six points: adhering to guidance of...

Officials demolish a third church in Jinan
(Saturday, 25 August 2018 )

SHANDONG (UCAN): Qianwang Catholic Church in Huashan town, Jinan, in Shandong province, China, was demolished by authorites on August 13, with more than 170 officials engaged in the action.
 
The church is the third in the Diocese of Jinan to be subjected to the wreckers’ ball. Liangwang Catholic Church was bulldozed on July 17 following the demolition of Shilihe Catholic Church (Sunday Examiner, August 12), however a Catholic source said that the latter would...

Pope sees continuity not rupture in Amoris Laetitia author writes
(Saturday, 25 August 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): Everything in the document, Amoris Laetitia (Joy of Love), on marriage and family life is based on Catholic Church teaching “always in continuity—without ruptures—yet always maturing,” Pope Francis wrote in a letter to Stephen Walford, author of the new book, Pope Francis, the Family and Divorce.
 
In addition, when referring to specific ethical situations, “the exhortation follows the classical doctrine of St....

Pope to meet abuse survivors in Ireland
(Saturday, 25 August 2018 )

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis will meet survivors of sexual abuse during his August 25 to 26 trip to Ireland, but it will be up to the survivors to decide whether any information about the meeting will be released, said the director of the Vatican press office.
 
Greg Burke, the Vatican press director, told reporters on August 21 that from the moment the Vatican decided the World Meeting of Families 2018 would be in Dublin, it was clear that the pope would have to acknowledge...