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
Environmentalists slam river project report
Korea’s Board of Audit and Inspection ’has lost credibility’ by supporting the governmentA river project construction site (Courtesy of Catholic Solidarity for Deterrence of Four Major Rivers Project)
- John Choi, Seoul
- January 31, 2011
The Peopleâ€™s Solidarity against the Four Rivers Project, an environmental group, released a statement on Jan. 27 condemning the report.
â€śThe report ignores the truth, lacks common sense and only speaks for the government, thus arousing suspicion,â€ť the statement said.
â€śThe board only addresses the efficiency of the projectâ€™s implementation and speaks of its so called necessity and validity. Itâ€™s very one-sided,â€ť it added.
The BAI, an independent agency established by the president, released its year-long audit results on the project earlier on Jan. 27.
It said â€ścompleted parts of the project are already helping contain floods better.â€ť
The environmental group swiftly accused the BAI of taking the governmentâ€™s side by not recognizing that there were no legal processes regarding preliminary feasibility studies, environmental-effect evaluations and cultural asset inspections.
The only thing the BAI pointed out was the lack of a link with existing stream management works and over-dredging on some parts of the project, it said.
â€śBy holding the governmentâ€™s hand during this controversy, the BAI has given up its independence and the authority to prevent such schemes by-passing the law,â€ť the statement said.
â€śSeveral natural features and cultural assets have been damaged, but the BAI has closed its eyes to this in a report that we cannot accept,â€ť the statement added.
The government is enforcing a 22.2 trillion-won (US$19.13 billion) project to dredge and dam South Koreaâ€™s four major waterways to prevent flooding and pollution.
However, environmentalists and civic groups argue the project is damaging ecological systems and that the water gates and weirs will lock up pollutants and worsen water quality.
Bishops worry about govtâ€™s river project