Sunday, February 10, 2019

Father Francis Sunil Rosario Presents A Paper For National Consultation On Challenges and Crises In Indian Church

Father Francis Sunil Rosario 

Father Francis Sunil Rosario, a diocesan priest from the Archdiocese of Kolkata, now studying in the USA, made a video presentation of his paper for the February 9-11 National Consultation On Challenges and Crises in Indian Church being held at the Proggaloy Pastoral Centre of Kolkata, India. The title of his paper is "How Far the Laity Impacted the Governance Within the Church and In Their Leadership Role."

Initiated and managed by the Indian Catholic laypersons, this special consultation is dealing with the following topics: The Renewal of the Church According to Vatican II, The Current Political Scenario, The Role of the Media, Crisis Management and Leadership Skills, The Status of Women in the Church, and Youth Aspirations and Expectations.

Please click on the following to watch Father Rosario's video presentation:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XVQM1_eF6Tr7RTYt-to0CTPdvXSsGpks/view

To know more on the consultation at the Proggaloy, you may read the following:


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The Quotation of the Week (February 10 - 16, 2019)


A quotation of Pia Savage on 'do what you love with your ability,'
compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Artwork by Ryan Andre D'Costa (2018)

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

The Quotation of the Week (February 3 - 9, 2019)


A quotation of Richard Giannone on
'Catholic Church's inability, or unwillingness,
or fear for dealing with the evolving society,'
compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Artwork © Jerome D'Costa

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Friday, February 1, 2019

The Role Of The Laity In Today's Catholic Church


Image design © Jerome D'Costa (February 2019)

Isaac Gomes, an Associate Editor at the Church Citizens' Voice website of Kerala, India, in this write-up says that the laity (or laypersons who are Catholics but don't belong to the priesthood and Religious Orders) is an indispensable part and parcel of the Catholic Church. Their essential role in the Church has been confirmed by various documents of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). 

After this council, until now, the laity is still in the second position, they are still behind in the participation in various designated Church affairs. The members of the Church hierarchy (priests, bishops, cardinals, and pope), who are supposed to be servants (any Pope's official title is 'servus servorum Dei' -- servant of the servants of God) are still dominating them as masters not equal. This writer is, therefore, asking whether the laity needs to wait for another Vatican Council to fulfill the teachings of the Second Vatican Council. Only because of the presence of the laypersons, the hierarchy is able to be there -- no laypersons, no hierarchy. So, why not make the Second Vatican Council teachings a reality?

For more on this subject, you kindly click on the following: 


Initiated by Catholic laypersons, a national consultation, called 'We too are Church,' will be held at the Proggaloy Pastoral Centre of Kolkata, India, on February 9-11. 

This consultation will attempt to implement "the far-reaching teachings" of the Second Vatican Council. Renowned speakers and participants will deal with topics like -- The Renewal of the Church According to Vatican II, The Current Political Scenario, The Role of the Media, Crisis Management and Leadership Skills, The Status of Women in the Church, and Youth Aspirations and Expectations.

To keep in touch with this effort, you may read the following:


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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Catholic Nuns In India Enduring Clergy Sex Abuse For Decades


Nuns of Kochi in Kerala, India, in a protest march,
seeking justice for the alleged rape of a
fellow nun by Bishop Franco Mulakkal (Sept. 11, 2018)
 
Photo courtesy: PTI via www.dnaindia.com/

Nuns in India are speaking out. They are speaking about certain members of the Catholic clergy (priests and bishops) who have been abusing nuns for years, even decades. 

The latest Associated Press (AP) report speaks of this in detail. It says, "Across India, the nuns talk of priests who pushed [them] into their bedrooms and of priests who pressured them to turn close friendships into sex. They talk about being groped and kissed, of hands pressed against them by men they were raised to believe were representatives of Jesus Christ."

The AP report continues, "'He was drunk,' said one nun, beginning her story. 'You don't know how to say no,' said another. At its most grim, the nuns speak of repeated rapes, and of a Catholic hierarchy that did little to protect them."

"The Vatican has long been aware of nuns sexually abused by priests and bishops in Asia, Europe, South America and Africa, but it has done very little to stop it, The Associated Press reported last year."

The AP, in its special investigation of a single country -- India --, uncovered "a decades-long history of nuns enduring sexual abuse from within the church." 

Does it sound deafening? Yes, but reality-wise, no. Where there is a sex organ, there is sexuality -- either active sexuality or repressed sexuality. Catholic celibate priests are supposed to live repressed sexuality -- an asexual life, but in reality, it is not so. Celibacy and sexual chastity of the clergy, although hammered into our ears all the time by the Church teaching, have been proven to be a fiction in the two-thousand-year history of the Catholic Church. A lie about these 'men of God,' or 'representatives of Christ,' or 'alter Christus' (the other Christ) is being propagated in a resounding voice without taking the reality of human life into consideration. 

Pope Francis, therefore, on his January 28 return journey to Rome from Panama, spoke to reporters aboard his plane and said: "We have to deflate the expectations [from the Feb. 21-24 world gathering of bishops in Rome dealing with clergy sex abuse of minors] ... because the problem of abuse will continue because it is a human problem, and it is everywhere."  He further said, "It is a human drama that we have to be conscious of, even us, resolving the problem in the Church, but also in society, in families." 

Please read the following for more on the situation of  nuns in India and some other countries:


(Updated on February 8, 2019)

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Action Is Better Than Word


Jesus preaching on the mount
Image courtesy: www.godisreal.today/


Jesus Christ taught in Matthew 25:35-36 how to be a good follower of him more by action than by word. Do we really follow him? The following poem reminds us of our failures in putting his teaching into practice. 

Pope Francis is trying to help us follow the teachings of Jesus in our life, in whatever positions we are in. Let the following poem rouse us to action!



Listen, Christian!
By Bob Rowland

I was hungry
and you formed a humanities club
and discussed my hunger.
Thank you.

I was imprisoned
and you crept off quietly
to your chapel in the cellar
and prayed for my release.

I was naked
and in your mind
you debated the morality of 
my appearance.

I was sick
and you knelt
and thanked God 
for your health.

I was homeless
and you preached to me
about the spiritual shelter
of the love of God.

I was lonely
and you left me alone
to pray for me.

Christian,
you seem so holy; 
so close to God.
But I'm still very hungry,
and lonely,
and cold...



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Sunday, January 27, 2019

The Quotation of the Week (January 27 - February 2, 2019)


A quotation of Henry Miller on 'doing something beyond
one's known powers,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Artwork © Ujjal Peter D'Costa

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