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
Bishops set against online confession
New iPhone app 'can only be a guide' without a priestAn iPhone advertisement
- ucanews.com, reporter, Manila
- February 14, 2011
âThe nature of the sacrament is that confession should be a person to person dialogue between the penitent and the priest,â said Monsignor Pedro Quitorio III, the conferenceâs media director.
He was reacting to confusion over several reports which suggest a new iPhone application called âConfession: A Roman Catholic Appâ will enable people to confess their sins online.
The application aims to help Catholics who havenât gone to confession keep track of their sins.
âHow can you gain absolution if there is no priest?â Monsignor Quitorio, said.
He said confessions should be made according to Canon Law.
âUnless itâs pastorally unavoidable, confessions should be made in a confessional box using procedure according to the sacraments,â the monsignor added.
âThe purpose of the application is just to help the faithful go about making a confession. Itâs not about confessing directly,â Monsignor Quitorio clarified.
Still, he said, itâs good that the issue has given the Church the opportunity to talk about confession.
âEvery misunderstanding is an opportunity for knowledgeâŚ. This is an opportunity for us to explain what confession is, particularly to the young,â he said.
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