February 2019

Concerted effort needed to uproot sexual abuse
(Saturday, 2 March 2019 )

The Vatican summit addressing The Protection of Minors in the Church brought together the presidents of bishops’ conferences, the heads of the Eastern Catholic Churches, superiors of men’s and women’s religious orders and Roman Curia officials. They heard harrowing testimony from victims and sought to hammer out pastoral directions to prevent sexual abuse of children in the Church by taking responsibility, establishing reporting mechanisms and ensuring transparency...

Time for ‘all-out battle’ against abuse
(Saturday, 2 March 2019 )

VATICAN (SE): “I make a heartfelt appeal for an all-out battle against the abuse of minors both sexually and in other areas, on the part of all authorities and individuals, for we are dealing with abominable crimes that must be erased from the face of the earth,” Pope Francis said in closing the February 21 to 24 Vatican summit on The Protection of Minors in the Church.
 
In his speech, published on the Vatican.va...

Bishops must see press as allies journalist says
(Saturday, 2 March 2019 )

VATICAN (CNS): If they are truly serious about fighting clerical sex abuse, bishops must join forces with journalists and not view them as enemies plotting against the Catholic Church, Mexican journalist, Valentina Alazraki, told bishops at the February 21 to 24 Vatican summit on the Protection of Minors in the Church.
 
Alazraki, who has covered the Vatican for over four decades, told bishops summit on February 23 that journalists can help them root out the “...

Clericalism at heart of sex abuse crisis cardinal says
(Saturday, 2 March 2019 )

VATICAN (CNS): “A brief analysis of what has happened shows us that it is not only a matter of sexual deviations or pathologies in the abusers, but that there is a deeper root too,” Ruben Cardinal Salazar Gomez of Bogota, Colombia, said, delivering the third and final presentation of the first day of the February 21 to 24 Vatican meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church
 
“This is the distortion of the meaning of ministry, which...

Bishop of Bacolod condemns murder at church
(Saturday, 2 March 2019 )

Manila (UCAN): Bishop Patricio Buzon of Bacolod, called the murder of 54-year-old Filipino-Chinese businessman, Alex Yao, by gunmen inside the compound of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Shrine in Bacolod City, the Philippines, on February 19, a “deplorable act ... that has no place in Christian communities, more so in a society that upholds the principles of law and order.”
 
Yao’s wife, Maria Theresa, survived the shooting, which occurred while the couple...

Move to amend Myanmar’s 2008 constitution approved
(Saturday, 2 March 2019 )

MANDALAY (UCAN): The parliament of the Union of Myanmar union parliament approved the formation of a 45-member committee to draft a bill to amend the country’s military-drafted 2008 constitution by a vote of 389 to 192 on February 19.
 
The plan was approved over the objections from military lawmakers and the main opposition Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP).
 
The ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) will have 18 lawmakers on the...

Remembering South Korea’s cardinal of democracy
(Saturday, 2 March 2019 )

SEOUL (SE): Some 3,000 people gathered in Myeongdong Cathedral to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of South Korea’s first cardinal and most respected spiritual leader, Stephen Cardinal Kim Sou-hwan, the Committee for Communications of Archdiocese of Seoul, reported on February 16.
 
In its press release, the archdiocese said that a memorial Mass was celebrated by Andrew Cardinal Yeom Soo-jung, together with bishops and priests from South Korea, followed by...

An innocent sister in jail
(Saturday, 2 March 2019 )

Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, February 13
 
 
Last week, I returned from an emotional, heartbreaking visit to jail. I paid a long overdue visit to Sister Concelia Baxla from Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, who, along with Anima Indwar, an employee of the Nirmal Hriday Home, was arrested 222 days ago on charges of child trafficking. 
 
Nirmal Hriday (Immaculate Heart) is one of the 18 houses of...

At summit bishops consider 21 action items to handle, prevent abuse
(Saturday, 2 March 2019 )

VATICAN (Agencies): Immediately exhorting asking bishops and religious superiors to be concrete in confronting the clerical sexual abuse crisis and the need to protect children in the Church, CNS reported that Pope Francis handed them a list of 21 action items to consider at the start of the February 21 to 24 Vatican summit on the Protection of Minors in the Church.
 
From publicising the contact information for reporting cases of abuse to cooperating with...

After the summit on abuse the stakes are clear
(Saturday, 2 March 2019 )

Greg Erlandson
 
The long-awaited meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church, nicknamed the abuse summit, was an extraordinary and historic gathering that surpassed many expectations while perhaps disappointing others.
 
Historic in that it brought together the heads of 114 bishops’ conferences from the entire world, as well as the leaders of religious congregations, curial officials and even a few...