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
Outrage over girl who is selling her virginity to the highest bidder
A proposed TV documentary has provoked a storm of protest and even death threats, but the 20-year-old claims she has the full support of her family.
- Andrea Madambashi
- October 1, 2012
The young woman, Catarina, stopped her Physical Education studies to participate in a documentary project called "Virgins Wanted" by an Australian director, Justin Sisely, who has also selected a male participant called Alex, who is 21-years-old.
"I saw this as a business. I have the opportunity to travel, to be part of a movie and get a bonus with it," said Catarina, who will receive $ 20,000, along with 90 percent of the final auction sale price.
Director Sisely first revealed plans for the controversial documentary in 2009, however, he later planned to take the auction overseas to avoid potential prostitution charges in Australia.
Currently, he is not only facing legal problems related to prostitution laws, but also being widely condemned and has received death threats in Australia.
"There's been a lot of negativity, a lot of different sorts of opinions - Is this prostitution? Am I exploiting people?" he said, according to Adelaide. "In the film, I'm trying to show a different side of what normally constitutes prostitution; (these people) are not constantly making money from selling their body."
Pastor Jaime Kemp, who has a Doctorate in Family Ministry has told The Christian Post that when he heard about the news it greatly saddened him, and he described it as "abuse."
"It is the use and abuse of the girl," he said to CP. "We are using and abusing a person or a group of people. It is sad!"
According to Kemp, the project is about money, which has been placed above morality in this case, but he says it will succeed simply because people are curious about the extraordinary event.
Catarina, who says she is fully supported by her family, justifies her decision to take part and sell herself, saying: "Many people meet unknown people in bars, have sex on the same night and forget about them the next day; others lose their virginity with boyfriends but then after that things change."
"For me, the most important is to not to harm anyone," she said.
For Kemp nothing justifies it: "Virginity is precious. Nothing justifies immorality. She will have many difficulties in her marriage. Her husband will know about this. Nothing justifies it, it is against the Word of God."
Full Story:Â 'Virgins Wanted': Brazilian Puts Her Virginity Up for Auction in New Documentary, Sparking Outrage
Source: Christian PostÂ