Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Bishops 'will still work with regime'
Prelates still support efforts to help poor despite attacks on clergy integrityBishop Arturo Bastes
- Julian Labores, Manila
- July 8, 2011
Bishop Arturo Bastes of Sorsogon said today that while some bishops are "very mad" at being dragged into controversies, the Church remains committed to continuing its working relationship with the government.
In past weeks, bishops and government officials have clashed over the proposed Reproductive Health Bill which advocates the use of artificial contraceptives.
This week, several bishops were at the center of a controversy after the Charity Sweepstakes Office revealed they were recipients of vehicle "donations" from the state-run agency.
Bishop Bastes said the "only sore point" for many bishops was that certain elements were trying to "make mountains out of molehills" by alleging the prelates were committing irregularities.
"There are so many corrupt things associated with the sweepstakes office which [do] not involve bishops... These incidents with the bishops are tiny compared with so many other things," Bishop Bastes said.
"I think the faithful support us. They sympathize with [the] bishops,'" he said.
The prelate questioned the government's âtargetingâ of Catholic bishops, adding that an investigation conducted by the Senate on the issue was "overkill."
"We were wondering why they were zeroing in on these poor bishops.... And [the senators] repeatedly accused [the bishops] of doing something that is somehow wrong.... I know those bishops did what they did out of their love for their people," Bishop Bastes said.
He said the government should instead be "thankful" to the bishops because they are doing things the government has failed to do.
"Instead of launching attacks, the government should thank and even support the Church.... Please spare bishops from these indignities," Bishop Bastes said.