Sunday, May 26, 2019

The Quotation of the Week (May 26 -June 1, 2019)

A quotation of Mahatma Gandhi on 'strength comes 
from an indomitable will,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (A light post in a mall parking lot in Scarborough, Toronto: 2018) © Jerome D'Costa

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

The Quotation of the Week (May 19 - 25, 2019)

A quotation of Pope Francis on 'the need for the change 
of ecclesiastical rules and precepts in new 
situations,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa 
Artwork © Jerome D'Costa (Jan. 1, 2019)

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Friday, May 17, 2019

EAST YORK CHRONICLE: A Publication of Toronto

East York Chronicle -- a monthly publication of Toronto
This newsmagazine of East York area of Toronto provides news, articles, and views on politics, local communities and events, history, schools, food, restaurants, lifestyle, arts and culture, business, entertainment, sports, and more. 

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It's also available online at East York Chronicle

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Go, Archie, Go!

How Prince Harry and Duchess Meaghan with their
first-born son Archie will look like in near future
Artworks by Ujjal Peter D'Costa (May 12, 2019)

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

The Quotation of the Week (May 12 - 18, 2019)

A quotation of Mahatma Gandhi on 'having faith in humanity,'
compiled by Jerome D'Costa

Artwork by Ujjal Peter D'Costa (2019)

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Pope Francis Mandates Reporting of Clergy Sex Abuse, Empowers Archbishops Worldwide to Investigate

Pope Francis
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Pope Francis, on May 9, in his Motu Proprio -- termed Vox estis lux mundi [You are the light of the world] -- issued a landmark new decree making it mandatory for priests and Religious (Brothers and nuns) to report incidents of sex abuse or cover-ups to Bishops and superiors, saying, "The crimes of sexual abuse offend Our Lord, cause physical, psychological and spiritual damage to the victims and harm the community of the faithful." This decree comes into effect on June 1 and will initially continue to be effective on an experimental basis for the next three years. 

The decree is divided into 19 articles enumerating the do's and don'ts. 

Each of the Catholic dioceses of the world is to set up clear, accessible, and confidential reporting systems by June 2020.

Priests and superiors of Religious communities are to report all suspicion of abuse by clerics at any level.

Bishops will be directly accountable for sexual abuse and any cover-ups. 

Any sexual abuse or cover-up admitted during the sacrament of confession, will, however, remain exempt from the new law.

From now on, accusers and whistleblowers, for the first time, will receive Church protection. 

A boy or girl will be considered a minor if he or she is under the age of 18. This new age of minority has been raised from 16 to 18 years. The term 'child sex abuse' in the Catholic Church, from now on, will mean the sexual abuse of a boy or girl who is under the age of 18.  

It is also mentioned that victims reporting abuse must be welcomed, listened to and supported by the hierarchy, and necessary spiritual, medical, and psychological assistance be given to them.

The law can be applied retroactively so that priests and nuns can report sexual abuse or cover-up incidents that happened years ago. This will no doubt increase the number of cases dramatically in coming future.

In his reaction, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, head of the Vatican's Congregation for Bishops, said: "We have said for years that priests should follow certain strict rules, so why should bishops and other members of the church hierarchy be exempt?" -- reports the Guardian.

Archbishop Charles Scicluna, Vatican's top sex crimes investigator, said: "Pople must know that bishops are at the service of the people. They are not above the law, and if they do wrong, they must be reported."

Cardinal DiNardo, the head of the U.S. Bishops' Conference welcomed the new decree and said that the edict was a "blessing that will empower the church everywhere to bring predators to justice no matter what rank they hold in the church."

For further details, kindly read the following:

It is noteworthy that Pope Francis, in April this year, issued his first Motu Proprio decree for the protection of minors and vulnerable adults in the Vatican City State and its embassies abroad.  

(Updated on May 13, 2019)

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Conservative Catholic Clergy and Scholars Accuse Pope Francis of Heresy

Pope Francis
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A 20-page letter, signed by a group of conservative Catholic priests and scholars, accuses Pope Francis of heresy. This is the latest of the long series of efforts of the conservatives to disgrace the pope who is trying to bring about reforms in the light of the Second Vatican Council and a new attitude of mercy and forgiveness in the Church.

The letter, addressed to all the Catholic bishops of the world, tries to "accuse Pope Francis of the canonical delict [a violation of the law] of heresy, and second, to request that you take the steps necessary to deal with the grave situation of a heretical pope."

The reaction to this accusation resulted in both some support for and opposition to the accusation of heresy.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Jean Vanier, Founder of the L'Arche Communities, Dies

Jean Vanier, founder of the L'Arche communities
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Jean Vanier, a Canadian Catholic philosopher, theologian, and humanitarian-cum-philanthropist, died yesterday, May 7, in Paris, of the thyroid cancer at the ripe age of 90. He was the most ardent advocate for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. He was also the founder of the L'Arche (the ark) communities, where these disabled people live and work in dignity, respect, and love.

Physically a giant of a man with a 6-foot-and-4-inch frame, his heart was full of sympathy, empathy, and love for these disadvantaged people. As a result, he expanded his work of service to these people in 37 countries of the world in different continents.

According to the Globe and Mail newspaper, he wrote 30 books, received numerous awards and honours, was named a Companion of the Order of Canada by the Canadian government, was given the Legion of Honour award in France, and the Templeton Prize in England.

For more on him and his work, please read the following:

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

The Quotation of the Week (May 5 - 11, 2019)

A quotation of Kahlil [Khalil] Gibran on 'people of all religions
share the same spirit,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (Jam'e Abu Bakr Siddique mosque on 2665 Lawrence Avenue East, 
Scarborough, Toronto) © Jerome D'Costa (2018)

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The Signs of the Time

A public message board on University Avenue, Toronto
Photo © Jerome D'Costa (April 2019)

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