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
Church 'must push' natural methods
Archbishop says little being done to promote 'better alternative' to reproductive health billArchbishop Antonio Ledesma celebrates Mass at the cathedral of Cagayan de Oro
- May 19, 2011
Archbishop Antonio Ledesma of Cagayan de Oro said itâ€™s high time for the Church to walk the talk on natural family planning as a way to defeat the controversial piece of legislation being debated by Congress.
â€śThatâ€™s the challenge for us. Itâ€™s really part of the role of the Church to also share the good news of NFP,â€ť he said.
â€śWe cannot just say no to the RH billâ€¦ we have to say a stronger yes to NFP because that is the positive alternative to what the RH bill is proposing,â€ť he added.
The Jesuit prelate believes the Church, not just the government, should share the blame for why many couples are not so familiar with natural family planning.
While the government is more aggressive in pushing artificial family planning, the Church is not playing its role fully in helping couples be responsible parents, according to the archbishop.
â€ś[One reason], I think, is the negligence of Church groups; that we have not been able to reach out to many couples [about natural family planning],â€ť he said.
The archbishop called on other dioceses across the country to follow the example of his archdiocese and adopt an â€śAll-Natural Family Planningâ€ť program.
Since it started in 2006, Archbishop Ledesma said, the response of many couples and even local government officials to the program have been â€śvery positive.â€ť
â€śWe are not giving [the people] enough information on NFP,â€ť he said.