Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Cardinal Jean Luis Cipriani of Lima, Peru, has charged that publicity surrounding the removal of another Peruvian prelate is a “circus” orchestrated to discredit him.
The cardinal complained that Bishop Gabina Miranda Melgarejo was removed from office when he “hasn’t had the change to defend himself” against charges of sexual abuse. Moreover, the Peruvian cardinal said that news of the bishop’s removal broke just as Cardinal Cipriani was traveling to Rome for a visit with Vatican officials.
Bishop Miranda, an auxiliary of the Ayaucho archdiocese, was removed from office after the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith investigated sex-abuse charges against him. Bishop Miranda has denied the charges, although he admitted to imprudent conduct.
Cardinal Cipriani said that the news of Bishop Miranda’s removal, which broke in September, was timed to embarrass him on the eve of a private audience with Pope Francis. News accounts prominently mentioned Bishop Miranda’s involvement with Opus Dei, of which Cardinal Cipriani is a member. “We have nothing to hide,” the cardinal said, “but I don’t think banishing someone who hasn’t had the chance to defend himself, taking advantage of my visit to Rome and announcing things that have nothing to do with me is a very honest thing to do.”
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