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BY John Lilly
Cardinal Calls to Allow Catholic Monarchy
BBC NEWS, Feb. 15 — Cardinal
Keith O’Brien, leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, called for a removal
on the ban of Catholics to the throne of England, reported the BBC.
Saying the Act of Settlement was “hurtful and
“discriminatory,” O’Brien said Catholics should be allowed to rise to the
monarchy. He delivered his remarks at a summit on Scottish Executive plans to
tackle religious bigotry.
“Here in Scotland one in five of the population is an
equally loyal Catholic,” O’Brien said. “So why should Prince Charles, or any
heir to our throne, be able to marry not just someone of the Anglican faith,
but someone who is a Muslim or, but not a Roman Catholic.”
The Orange Order in Scotland dismissed the call, claiming
the act guaranteed everyone’s religious liberty, according to the BBC.
Listen to the Bishops
ALLAFRICA.COM, Feb. 14 — The Lusaka (Zambia) Post praised the country’s Catholic bishops, saying in an editorial
they “have come out to demonstrate their pastoral and prophetic role that God
has truly placed on them.”
“First and foremost, the Catholic bishops have not hidden
their feelings and their concerns on the endemic tension that has truly become
characteristic of our country,” the editorial stated. “The good thing to all
those involved in the political process is that the bishops have provided very
rare wise counsel that should be considered if the nation is to make progress
on matters of governance.”
The capital city’s publication went on to urge the
county’s lawmakers to “take interest and seek knowledge from the free counsel
that the eleven bishops from different parts of Zambia have offered at this
most right moment.”
In Search of St. Valentine
THE SCOTSMAN, Feb. 14 — With the publication
of Valentine, a new novel by Chet Raymo, St. Valentine has been reinvented as non-Chritian.
At least three St. Valentines are mentioned in early martyrologies, all with their feast days on Feb. 14. The
two main contenders (whom some commentators think may have been the same
person) are described as a Roman priest and physician, and a bishop of Interamna. Both were martyred around the year 270 A.D. and
both are thought to have been buried along the Flaminian
Way out of Rome. Nothing is known of a third Valentine, apart from the belief
that he suffered for his faith in Africa.
“It seemed to me a perfect story just waiting to be
invented,” the writer told The Scotsman.
Raymo’s narrative depicts Valentine as
an Alexandrian-born doctor in Rome, a strict rationalist, who becomes involved
with Christians and, ironically, ends up a Christian martyr against his better
judgment, The Scotsman reported.
Catholic leaders: Israel Has Abandoned Us
HAARETZ.COM, Feb. 15 — Israel
has abandoned its responsibility for the security of its Christian members, leaders of the country’s
Catholic community in the wake of violent weekend clashes between Druze and
Christians in the mixed village of Maghar in the
Galilee, according to the Web site for Haaretz
Archbishop Michel Sabah and
Catholic leaders in Israel, in a letter sent to President Moshe Katzav, placed the responsibility for their security on
Israel’s security forces.
Haaretz reported that dozens of Christian
businesses were burned to the ground Feb. 10, and many Christian families fled
the village during riots that began after a rumor spread that Christian youths
had placed pornographic pictures of Druze girls on the Internet.
After an extensive investigation that included experts on
computer-related crimes, police determined a 16-year-old youth had lied to his
friends about the pictures.
The violent clashes peaked Feb. 12 when eight residents
of the village were injured, two moderately and the rest lightly. Three police
officers were also lightly injured, Haaretz reported.
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