WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant continued:
While Clinton seeks to overturn the Nebraska law, Bishop Patrick Dunn of Auckland, New Zealand announced late last week that the Diocese will offer any kind of necessary help to any mother who chooses to bring her baby to full term. Most of the funding will come from the Bishop himself, and is offered to any woman, regardless of race or creed. That truly is charity the way Christ asks of all of us. continued inside.
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (CWNews.com) - Bishop Patrick Dunn of
Auckland this week announced that his diocese will offer any
kind of help necessary for women who choose to bear their
child rather than abort him.
Bishop Dunn said the effort is a personal undertaking and
will give every possible help, including money, to girls
and women undecided about whether to have an abortion. He
added that he will use his own money if necessary.
"I make this pledge to any woman regardless of creed or
circumstances and without any conditions attached," he
said. "It is a scheme that will allow women the right and
freedom to choose life instead of death."
The offer is similar to one begun two years ago by Cardinal
Thomas Winning of Glasgow, Scotland, who has said 107 women
have accepted the offer of help and given birth to their
babies. The cardinal's offer has been regularly panned in
the secular press which has dubbed it "cash for babies."
Bishop Dunn said the effort is a personal undertaking and will give every possible help, including money, to girls and women undecided about whether to have an abortion. He added that he will use his own money if necessary.
"I make this pledge to any woman regardless of creed or circumstances and without any conditions attached," he said. "It is a scheme that will allow women the right and freedom to choose life instead of death."
The offer is similar to one begun two years ago by Cardinal Thomas Winning of Glasgow, Scotland, who has said 107 women have accepted the offer of help and given birth to their babies. The cardinal's offer has been regularly panned in the secular press which has dubbed it "cash for babies."
In the Diocese of San Cristobal in Chiapas, Mexico the Holy Father has appointed Bishop Felipe Arizendi, the former secretary of CELAM, to head the see there. He accepted this task in obedience to the Bishop of Rome and , with the love of God for all the faithful who he now shepherds. His appointment was met with hoorays from all sections of the Diocese and throughout Mexico in hopes he will bring peace and understanding to a region where there has been only confusion and violence. continued inside.
ROME/SAN CRISTÓBAL DE LAS CASAS, APR 2 (ZENIT.org).- "Bishop Felipe Arizmendi's appointment has given new hope to Chiapas, as he is very familiar with the situation in the diocese of San Cristóbal, and has been exposed to the problem of the refugees," Fernando Molina, an expert in Latin American affairs, said on Vatican Radio. Bishop Arizmendi is replacing Bishop Samuel Ruiz who headed this diocese for 40 years but has now retired due to advanced age.
Bishop Ruiz exhorts "all pastoral agents and faithful to give a warm welcome to the new Bishop of our diocese. The generosity he has demonstrated in accepting the Roman Pontiff's appointment speaks volumes for his spirit of service, his love for the One and Triune God, and his fidelity to the Church; all of which he will live in particular Church, marked in a special way by the force of the Spirit of God.
He also gave a significant testimony of the manner in which he received this new undertaking from the Pope. "The Holy Father John Paul II, Vicar of Jesus Christ on earth, successor of Peter, asked me if I was prepared to leave the diocese of Tapachula and go to San Cristóbal de las Casas to replace Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcia. My response was that, as a Christian, and as a priest and Bishop, I discover God's will in the decisions of my legitimate superiors and, therefore, I accept the request made of me. I have consecrated my life to the Lord and his Church; I do not belong to myself. My whole being, my talents and limitations, I owe to the Lord and the Church; therefore, I am ready to go wherever I am told."
"I am aware that I am not going to San Cristóbal de las Casas either to compete or to destroy, but to complement [what has been done.] I appreciate the outstanding dedication of the 40 episcopal years of Bishop Samuel Ruiz García, and the 4 of [Coadjutor] Bishop Raul Vera López, as well as that of their generous collaborators in the pastoral care of this important individual Church. The Holy Spirit gives each one different gifts and charisms for the good of the community, but the Lord, whom we serve, is the same; the Church for which we spend our life is the same; the Kingdom of God for which we struggle is the same. Each one contributes what he has, what he knows, and what he can, but we are united by an identical faith, the same hope and only one charity," explained the new Bishop. "Although we are different, we are united."
"I have always trusted God, and have full confidence in the Church. I have never felt disappointed, because the eyes of faith allow me to see beyond the immediate. Therefore, in the midst of the normal concern that this change implies, I have the certainty that my life is in the Lord's hands, and that he will give me the necessary graces," continued Bishop Arizmendi.
Since January 1, 1994, San Cristóbal de las Casas and neighboring localities have been enduring an armed conflict caused by the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, which rose in armed protest against the enforcement of the North American Free Trade Agreement (TLC-NAFTA) between Mexico, the United States, and Canada. Of the over 3 million inhabitants of Chiapas, 1 million belong to two Maya ethnic groups: the Tzotzil and the Tzetzal. Six years later, these civilian populations of Chiapas (which means "Battle Hill" in the Tapetchia language) are the great losers, and their situation has worsened.
Matters are currently in a state of suspense, awaiting the outcome of the forthcoming presidential elections, which will be held in July. Militarily, the situation is described as a "lowering of intensity." ZE00040203