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
Filipino prelate open to monthly pay for priests
This will assure there is no discrepancy in the priestsâ€™ allowance, he saysArchbishop Jose Palma
- ucanews.com reporter, Cebu City
- January 27, 2011
â€œI would welcome the possibility of our priests discussing the feasibility of a standard living allowance," the prelate said.
The allowance will be distributed equally to priests for their personal expenses every month.
The archbishop said it can be one of the financial solutions for elderly priests who can no longer work.
"The principle is that while they are young and earning there is a system that can help them to save. The savings can be used for a rainy day during old age and retirement," he said.
Archbishop Palma said this will also assure that there will be no discrepancy in the priestsâ€™ allowance.
Father Ramon Echica said giving out an allowance will promote priestly solidarity, make the finances of the Church more transparent, help fund projects of the archdiocese and enable priests to live a simple life "in conformity with the values of the Gospel."
He said Vatican II states that all priests even though they may be assigned different duties, fulfill the same priestly service for the people.
"The present setup, wherein some priests earn much while those assigned in new village parishes earn little, needs to be reformed," Father Echica, a seminary professor, said.
He said giving an allowance to priests is possible in the archdiocese. "But much would depend on the strong political will of those in the hierarchy and the goodwill of the parish priests and even the cooperation of the laity," he said.
He said "monetary considerations should be the last concern when administering the Sacraments."
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