24 Letters

posted May 17, 2018, 8:25 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated May 17, 2018, 8:26 AM ]

Pope Benedict XVI's book on Faith and Politics

Sir, Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI illustrates the relationship between FAITH and POLITICS in a new book that features a Foreword from Pope Francis. It will be officially published by the Ignatius Press on August 15, 2018.

This is the only book that collates all of Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI's most significant speeches and essays on political themes in one volume, with titles such as Politics and Truth; Jesus before Pilate; Truth, Values and Power: Touchstone of a Pluralistic Society; If You Want Truth, Respect the Conscience of Every Person. These topics will give some idea of the workings of his mind!


Caring for the disabled

Sir, This refers to the article "Caring for disabled children in Afghanistan" (Examiner dated May 12-18). It is true that the nuns who have taken up this noble task are facing extreme risks and dangers. For the sixteenth consecutive year, Afghanistan is ranked as the one of the most oppressive places in the world for Christians, according to the International non-profit ministry 'Open Doors'. Every year, Open Doors publishes the World Watch List to highlight the plight of persecuted Christians around the world. The list represents believers "who are arrested, harassed, tortured—even killed—for their faith." The list measures the degree of freedom a Christian has to live out their faith in five spheres of life (private, family, community, national, and Church), plus a sixth sphere measuring the degree of violence. Here are the top five countries listed by Open Doors as being the most dangerous for Christians: North Korea is ranked as the most oppressive place in the world for Christians. The five most dangerous countries for Christians – 1) North Korea, 2) Afghanistan, 3) Somalia, 4) Sudan, 5) Pakistan.


Archdiocese of Goa accepts 'Adopt-a-heritage' scheme

Sir, Now that the decision to accept the 'adopt-a-heritage' scheme is a fait accompli, the Archdiocese of Goa must carefully draw up a list of conditions and safeguards before issuing any NOC. (According to the terms and conditions, the archdiocese will be made party to any MoU between the govt and the private player. In addition, the archdiocese has a right to issue an NOC for each monument before the scheme becomes operational.)


Family Prayer

Sir, My wife and I were invited to a Family conference a few years ago as part of a panel discussion on conflict resolution in families. As the building block of society and the Church, what happens within families is vitally important, and perhaps that is why it's always under attack. "When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions!"

One of my grandmother's catch phrases was 'He played Hamlet' which she used to describe the annoyance and often over-reaction people have when they argue. Perhaps, we can all relate and recall occasions when the top was left off the toothpaste (or the seat left up), and we recited a demented monologue from a Shakespearean tragedy in response.


Waste Water Treatment

Sir, The term "wastewater treatment" is also called "sewage treatment." Nature has an amazing ability to cope with small amounts of water waste and pollution, but it would be overwhelmed, if we didn't treat the billions of gallons of wastewater and sewage produced every day before releasing it back into the environment. Treatment plants reduce pollutants in wastewater to a level Nature can handle. Treating waste water is a matter of caring for our environment and for our own health. There are a lot of good reasons why keeping our water clean is an important priority.


Conduct liturgical services properly

Sir, With reference to Mr Garfield Mendonca's letter titled: Cult of the banal in THE EXAMINER dated May 12-18, 2018, some people consider music to be a distraction during a liturgical service, and some people of different faiths consider it to be the work of the devil.

There must be not too much or too little music during a liturgical service, but just the right amount of music to make it meaningful to one and all.