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
Priest jailed for beating students
Two 9-year-olds need stitches after being hit
- Anne Nigli, Kolkata
- September 10, 2012
In the incident that took place last week at the Don Bosco School in Bandel, six fourth-grade students aged around nine years old were spraying artificial snow in a classroom. The teacher entered, took some of the cans and hit the children with them, according to the school principal Father K.V. Matthew.
Father Matthew said that vice principal Fr. Subir Mandal, 38, admitted hitting the students and apologized.
The principal took the children to the school nurse for first aid and then to a nearby clinic. He then called the childrenâ€™s parents, expressed regret and asked for their cooperation, he said.
The parents of one of the injured students lodged a police complaint against Fr. MandalÂ for voluntarily causing grievous hurt and criminal intimidation.
Fr. Matthew admitted that there had been complaints of corporal punishment against Fr. Mandal in the past, but said they were minor incidents and he had been warned by their provincial. The principal also said the school has a ruling against corporal punishment.
Moloy Dâ€™Costa, inspector of diocesan schools, said their management committee instructed all schools not to inflict corporal punishment since the high courtâ€™s decision to ban it two years ago.
D'Costa said that they will think about introducing anger management courses for educators.
Fr. Mandal will remain in police custody until his court hearing on September 13.
Kolkata Church-school principal in the dock