World Media Watch
Keeping an eye on the news from around the World.
BY John Lilly
April 23-29, 2006 Issue | Posted 4/24/06 at 11:00 AM
Priest Arrested, Then Expelled
ASIANEWS, April 10 — Father George Joshua
Saudi religious police arrested
Father Joshua, a priest of
AsiaNews reported that Catholic foreigners
in the country number at least 1 million: None of them can participate in Mass
while they are in
Papal Envoy Criticizes Anti-Semitic Radio Broadcast
EKKLESIA, April 9 — Archbishop Jozef Kowalczyk, the papal nuncio
According to Independent Catholic News, the station, Radio Maryja, presented a program March 27 that claimed that Jewish people were making an “industry” out of Holocaust reparations. The host, Stanislaw Michalkiewicz, is reported to have accused Jews of “trying to force our government to pay extortion money disguised as ‘compensation payments’” for property lost during and after World War II.
“The Holy See expresses its deep
concern about Radio Maryja’s political commitments,”
Archbishop Kowalczyk wrote in his subsequent letter
to the country’s Catholic bishops. He also urged the bishops to “overcome the
difficulties caused by some of the radio’s broadcasts and activities.”
Church Can Thwart Threat to Western Civilization
SPERO NEWS, April 10 — British historian Michael Burleigh said the Church is the one religious institution that can “speak the truth in a time of evil,” and can head off the grave threats facing Western civilization, the news service reported.
Burleigh made his comments in a
wide-ranging interview with Inside the Vatican. He said he is hoping for a
revival of Christianity in
Burleigh is the author of Earthly Powers (Harper-Collins), published this month in America, the first of a two-volume history of religion and politics, from the French Revolution to the present; the second volume, Sacred Causes, is to appear later this year.
He said the Church’s teachings about the dignity of human life place the Church in a unique and pivotal position to make a real difference. Despite the recent scandals in the Church, and what he calls a “pathological anti-Catholicism” attempting to exploit them, the time is right for the Church of Rome to act: “No other religious body has the strength, the respect and the authority to influence the world for the better.”
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