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
Korean bishops stress 'abortion is murder'
Clergy launch drive to remind that it is the most serious crime among crimes which harm human lifeBishop Gabriel Chang Bong-hun presiding at the Mass to launch the New Life Project
- ucanews.com reporter, Seoul
- April 15, 2011
Bishop Gabriel Chang Bong-hun, president of the Bioethics Committee of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea (CBCK) issued the statement, titled ‚ÄúAbortion is Murder‚ÄĚ, urging Catholics to take the lead in "building the culture of life."
During its March plenary meeting, CBCK decided to elevate the ‚ÄėDay for Life‚Äôon the last Sunday of May to the ‚ÄėSunday of Life‚Äô. The new liturgical Sunday is celebrated on the first Sunday of May.
According to the statement, abortion is the most serious crime among crimes which harm human life.
It repeated the Canon Law: ‚ÄúA person who actually procures an abortion incurs a latae sententiae excommunication.‚ÄĚ (Canon 1398)
Over 1,000 abortions are performed per day in South Korea, noted Bishop Chang, deploring the notion that some Koreans insist that abortion is ‚Äėthe right of self-determination‚Äôor ‚Äėthe right to health‚Äô for women. Nor should it be permitted for ‚Äėfinancial reasons.‚Äô
For background, he cited a lack of sex education and medical ethics, distortion of sex, sexual inequality and the government's negligence of its duty to protect life.
Father Casimir Song Yul-sup, secretary of the Pro-Life Activities of CBCK said: ‚ÄúThrough the statement, the Church has proclaimed the Gospel of life.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúCBCK will distribute education materials about life to churches in the country and begin a rosary prayer campaign for life during the month of May,‚ÄĚhe noted.