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
State accused of allowing intolerance
Authorities flout the law, says Human Rights Working GroupRafendi Djamin at the discussion session in Jakarta
- Ryan Dagur, Jakarta
- October 5, 2012
â€śHow can violations of religious freedom be resolved if the government chooses to side with a certain party and refuses to obey the existing law?â€ť Rafendi Djamin said during a discussion session held today at the Legal Aid Institute (LBH)â€™s office in Jakarta.
The existing law guarantees religious freedom, but the government Â ignores it, said Djamin, who is also a representative to AICHR,Â the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights.
He gave several examples of governmental negligence in religious cases, including the case of the Christian Church in Indonesia in Taman Yasmin in Bogor, where the congregation has been blocked from using their church because of alleged irregularities in a 2006 building application.
The Supreme Court, backed by the ombudsman, has ruled that the congregation has the right to worship in the church, but the judgment has been ignored by the local mayor.
â€śThis case is absurd. How can a mayor disobey the Supreme Courtâ€™s edict? It surely disgraces the governmentâ€™s dignity and law enforcement as well,â€ť Djamin said.
According to Muhammad Anshor from the Directorate General of Human Rights of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the government has tried to find a win-win solution to violations of religious freedom.
â€śThe government wants to deal with every violation without hurting any parties. It will accommodate solutions which are good for every party,â€ť he said.
Group warns of threat to charter