Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Malaysia Diplomatic Tie With The Vatican


The Star today reported,

"The formal pact was reached upon after Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak met Pope Benedict XVI, the head of the Roman Catholic Church Monday at his Papal summer palace in Castel Gandolfo outside Rome."

Hear and read the Vatican report on Datuk Seri Najib meeting with the Holy Father,


2011-07-18 Vatican Radio

Pope Benedict XVI met with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak Monday at the Papal summer residence at Castel Gandalfo.

To find out more about the situation of the Catholic Church in the country and the significance of this meeting, Christopher Wells spoke to Jesuit Father Lawrence Andrew, editor of The Herald, a Catholic Weekly in Malaysia:

“The significance is the recognition of Christians in Malaysia in a multi-racial nation, there’s always been that question whether we are recognised as a group and recognising the Vatican is a recognition of the Christians and therefore is an important step forward”.

“Once this happens of course the other Christians will benefit, and also I’m sure that when we are given this recognition there will be a necessity for the government to see a moderation. We hope that there will be this inter-faith development taking place”.

Malaysia, where Christians make up 9 percent of the population, is one of the few countries without diplomatic ties with the Vatican. While Islam is the official religion in Malaysia, the right to freedom of religion is enshrined in its Constitution. There are about 850,000 Catholics in Malaysia, which has a population of 28 million.


It's good to see Father Lawrence speaking in a non-confrontional manner.

It's a diplomatic thing to do, no?

As a prelude to the PM visit, we have a wannabe Michael Jackson in the form of a layperson, Martin Jalleh, with his usual attention seeking theatrical diatribe and rant, duly abetted by the The Malaysian Instigator.

This MJ wannabe is strongly advised to peruse the DECLARATION ON THE RELATION OF THE CHURCH TO NON-CHRISTIAN RELIGIONS, NOSTRA AETATE, PROCLAIMED BY HIS HOLINESS POPE PAUL VI ON OCTOBER 28, 1965 for a lesson or two in humility.


"We cannot truly call on God, the Father of all, if we refuse to treat in a brotherly way any man, created as he is in the image of God. Man's relation to God the Father and his relation to men his brothers are so linked together that Scripture says: "He who does not love does not know God" (1 John 4:8)."

Throwing "Ganddolfo" here and there, as though it were some Mafiosi term, does not make the wannabe MJ credible. And getting it wrongly spelt says much about the lowly layperson.

And as the wannabe MJ wants to remind the Holy Father of a warning, I would also remind the exploited wannabe to warn our Priests Do Not Have a Political Mission

"In their generous service to the gospel ideal, some priests feel drawn to political involvement in order to help more effectively in reforming political life and in eliminating injustices, exploitation, and every type of oppression. The Church reminds them that on this road it is easy to be caught in partisan strife, with the risk of helping not to bring about the just world for which they long, but new and worse ways of exploiting poor people. In any case they must know that they have neither the mission nor the charism from above for this political involvement and activism."
How telling and poignant. Amen.

5 comments:

satD said...

Dear bro Freddie

Was hoping you could elaborate on the impact of the diplomatic tie with Holy See.

How would the Domestic Catholic report, what is the chain of command?

What is impact to Herald Suit (a Catholic Bishop publishing Co) when Holy See comes into the picture?

Many thanks

Regards
satD

Anonymous said...

So did u guys ask the Vatican to remove Christian signs? What happen? Bola kecut? Cibais the lot of you

Freddie Kevin said...

Bro satD,

I will first reply to the Herald suit.

I can say with certainty the suit will not be affected with or without diplomatic ties.

The High Court had found in favour of the Herald and the matter is now under appeal by the Home Ministry.

It is a judicial matter NOT a diplomatic matter.

Surely no country can interfere in the judicial affairs of another sovereign state.

As for the 'chain of command', I will try to give as much info possible and need masa sikit.

Thanks

@Anon 20.40

Either you are one of those dunggus and lembus I refer to or some demented lost soul.

Please do some confirmation on the matter. This is another typical opposhit lie

Have a nice day.

Freddie Kevin said...

Bro satD,

I have more or less gathered some material for your query on the 'chain of command'.

I can only offer an opinion on the diplomatic impact. I am sure you will be able secure details from more qualified sources.

Time needed is for factual corroboration of my reply to your good self which will be by way of an article on my blog.

Knowing your attention for detail, I hope I will not disappoint, another reason for minta masa sikit.

Until then, best always, Viva Barca!

satD said...

thank you bro Freddie

Look forward to your post take your time, I'm searching too..will keep u updated

Viva Braca? Biar betul...

YAWATT