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    ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS Volume 2, Issue 210 TUESDAY 1 October 2002 Feast of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus * * * WEAR THE BROWN SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 30, 2002

      Volume 2, Issue 210
      TUESDAY 1 October 2002

      Feast of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus

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      • Real Ecumenism Doesn't Compromise the Truth, Says Pope
      • Milan's New Archbishop Urges Renewal of the Faith
      • Italy Debating over Crucifixes in Classrooms and Public Places
      • Reforms, Not Foreign Funds, Will Spare Argentina, Say
      • State Must Accept, Not Just Tolerate, Religion, Says Vatican
      • Priest Speculates Why He Was Expelled from Russia
      • Chávez Urged by Bishop to Listen to the People
      • Intifada a Catastrophe for Holy Land, Says Latin Patriarch

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      Real Ecumenism Doesn't Compromise the Truth, Says Pope

      Meets with Visiting Bishops from Brazil

      VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 30, 2002 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II urged
      bishops to foster a "healthy ecumenism," an authentic dialogue
      that does not make concessions to truth with Christian

      The Pope made his appeal Saturday when he received a group
      of bishops of northeastern Brazil who were concluding their
      once-every-five-year "ad limina" visit to the Vatican.

      The Holy Father asked the prelates to be faithful to the
      magisterium of the Church. Their country has the largest number
      of Catholics but has also seen a marked increase in Christian
      fundamentalist communities.

      In the hope of supporting the bishops' efforts "to establish the
      bases for a healthy ecumenism," the Pope reminded them of the
      "Directory for the Application of Principles and Norms on
      Ecumenism," published by the Pontifical Council for Promoting
      Christian Unity, which affirms that "diversity in the Church is a
      dimension of its catholicity."

      However, "this must not lead to a certain indifferentism that, by a
      false irenicism, puts all opinions on the same level," the Pope

      "I hope that the effort of Christian communities to attain the much
      longed-for unity will always be founded on the truth," he added.

      At the same time, John Paul II explained that there "cannot be
      incompatibility between the affirmation of an unconditional
      adherence to the truth of Jesus Christ and respect for

      "If religion is not only a question of conscience, but also of free
      adherence to the truth, which may or may not be accepted, its
      content cannot be compromised," the Pope continued. "This is
      why it is necessary to illustrate it, without neglecting the
      elements contained in revealed facts."

      "Thus, the importance of your effort can be understood to have
      formators who are able to guarantee maximum fidelity to
      theological teaching," the Holy Father stressed.

      The Pontiff said that "the best service given to the cause of
      ecumenism will be offered when the catechesis for adults or
      young people offers profound education in freedom."

      "When a Christian lives his faith integrally, he is a pole of
      attraction, inspires confidence and respect; he never imposes
      his religious convictions, but knows how to transmit the truth
      without disappointing those who trust in him. He gives way to
      people without ever compromising with error," the Holy Father

      John Paul II told the Brazilian bishops that he counts on them in
      the "spirituality of communion and fidelity to the See of Peter."

      "The integrity of the faith, together with ecclesial discipline, is and
      will always be a subject that will call for attention and care on the
      part of all, especially when it is a question of discerning that 'only
      one faith and one baptism' exist," the Pope concluded.

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      Milan's New Archbishop Urges Renewal of the Faith

      Cardinal Tettamanzi Asks Laity to Help with Church's Mission

      MILAN, Italy, SEPT. 30, 2002 (Zenit.org).- Cardinal Dionigi
      Tettamanzi was installed as the new archbishop of Milan, and
      warned that Europe's largest diocese must renew the vitality of
      the faith, so threatened by "secularization."

      On Sunday, the new archbishop received from his predecessor,
      Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, the crosier that once belonged to
      St. Charles Borromeo. Cardinal Martini was also the one who
      had ordained Dionigi Tettamanzi a bishop.

      Cardinal Tettamanzi, 68, delivered a long address during the
      ceremony, outlining his program for Milan, which has its own rite.

      He said he wishes to be close to the various realities of this
      huge diocese, "sharing the fears and hopes" of all. In keeping
      with this desire, he went outside after the ceremony to greet
      those who could not be accommodated inside the cathedral.

      The cardinal said one of the objectives of his mission is to make
      people freer. "As bishop of this Church of God that is in Milan, I
      hope to claim this same freedom before all with firmness and
      conviction," he said.

      Quoting St. Ambrose, a predecessor in this see, Cardinal
      Tettamanzi said that it is "not right for an emperor to suffocate the
      freedom of expression, or for a bishop to silence his own

      Appealing to all the faithful to cooperate in the mission of the
      Church, the cardinal said that this "is not a private affair nor a
      solitary task." He called for respect for "the variety and
      complementarity" of vocations and conditions of life, and
      appealed to the laity to become "co-participants in the sole
      mission of the Church."

      Addressing priests, Cardinal Tettamanzi urged them not to allow
      themselves to be "overcome by inevitable exhaustion and

      Quoting St. Paul, he said that the "indispensable condition and
      the propelling force of real ecclesial communion is humility."

      The cardinal urged greater commitment in "addressing the new
      frontiers of the interreligious dialogue, giving a predominant
      place to the Jewish people and appropriate attention to the
      faithful of Islam, without neglecting the members of the great
      Eastern religions."

      The Milan Archdiocese has 4.8 million Catholics. It has about
      2,200 diocesan priests, 1,000 men religious and 8,000 women
      religious. It has more parishes -- 1,100 -- than any diocese.

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      Italy Debating over Crucifixes in Classrooms and Public Places

      Cardinal Tucci Says It Is Not a Symbol of Opposition to Other

      ROME, SEPT. 30, 2002 (Zenit.org).- A public debate is raging in
      Italy over whether crucifixes should be displayed in public
      places, including public schools.

      The debate was unleashed Sept. 18 by Minister of Education
      Letizia Moratti, who said the crucifix is "a heritage that cannot be
      given up in our country." Christianity has been decisive in the
      formation of Italian culture, the official noted.

      The member of Silvio Berlusconi's government believes that,
      according to the law in force, the crucifix may be exhibited in
      classrooms without violating the separation of church and state.

      A draft law, promoted by the Northern League party, goes even
      further, proposing the imposition of crucifixes in all schools, as a
      factor of unity in the country.

      That proposal has drawn strong criticisms from Muslims and
      Jews, as well as political figures who warn of a violation of the
      principle of church-state separation.

      Cardinal Roberto Tucci, president of the administrative council of
      Vatican Radio, spoke out on the issue.

      "The exhibition of the crucifix is not offensive to anyone who has
      a minimum of cultural openness," the cardinal told Vatican
      Radio. "As the Holy Father emphasized in the Angelus on Sept.
      15, it is true that the crucifix is the principal symbol of Christianity.
      But it already forms an integral part of Western culture: This is
      recognized by many people who are not even believers, or at
      least who are not practicing Christians."

      According to the cardinal, "the majority who recognize
      themselves in some measure in the crucifix is much greater
      than that part of the Italian population that adheres to the Church;
      and this majority has the right to be respected."

      He acknowledged, however, that some people, especially
      Muslims, have a different view of the crucifix. "There must be an
      explanation of what the crucifix is, what this sign expresses on
      which our culture is built," he said.

      "It is the sign of God who has compassion on us, who accepts
      human weakness, who opens us to all, to one another and,
      therefore, creates the relation of fraternity," the cardinal stressed.

      Cardinal Tucci does not agree with those who say the crucifix
      should be in the classrooms as a symbol of Western identity
      against Muslim fundamentalism, thus promoting the
      westernization of Islamic immigrants.

      "The crucifix is not acceptable as a symbol of opposition," he
      said. "However, we have the right to defend ourselves from those
      who ridicule this symbol. It is not right, it is unacceptable to scorn
      and ridicule what is sacred for Christians."

      Referring to the draft law introduced in the Chamber of Deputies
      by the Northern League, which calls for the presence of the
      crucifix in public institutions in Italy, Cardinal Tucci expressed his
      perplexity about the initiative. He said he thinks that it would be
      better if "local communities decided according to a widely
      practiced modus vivendi."

      "Naturally, it is also necessary for the Church to fulfill its
      educational function among Catholic communities, families and
      young people, so that in schools and in different situations in
      society, young people and families, will value the desire they still
      have of recognizing themselves in the crucifix and of seeing it,
      not as something that divides, but as something that is to be
      respected by all and that, in a certain sense, can unify," Cardinal
      Tucci concluded.

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      Reforms, Not Foreign Funds, Will Spare Argentina, Say Bishops

      Extraordinary Plenary Assembly Views Crisis

      BUENOS AIRES, SEPT. 30, 2002 (Zenit.org).- An extraordinary
      plenary assembly of the Argentine episcopate affirmed that this
      troubled nation will not be saved with new injections of foreign
      funds, but with genuine political and social reforms.

      In a message entitled "The Nation We Want," published by AICA
      agency, the episcopal conference said that Argentina "has
      become the prey of robbery by a few."

      According to the pastors, "we must move from the desire to be a
      nation to the construction of the nation we want. This is why it is
      necessary to find the means so that all the country's citizens will
      determine by consensus the kind of nation we want to be."

      The plenary council which ended Saturday had been called to
      address the country's grave crisis and to recommend solutions.

      "This calls for carrying out fundamental reforms at many levels of
      social and political life," the assembly said in its final statement.
      "If the reforms that society calls for are not carried out, we will be
      threatened by the possibility of falling into worse frustrations."

      The bishops pointed out that, "neither the arrival of new sums of
      money in the country, nor the reform of institutions, nor political
      changes, will be sufficient to build a new nation. These solutions
      will be sterile without a strong desire to develop in each citizen
      the most valuable social attitudes."

      "Only in this way will it be possible to transform the national
      culture and weave the common good laced with goodness, truth
      and justice, which will give us back the pleasure of being
      Argentines," the prelates said.

      "We are not afraid of truth. We fear our hardness of heart," the
      bishops added. They also explained that "our words and actions
      do not seek to replace any protagonist or social or political
      authority, whom we respect in the exercise of their vocation at the
      service of the common good."

      The bishops said that the Argentine people "must return to the
      root of love that knits social coexistence." Challenging their
      countrymen, they asked: "Do we want to choose to be Argentines
      again? Do we accept to do our part in the nation's

      The document goes on to mention values that are
      "indispensable for social life."

      In the face of a culture of handouts, Argentines must "foster the
      culture of work, the spirit of sacrifice, persevering dedication and

      In the face of "corruption and lies," Argentines must "foster the
      sense of justice, respect for the law, and fidelity to one's word,"
      and in the face of "social fragmentation," they must foster
      "reconciliation, dialogue and friendship."

      "Only good citizens, who work with intelligence, love and
      responsibility, can build a more just and cooperative society and
      state," the bishops added.

      After affirming their desire to transmit such values and attitudes
      with a "renewed and updated pastoral" program, the bishops
      said, "We must stimulate the sense of the common good to
      attain the good of all. In this connection, preference must be
      given to the most poor and impoverished, especially the
      unemployed, the excluded, the indigent and the hungry."

      The bishops continued: "In order to rediscover themselves as a
      nation, Argentines must help those who suffer: the elderly sick,
      adults without a job, young people without education or a future,
      children without food."

      To "know the values is not enough to rebuild the nation," they
      said. "If the educational work of society and the Church was
      unable to make a worthy homeland emerge, it is because it did
      not succeed in incarnating the values in daily commitments."
      The future will be built "with the help of God and arduous effort,
      not with facile demagogic proposals."

      Lastly, the bishops dedicated a paragraph to the national
      "dialogue," to which the Church has contributed its spiritual input
      since the beginning of the year. They said, "We commit
      ourselves to help all, to extend this dialogue to every corner of
      the country. We bishops want to lead, encourage and enlighten
      this way in which the laity will play the important part that
      corresponds to them."

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      State Must Accept, Not Just Tolerate, Religion, Says Vatican Aide

      Archbishop Tauran Gives Address in Mexico

      MEXICO CITY, SEPT. 30, 2002 (Zenit.org).- The state must not
      presume that the Church is at its service, but it does have a right
      to expect ecclesial collaboration in areas that foster the common
      good, a Vatican official says.

      Addressing a conference on "Church-State Relations in the
      Modern State," Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran, Vatican secretary
      for relations with states, said that communities of believers must
      never be expected to be the source of support of a party or
      political program. That would amount to a crass manipulation,
      the French prelate said.

      Archbishop Tauran delivered his address last Wednesday at the
      International Congress on Religious Liberty, which was held in
      the auditorium of the Union of Universities of Latin America, in
      University City, where he received recognition for his contribution
      and signed the charter for the establishment of the Institute of
      Religious Liberty in Mexico.

      The archbishop was in Mexico to celebrate the 10th anniversary
      of the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the
      country and the Vatican.

      He used the opportunity to raise pointed questions. What use is
      the Church if it only repeats what everyone else says and does?
      What kind of a Church would it be if it did no more than mimic the

      Quoting from the Second Vatican Council, Archbishop Tauran
      said: "The future of humanity is in the hands of those who will be
      able to give future generations reasons to live and hope." In this
      area, "political powers and spiritual authorities must work
      together," he added.

      The vitality of a society and the congruence of politics require that
      the nation have men who believe, love and hope, Archbishop
      Tauran said. He was accompanied by the apostolic nuncio,
      Archbishop Giuseppe Bertello, and by Cardinal Norberto Rivera,
      archbishop primate of Mexico.

      In regard to church-state relations, Archbishop Tauran said that
      a tolerant state should practice a "positive neutrality." That
      entails, he said, recognizing all religions and their external
      expressions, so long as they do not disrupt public order and
      security; maintaining good relations with religious authorities
      who lead their faithful; and not intervening in internal
      ecclesiastical issues.

      Moreover, the speaker said that such a relation would justify
      subsidizing, if necessary, activities of a general nature and of
      public interest, even if they are carried out in a confessional
      framework, such as in schools and hospitals.

      The state, moreover, cannot ignore the social reality of religion,
      the archbishop said. A democratic state must assure freedom of
      religion and even put the means for practicing religion at the
      disposal of believers.

      "This is the reason why I am of the opinion that the state, beyond
      being tolerant must be accepting of all the cultural and spiritual
      elements that make up the fabric of the nation," Archbishop
      Tauran emphasized.

      The Vatican representative said that the principles that inspire
      the philosophy of church-state relations are the following: a
      healthy understanding of religious liberty that has its roots in the
      Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in national constitutions
      and in concordats.

      They are also found, he said, in the most recent texts of
      international jurisprudence, which says that religious liberty is a
      fundamental right of the human person -- it is not a state
      concession. Such liberty stems from the nature of the person
      and the state recognizes it, guarantees it and protects it.

      Religious liberty can be limited only in its external expressions,
      in order to maintain public order, security, morality and health,
      the archbishop added. And religious liberty must not lead to
      discrimination against nonbelievers, he concluded.

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      Priest Speculates Why He Was Expelled from Russia

      Testimony of Father Jaroslaw Wisniewski

      ROME, SEPT. 30, 2002 (Zenit.org).- Here is Polish Father
      Jaroslaw Wisniewski's testimony on the reasons for his
      expulsion from the Russian Federation on Sept. 10, after his
      arrival at Khbarovsk airport, on the Pacific coast of Siberia.

      At the time, he was on his way to his parishes in Petropavlovsk
      and Sakhalin, in eastern Siberia.

      An official statement of the Orthodox Church, issued at the end of
      June 2002, criticized the Catholic Church for excessive activity
      and for attracting ethnic Russians. The Russian language
      distinguishes between Russian citizens and lifetime ethnic
      Russians, an especially important distinction for the Orthodox
      Church, which considers the latter their exclusive pastoral

      Metropolitan Kirill, author of the document, said that Russia does
      not need foreign missionaries, because it was already baptized
      1,000 years ago and is Orthodox in the majority. According to the
      bishop, we Catholics are proselytizing among Russians.

      The document includes names of Catholic priests and religious,
      and lists congregations that include in their official name the
      word missionaries: Divine Word missionaries, Claretian
      missionaries, Holy Family missionaries. ... My name was also
      on that list.

      Bishop Cyril mentioned my disagreeable interview in a television
      program in Kamchatka, in which I expressed a historical truth,
      hoping to cause an impact on the local population, who do not
      know how close Catholics and Orthodox were.

      Given our competence in Russia, the Moscow Orthodox prefer to
      be silent about it, and always refer to us Catholics as heretics. ...
      Hence, my speaking about this taboo is the second possible
      cause of my expulsion.

      Then there is the history of Karafuto. Sakhalin, the parish in
      Russia close to Hokkaido, where I resided for the past three
      years, has a beautiful Catholic tradition linked to Japanese roots.
      I searched for details and discovered that, in Japanese times --
      1905-1945 -- around 34 priests worked there. It is very easy to
      get information in the Diocese of Sapporo.

      Up to December 2000, Bishop Peter Jinushi was the apostolic
      prefect of Sakhalin, and as the community was destroyed in
      1948 -- it was finally renewed in 1992 by Korean missionaries of
      Taegu -- the Russian authorities were never concerned about it.

      The problem began only when the canonical responsibility for
      Sapporo was transferred to Irkusketia, and this diocese wrote on
      all its documents "Eastern Siberia" and "Karafuto." For this
      reason, someone said in Moscow that an excuse was being
      given to return Sakhalin to Japan.

      From our Catholic point of view, the Vatican has totally respected
      Russian sovereignty over Sakhalin: Bishop Mazur of Irkutsk was
      appointed head of Sakhalin instead of the Japanese bishop. The
      recently appointed bishop simply respected the tradition and
      continued to call Sakhalin Karafuto, without any political

      For these reasons, between January and April 10, 2002, I was
      called by the Ministry of Justice to the court and to the
      Immigration Police to explain the situation. We obeyed the
      Russian directives but, unfortunately, this did not satisfy them,
      and Bishop Mazur was expelled on April 19 and now, on Sept.
      10, perhaps I was expelled for the same reason.

      The amusing thing about all this is that it is only about probable
      reasons. The immigration police give the sole explanation that
      every country has the sovereign right to prohibit entrance to
      foreigners. The Holy See has protested, but there has been no

      At present, I am one of five priests expelled from Russia without
      being given an official explanation. The difference is that the
      priests who preceded me had a temporary one-year visa, while I
      had been in Russia for 10 years and in 2000 obtained a valid
      visa for five years, until 2005, with the possibility of obtaining
      Russian nationality in 2003. Lawyers have told me that this
      document may be annulled only by the court. This is why I think
      my case is very special, and I ask defenders of human rights to
      think about how this case can be resolved.

      I could mention other possible motives. The following is a
      personal opinion.

      Catholics, having many generous friends in foreign countries,
      have recently built many beautiful churches in Russia. As the
      Orthodox Patriarchate does not have so many friends, it builds
      fewer churches. I was able to build a lovely church in the center
      of Sakhalin. This was, perhaps, the main practical though not
      juridical reason to expel me.

      In the times of the czarist empire, when Orthodoxy was the state
      religion, Catholics were forbidden to build churches with spires
      that were higher than the local Orthodox churches'. It is amusing,
      because that was the situation. It seems that the Orthodox
      authority wants to restore this norm.

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      Chávez Urged by Bishop to Listen to the People

      CARACAS, Venezuela, SEPT. 30, 2002 (Zenit.org).- The
      president of the Venezuelan bishops' conference urged Hugo
      Chávez's government to listen more intently to the people "so
      that the process of reconciliation planned over the last months
      will be successful."

      Archbishop Baltazar Porras of Merida made his plea Saturday,
      adding, "It is necessary to hear everyone and not impose,
      because this is not the way of a democracy." President Chávez
      survived a brief coup in April.

      Regarding Chávez allies' verbal attacks against him, Archbishop
      Porras said that "behind fanaticism there is only irrationality," the
      newspaper El Nacional reported.

      "We cannot continue to divide the country, converting it into two
      irreconcilable groups," something that "makes no sense in a
      democratic state," the archbishop added.

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      Intifada a Catastrophe for Holy Land, Says Latin Patriarch

      Cites Exodus of Christians in Particular

      JERUSALEM, SEPT. 30, 2002 (Zenit.org).- The 2-year-old intifada
      -- the Palestinian uprising against Israel, which was followed by
      military repression -- has been a catastrophe for the Holy Land,
      the Latin patriarch of Jerusalem said.

      "Nothing good has come of it," Patriarch Michel Sabbah said as
      he evaluated the confrontations which began in September

      "There have been dead and victims on both sides," he told
      Vatican Radio. "I hope that after these two years, political leaders
      -- Israeli and Palestinian -- will be able to understand and be
      convinced that this way of death is cruel and useless. ... These
      two years will have been a useless parenthesis in the history of
      the conflict."

      According to Patriarch Sabbah, the violence has also caused an
      increase in the exodus of Catholics from the Holy Land, though
      Muslims and Jews have likewise been affected. "There is always
      someone who is leaving," he said.

      "Of course, given that Christians are few, their emigration
      causes a greater effect for Christian survival in these holy
      places," the patriarch said. "The siege and the curfew, which
      make life impossible, forces many who can emigrate, to go."

      "This situation ... obliges everyone to think of leaving the country,
      except the few who are really convinced they have a vocation to
      be Christians in this land and, thanks be to God, there are still
      persons like this," he said.

      "These people know that they must share the responsibility of
      the whole conflict, the exigency of freedom, of human dignity;
      therefore, they must share the difficulties, including death,"
      Patriarch Sabbah concluded.

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      When the Eucharistic host is elevated at Mass say:

      "Eternal Father, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of
      Mary, I offer you the crucified Body of Your dearly beloved Son,
      Jesus Christ, in reparation for all the sins committed against you
      and for the conversion and salvation of the whole world."

      When the Eucharistic chalice is elevated at Mass say:

      "Eternal Father, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of
      Mary, I offer you the precious Blood of Your dearly beloved Son,
      Jesus Christ, in reparation for all the sins committed against you
      and for the conversion and salvation of the whole world."

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      "during this important time, as the eve of the new millennium
      approaches unity among all Christians of the various
      confessions will increase until they reach full communion." John
      Paul II, Tertio Millennio Adveniente, 16

      "Keep close to the Mother of God as if you were the child Jesus
      clinging to her robes while walking down a dusty and busy
      crowded street and you'll always be safe."
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