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Cardinal Meisner has requested support from the Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan for the construction of a church in Tarsus in the south of Turkey. The Cologne church newspaper reports that a letter has been sent to Erdogan. The use of one of the churches confiscated by the Turkish state, which has been used as a museum being used again as a church could also be thought about. A gesture of good will from the Turkish government would be gratefully noted by all of Christendom, said Meisner. Especially in Cologne, this could benefit relations with the Turks living there. The ancient port city of Tarsus is the birthplace of the Apostle Paul. Pope Benedict XVI has proclaimed 2008 as an international "Paulus year".
The Book Fair will hold a debate on the interesting theme From anathema to dialogue Thursday, March 6 at 10am (Forum Le Soir).
Face to face: Henri Bartholomeeusen, Grand Master of the Grand Orient of Belgium, and Cardinal Godfried Danneels, primate of Belgium, author of Don’t stop breathing! (Bayard).
After two centuries of anathemas and some informal talks between clerics - already including Cardinal Danneels - and individuals Freemasons, journalist Eddy Caekelberghs (RTBF) will host , at the Book Fair, the first official and historic meeting between the two most senior Belgians in office of these two currents - philosophical and religious - which, after having long been opposed, rejected and ignored, decided to move beyond anger, from anathema to honest dialogue about their respective values, societal imperatives and mutual respect.
Cathcon comment: with just a few months to go in the job, Cardinal Danneels is demob happy. He can hardly have failed to have encountered Freemasons in Belgium- there is a freethinkers lodge which meets not three hundred yards from his cathedral- an open house to anyone who walks in. Cathcon has paid them a visit-not for a dialogue as such but for a thoroughly enjoyable correction of their errors! They must enjoy punishment because I am welcome any time. Cathcon readers need not fear- this is Mission not dialogue.
The old lie that we must learn more about the old enemies of the Church is wrong- Cathcon readers for sure understand exactly what these guys are about.
I am writing to you in a personal capacity as the teacher who facilitates the Amnesty group in our school and also as the person who designed our school website.
Thank you for taking the time to contact our school with your concerns about the running of an Amnesty group and the photograph that you came across on our site. It is always good to have feedback about our activities.
May I state firstly that we are a Catholic school in name and action. You will notice that the photograph in question has been removed from our school site. However, it should also be noted that the photograph is from a poster from the Equality Authority, a state body. The message of the poster is: Homosexual bullying is not tolerated in our school (we do not promote homosexual activity). This is, I believe, a conservative Catholic value to hold; indeed, bullying of any kind is not tolerated in this school - a value that would befit any decent Catholic.
The article you refer to on indymedia.ie was posted to show people that there are individuals in this area who are willing to stand up against war, torture, the death penalty and other actions (abortion included) that we believe are inhuman. Again, I think these are conservative Catholic values and values that I believe Jesus Christ would also hold.The idea of a weekly vigil came about from the Catholic Workers organisation who hold weekly vigils in Ireland, England, Australia, America, and more countries (for example Sr. Susan Clarkson - Oxford Catholic Worker holds one each week on Cowley Road in Oxford).
On the idea of abortion. May I begin by stating my absolute abhorrence of the act. I am deeply saddened (distressed actually) to learn that someone might think that I (whose wife gave birth six weeks ago yesterday to two beautiful twins after quite a difficult pregnancy - twins who spent the first month of their lives in a Special Care Unit and who are still been checked upon weekly by the Public Health Nurse and the hospital staff of Portiuncla Hospital) would ever consider abortion.
On the idea of Amnesty and abortion: I received a letter from Amnesty on the issue last September. I will quote from it for you: "Amnesty International Irish Section will not be working on the issue of access to abortion [...] The membership of the Irish Section on Amnesty International ... made clear its view that it was not in favour of this change in policy (from a previous position of neutrality on the issue). In reflecting the view of the vast majority of the Irish section membership, Amnesty International Irish Scetion will not be campaigning on acess to abortion. No reference will be made to this policy in any of our education materials or communications with schools in Ireland."
Mecry College Woodford does not support Amnesty financially; it is free for student groups to affilliate with Amnesty. Any monies given to Amnesty from members of the school community are given in a personal capacity.
I try to have a consistent life ethic; in that, I am against abortion, euthanasia, the death penalty, war, famine, or anything else that lessens our time here unduly.
Again, thank you for taking the time to contact the school. I hope the above clears up some issues for you.
Mass for Mahatma Scouts (note possible sighting of stealth priestess to right of altar)
But this group of scouts is quite use to gender swapping role models. One of their leaders struts his stuff.
Mass is now forever associated with dressing up for these children. Great for the Church hall but not during Mass.
Cathcon will not be seeking the intercession of "St" Mahatma for this group. Despite Winston Churchill's assessment,
"It is alarming and also nauseating to see Mr. Gandhi, a seditious middle temple lawyer, now posing as a fakir of a type well known in the east, striding half-naked up the steps of the viceregal palace, while he is still organizing and conducting a defiant campaign of civil disobedience, to parley on equal terms with the representative of the king-emperor (Cathcon- Queen Victoria and her successors were proclaimed Emperors of India by Disraeli)." - Winston Churchill, 1930
I don't regard Churchill as infallible any more than I regard Ghandi to be a saint. I am sure that Mr Ghandi was a good human being, although some, not me, may consider that difficult once you have trained as a lawyer. Rather seek the intercession for them of St George, that steady and sure protector of England and the scouting movement.
Everyone is blind according to Orange Bishop Tod Brown, presider at the March 2 morning liturgy concelebrated with Monterey Bishop Richard Garcia and retired Monterey Bishop Sylvester Ryan who said in his sermon that each person has their own blinding biases and prejudices.