CATHOLIC WORLD NEWS: MON. OCT. 26, 2009
AFRICA: KENYA POSSIBLY RECRUITING FOR WAR?-
PERU: CONSTITUTIONAL COURT RULES AGAINST MORN. AFTER PILL
CNA reports that Peru’s Constitutional Court has ruled against the distribution of the “morning-after pill” at public health care facilities because the abortifacient effect of the drug has not been ruled out.
According to the public relations office of the Court, the justices hold that “the inexistence of the abortifacient effect, the inhibition of the implantation of the fertilized ovum in the endometrium, has not been demonstrated.”
The court accepted the arguments of various NGOs after evaluating the arguments presented by national and international institutions and found that supporters of the pill could not prove that it does not affect the right to life of the unborn, which is protected by the Peruvian Constitution.
The court's ruling bans the free distribution of the morning-after pill in public health care facilities, however the drug can still be sold in pharmacies as long as consumers are provided with information on the drug’s potential abortifacient nature.
According to Carlos Polo, director of the Office for Latin America of the Population Research Institute (PRI), the court “has acted correctly because it put things into proper perspective. The promoters and sellers of the pill needed to show that the anti-implantation effect did not exist and they could not do so.”
PRI is one the organizations cited in the court’s ruling.
“The ruling reproduces the complete texts of the literature that accompanies the drug in various countries where the anti-implantation effect is accepted. It cites the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which is a point of reference for pharmacology worldwide. This simple affirmation is something the previous Ministers of Health simply refused to accept—starting with Pilar Mazzetti—for obvious ideological reasons and for the benefit of the pharmaceutical laboratory that owns the brand Postinor,” Polo said.
The ruling coincides with similar rulings in Ecuador, Argentina and recently in Chile,” he added.
Catholic Herald reports that the 25th annual Rosary Crusade of Reparation and Marian walk of faith was held on Saturday October 10 on a glorious early autumnal afternoon in central London. After assembling at two o'clock in the afternoon in Ambrosden Avenue outside Westminster Cathedral, some 3,000 lay Catholics and clergy marched two and a half miles through Victoria, Belgravia and Knightsbridge. The walkers included members of the Catholic Police Guild carrying an image of Our Lady of Fatima, and Knights of Malta who provided an escort.They passed both the English bishops' conference headquarters in Eccleston Square and Harrods department store before eventually arriving at their destination of the London Oratory. As they walked with a statue of Our Lady of Fatima held aloft the procession, led by Mgr Emmanuel-Marie de St Jean, abbot of the stunning monastery of Sainte Marie de Lagrasse in the south of France near Lourdes, continually sang Marian hymns and prayed the rosary. The Abbot of Lagrasse was visiting London to commemorate the foundation of the Friends of the Canonical Abbey of Lagrasse. Accompanying the abbot was the sub-prior of the Abbey of Lagrasse, Fr Augustin-Marie de la Trinité.Having arrived at the Oratory with the pilgrims the abbot, wearing a mitre made for Cardinal Newman, gave Pontifical Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament."It was a wonderful experience for me," the abbot told the New Liturgical Movement journal, "to see the deep devotion to Our Lady which is shown by Catholics in London. I was honoured to lead the procession which serves as a great witness to our faith."The abbot also offered Mass in the Extraordinary Form at both Westminster Cathedral and the Oratory, and had a private audience with the Archbishop of Westminster.Following the procession's arrival at the Brompton Oratory there was a Solemn Pontifical Benediction at which Fr Ronald Creighton-Jobe officiated, followed by several lay Catholics receiving Carmelite scapular enrolment. Then Mass was celebrated. Over the last quarter of a century this particular October walk of faith has steadily grown in popularity to become the second-largest Catholic annual procession in Britain. The numerically largest annual Catholic walk of faith takes place each July in Clerkenwell, east London, when approximately 10,000 Italian Catholics and their friends muster to evangelise in the locality.The third largest Catholic walk of faith annually, with 1,000 participants, is the one that passes through Manchester city centre in June, and is again an Italian procession. Both Italian processions are around 100 years old. John Eidinow, chairman of the Friends of the Canonical Abbey of Lagrasse, said the Friends were devoted to rebuilding and restoring the gothic abbey church and the conventual buildings. (SOURCE: http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/life/cl0000520.shtml
UCAN reports that hundreds of people attended the funeral of an "exorcist priest," whose controversial treatments for mental illness combined religion and psychology.
Father Geo Kappalumakal, who directed the Georgian Counseling Centre in Palai, Kerala, died on Oct. 22 at the age of 78 after a prolonged illness.
Bishop Joseph Kallarangatt of Palai conducted his funeral on Oct. 24.
Father Paul Thelakat, editor of Church weekly "Satyadeepam" (light of truth), told UCA News the deceased priest had helped thousands said to be tormented by the devil.
"He has freed many persons ... but strangely, he was an exorcist who never believed in the existence of Satan, but only in God and his Son Jesus Christ," said the priest.
Father Thelakat said the late priest had told him that some people imagined they were being possessed by the devil when fears and other diseases afflict them.
"He said it was useless to tell them they were not possessed so he treated them to give them courage to face their fears," Thelakat said.
Jose Thekkerikunnel, who has worked with Father Kappalumakal for 24 years, said the Church at first misunderstood the priest's work. Palai diocese had investigated his work and had asked him to stop. He then took leave of absence to set up the counseling center in 1982.
Many psychiatrists and neurologists have challenged the priests' methods.However, Thekkerikunnel said: "I've seen him cure thousands of people. Later the Church recognized his work."
According to the layman, Father Kappalumakal said he practiced psycho-religious therapy which diffuses tension. He used hypnotism to understand the root cause of mental disorders, Thekkerikunnel said, adding that the late priest prescribed only herbs and minerals as medicines.
Carmelite Father Mathew Mariyankel, who has assisted the priest for the past nine months, said he believed Father Kappalumakal had a "divine power to perform things ordinary priests could not."
He noted that some people traveled miles to attend the funeral.
In February, Father Kappalumakal handed over his center to Father Mariyankel's Congregation of Mary Immaculate, a Kerala-based religious congregation for men.
CISA reports that the Kenyan government should immediately stop the recruitment of Somalis in refugee camps to fight for an armed force in Somalia, Human Rights Watch has cautioned.In a press release, the US based body claims Kenyan authorities have directly supported the drive, which has recruited hundreds of Somali men and boys in the sprawling Dadaab refugee camps as well as Kenyan citizens from nearby towns.“Since early October, Somali recruiters claiming to act on behalf of Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) have operated openly in the Dadaab camps in northeast Kenya, near the Somali border, to enlist young refugees in a new force intended to fight in Somalia”, the organization says in its statement by Georgette Gagnon, Africa director at Human Rights Watch.They warned that military recruitment in these camps contravenes the principle recognized in international law that refugee camps should be entirely civilian and humanitarian in character.“Permitting recruitment of fighters in refugee camps undermines the very purpose of the camps to be a place of refuge from the conflict,” the statement adds.The statement said that Somali armed group al-Shabaab has also sought to recruit fighters among Somali refugee communities and Kenyans.The Rights organization claimed that other armed groups in Somalia are now using the government as a ploy to recruit young boys into their armies.“They have urged teenage refugees to lie about their ages and to join without informing their families. Former recruits say that their cell phones were taken from them before they were transported to the training centre.But top Kenyan officials including the foreign minister have categorically denied the recruitment exercise.The Dadaab camps, built to house 90,000 people in the early 1990s, are now home to over 280,000 refugees, mostly Somalis. It is the largest concentration of refugees in the world.(SOURCE: http://www.cisanewsafrica.org/story.asp?ID=4201
Cath News reports that NSW HSC Studies of Religion candidates are accusing the Board of Studies of asking questions about subject matter not included in the syllabus.
Teachers also complained that part of the paper sat by almost 14,000 candidates across the state on Thursday afternoon was unfair, the Daily Telegraph reports. The Board of Studies maintained that the question was based on the syllabus, ABC said.
According to the Telegraph, the question that threw the students, worth 20 marks, gave candidates a quotation referring to the Qur'an and the prophet Muhammad.
It reportedly then asked candidates: "With reference to the quotation, analyse the role played by the revelation through the Prophet in the life of Muslims."
The paper cites one student, identified only as Clare, who said: "When we reached section three I think most students in the state had a communal heart attack as we discovered obscure and obtuse questions which were from absolutely no part of the otherwise very straightforward syllabus.
"I just lost 20 marks from a paper I studied very hard for."
"I'm confident that the questions in the examination paper are all directly from the syllabus, it's just that this year the examination committee used a different format for the question," Board of Studies chief executive Carol Taylor was quoted by the ABC as saying.
"The quotations used in the questions seem to have thrown some students - they were intended as a prompt or stepping stone into their answer and they will not be expected to have studied the quotations themselves," the Daily Telegraph quotes her saying.
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Feast: October 26
Date of birth unknown; died about 107. In the Liberian Catalogue his name is given as Aristus. In papal catalogues of the second century used by Irenaeus and Hippolytus, he appears as the fourth successor of St. Peter, immediately after St Clement. The same lists allow him eight years of reign, covering the end of the first and the beginning of the second century (from about 98 or 99 to about 106 or 107). The earliest historical sources offer no authentic data about him. In his "Ecclesiastical History" Eusebius says merely that he succeeded Clement in the episcopate of the Roman Church which fact was already known from St. Irenaeus. This order of succession is undoubtedly correct. The "Liber Pontificalis" says that Evaristus came of a Hellenic family, and was the son of a Bethlehem Jew. It also attributes to him the allotment of definite churches as
Luke 13: 10 - 17
Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.
And there was a woman who had had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years; she was bent over and could not fully straighten herself.
And when Jesus saw her, he called her and said to her, "Woman, you are freed from your infirmity."
And he laid his hands upon her, and immediately she was made straight, and she praised God.
But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the sabbath, said to the people, "There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be healed, and not on the sabbath day."
Then the Lord answered him, "You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his ass from the manger, and lead it away to water it?
And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?"
As he said this, all his adversaries were put to shame; and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him.