National Catholic Reporter

The Independent News Source

Short takes: Missionary attacked and Jesuits on liturgy

Another Catholic
missionary has been attacked in Turkey. Fr. Pierre Brunissen, a Frenchman,
was stabbed outside the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows in Samsun, on the
Black Sea coast.

Brunissen survived, with a gash in his thigh about 10 centimeters long.

The incident comes on the heels of the murder of Italian missionary Fr.
Andrea Santoro on Feb. 5 in Trabzon.

Bishop Luigi Padovese, apostolic vicar for Anatolia, said the attack in
Samsun was an "isolated incident," and that Brunissen enjoyed good
relations with Islamic authorities. Nevertheless, he said, there is a
"strong nationalism that seeks to create an ever wider distance between
the European and the Turkish worlds."

10.24-issue-video.jpgOur 50th Anniversary Issue is in the mail, on its way to subscribers. Take a look inside. Not a subscriber? Become one today!

According to Padovese, the Turkish press reported that Brunissen
attempted to pressure his attacker to convert to Christianity, a charge
also made in the Santoro case. Accusations of proselytism, Padovese said,
have become standard fare in anti-Christian complaints.

"If this was the case, then how come the Christian community in Samsun
is so tiny?" Padovese asked the Asia News agency. "If it was true that Fr.
Pierre used to hand out money to make people come to church… Mass would
have been packed."

 
* * *

Jesuit liturgical experts from 21 countries have just concluded a third
international meeting on the role that liturgy plays in Jesuit life and
mission.

Meeting in Fortaleza in northeast Brazil, the "Jungmann Society," as
the group is called after Austrian Jesuit liturgist Josef Jungmann, worked
on a document addressing Jesuit liturgical formation for the society's
General Congregation in 2008.

The group also addressed globalization, inculturation, and the
contribution Jesuits can offer the universal church in the renewal of its
worship.

Fortaleza is located in one of the poorest regions of Brazil, and in
addition to formal sessions and small-group discussions, participants
visited several of the original base Christian communities (comunidades
de base
), joining them for their liturgy and supper.

Founding President Fr. Keith Pecklers of the Gregorian University
completed his term at the Fortaleza meeting and will be succeeded by
French Jesuit Br. Pierre Faure, former Editor of ETUDES. The next
meeting is set for June 2008 at the Benedictine Monastery of Montserrat
near Barcelona, Spain.

The e-mail address for John L. Allen Jr. is href="mailto:jallen@natcath.org">jallen@ncronline.org

NCR Comment code: (Comments can be found below)

Before you can post a comment, you must verify your email address at Disqus.com/verify.
Comments from unverified email addresses will be deleted.

  • Be respectful. Do not attack the writer. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the original idea will be deleted. NCR reserves the right to close comment threads when discussions are no longer productive.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report abuse" button. Once a comment has been flagged, an NCR staff member will investigate.

For more detailed guidelines, visit our User Guidelines page.

For help on how to post a comment, visit our reference page.

 

Feature-flag_GSR_start-reading.jpg

NCR Email Alerts