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
Nuclear power 'monster,' Bishop warns
Those who say atomic energy is green and safe are liars, prelate saysBishop Peter Kang U-il (second right). Far right is Bishop Tetsuo Hiraga of Sendai Diocese (photo: Korean bishops' conference)
- Stephen Hong, Seoul
- May 18, 2011
In the article for the conference-run monthly, Kyeonghyang Magazine, Bishop Peter Kang U-il of Cheju said it is â€śa lieâ€ť to say that nuclear power is a green or clean energy.
He said a visit to tsunami-hit Saitama and Sendai dioceses in Japan last month to deliver aid, made him question whether nuclear power is really safe.
Everyone needs to pay attention to nuclear power as it could lead to a catastrophe, he said.
Citing Pope Benedictâ€™s encyclical, Caritas in Veritate, he said: â€śOur natural environment is God's gift to everyone, and we must take of it as we have a responsibility towards the poor, future generations and humanity as a whole.â€ť
Bishop Kang said the God-given right to rule the earth is not absolute.
â€śWe must limit ourselves when it comes to nature,â€ť he said, adding that nuclear power is beyond that limit.
Nuclear power is a potential â€śgreat disaster which canâ€™t be controlled by any human technology,â€ť he continued
He therefore urged people to reflect on societyâ€™s preoccupation with consumerism which has led to it consuming too much energy.
Committee restates anti-nuclear stance