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
Marriage tribunals 'need upgrade'
Priests need to find out more about couples and give them more information
- Sumon Corraya, Dhaka
- May 11, 2011
Archbishop Paulinus Costa of Dhaka and Bishop Gervas Rozario of Rajshahi, with 17 priests from all over the country, were among the participants.
â€śBanns of marriage need upgrade and it should require more information for the persons who are impending for a marriage,â€ť said Father Kamal Corraya, Dhaka inter-diocesan marriage tribunal member.
Father Theotonius Proshanto Rebeiro, a canon law expert, agreed.
â€śThe bann form we are using now was last upgraded in 2000. It needs to be up to date with demands of the times,â€ť he said.
Father Gabriel Corraya, parish-priest of Bangladeshâ€™s largest church, the Holy Rosary in Dhaka, said parish-priests should get more detailed information about marriage aspirants to reduce problems after marriage.
Tribunals receive more cases nowadays, said Father Mintu L. Palma, a marriage expert and judicial vicar of Dhaka inter-diocesan marriage tribunal.
â€śWe suggest people go to the parish priest first for marriage cases and he will refer the case to a tribunal if it is deemed critical. But often people donâ€™t rely on parish priests; they (priests) need to be more responsible,â€ť Father Palma added.
Priests said people getting married sometimes do not know about health problems of their partner, or are in forced marriages that soon generate many problems,
The meeting proposed raising case fees to 35,000 taka (US$500) from 30,000 taka as it is expensive to handle a case.
â€śThe relevant diocese will consider if the party or person involved is poor and canâ€™t afford fees,â€ť said Bishop Gervas Rozario.
Lack of canon law and marriage experts are also a great challenge for some dioceses.
â€śThere is lack of knowledge among priests about canon law on marriage. More priests need to be sent abroad to study canon law,â€ť said Father Marcus Murmu from Rajshahi.
To offer marriage counseling and tribunal services, a Canonist Forum was formed at the meeting. It will hold two meetings a year to discuss prevailing marriage problems.
A permanent office for the Dhaka tribunal is being set up to foster better marriage services to Catholics, the gathering was informed.