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A Catholic church in Poland wants a court to determine whether the victim of a priest’s alleged sexual abuse – who was a 12-year-old boy when it started – was gay and therefore took ‘enjoyment in the intimate relationship “.

The lawsuit was filed by Janusz Szymik against the Diocese of Bielsko-Żywiec. Szymik says he was abused by a priest, identified as “Jan W.” in court documents, for years starting in 1984, when he was an altar boy.

Related: Joe Biden condemns Poland’s ‘LGBT-free zones’ because ‘LGBTQ+ rights are human rights’

A news site in Poland published parts of the church’s response to the lawsuit, which include a request for “evidence from an expert sexologist on the determination of the plaintiff’s sexual preferences, in particular the determination of sexual orientation sexuality of the applicant”.

The church also wants to be allowed to ask Szymik about him “showing pleasure in having an intimate relationship with Jan W.” and “reap the benefits [from it], including material benefits.

The church says it “denies that the relationship was based on bondage or incapacity; on the contrary: it was voluntary and based on mutual benefits,” according to a translation of the document by Notes from Poland.

The church’s internal court previously found Jan W. guilty of sexually abusing Szymik in 2017. The church banned Jan W. from priestly ministry and hearing confessions for five years. Szymik’s lawsuit seeks three million Polish zlotys ($755,000 US) in damages from the church.

In 2021, the Vatican sanctioned the Diocese of Bielsko-Żywiec for “negligence” in responding to alleged sexual abuse by Jan W. following a two-year investigation that found Szymik had twice spoken to leaders of the the church, but it still took years for the diocese to do anything about Jan W.

Polish commentator Tomasz Terlikowski said the church’s response blaming the victims shows a “pedophile pattern of thinking”. He called on the church to withdraw its response and apologize as it could cause “again harm to the victim”.

Steven Gahagan Obituary (1965 – 2022) – Davenport, IA https://obotafumeiro.com/steven-gahagan-obituary-1965-2022-davenport-ia/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 14:23:24 +0000 https://obotafumeiro.com/steven-gahagan-obituary-1965-2022-davenport-ia/

Steven J. Gahagan

July 22, 1965 – January 15, 2022

DAVENPORT-A Memorial Mass to celebrate the life of Steven J. Gahagan, 56, of Davenport, will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Davenport. The family will welcome friends on Saturday from 10 a.m. until mass time in the assembly area at the church. To honor Steve’s wishes, the cremation rite has been granted and burial will take place at a later date. Memorials can be returned to his family. Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home is helping the family make arrangements.

Steve passed away suddenly on Sunday, January 9, 2022 at his residence in Davenport.

Steven John Gahagan was born July 22, 1965 in Davenport, the son of James J. and Barbara (Coughlin) Gahagan, Sr. He was married to Christine Zaerr. She preceded him in death on April 28, 2003.

Steve had worked for many years at the Downtown Deli. He enjoyed reading, cooking, and was an avid Cubs and Notre Dame fan. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and camping at Scott County Park all the time.

Survivors include her children: Shawn (Amanda VanSant) Gahagan, Davenport, Kelly (Tirrany) Gahagan, Bettendorf and Kali (Garrett) Wright, Lone Tree; granddaughters: Sophia, Natalie, Madalynn and Olivia; his siblings: Deb Behan, Cynthia (JB) Bromwell, Michael Gahagan and Alan (Sherry) Gahagan, David Gahagan and Elizabeth (Artez) Craig, all of Davenport, and James (Robin) Gahagan, LeClaire; and many loving nieces, nephews and extended family.

Steve was predeceased by his parents, wife and sister-in-law, Jennifer Jones-Gahagan.

Online condolences can be expressed by visiting www.hmdfuneralhome.com.

Published by Quad-City Times on January 14, 2022.

Southwark priests resign from canonies following Ghanaian bishops’ backing of anti-LGBT bill https://obotafumeiro.com/southwark-priests-resign-from-canonies-following-ghanaian-bishops-backing-of-anti-lgbt-bill/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 00:16:47 +0000 https://obotafumeiro.com/southwark-priests-resign-from-canonies-following-ghanaian-bishops-backing-of-anti-lgbt-bill/

THREE priests in the Diocese of Southwark, including the next Archdeacon of Southwark, have resigned as honorary canons of a Ghanaian cathedral, in response to Ghanaian bishops’ apparent support for the criminalization of LGBTQ+ people.

In a parish newsletter sent December 11, the Vicar of St John the Divine with St James the Apostle, Kennington, Reverend Mark Williams, wrote: “It is with great sadness that I inform you that I resigned as Canon of Asante Mampong Cathedral in Ghana. A bill has been introduced in Ghana’s parliament criminalizing LGBTQ+ people and those who support them. . .

“Unfortunately the churches felt pressured to support this bill and they did. After several weeks of discussion with the Archbishop of Ghana, church support for the bill has not changed in the public domain, which has left me and two other Ghanaian canons from the Diocese of Southwark, with no choice but to resign. This fills me with immense sadness considering my association with the Church in Ghana for about 17 years. Please pray for Ghana and for all those affected by this proposed law change. »

On Tuesday, he said there had been “conversations over several weeks” before he sent the email.

The Rector of the North Lambeth team, Reverend Angus Aagaard, who has also resigned as Canon of Asante Mampong Cathedral, said the Archbishop of Ghana, The Very Reverend Cyril Kobina Ben-Smith, had been an assistant priest in the parish for two years, and that “we all hope to continue our strong relationship with him”.

The third priest to step down as an honorary cathedral canon is the Rector of St George the Martyr along with St Alphege and St Jude, Southwark, the Reverend Jonathan Sedgwick, who is due to be installed as Archdeacon of Southwark in May. On Wednesday, he said the three had resigned “with a very heavy heart but because of the very public support of the Anglican Church for this legislation. We are very clear that we wish to continue in friendship and fellowship with our Christian brothers and sisters in the Anglican Church in Ghana.

Church of England bishops and the Archbishop of Canterbury have expressed concern over support for the bill, which was indicated in a statement by the Ghana Provincial House of Bishops of the Provincial Church. from West Africa (News, October 21, 2021).

Bishop Welby later apologized for commenting without first speaking to the Ghanaian Archbishop (News, November 19, 2021). He told the General Synod in November that the Anglican Church of Ghana had not, contrary to reports, endorsed the proposed criminalization of the LGBTQ+ community in the Bill (News, November 19, 2021): a statement not yet confirmed in the public domain by the Ghanaian bishops.


Maine’s idea: Irish peace could have bizarre consequences https://obotafumeiro.com/maines-idea-irish-peace-could-have-bizarre-consequences/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 09:00:50 +0000 https://obotafumeiro.com/maines-idea-irish-peace-could-have-bizarre-consequences/

When traveling the world, for his law firm and as an informal global ambassador, George Mitchell often spoke of the commonalities he found in people of all continents, among all religions, nationalities and ethnicities.

Parents want the same things for their children, he said: a good education, health care, good jobs – and an absence of violence, in the community and the nation.

Mitchell had credibility as he negotiated, transpired and managed the Good Friday deal that brought peace to Northern Ireland in 1998, and ended the intermittent war that plagued an entire generation.

The Good Friday deal, which is expected to last at least as long as “The Troubles” that preceded it, has lasted beyond expectations.

Peace never seems to sell newspapers like wars and political conflicts, but perhaps more importantly – a point to remember in our own time of conflict.

Across the Atlantic, the peace in Northern Ireland has far more profound consequences than expected when it is signed by the leaders of the Social Democratic and Labor Party (SDLP), led by John Hume, and the Party. Ulster Unionist (UUP), led by David Trimble.

The SDLP was the moderate Catholic, or Republican, party, while the UUP played the same role for Protestant Unionists.

Hume and Trimble shared the Nobel Peace Prize; Mitchell was inexplicably left out. Neither leader played a significant role in the coalition governments that followed.

Today, the largest Catholic party is Sinn Fein, once the political arm of the Irish Republican Army (IRA), governing in coalition with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), founded by the torch Protestant Ian Paisley.

Parliamentary elections are scheduled for May and – unthinkable a generation ago – Sinn Fein could form the next government. Support for DUP has plunged.

The reason, in a nutshell, is Brexit – the curious decision by voters in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (and Scotland and Wales) to sever ties with the Union. European Union (EU) in an almost simultaneous 2016 referendum with Donald Trump’s election.

Trump is not in power, but Boris Johnson, the Brexit “genius”, was apparently thriving as prime minister, chasing the opposition and leaving the once formidable Labor Party with rump status.

Johnson is a curious mix – an Oxford-educated curator at ease in the highest circles, but exhibiting a rowdy, savage appearance and ‘common man’ theatricality. Like Trump, he invents it as he goes.

Johnson is now in the throes of serious political problems, with two-thirds saying he should step down. These are – or seemingly – boozy parties in Downing Street, the Prime Minister’s residence and office, at the height of pandemic shutdowns.

The storm has grown and is the subject of a formal, but independent investigation, apparently a little less substantial than our January 6 committee.

What it really is, however, is Johnson’s Brexit mess, in which, despite its bluster, Europe holds all the cards.

Johnson made promises he couldn’t keep. Famous, the former journalist wrote two editorials ahead of the Brexit vote, one for ‘Remain’ and one for ‘Leave’ and then for ‘Leave’ as he seemed to be winning.

Initially, the Conservatives and Labor were straddling the issue that separated the two parties; Johnson became the decisive leader and won the 2019 parliamentary election.

Yet he was still trying to square the circle. The Good Friday Agreement specifies that there can be no customs border between the Republic of Ireland, comprising most of the island, and the six counties of Northern Ireland.

It’s enshrined in the EU charter, and Johnson knew he couldn’t change it. Yet he promised the DUP that somehow there would be no customs border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

Brexit has gone ahead and goods that once moved freely across the Irish Sea are subject to inspections, fees and delays, hurting the economy.

Johnson charms English voters, but doesn’t deceive those in Northern Ireland, who rightly feel betrayed.

We are a long way from a resolution, but we can predict the day of another referendum – a referendum uniting Ireland, the north and the south, in the EU, saying goodbye to the UK. Already, demographic changes have made Catholics and Protestants equal in the North; the benefits of EU membership are tempting.

If that happens, the Scottish National Party could force another independence referendum. Scotland voted overwhelmingly against Brexit and could thus join the EU.

That would leave Boris Johnson’s successor with the United Kingdom of England and Wales, where it was in 1607, four centuries ago.

Americans sometimes aspire to the clear lines of British parliamentary government, as opposed to our own divided powers.

However, the election of Donald Trump may only have short-term consequences. Brexit could be much more sustainable.

Douglas Rooks, editor, commentator and journalist from Maine since 1984, is the author of three books. His first, “Statesman: George Mitchell and the Art of the Possible”, is now available in paperback. He welcomes comments to[email protected]

Father David Hudgins’ Latest Dispatch | Catholic National Register https://obotafumeiro.com/father-david-hudgins-latest-dispatch-catholic-national-register/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 02:39:32 +0000 https://obotafumeiro.com/father-david-hudgins-latest-dispatch-catholic-national-register/

The priest of the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan, tragically died in a traffic accident.

Father David Hudgins, a priest in the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan, wrote an article for his parish bulletin shortly before his death in a traffic accident on January 3.

Father Hudgins was pastor of St. Joseph’s Shrine in Brooklyn, Michigan, and judicial vicar of the Diocese of Lansing.

His requiem mass was said on January 8 and his body was buried in the cemetery of the Sanctuary of Saint Joseph.

Father Hudgins’ article for the Shrine Bulletin for the Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord is reproduced below, with the permission of the Diocese of Lansing.

The Lord’s Baptism and Our Baptism – Do You Know Who You Are? By Father David Hudgins

You have received this grace, a gloriously incomprehensible gift from God beyond all human merit: adoption into the family of God … the Church. You have been configured for the death and resurrection of Christ. You have put on Christ and been made new in the Holy Spirit. God has given you the grace of justification, the gifts of faith, hope and love, and the spiritual power to act righteously.

You participate in the divine life of the Holy Trinity. Who is God runs through your veins. You belong to Christ. You are a new creation, a child of God, a participant in divine nature, a joint heir with Jesus. You share the priestly, prophetic and royal “Christic life” common to all believers. You have been sealed with an indelible character: configuration to Christ.

This is your seal of eternal life. Only sin can twist God’s masterpiece, and even then He can and will restore you, if you will. If we keep this covenant to the end, by remaining faithful to Jesus, we can hope to see God and participate in the resurrection and the life of the world to come. As a member of the Body of Christ, your connection to Him and to other Christians runs deeper than culture, gender, race, social status, and even blood. The bond of unity that you share with other Christians runs deeper than any human bond.

You have been baptized.

Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19). Baptism is an act of Jesus our High Priest by the power of the Holy Spirit whereby the sons and daughters of Adam become Sons and Daughters of God.

Fortunately, the sacraments are not based on human understanding. If we needed perfect understanding for God to act in our lives, then he could do nothing with us since all of his works are endless and beyond full human understanding.

We give good things to our children. Baptism is a divine favor that will transform us for eternity; therefore, we must baptize infants. I was baptized when I was 25 days old. Children do not have perfect understanding; me neither. However, Jesus works in their hearts, in my heart and in the hearts of all of us through this powerful sacrament. Let us give Him thanks and praise for it.

Very Reverend David Hudgins

Father Hudgins’ article appeared earlier on the Diocese of Lansing website and is reprinted by the Catholic News Agency with permission.

Funeral mass for the Trappist P. Léandre Dosch https://obotafumeiro.com/funeral-mass-for-the-trappist-p-leandre-dosch/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 18:36:52 +0000 https://obotafumeiro.com/funeral-mass-for-the-trappist-p-leandre-dosch/

Friday, January 14, 2022

By Marie Mischel

Intermountain Catholic

A Christian burial mass for Father Leander Edward Dosch, OCSO was celebrated on January 7th at Villa St. Joseph. The celebrant was Fr. Lourduraj Gally Gregory. The concelebrants were Mgr. Colin Bircumshaw, vicar general; Father Kenneth Vialpando, vicar of the clergy; Mgr. Michael Winterer, a retired priest from the diocese; and Father Patrick Boyle, OCSO.

Among the participants were Fr Leander’s niece and her husband, Gwen and Gill Fagnou; Father Casimir Bernas, OCSO; and many friends who received from him the sacrament of confession, spiritual direction and other ministries, as Fr. Gally noted in his homily.

One of fr. Leander’s greatest virtue was loyalty, Father dit Gally. “His dedication to his religious life and to the OCSO family through his priesthood, which he cherished so much, was an example that we can all learn from. “

Bro. Leander was born on February 1, 1925 on a farm near Annaheim, Saskatchewan, Canada, the first of seven children to the family of Henry and Mary (Meyer) Dosch.

In her eulogy, Gwen Fagnou said she had a special bond with her uncle as he was ordained a priest on June 3, 1950 and she was born a few weeks later. Twenty-one years later, upon his return from missionary work in Brazil, he presided over the wedding of her and her husband.

A few months before her death, she asked him about her vocation to the priesthood, and he sent her a written answer, which she read at the funeral mass. He says there that he was attracted to the priesthood from his childhood. In fourth grade he memorized the Latin answers to mass so he could be a choir servant. After receiving the sacrament of Confirmation, he attended residential school at St. Peter’s Benedictine Abbey in Muenster, Saskatchewan. After high school, he entered the Benedictine novitiate of the abbey; 12 years later he was sent to St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minn.

After his ordination he taught for 10 years at St. Peter’s College and also participated in parish work. In 1960 he became chaplain at a girls’ academy in Bruno, Saskatchewan. Eight years later he traveled to Maceio, Brazil with a missionary team and worked there for three years. He returned to Canada in 1971 and was posted as a hospital chaplain in Humbolt, Saskatchewan.

He repeatedly asked to be transferred to a Trappist monastery, but his abbot refused his requests. Then, in the early 1970s, he completed a month-long retreat at Holy Trinity Abbey in Huntsville, Utah. [now closed]. Subsequently, he again asked his abbot for permission to transfer. This time his request was granted. In August 1975, at the age of 50, he joined Huntsville Abbey, where he served as novice master for 10 years. In addition to writing and publishing several monographs, he was abbot for five years. Then, at age 70, he became archivist of the abbey. At the age of 90, he moved to St. Joseph Villa in Salt Lake City, where he used a Facebook page to evangelize. He died on January 2, 2022, at the age of 96.

Theologian Canon – Episcopal News Service https://obotafumeiro.com/theologian-canon-episcopal-news-service/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 10:31:12 +0000 https://obotafumeiro.com/theologian-canon-episcopal-news-service/ The Canon theologian of the Trinity is responsible for the vision, planning, implementation and evaluation of Christian formation in this great cathedral parish. Under the supervision of the dean and at the head of the training team (composed of the director of the ministries of children and the family, the director of the ministries of youth, the administrative assistant of children, youth and families and the director of the Sunday school), the canon theologian the people of the Trinity in the deep questions of the Christian faith and life, leading them to seek answers – and deeper questions – in Sacred Scripture and the teaching of the Church.

The canon theologian directly oversees all adult education opportunities, coordinating with the dean, canon pastor and lay volunteers to provide rich and varied Bible studies, thematic classes, small group meetings, weekend breaks. retreat and more on Sundays and throughout each week and the liturgical season. . In all things, the Theologian Canon seeks to nourish the cathedral’s life of faith through learning and study, and to equip mature disciples to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed.

The theologian canon leads the formation team by articulating a clear plan for all Christian formation at the cathedral, supporting the directors in the implementation of this plan and holding them accountable for their work. In this way, a consistent and continuous path for growth in the Christian faith and life is mapped out for all of our people, and the canon theologian serves as their guide and companion along the way.

Strategic responsibilities:

  • Work with the dean to ensure that Trinity provides substantive, nurturing, and relevant paths for all parishioners to form in the Christian faith and life.
  • Develop, implement and evaluate training plans for adult cathedral members.
  • Oversee and support the development of formation plans for the children, youth and families of Trinity Cathedral, overseeing the work of the formation team and lay volunteers.
  • Evaluate and creatively redesign training strategies related to sacramental preparation, for example for baptism and marriage.
  • Integrate study and service opportunities into the larger life of the cathedral, striving to involve all Trinity parishioners in these essential aspects of membership.
  • To instill spirituality and home service practices among the families of Trinity Cathedral.

Regular tasks:

  • Preach, teach, celebrate the sacraments and provide pastoral care in collaboration with the dean and canons as part of the regular rotation of priestly responsibilities.
  • Attend and participate in full staff, canon staff and clergy meetings, as well as monthly sacristy meetings.
  • Attend and participate in diocesan and local clergy meetings and annual retreats.
  • Other tasks assigned by the dean.
Pressure mounts on No10 to reduce Covid isolation time to five days https://obotafumeiro.com/pressure-mounts-on-no10-to-reduce-covid-isolation-time-to-five-days/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 13:28:34 +0000 https://obotafumeiro.com/pressure-mounts-on-no10-to-reduce-covid-isolation-time-to-five-days/

Pressure is mounting on the government to cut the Covid isolation period in England as it emerged that health chiefs had misled ministers about the proposal.

School leaders today backed calls to relax the rules, as they revealed classes of more than 100 children were being taught in gyms due to teacher shortages.

Dame Maura Regan, executive director of the Bishop Hogarth Catholic Education Trust, said schools would “welcome” the move to avoid further disruption in student education.

The support comes after business leaders, MPs and even NHS leaders urged No10 to consider following the United States in reducing isolation to five days to ease pressure on the economy and vital services .

But the move was ruled out by the British Food Safety Agency, which said comparisons with the United States were “not comparable”.

Last night, it emerged that the quango wrongly told ministers that the country’s period of self-isolation begins from the date of a positive test rather than when symptoms first appear. times, as is the case in the UK.

Ministers have repeatedly cited the false advice in recent days when explaining why the government is moving so slowly on the issue.

It also emerged that the UKHSA had not even modeled the safety or benefit of moving to five days until now, as they mistakenly believed that the idea had no chance of being ‘adopted into’. as a policy ”.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid was reportedly angered by the blunders last night and Boris Johnson asked the UKHSA to reconsider the change.

In a thinly veiled search at the health quango, the prime minister’s official spokesperson said today: “If it is possible to go any further, we would like to act quickly. But it must be based on the latest evidence and this work is still in progress. We certainly have not received any other updated advice.

Boris Johnson (pictured returning from his morning run today) has called on the UKHSA to reconsider the possibility of reducing isolation to five days

Boris Johnson (pictured returning from his morning run today) has called on the UKHSA to reconsider the possibility of reducing isolation to five days

UKHSA Patron Saint Jenny Harries, the former Deputy Chief Medical Officer who received the title of Lady in New Year's Honors.  She has been criticized in the past for defending the decision to drop testing and contact tracing at the start of the pandemic, which was widely viewed as a failure

UKHSA Patron Saint Jenny Harries, the former Deputy Chief Medical Officer who received the title of Lady in New Year’s Honors. She has been criticized in the past for defending the decision to drop testing and contact tracing at the start of the pandemic, which was widely viewed as a failure

The Prime Minister’s spokesperson revealed that the prospect of cutting the isolation period after testing positive for Covid was not discussed by Cabinet ministers today.

But he said the government “is gathering the latest evidence.”

Covid cases are now on the decline in ALL regions except the North East

Covid cases are now on the decline in all regions except the North East, according to official figures which add to a growing body of evidence that the worst of the Omicron outbreak may be. -has been.

Statistics from the UK Health Safety Agency show rates in London – which was the first region to fall victim to the highly transmissible variant – started to drop before Christmas, raising hopes that the rest of the nation would soon follow the example.

Now, Covid government data shows cases are finally on the decline in seven of England’s other eight regions, suggesting the wave may have peaked in much of the country.

Experts are hoping the Omicron crisis will begin to end naturally after reaching “unbelievable” levels last month.

But there are fears that the promising trajectory may reverse in the coming days as schools return from the Christmas holidays, with infections then spreading across age groups as seen in previous waves.

Despite confusion as to exactly where the country lies on the epidemic curve, ministers face calls to announce how they plan to live with the virus after nearly two years of an endless cycle crippling restrictions.

Deaths barely increased in England’s most recent wave and are currently around half the level of a year’s bad flu, according to the analysis. The number of critically ill hospitalized patients is still stable, although Omicron started to spiral out of control a month ago.

“We want to keep this under review, make sure we have the right approach, you know we’ve gone from 10 to seven. But what we absolutely don’t do is prejudge anything.

A series of other high-ranking ministers are also pushing for the decision, including Mr Javid and Chancellor Rishi Sunak.

The spokesperson was also forced to defend UKHSA boss Jenny Harries, the former deputy chief medical officer who received the title of Lady in New Year’s Honors.

She has been criticized in the past for defending the decision to drop testing and contact tracing at the start of the pandemic, which was widely viewed as a failure.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today program, Dame Maura said she would support a shortening of the period of isolation.

She revealed that some schools have been forced to combine classes and cram up to 120 children into school rooms because so many staff are no longer isolated.

She said: “Personally, I would welcome that, because I think the most important thing is that there are a lot of staff who don’t actually have any symptoms, a lot of kids who don’t. no symptoms, and I think it’s important to get the staff back as quickly as possible. ‘

It comes after an investigation by the teachers’ union NASUWT found that nearly half of teachers were forced to cover up colleagues who were on sick leave due to coronavirus as distance learning reached its peak. highest level since lockdown.

Dame Maura told Today that “one of the biggest challenges” for schools right now is “effective supply coverage”.

She added: “I think the most important thing we need to remember is that while it’s important for all kids, it’s especially important for students who are actually facing exams, and a lot. of them have had two, two and a half years of disruption and then having a lack of quality education is actually a bigger disruption for them.

On Monday, Mr Johnson said ministers were considering reducing the self-isolation period from seven to five days for fully vaccinated people who test positive for Covid, with the Health Secretary apparently supporting such a move.

A number of Tory MPs have criticized the UKHSA for its misleading advice to ministers regarding the isolation rules.

Former Tory leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith said: “This is yet another example of the exaggerated bad advice ministers have received and which has held back the country.

“The difference between five and seven days is critical to sustaining services in hospitals, schools and the economy. ”

Former Cabinet Minister David Davis said: “This shows why science advisers should be very careful to base their advice on facts rather than pessimistic guesswork.

“If one of our goals is to protect health services, sending people home for unnecessary length of time does not help patients or other health workers.

“We need to see the hard data that justifies this, on a more established basis than their inaccurate claims of the past few weeks.”

Tory MP Andrew Bridgen called for an apology, adding: “This mistake has put the NHS and critical industries under great pressure. This is the kind of background information that politicians, the British public and employers are getting. would expect them to get the correct information.

Regarding the potential reduction of the period of self-isolation, the Prime Minister’s spokesperson said: “If it is possible to go further, we would like to act quickly but this must be based on the latest evidence and this work is still in progress.

“We certainly haven’t received any other updated advice.”

Church helps thousands flee escalating Myanmar war https://obotafumeiro.com/church-helps-thousands-flee-escalating-myanmar-war/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 06:00:00 +0000 https://obotafumeiro.com/church-helps-thousands-flee-escalating-myanmar-war/

The Catholic Church is helping evacuate and shelter thousands of people fleeing their homes in conflict-torn Kayah state in eastern Myanmar.

It is also providing food and non-food items to homeless people in and around the state capital of Loikaw, where fighting has intensified since January 6.

The Burmese military continued the airstrikes and artillery shelling even after two-thirds of the town’s population, about 50,000 people, fled their homes, according to local aid groups.

Father Francis Soe Naing, Chancellor of the Diocese of Loikaw, said they were helping people from some parishes to leave their homes and move into the church grounds. Some had arranged to move to safer areas on their own, he added.

About 300 people took refuge in the grounds of Christ the King Cathedral in Loikaw. The church provided them with food, shelter and non-food items.

“As the situation worsens, every day we see more and more people packing and leaving town on motorbikes and cars to safer areas,” Father Soe Naing told UCA News.

Lift the blockade of those seeking to escape and allow access to those seeking to provide assistance and shelter

The priest said they intend to stay put and help people escape the worsening situation in the state capital. Some parishes around Loikaw had been abandoned as clergy, nuns and parishioners fled following heavy fighting since last week.

At least 15 parishes in the Diocese of Loikaw have been severely affected by the ongoing conflict, displacing more than 100,000 people, including Catholics.

At least five Catholic churches in the diocese were damaged by artillery fire while a church and a Marian shrine were damaged in the neighboring diocese of Pekhon last year.

Kayah state, a remote and mountainous region, is considered a stronghold of Catholicism in the predominantly Buddhist country. About 90,000 Catholics live in the state with a population of 355,000.

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The region bordering Thailand has been relatively peaceful for decades but has seen heavy fighting since May 2021.

Some 35 civilians, including women, children and two Save the Children aid workers, were killed by junta troops and their bodies set on fire in the village of Mo So, Hpruso commune, on December 24. .

Thomas Andrews, UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, called on military leader Min Aung Hlaing to “immediately stop the air and ground attacks that junta forces have unleashed against Loikaw in the United States. Karenni State (Kayah) ”.

“Lift the blockade of those seeking to escape and allow access to those seeking to provide assistance and shelter,” he said in a Twitter post on Jan. 10.

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The church is not a museum https://obotafumeiro.com/the-church-is-not-a-museum/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 22:00:28 +0000 https://obotafumeiro.com/the-church-is-not-a-museum/


I recently had the chance to take an after Christmas trip to France, a place that I have long admired for its Catholic culture and intellectual heritage. Although most of my time was spent among the museums, gardens and boulevards of Paris, a priority destination for me was the city of Lisieux, where the very famous Saint Thérèse had spent most of her childhood, lived as a Carmelite before dying. in 1897 in her twenties, and is buried today.

I have had a devotion to Thérèse for several years and I felt that I had come to know her personally by prayerfully reading her spiritual writings and asking her to pray for me. So naturally, it was a great thrill to be in the physical places where the “Little Flower” had lived her life and put into practice her “Little Way”: Les Buissonnets, her childhood home, the site of so many. important events for her. young life as described in his “Story of a Soul”; Saint-Pierre de Lisieux Cathedral, where Thérèse and her family went to mass and where she went to confession for the first time; and even the enormous and ornate basilica built in her honor on a hill overlooking the city, where a large relic of her is on display and the remains of her parents (Saints Louis and Zellie Martin) are buried.

But at the Carmel of Lisieux, the convent where Thérèse had lived, I was certainly disappointed. On the one hand, the chapel where Thérèse is said to have participated in mass and where most of her remains are buried today has been considerably modernized, looking nothing like what she had during her lifetime. Another disappointment: you can’t even access the cloister where she lived to see these pivotal places in her life as a Carmelite sister, such as her cell, the infirmary where she died, or the laundry room where she charmingly wrote her words. splashing. face with dirty water by another sister and enduring it all with joy, an example of her “Little Way” in action.

In a sense, I felt like I was deprived of access to an important historical and spiritual place. I had spent hours walking through the Louvre in Paris looking at incredible works of art and artefacts from the Persian, Egyptian and Greek empires, so why couldn’t I walk into the places where this saint who means so much to me had lived a life of holiness?

It turns out that the Carmel of Lisieux has nothing to do with the Louvre. It is not a space for the exhibition of inert artefacts, but a living and active Carmelite community. As the convent says on its website, “The Carmel of Lisieux is not a museum, but the place of life, silence, prayer of a community, which explains why the interior cannot be visited” (although a virtual tour of the important places of La vie de Thérèse is available on the Carmel website).

The fact that pilgrims cannot enter the place where Saint Teresa lived as a cloistered nun is in fact a good thing, an affirmation that the life she lived over 100 years ago is still alive today. ‘hui. After all, only a dead thing can be exhibited; a living being is active, and cannot be confined to a case. Even the fact that the chapel has been modified (but perhaps according to questionable aesthetic and liturgical preferences!) Is also a sign that life in Carmel of Lisieux did not stop at the last breath of Thérèse.

These factors are also an affirmation that, in the end, what was most significant about Saint Thérèse of Lisieux was not Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, but the Holy Spirit that she allowed to act so powerfully in her. She allowed the Lord to enter her life in the highest degree, and through this act of littleness, Jesus was able to reach so many people. The same Lord is alive and active today, in the Carmel of Lisieux, and in his whole Church.

Of course, there is a particular danger in a place like France, the “eldest daughter” of the Church but also a deeply secular place today, that the Church becomes something like a museum, a piece of story that is no longer especially relevant other than giving people a sense of historical identity and grounding. And for many French people, that’s all the Church is. I think that for most Parisians, the Sainte Chapelle church does indeed play the same role as the Medieval History Museum in Cluny.

In the Twin Cities, Catholicism is certainly not as old as it is in France, but I imagine various Catholic churches may appear to be little more than relics of the past, in places like northeast Minneapolis or even our beloved Saint-Paul en Saint-Paul cathedral, to lay passers-by.

But strangely enough, I think even as practicing Catholics there is a danger of having some sort of “museum” relationship with our faith and its physical attributes. The Tradition of our Church – what has been handed down to us by the Apostles and then protected and nurtured by the Church since then – is not primarily a matter of “nostalgia”, of doing things as they were done ago. over 60 years so that we have a “stronger” Catholic identity and a greater sense of historical grounding, adrift as we are in the uprooting of postmodern American life.

Tradition, liturgical or otherwise, consists above all in meeting and being animated by the same Spirit who worked in the life of our Catholic ancestors. As Yves Congar, a 20th century French theologian who wrote the important “Tradition and Traditions,” said, “Tradition (is not) simply transmission followed by passive mechanical reception; it is a question of making present in a human conscience a saving truth. He adds that Tradition is “the continuous presence of the past in the present”, not in the way in which the Louvre presents ancient history to us today, but as “the continuous presence of those events which provoke the religious relationship of ‘a man with God. . “

In other words, Tradition does not root us so much in the past as it brings us today these living events of the past – most notably the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

If a nostalgic recovery of elements of the liturgical and cultural heritage of the Church is not directed towards this real encounter, it risks locking us into the museum. But if our reception of Tradition is based primarily on a desire to meet the living God, then all the beneficial secondary elements – a strong identity, a sense of historical grounding – will come with it.

To conclude, I will briefly share another highlight of my trip to France: my visit to Chartres Cathedral. The 800-year-old Gothic masterpiece houses some of the most impressive stained glass windows in the world. Many writers and artists have spoken of how their lives were transformed upon encountering the beauty of Chartres. It was mind-blowing to see it all alongside other visitors, many of whom I imagine were perhaps not even religious. But the most important and the most invigorating part of my visit to Chartres? To discover that an old somewhat disheveled French priest, who was not even wearing the clerical habit, was available to hear my confession, and to have my sins absolved by Jesus Christ.

Liedl writes from the Twin Cities.

Keywords: Carmelite, The church is not a museum, Lisieux, Petit Chemin, Sainte Thérèse

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