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
Seminaries delay start of academic year
Shanghai sees further fallout following investigation of Bishop Ma's ordinationSeminarians at Sheshan do not know when, or if, the new academic year will begin
- ucanews.com reporter, Shanghai
- August 21, 2012
Coadjutor Bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian, the head of Shanghaiâs âopenâ church, issued a notice to Sheshan Major Seminary and Tailaiqiao Minor Seminary stating classes had been delayed âuntil further noticeâ due to the âcurrent situation,â without elaborating.
âThe notice was brief but it shocked us,â a priest said today, declining to be named because of the sensitivity of the situation.
Another church source who also declined to be identified said church leaders in areas around Shanghai were planning to raise their objections at the decision with provincial authorities.
Sheshan accepts would-be priests from the five nearby provinces that make up the the central eastern region of China â Anhui, Fujian, Jiangsu, Jiangxi and Zhejiang â as well as from Shanghai, a self-administered municipality.
âSheshan is a regional seminary. It should not be embroiled in the ordination incident,â said another church source who also declined to be identified.
The notice comes a few days after the state-sponsored church issued a notice on Friday dismissing Sister Agnes Liu Shujing, superior general of the Our Lady of Presentation Congregation, which then cancelled a week-long training course for all of its 86 nuns.
âWe will obey as the decision comes from the diocese,â said a nun at the congregation. âNo matter how confused the situation is, we shall strive to fulfill our duty.â
There has been no official explanation for the dismissal or the subsequent cancellation of the course.
Sr. Liu was reportedly âuncooperativeâ when local government officials repeatedly summoned her after a number of nuns boycotted the ordination of Bishop Ma over the presence of an illicit bishop.
Sources said Sr. Liu delayed issuing a notice for the nuns to attend the July 7 ordination.
Meanwhile, the bishop at the center of the controversy in Shanghai remains in Sheshan and is still not permitted to wear bishop's garb, said a source at the seminary who had seen Auxiliary Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin.
âHe looked pale and thin,â added the source.
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