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 slams school dress codes
Pupils 'being forced to wear Muslim dress regardless of religion'Father Aloysius Budi Purnomo
- Konradus Epa, Jakarta
- March 24, 2011
â€śI heard some Catholics and Muslims discussing Â tolerance in schools at an interreligious programÂ in Â Central Java,â€ť Â said Father Aloysius Budi Purnomo, a member of the Conferenceâ€™s Commission for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs. â€śThey said both Muslims and non-MuslimsÂ in schools around Java Â were forced to wear Muslim attire.â€ť
â€śWe are plural, but intolerance still happens,â€ť Â he added. â€ś It is something we cannot really understand.â€ť
Fr. Purnomoâ€™s comments coincide with a survey, released on March 23, which revealed Â high levels of Â intolerance among religion teachers in Jakarta.
Commissioned by the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS), Â the survey was conducted by the Center for the Study of Islam and Society of the Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University and Center for Religious and Cross-Cultural Studies .
ICRS Director Siti Syamsiyatun pointed out that many religion teachers show Â higher intolerance than usual because they are unwilling Â to interact with people from different religious backgrounds.