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
Vatican condemns China power grab
Says evangelization cannot happen at the expense of doctrine and obedience is paramount
- Alessandro Speciale, Vatican
- Vatican City
- April 27, 2012
In a statement released yesterday, the Vatican said that â€śillegitimate bishopsâ€ť who â€śhave carried out acts of jurisdiction,â€ť or have administered sacraments, â€śusurp a power which the Church has not conferred upon them.â€ť
The statement follows recent ordinations last week in Hunan and Nanchang, in both of which illicitly ordained bishops participated.
â€śIn recent days some of them have participated in episcopal ordinations which were authorized by the Church. The behavior of these bishops, in addition to aggravating their canonical status, has disturbed the faithful and often has violated the consciences of the priests and lay faithful who were involved,â€ť the statement said.
The commission further called on legitimate bishops who have taken part in illicit ordinations to ask forgiveness of the pope â€śas soon as possibleâ€ť and stressed that those who have asked pardon in the past have received it.
â€śThe Church needs good bishops,â€ť the statement said.
The statement said the Vatican has followed these â€śpainful eventsâ€ť in the China Church vigorously but charitably.
â€śEvangelization cannot be achieved by sacrificing essential elements of the Catholic faith and discipline.
â€śObedience to the pope [is the] presupposition of every true renewal.â€ť
The commission was created in 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI and comprises cardinals of the Roman Curia together with Chinese bishops and heads of religious orders.
It convened for its annual session this week in Rome, specifically to address the issue of improving lay Catholic formation in China.
In their final statement following the meeting, the cardinals sounded a conciliatory note by recognizing that â€śCatholics are called to take part in civic life,â€ť which includes â€śpromoting values which are also proper to traditional Chinese culture.â€ť
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