In the reports I have been filing from Seoul this past week I’ve written several times of the fissions in the South Korean society. They’ve come about, people here say, as old Confucian notions, which prize community and structure, have come under assault by modern economic growth and the pressures that have come from this growth.
NCR Today: St. Louis archbishop extols peacemaking efforts; Australia royal commission on abuse continues; women religious of East Africa meet.
The ouster of gay employees at churches is causing a lot more trouble than church officials expected. Recently, instances of protest have been reported somewhere in the country almost weekly. On Aug. 15, the Chicago Tribune ran a front-page story that continued for almost a full page inside on one situation.
George Conger writes a somewhat critical piece about Pope Francis' interviews since his election.
NCR Today: Why are women and children being detained in New Mexico? Also: the expulsion of an Australian priest after allegations of abuse; retired priest rescued from harbor.
Following Pope Francis’ departure from South Korea at 1.p.m. Aug. 18th, the president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea and Commissioner of Committee for Papal Visit to Korea, Bishop Peter Kang U-il of Cheju, and Coordinator of Committee for Papal Visit to Korea, Bishop Cho Kyi-man, auxiliary bishop of Seoul, met with reporters in a final press briefing.
Bishop Kang read a statement before taking questions from reporters.
Dear brothers and sisters,
“Pope Francis’ five-day visit to Korea was a pastoral visit aimed at tending to Catholics here and, more broadly, throughout Asia.
Yet, his visit was followed closely by Koreans looking for comfort and inspiration from a religious leader who is an advocate for the poor and the weak. And the pope did not disappoint.”
Pope Francis has written a condolence letter to the families of those still missing in April’s ferry sinking, saying he prayed for the victims of the tragedy throughout his stay in South Korea.
The first part of this two-part series examined how extremism, in the form of the ruling Likud party and right-wing settler influence, has permeated the Israeli political establishment. Consequently, the prospect of a viable political settlement has been sorely diminished and that of long-term Israeli security undercut. This second part examines Palestinian extremists' use of violence in pursuit of political ends.