Church Priest – Obotafumeiro http://obotafumeiro.com/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 02:28:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://obotafumeiro.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-5.png Church Priest – Obotafumeiro http://obotafumeiro.com/ 32 32 WMOF: “Domestic Violence Affects Millions of Catholic Families” https://obotafumeiro.com/wmof-domestic-violence-affects-millions-of-catholic-families/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 22:14:02 +0000 https://obotafumeiro.com/wmof-domestic-violence-affects-millions-of-catholic-families/ At the World Meeting of Families, Dr. Christauria Welland describes the permanent damage caused by domestic violence and says the Church must respond to this reality in order to help form healthy families.

By Devin Watkins

Approximately 125 million Catholic women may experience physical or sexual violence at least once in their lives.

Dr. Christauria Welland offered this estimate based on statistics that approximately 30% of women worldwide have been victims of domestic violence.

The US-based clinical psychologist and catechist told attendees of the 10e World Meeting of Families in Rome that the pandemic has worsened the situation of domestic violence, often due to increased stress.

Violence within the family, she noted, includes physical assault, sexual coercion, and psychological or economic abuse, all of which violate God’s plan for the family, which is that the smallest unit of society is a place of love and communion.

Does God still love me?

On the sidelines of the event in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall, Dr. Welland told Fr. Benedict Mayaki that these dire statistics should inspire the Church to help victims of domestic violence become survivors.

“Fortunately, the Church is much more aware of domestic violence, especially since the beginning of Pope Francis’ pontificate,” she said, adding that many dioceses and parishes are beginning to offer help to victims.

And his message for victims of domestic violence?

“I want all the victims to know that God loves them. I want them to know they can be survivors. It takes time and work. You cannot do it alone. You need God. You need other people to help you.

What can priests do for the victims?

Noting that priests are often the first person victims turn to, Dr Welland called on the Church to provide better training for priests to help them deal with this situation.

“With domestic abuse, you can’t just make the sign of the cross over someone and say, ‘Well, you have to forgive and forget, so go home and carry your cross,'” Dr Welland said. . “I’ve heard a lot of people say that to victims, but they don’t know what they’re saying.”

The first step priests can take is to believe the person, even if the temptation is to trust outward appearances, because the priest may know the husband who appears to be a good guy.

Priests must then put a plan in place to find immediate shelter for victims of domestic violence, which may be a family who has offered to provide confidential, temporary residence.

Another step is to call emergency services, perhaps a special hotline dedicated to domestic violence.

What drives someone to become an abuser?

Growing up in an abusive home, Dr. Welland says, is one of the biggest risk factors for people abusing others.

“If you live in a family where there’s a history of domestic violence – what we call intergenerational transmission in families, where there’s been violence in previous generations – I call that someone who crosses the line, and this line is being crossed, and it continues to be crossed because there is nothing to stop it.

The amount of violence in the surrounding culture can also contribute to someone becoming violent towards others.

An abusive spouse or father is responsible for what they do, Dr. Welland said, but church ministers must also take care of them.

“He is also a human being. God loves him too,” she said. “We have to get to work because our families will never be healthy as long as they suffer abuse.”

Catholic teaching, she concluded, reminds us that men and women are equal in dignity and that everyone in the Church has a role to play in responding to domestic violence, from bishops to priests to the Catholic laity.

Listen to the full interview

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2 priests killed in Mexico devoted decades to a remote region https://obotafumeiro.com/2-priests-killed-in-mexico-devoted-decades-to-a-remote-region/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 16:59:00 +0000 https://obotafumeiro.com/2-priests-killed-in-mexico-devoted-decades-to-a-remote-region/

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Long before many roads were paved in Mexico’s remote Tarahumara Mountains, Jesuit priest Javier Campos crisscrossed the region on a motorcycle. For five decades serving his impoverished communities, his familiar impersonation of a rooster and love of crowing earned him the nickname “Gallo”.

His colleague Joaquín Mora was often at his side over the past 20 years, during which drug cartels have tightened their grip on the region, filling the mountains with opium poppy and marijuana. Together they brought moral authority to balance the outsized influence of drug traffickers, fellow priests said.

The two priests, aged 79 and 80 respectively, were shot dead in the small church in the town square of Cerocahui on Monday, along with a tour guide they tried to protect from a local criminal boss. The killer, whom President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said on Wednesday had been identified, took away their bodies.

“They were respected. Their word was taken into account,” said Jorge Atilano, another Jesuit priest, during a mass on Tuesday evening in Mexico City.

But the priests had noted changes that made it increasingly difficult to navigate the ever-expanding criminal underworld.

Reverend Pedro Humberto Arriaga, a Jesuit superior at a mission in southern Mexico and a friend of Campos since their student days, said that during their last conversation in May, Campos told him about “the gravity of the situation, the how the drug gangs had advanced in the area, how they were taking over the communities. Things were spiraling out of control with more and more armed criminals moving throughout the region, he said.

Arriaga was unaware of the threats against either priest, but everyone was aware of the risks – there and across the country.

The church’s Catholic Multimedia Center said seven priests, including Campos and Mora, have been murdered under the current administration, which took office in December 2018, and at least two dozen under the former president, who took office. took office in 2012.

The mountains have been the scene of other recent killings of indigenous leaders, environmentalists, human rights defenders and a journalist who covered the area.

Mexico’s consistently high murder rate has been a problem for López Obrador, who entered office making it clear he had no interest in continuing the war on drugs waged by his predecessors, whom he blamed for the drug war. increase in violence. His government succeeded in slowing the rise in murders, but not in reducing them.

Even without prosecuting the cartel leaders and instead focusing on the country’s social ills, the killings continued.

Barely halfway through López Obrador’s six-year term, the number of homicides – nearly 124,000 – has surpassed that of former President Felipe Calderon’s presidency, which has accelerated the frontal conflict with the cartels.

There had been talk of removing Campos and Mora from the area for their safety and because of their age, but they refused. “They died as they lived, defending their ideals,” said Enrique Hernández, a friend of the two men, during a mass in the capital of the state of Chihuahua.

Both men have been integrated into their communities of Tarahumara indigenous people, who prefer the Raramuri name, doing social work, defending local culture and advocating for basic services, including education.

Arriaga recalled Campos’ love for basketball and his passion for singing, but said it was his willingness to immerse himself in the local culture that set him apart. Campos spoke two Raramuri dialects and participated in their dances and rituals.

Jesuits are known for their missionary work in colonial-era Latin America, particularly among indigenous peoples, Andrew Chestnut, a professor of religious studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, said in an email.

“In fact, they were expelled from Brazil and Spanish America during the second half of the 18th century for being accused of depriving the colonists of native labor by concentrating them in their missions,” said Chestnut.

Over the past half century, Jesuits have been known as defenders of human rights and promoters of social justice. “The two are the latest casualties in a country that has become one of the most dangerous in the world for Catholic clergy, primarily due to rampant drug violence,” he said.

During Mass in Mexico City on Tuesday evening, Luis Gerardo Moro, Mexico’s top Jesuit, said the killings marked “a breaking point and a point of no return in the path and mission of the Society (of Jesus) in Mexico”. He said the priests of the order will continue to speak out against the neglect and violence that persists in the region and will not remain silent in the face of injustice.

López Obrador lamented the killings on Wednesday and, without identifying him, said authorities were looking for a man who had an outstanding warrant from 2018 for the alleged murder of an American tourist.

In this case, Patrick Braxton-Andrew, a 34-year-old Spanish teacher from North Carolina, was traveling in the Tarahumara Mountains when he was apparently suspected of being an American drug agent and killed. Despite the crime, the area’s natural beauty continues to attract tourists.

On Tuesday, Javier Ávila, another Jesuit priest who has worked in the area since the 1970s, told local radio that the two priests knew their killer because he was a local crime boss. He said the man was “crazy, drunk” and had threatened locals to shut up.

The man “told them, ‘If you talk and there’s movement, I’ll come get you all and kill you all,'” Ávila said.

Authorities were also looking for three other people abducted Monday in the town of about 1,100 people.

Pope Francis, himself a Jesuit, said via Twitter: “How many murders in Mexico! Violence does not solve problems, but only increases unnecessary suffering.

Ávila said there was impunity for crimes in the Tarahumara Mountains and throughout Mexico. It is increasingly brazen and fueled by “the incompetence of authorities at all levels”, he said. “We’re fed up.”

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AP writer Christopher Sherman in Mexico City contributed to this report.

Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.

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St. Peter’s Catholic Church takes over the streets of Mount Clemens – Macomb Daily https://obotafumeiro.com/st-peters-catholic-church-takes-over-the-streets-of-mount-clemens-macomb-daily/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 20:59:32 +0000 https://obotafumeiro.com/st-peters-catholic-church-takes-over-the-streets-of-mount-clemens-macomb-daily/

St. Peter’s Catholic Church joined parishes around the world on Saturday to hold a Corpus Christi procession.

Judging by the turnout, it won’t be the last.

Even people walking their dogs joined in the solemn procession of clergy, parishioners, neighbors and other guests organized in honor of the feast of Corpus Christi.

“This is a first for us,” said the Rev. Christopher Muer, while going over details with the group involved in the procession, including members of Knights of Columbus Council 744 John Cardinal Dearden, deacons, ushers and volunteers of St. Vincent De Paul. before his departure at 12 p.m.

Reverend John Maksym follows Reverend Christopher Muer out of St. Peter’s Catholic Church and through the streets of Mount Clemens for Saturday’s Corpus Christi procession. (GINA JOSEPH – THE DAILY MACOMB)

Among the things they needed to know was how to wear the canopy.

Created especially for this event, the magnificent embroidered canopy served as the focal point for the procession and Reverend John Maksym, the celebrant clergy who had the honor of carrying the monstrance. The ornate piece, usually gold or silver, features a star with a clear glass center and serves as a sacred vessel used by Catholics (also Anglican and Lutheran churches) to display or display the eucharistic host (blessed sacrament) during devotional ceremonies such as the Corpus Procession of Christ.

Reverend John Maksym, right, and Reverend Christopher Muer walk in the Corpus Christi procession through downtown Mount Clemens.  GINA JOSEPH - THE DAILY MACOMB
Reverend John Maksym, right, and Reverend Christopher Muer walk in the Corpus Christi procession through downtown Mount Clemens. GINA JOSEPH – THE DAILY MACOMB

“For Catholics, the Eucharist is the source and summit of our Christian life,” Muer said.

Although something new to St. Peter’s Catholic Church, the practice has been going on since the 15th century.

“It’s a beautiful tradition where we take Christ from his home and walk him around the neighborhood – testifying to our faith and devotion to the sacrament of the Eucharist,” said Maksym, who grew up in an uninhabited neighborhood. away from the church and became ordained a Roman Catholic priest in May 2018 after serving more than 30 years as a trial and defense judge for the US Navy.

Since arriving at St. Peter’s, the pastor and highly decorated service member who earned a Legion of Merit, a Bronze Star and a Meritorious Service Medal during his service career, has expressed a desire to do more awareness in the community, including an outdoor Christmas party, it launched last December.

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“I have great faith in this city and I believe events like this can have a huge impact,” Maksym said.

Among the parishioners and volunteers who have supported her initiatives is Lori Sparago.

“Some of the things that I always wanted to see happen,” Sparago said. “You can tell Father John was in the Navy. He’s a very active guy. »

The traditional procession to St. Peter’s Catholic Church was led by choir boys and girls who carried incense and crosses. They were followed by Maksym and Meur, deacons and members of the Knights of Columbus and Saint Vincent de Paul, as well as cross and candle bearers, including first communicants. Behind them walked a long line of followers including parishioners, neighbors and visitors of all ages.

The Corpus Christi procession from St. Peter's Catholic Church in downtown Mount Clemens on Saturday stretched for several blocks.  GINA JOSEPH - THE DAILY MACOMB
The Corpus Christi procession from St. Peter’s Catholic Church in downtown Mount Clemens on Saturday stretched for several blocks. GINA JOSEPH – THE DAILY MACOMB

“I’m thrilled,” said Judy Buckman of Chesterfield Township, a St. Vincent De Paul volunteer who operates a food pantry at the church. “I come from the old school and years ago we were doing this. I think it’s important now because many of our young people don’t believe in the Eucharist like we do. We hope that when we walk around town and they see what it does for people, they will also be led to believe it.

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CAN fumes as gunmen kidnap more than 22 clerics in one year https://obotafumeiro.com/can-fumes-as-gunmen-kidnap-more-than-22-clerics-in-one-year/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 04:20:00 +0000 https://obotafumeiro.com/can-fumes-as-gunmen-kidnap-more-than-22-clerics-in-one-year/

Nope Fewer than 22 clerics were abducted by gunmen between June 2021 and June 2022 in Nigeria, investigation by Sunday punch found.

Recently, the prelate of the Methodist Church in Nigeria, Samuel Kanu, was abducted.

Kanu was abducted along the Enugu-Port Harcourt highway in Abia State along with the Methodist Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Dennis Mark and the Prelate’s Chaplain.

The Prelate told reporters that the church had paid 100 million naira to secure his freedom.

This was followed by the kidnapping of the Anglican Bishop of Jebba Diocese in Kwara State, Rt. Reverend Oluwaseun Aderogba.

He was kidnapped by gunmen alongside his wife and driver last Sunday on the Oyo-Ogbomoso highway in Oyo state.

The kidnappers demanded a ransom of 70 million naira.

Catholic priests, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Jos East, Reverend James Kantoma and Fr. Christopher Onotu of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Kogi was abducted between June 6 and June 13, 2022.

Two priests from the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Revs. Stephen Ojapa, Oliver Okpara and two boys were abducted by gunmen from St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Gidan Maikambo, Katsina State on May 25.

In Ondo, Venerable Olu Obanla of the Anglican Church and his son were abducted along the Ifon-Okeluse road on Saturday 22 May.

State Police Command spokesman SP Funmilayo Odunlami said they were released by the kidnappers in Edo State three days after their abduction.

In Akwa Ibom, a Catholic priest, Reverend Father Alphonsus Uboh, from St. Pius X Parish in IkotAbasiAkpan Village, Mkpat Enin Local Government Area was abducted on May 8, 2022.

Additionally, the founder of Solid Rock Kingdom Church, Apostle John Okoriko was abducted in the same LGA in April 2022. It was learned that Okoriko regained his freedom from the kidnappers after payment of N10 million.

In Kaduna, Catholic priests Reverend Father Joseph Bako of St. John’s Church in Kudenda and Reverend Father Felix Zakari Fidson of Zaria Diocese were abducted between March 8 and March 24, 2022.

In Niger, Reverend Father Leo Ozigi of St. Mary’s Church, Sarkin Pawa Village in Munya LGA of Niger State was abducted along with others on March 27. Ozigi regained his freedom after the mobsters received an undisclosed sum.

In Maiduguri, Reverend Father Elijah Wada of Maiduguri Diocese was abducted by Boko Haram terrorists along Damboa Maiduguri Road on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. This was confirmed by the Diocesan Secretary, Fr. Jean Bakéni.

Armed men also invaded Christ the King Major Seminary in Kaduna on October 9, 2021, kidnapping five seminarians. All were eventually released.

A statement from the Chancellor of the Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan, Emmanuel Okolo confirmed their release. Details about the ransom paid were not disclosed.

Also, a Catholic priest, Reverend Father Godfrey Chimezie of St. Theresa Parish, Umuahia was abducted along Enyiukwu Road, Abia State on 13 October. The PUNCH reported that the Catholic Bishop of Umuahia, Lucius Ugorji, announced the pastor’s release.

In Ogun, two Islamic clerics, Hussein AbdulJelil, and his friend, Ilyas Jamiu, were abducted by a band of kidnappers in Ayetoro on December 18.

Another Muslim cleric was abducted alongside 11 others in two separate attacks in the Sabon Birni area of ​​Sokoto state on 13 December.

government without will

Talk to Sunday PUNCH, The assistant to the CAN president, Bayo Oladeji, said the president, Major General Mohammed Buhari (retired), had failed to ensure the safety of lives and property across the country.

He pointed out that the FG has also refused to overhaul the intelligence community’s security architecture.

“Any government that fails to protect its citizens has given the people a free hand to protect themselves, and there is no law against that,” Oladeji added.

However, NASFAT’s Chief of Mission, Sheikh Abdul-Azeez Onike, said: “The government is trying, but we want them to do more to ensure the safety of lives and property because it is their main role.

Further, a Professor of Sociology, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State, Prof. Emmanuel Gyong said, “The most important thing is the political will to use the military to do what needs to be done. The government arrested people like Nnamdi Kanu, Evans and some members of IPOB, so what’s the difference? »

Similarly, the President of the National Association of Criminologists and Security Practitioners of Nigeria, Williams Ekponson, said, “Government can solve insecurity in the country through job creation. Families must also be educated on how to protect their lives, so that they do not fall prey to any security threat.

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The photographer reaches new heights to take the picture https://obotafumeiro.com/the-photographer-reaches-new-heights-to-take-the-picture/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 05:11:58 +0000 https://obotafumeiro.com/the-photographer-reaches-new-heights-to-take-the-picture/
Leaven freelance photographer Kathryn White descends the ladder after photographing the newly painted mural atop All Saints Church in Kansas City, Kansas. PHOTO BY PHELIPE LINSTROM

by Kathryn White
sourdough special

Working as a freelancer for The Leaven has blessed me with some pretty awesome experiences. I have visited so many schools, even during the pandemic, meeting passionate educators who are spreading the gospel through teaching. I went to Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas to capture priests building the kingdom through baseball.

I’ve even traveled to the nation’s capital and Indianapolis covering teens living their faith at the March for Life and NCYC. Churches? I have photographed Ordinations, Chrism Masses, Graduations and Holy Week Masses throughout the Archdiocese. So when I was commissioned to photograph a “mural” with a priest and an artist in a church, I thought, no worries.

Upon entering All Saints Parish in Kansas City, Kansas, however, I was surprised! There were scaffolding from the bottom of the church to the nave, up to the ceiling! I thought I was looking at some sort of building scene, not the intended serene church sanctuary.

What also surprised me? The zeal of Paul Helmer and Phelipe Linstrom – the main artist and painter. Their excitement shone as bright as the murals they were painting. I got caught up in the moment as I followed them through the dusty air, listening to their process and passion behind what they were doing and why. Their stories and their smiles were endless. And contagious.

The scaffolding in place at All Saints Church in Kansas City, Kansas runs from the back of the church, through the nave, to the ceiling. LEAVEN PHOTO BY KATHRYN WHITE

We walked up to the dust-covered chancel loft, and I saw up close the dogwoods they were painting on the ceiling. When we went back down to the sanctuary of the church, they talked about the saints in the nave. It was then that Paul said, approaching the ladder at the top of the scaffolding, with that contagious excitement, “You really have to see it up close. Want to?”

For that split second he was waiting for my response, my mind raced. About 25 years ago I served at Camp Tekakwitha as a jumper. It was our job to set up the high ropes challenges about 25-30 feet in the air. So, I’m no stranger to heights.

But a ladder, in a misty, dusty church, carrying my camera gear, in a long skirt, without a harness??

“Come on. It’s easy.” He grabbed one of my cameras and climbed the ladder effortlessly. Just like that, I caught his enthusiasm. And I started!

Leaven photographer Kathryn White captured the view from the top of the scaffolding at All Saints. LEAVEN PHOTO BY KATHRYN WHITE

As I climbed rung after rung after rung, my other camera around my neck and still strapped to my waist, I could feel the sweat beginning to bead on my forehead. This scale is no joke! I whispered to myself (since my days at Camp Tekakwitha) “Clip on, clip off. Clip, unclip. Three points of contact for security.

At this point, even my Apple Watch must have felt my heartbeat quicken as it vibrated, giving me a bit of encouragement: “Keep going!” Activity goal almost achieved!

I made it about halfway through when Paul looked at me over the roof and smiled, “Don’t look down.” Ha! I looked up, not down, at the tabernacle, where the red candle was burning dimly, amidst all the dust and construction debris. Jesus is here. OK, I took a breath, I have this.

Paul Helmer, architect and color consultant at Touch of Distinction Color and Design in Kansas City, Missouri, smiles at photographer Leaven Kathryn White, who mustered up the courage to join him atop the scaffolding. LEAVEN PHOTO BY KATHRYN WHITE

When I was ready to stop at the intermediate level of the scaffolding, Paul encouraged me: “If you’re going to catch up here, you might as well climb to the end. Alright then! Inhale. Exhale. A few more feet. I continued.

When I got to the top it really wasn’t that bad. I might have needed to wipe a little sweat from my brow. But the scaffolding was solid and I clung to the railings or the ceiling while Paul talked about the life-size saints who looked me straight in the eye. I was face to face with Kateri, Maximilian, Juan, Benoît, Faustine, Teresa and others. Holiness.

Paul Helmer and Father Peter Jaramillo pause for a photo on All Saints Day amid parish renovations. LEAVEN PHOTO BY KATHRYN WHITE

The next thing I knew was that Father Peter climbed the ladder, and so did Phelipe. I mean, there we were, the four of us, just having a little meeting, 40 feet in the air! They even joked, “We could lift you up so you could see the dove of the Holy Spirit and the tongues of fire. No thanks. I mean, a photographer has to draw the line somewhere.

People joke that photographers would do anything to “get the picture”.

But this time, I think it was more about the zeal of those holy artists who literally build (paint) the house of God with their bare hands. We probably hung out there for, maybe, 40 minutes. And, in case you were wondering, there was no elevator to get down. I had to redo my way. Rung below rung below rung.

Father Peter Jaramillo climbs the ladder to meet Kathryn White at the top of the scaffolding. LEAVEN PHOTO BY KATHRYN WHITE

My only regret ? Not grabbing a brush and painting a few strokes, somewhere barely visible, just to be able to say I did it. I mean, how many people ever get a bird’s eye view of Michelangelo’s ceiling art?

Thank you, Paul, Phelipe and Father Peter, for inviting me to capture such a beautiful experience. I am delighted to attend mass with you when the church is restored. On the ground this time.

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A former diocesan high school teacher ordained a Dominican priest https://obotafumeiro.com/a-former-diocesan-high-school-teacher-ordained-a-dominican-priest/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 21:46:18 +0000 https://obotafumeiro.com/a-former-diocesan-high-school-teacher-ordained-a-dominican-priest/

Reverend Brother Paul Dominic Marich, OP, 36, formerly of Woodbridge, was ordained a priest for the Dominican Province of St. Joseph on May 21 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. Archbishop J. Augustine DiNoia, OP, associate secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome, ordained Brother Paul and nine classmates.

From 2013 to 2017, Brother Paul was a teacher at Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School in Potomac Shores, where he taught in the religion, bioethics, and social studies departments. While in the Diocese of Arlington, he was a parishioner at Our Lady of the Angels Church in Woodbridge, taught religious education classes at St. Raymond de Peñafort Church in Springfield, and served in the ministry from the Upper Room Theater to All Saints Catholic Church. in Manassas. During his second year of priestly formation at the Dominican House of Studies, Brother Paul attended St. Mary’s Basilica in Alexandria, where he brought communion to homebound parishioners and residents of homes of retirement. He is originally from Youngstown, Ohio, and graduated in 2008 from the Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Br. Paul spent a pastoral year at St. Patrick’s Parish in Columbus, Ohio, where he will remain for his first assignment as parochial vicar of St. Patrick’s Parish.

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LankaWeb – Bishop Robert Caldwell – The same church that invented Dravida Nadu must also defend Tamil Eelam https://obotafumeiro.com/lankaweb-bishop-robert-caldwell-the-same-church-that-invented-dravida-nadu-must-also-defend-tamil-eelam/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 23:43:51 +0000 https://obotafumeiro.com/lankaweb-bishop-robert-caldwell-the-same-church-that-invented-dravida-nadu-must-also-defend-tamil-eelam/

Shenali D Waduge

There was no term called Dravidian until a British missionary who arrived in India in 1838 created it to serve several Church agendas. The next 40 years were spent converting Hindu Tamils, promoting fictional history, and confronting the natives. Much of the conflict, confusion, and contradiction present today is the result of false English-translated history and widespread notions among native people. If the Dravidian theory was artificially implanted by the Church, wouldn’t it be more than possible that the Church was instrumental in promoting the claim of Tamil Eelam as well? History infused by missionaries was used in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka to separate the two along ethno-linguistic criteria, but indirectly to be controlled by the Church.

Bishop Robert Caldwell and the Church were careful to separate Brahmins from non-Brahmins. They coined the term Brahmanical Aryans” associating Indian Brahmins with Europeans. They took the low-caste Chanar and called them Dravidians,” separating them from the Brahmins.

Missionaries laid the groundwork by emotionally tying Tamils ​​to protect their language, culture and literature (all ingredients currently used in United Nations self-determination goals)

This is how the Church divided Indians to create a non-Brahmin movement in the 1900s

Missionaries are responsible for spreading a false story.

  • Aryans versus Dravidians
  • Tamils ​​versus non-Tamils
  • Brahmins versus non-Brahmins
  • Increase the herd and create infantry through these divisions
  • Inspirational belief that Abraham “was a Dravidian
  • Inspirational belief that Saivism “was a branch of Christianity
  • Inspirational belief that “the whole world spoke Tamil” in ancient times.

The Church had thus divided the people and claimed to be the saviors of the lower castes and the destitute. It was the carrot to convert. This is a pattern practiced today, as evangelical movements prey on the wealthiest lost souls!

Bishop Caldwell plugged South Indian languages ​​such as Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada as Dravidian languages. Thus, a previously non-existent Dravidian language family was created.

This means that the word Dravidian did not exist before Caldwell coined it.

Bishop Caldwells’ book A Comparative Grammar of the Dravidian or South Indian Family of Languages’. It should be noted that his book traces the beginning of Tamil literature to no earlier than 10e century of our era and is a major shock for those who defend the Dravidian ideology.

Thus, the “Dravidian” movement was led by a Christian and controlled by the world church. It was using the Dravidian movement that the Church carried out demands for linguistic separatism of Tamils ​​first in Tamil Nadu and then in Sri Lanka.

It should be noted that Tamil Nadu is one of the greatest success stories of Christian missionaries.

The Dravidian movement steeped in history created by missionaries has a larger purpose.

This was to gradually divide and balkanize India and demand secessionism in Tamil Nadu upon conversion. This is the pattern that still continues. The Church governs Tamil Nadu much more powerfully than its state government.

Robert Caldwell gave Tamils ​​a weapon by initially coining the term Dravidianism. However the delusional Dravidian or Tamil identity was, Caldwell allowed it to be branded and eventually used as a launching pad for the Tamil Eelam quest.

From 1900s – the project of a separate Tamil state continues and it is not led by Tamils ​​but by the Church.

The Dravidian movement built the psyche of the Tamil-speaking people of South India and in doing so aligned them with the global church.

Dravida Nadu also called Deccan Federation sought a sovereign state for Tamil speaking people.

The justification for calling a Dravida Nadu was the mandatory requirement for Tamil Nadu to learn Hindi in 1938.

The Official Language Act 1956 in Sri Lanka was also used to justify the claim of Tamil Eelam.

The Justice Party passed a resolution in 1938 asserting that the Tamils ​​were entitled to a separate sovereign state under direct control from London.

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The Tamils ​​wanted independence but were not afraid of being under the control of the white man!

In December 1939, Dravida Nadu for the Dravidians’ for a separate sovereign and federal state was launched.

In June 1940, a map of Dravida Nadu was published in Kanchipuram.

These movements” were also in conflict with the Indian Freedom Movement.

The British refused to heed calls for a separate Tamil state.

However, in July 1947, Tamil leaders in India established a Dravida Nadu Secession Day” by passing a resolution on July 13, 1947 demanding an independent Dravida Nadu again. Mahatma Gandhi and Mohammed Jinnah opposed the creation of a Dravida Nadu.

Again, on September 17, 1960, a day of separation from Dravida Nadu” took place.

Eventually Dravida Nadu was changed to Tamil Nadu for Tamils ​​”and later We Tamil Movement” and later changed to a demand for an independent Tamil Nadu, which the Indian government rejected through legislation against secessionism in 1963.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/stalin-for-dravida-nadu/article23275669.ece

All these “secessionist” movements were born and promoted by the Church.

The Church shrewdly diverted Tamil speaking South India against North India/North Indians and then transferred the same anger to Sri Lanka through Tamils ​​living in Sri Lanka.

Isn’t it more than curious that SJV Chelvanayagam, a Christian who came from Malaysia to stir the pot of Tamils ​​in Sri Lanka to create a political party ITAK seeking a separate Tamil state in Sri Lanka in 1949?

The demands for a Dravida Nadu are virtually the same as those which the LTTE delegation and the Tamil leaders demanded in Thimpu in 1985. Were these demands drawn up by the same Church?

After infusing beneficial missionary history among Tamils ​​both in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka, generating the inspiration to secede and separate, the next step was an armed movement. The Dravida Nadu movement led to the creation of a Tamil Nadu Liberation Army while the Tamil Eelam movement in Sri Lanka created Tamil militant groups out of which the LTTE emerged victorious to hijack a quest started initially by Tamil politicians.

The end goal is the balkanization of India and even Sri Lanka.

The missionary goal launched by Bishop Robert Caldwell continues even after his death.

A #DravidaNadu hashtag movement was reignited in 2017 around the same time India foolishly became a QUAD partner.

The power of the Church manifests itself in different ways.

In 2021, a Christian pastor from Tamil Nadu said we are not 3.5%, we are 35% of the population” from India and urged crypto Christians to come out and admit they are Christians instead of hiding it.

Tamil Nadu politics is heavily influenced by the Church – it uses its global networks and NGOs to act as pressure groups against the projects. We have also seen this in Sri Lanka.

The Church and evangelical movements play a silent but powerful role in Tamil Nadu, involving virtually all spheres – for whom people should vote, which projects should be allowed or rejected, even what should or should not be filmed (the Church got the DMK government to ban the screening of The Da Vinci Code in 2006). The coastal areas are entirely under the control of the Church, a similar situation in Sri Lanka as well.

No wonder the famous pedagogue of Tamil Nadu, Chithbavananda declared that the Dravidian movement was a ticking time bomb planted by the Church.

The Church is accused of providing tactical support to internal separatist conflicts in India. It should come as no surprise to anyone how openly the Church has supported the LTTE separatists.

The Church supports the division of Tamil Nadu and Northern Sri Lanka according to jargon-religious criteria to enable them to have a greater interest.

https://swarajyamag.com/politics/a-pop-priest-in-tamil-nadu-attempts-to-divide-people-on-grounds-of-social-justice-language

Reverend Jegath Gaspar Raj, the Catholic priest, is accused of secularizing Hindu folklore.

Other Church members supporting the LTTE and associated with its fronts are Fr Emmanuel, Fr Karunaratnam and the late Bishop Rayappu Joseph.

Fr Savary Muththu Bhaskaran, rector of St. Martin’s Seminary in Jaffna, was arrested in 2020 while organizing an event to commemorate the LTTE.

An American Jesuit priest – Father Miller – revealed to US embassy officers in Colombo that the orphanages where the LTTE recruited its child soldiers were run by churches.

Priests who were inside the fire-free zone in Mullaitivu were also accused of aiding the LTTE by forcibly recruiting hundreds of underage children. Some 600 children had been sent to a Catholic church in Walayarmadam – the LTTE arrived at this church on March 24, 2009 and took the children away. This was not the only time the priest had been associated with helping the LTTE.

The LTTE’s Voice of Tigers radio station was located inside St. Sebastian’s Church in Mallavi in ​​1999 and inside Madhu Church as well. Voice of Tigers collaborated with the Catholic broadcasting station Radio Veritas run by the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Asia. The Tamil service of Radio Veritas is run by Tamil Catholics from Tamil Nadu.

Dravida Nadu and all its offshoot movements were artificially created by the global church for their own agendas.

If the map of Dravida Nadu was also created by the Church, is the map of Tamil Eelam also a creation of the Church?

If the global church controls these movements and their members, the bigger question is who controls the global church?

Shenali D Waduge

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Horsham priest jailed for sex offenses against boy he met in church https://obotafumeiro.com/horsham-priest-jailed-for-sex-offenses-against-boy-he-met-in-church/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 15:01:17 +0000 https://obotafumeiro.com/horsham-priest-jailed-for-sex-offenses-against-boy-he-met-in-church/ A ROMAN Catholic priest has been jailed for sex offenses against a teenager he met at church.

Father Anthony White was found guilty of two counts of indecent assault and one of sodomy against the boy.

The offenses occurred in the early 1990s at an address where White lived in Horsham when he was assistant priest at St John’s Church.

The 64-year-old was sentenced to ten years and six months in prison for the sexual assault.

White, now of Cross-In-Hand, Heathfield, was also given five years for each indecent assault offense to run concurrently.

He will serve two-thirds of his sentence in prison.

Father Anthony White

Detective Constable Yvonne Daddow said: “White got to know the boy when he and his family went to church.

“He gradually gained their trust and the boy started visiting the priest’s address in Horsham on the pretext of doing some work around the house.

“However, the first time, White satiated the boy with drink and then raped him. On other occasions, he also sexually assaulted the teenager.

“The victim kept these terrible experiences to himself for nearly 30 years and they had a very serious impact on his mental health and well-being during that time.

“It wasn’t until watching a TV documentary about unrelated misconduct involving priests that he felt able to come forward and reveal what had happened to him.”

He was supported by specially trained officers and the officers had the full cooperation of church authorities throughout the investigation, police said.

“I want to thank the witnesses for taking the time to come out and support the police in this investigation,” added Detective Constable Daddow.

“We will always investigate such cases and provide support to victims, seeking justice where possible, no matter how long ago the events may have occurred.”

The charge followed an investigation by detectives from the West Sussex Safeguard Investigations Unit after a report was first received by police in 2020.

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OFFICIAL – New Priest Assignments https://obotafumeiro.com/official-new-priest-assignments/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 04:20:47 +0000 https://obotafumeiro.com/official-new-priest-assignments/

Friday, June 10, 2022

Effective August 3, 2022

Retirements/Departures

:

Reverend John E. Normanoutgoing pastor, Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Salt Lake City (LLC Series 250)

Reverend Omar OntiverosMedical leave – one year

Reverend Clarence J. SandovalPast Pastor, St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Layton (LLC Series 245)

Reverend William WheatonPast Pastor, Holy Family Catholic Church, Ogden (LLC Series 205)

Newly Appointed Pastors/Trustees:

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic ChurchMagna (LLC Series 209)

Reverend Kelechi Alozie, Trustee

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Salt Lake City (Series LLC 211)

Reverend Noel P. Ancheta, Trustee

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and SchoolSalt Lake City (LLC 250 Series)

Reverend Samuel Dinsdale, pastor

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and SchoolSandy (LLC series 201) and Our Lady of the Snows CenterAlb. (LLC Series 269)

Reverend Rodelio S. Ignacio, Trustee

Holy Family Catholic ChurchOgden (LLC Series 205)

Reverend Joseph M. Minuth, OP, Trustee

Saint Ann Catholic Church and Kearns-Saint Ann SchoolSalt Lake City (Series LLC 215)

Reverend Dominic Sternhagen, Pastor

Saint Rose of Lima Catholic ChurchLayton (LLC 245 Series)

Reverend Gustavo Vidal, pastor

Parochial vicars and special assignments:

Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic ChurchHyde Park and Saint Jerome Newman Center, Logan (Series LLC 247)

Reverend Robin Cruz, Parish Vicar and Chaplain

St. George’s Catholic ChurchSt. George (LLC Series 223)

Reverend Tristan P. Dillon, Parish Vicar

St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic ChurchPark City (LLC series 238) and St. Lawrence MissionHeber (LLC 264)

Reverend Anil Kakumanu, Parish Vicar

Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic ChurchOrem (LLC 221 Series)

Reverend Jaya Kumar Penugonda, Parish Vicar

University of Utah Hospital, Primary Children’s Hospital and Huntsman Cancer Hospital

Reverend Paulraj Rayappa, Chaplain

The Cathedral of the MadeleineSalt Lake City (LLC Series 202)

Reverend Alfredo Valdez, Parish Vicar

Newly appointed Deans (Vicars Forane):

(None)

Pastors appointed for a second six-year term:

(None)

+ Bishop Oscar A. Solis, DD

Bishop of Salt Lake City

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Three ways of thinking about priests https://obotafumeiro.com/three-ways-of-thinking-about-priests/ Tue, 07 Jun 2022 14:00:55 +0000 https://obotafumeiro.com/three-ways-of-thinking-about-priests/

The time had come. By 1863, the city of London had reached such density that it demanded a new form of urban transport. Thus was born the world’s first underground railway – known today as the London Underground, a hallmark of the city. What began as a few underground steam train lines is today a 402 kilometer system of passages, where some 500 trains carry more than five million people a day.

As many London Underground platforms are curved, where they meet the straight ‘rolling stock’ of the train line creates a gap – small enough to go unnoticed, but big enough to cause mischief. It was for this reason that in 1968 an audible warning was introduced to ensure passengers were careful when entering the gap between the train door and the platform landing. Any traveler on the London Underground is by now well accustomed to the iconic voice which, addressing you with a terse pronunciation: Pay attention to the gap between the train and the platform.

Although “spirit” is not common parlance in America, it conveys the basic meaning of “reminding” us of something easily forgotten, something that is not necessarily apparent. Used in the imperative, it invites us to attract more attention, and more precisely to consider the quality or the nature of a thing.

In the wake of the priestly scandal and in an increasingly secularized society, many Catholics are once again wondering how they should think about priests. In a sense, the layman is invited to disturbs priests again, trying to understand the singular and paradoxical state of life of those they call fathers. And there are three basic ways to think about it.

The first two ways

First, a Catholic can consider priests naively. They see the greatness of the office of priest, from the Latin desk, meaning “the performance of a specific task”. What is this task to which these men are assigned in function? They are consecrated in the Sacrament of Holy Orders in order to make God present in our lives. Preeminently, the priest exists for the Eucharist; to be in person Christi, he crafts the mystery of his own voice and holds it in his hands. When the mystery of this office goes hand in hand with a life of paternal sacrifice, a Catholic cannot be moved to a place of deep reverence for the miraculous work that God does through ordinary men.

But if a Catholic were to limit his thinking to this alone, he would remain naive and idealistic about the reality the state of the priesthood in the Church. It is a noble thing to recognize the objective radiance of the office of priest; but to do so in an enthusiastic, inexperienced or immature way only leads to the inevitable collapse to which all illusions are destined.

Second, a Catholic may consider priests critical. If the first point of view prevailed in the Church before the Second Vatican Council, the second is manifestly evident today. A critical view of the priesthood is one that focuses on the the person of the priest, not of the office. They see things subjectively, not objectively – that is, they see the subject who assumes the position. This view is further exacerbated by the recent scandal, where the utter fragility (and even viciousness) of a man taking on the job has never been more apparent. For many Catholics, the priest is a man — simply a man — a sinner like everyone else; hence the resulting criticisms.

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The problem with this critical vision of the priest is not the criticism itself; it is the implicit rejection of what the naive person has clearly sensed. For the critic sacrifices the objective dignity of the function when he persists in the subjective unworthiness of the person. Left to its own devices, this type of criticism leads to skepticism which can in turn harden into cynicism. What is most remarkable these days is how this critical vision of priests plays not so much with the secular progressivism of the left, but with the radicalizing traditionalism of the right. In the end, both miss the mark.

What is needed is not a return to naivety, which only pacifies Catholics out of the real and difficult reality of the Church. It is not “purer” to put priests back on a pedestal; which offers only a cosmetic veneer. For in truth, it is just as insufficient to focus on the office at the expense of the person as it is to eclipse the office in the exaggeration of the person. What is needed is a healthy disenchantment of naïve Catholic life with a more authentic critique. Healthy criticism is part of Catholic education; for, as Luigi Giussani notes, “to criticize is to take hold of things”—an act that is not negative.1 Moreover, Hans Urs von Balthasar concludes: The critic “is scandalized by everything ecclesial and must spiritualize everything in order to be able to bear it. Indeed, one must commit oneself to the Church precisely because of the scandal. The Church is God’s perfect instrument: she deserves our greatest love and absolute obedience and, at the same time, is the most highly qualified to humble us and break our mania for perfection.2

The Third Way of Assent

Priests are walking paradoxes. If they succeed, they become living miracles. Unlike those in the lay state (those in the world) or those in the religious state (those out of the world), priests exist in a middle state between the two – half in the world, half out of the world. of the world. Hence the paradox of their existence, ruled by an unparalleled and quite unique tension. For both lay (married) and religious base their state of life on vows — acts of personal and subjective freedom. But this is not the case with priests, who are not made by themselves, but by the Church (hence the reason why they do not take vows). The office of the priesthood, which belongs only to Jesus Christ, is conferred on them despite their unworthiness. The office is the objective dimension of their life, never coextensive with human subjectivity. And that’s appropriate; for if Christ had expected men worthy of his office, the Church would still have no priests.

No one has expressed this paradox more brilliantly than the theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar. “Priestly existence, he writes, is rooted definitively in the gaping gap between the function and the person and therefore in an ethos which stems radically from humility and is maintained by the constantly renewed humiliations which manifest and actualize the lasting inequality between [official] dignity and [personal] accomplishment. In his effort to be worthy of his office and, in doing so, to sacrifice and submerge more and more his subjectivity, the priest can expect his only reward to be conscience, not that he has become the equal office, but that the office was able to succeed despite its shortcomings. In the ethos of the priest, the contrast between function and person dominates to the end – a static dualism that no existential effort can overcome or weaken. His self-sacrifice first takes the form of humility.3

In short, the priest is marked by a fundamental tension or a “gaping gap” between the charge he assumes and the man he is. There is a “gap” in his priestly existence, which not only constitutes him intrinsically, but constantly humiliates him. It is this lacuna that Catholics must consent to, an act that demands a response of trusting love in the Triune God. Assent is saying “yes” to the whole reality of the priest, office and person in their endless and paradoxical union.

So what is the third way to think about priests? The path of assent transcends the other two. Like the naive Catholic, they love the office for all its glory and honor. Like the critic, they recognize the person who remains absolutely unworthy. Anyone who really wants to love and understand priests has only to make this act of assent. Or as the British would say, watch out for the gap.


  1. L. Giussani, Education risk: Discovering Our Ultimate Destiny (New York: Herder and Herder, 2001), 9.
  2. HU of Balthasar, The grain of wheat: aphorisms (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2011), 126.
  3. HU of Balthasar, The Christian state of life
    (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2002), 269.
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