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
Crucifixion was 'perverted' act
Police say it was not impossible for taxi driver to nail himself to the cross
- Stephen Hong, Seoul
- May 11, 2011
The comment comes after police said yesterday they are almost certain the crucifixion was self-inflicted.
James Byun Jin-heung, theology professor at the Catholic University of Korea, said the incident distorted the true meaning of the Cross which holds a message of love, sacrifice and salvation.
The former secretary general of the Korean Conference on Religion and Peace said the act was an expression of "perverted devotion" and that the individual wanted to make a big show of his faith.
On May 1, a 56-year-old taxi driver known only as Kim was found crucified with his hands and feet nailed to a cross and with a wound in his side in Mungyeong, some 150 kilometers southeast of Seoul.
After re-enacting the crucifixion according to what were said to be Kimâ€™s own written instructions, police said yesterday the man could have nailed his hands and feet toÂ the wooden cross after having drilled holes in his own palms.
But police did not exclude the possibility of murder until after getting DNA test results.
Jesuit Father Dominic Woo Jae-myung, a moral theologian, said that whatever religious reasons are given, suicide goes against the Christian faith.
He crucified himself probably because he thought it was some kind of "martyrdom," Father Woo speculated, adding that "we must understand suicide is definitely different from martyrdom, which aims to defend faith."
Yim Sung-bihn, professor of Christian ethics at the Presbyterian College and Theological Seminary, said the crucifixion was a fanatical act which deviated from orthodox Christianity.
Man crucified in Korea