IN BRIEF

Source: FSSPX News

 

 

Canada: Religious patrimony reclassified at Quebec

 Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte, archbishop of Montreal, was given a hearing by the Parliamentary Commission for culture of the National Assembly, on September 22, on the patrimony of the Catholic Church. The members of the Commission, who were responsible for establishing a report on the 2,751 places of worship registered in Quebec, 80% of which belong to the Catholic Church, organized public audiences on the religious patrimony of Quebec.

 The Catholic Church has suffered from a dramatic desertion of the faithful in Quebec where the practice of religion has dropped from 80% in 1960 to 5% at most today. It must face up to the impossible financial constraints for the upkeep of religious buildings.

 “The Church is not there to be a museum for the maintenance of buildings, it is for pastoral ends.” The cardinal also proposed the conservation of the religious patrimony by consigning disused Churches and convents for municipal purposes: libraries, universities, community restaurants.

  

France: Protect children and adolescents from the dangers of the Internet

 In a press release dated September 22, Mgr. Jean-Charles Descubes, president of the Social Commission of the French episcopate, stated that it was vital to control all internet software. “To defend the status quo with full knowledge of the facts would make us guilty of complicity in the debauchery of minors.” “The Internet is a useful tool. But children and adolescents must be protected from its dangers.”

 “The heart of the child is sacrosanct. We must do everything in our power to make them grow; we must also alert them to the dangers which degrade and disturb their development. Our dignity as adults involves the preservation of that of children.”

 Life and work do not allow parents to be permanently by their children’s side. The suppliers of access to the Internet, on the other hand, do not give them enough information which would permit them some protection. Also, it seems essential to us that the authorities take the decision to give systematically and by default, parental control on all software.”

  

Canada: “Raelism” demands recognition as a religion

 On September 22, 2005, the Rael sect filed a complaint against press groups and the media of Quebec, including La Presse, the company Sun Media, the owner of the Journal de Montréal and Radio Canada, for having undermined the dignity and the private life of the Raelians. The sect has asked the Supreme Court of Quebec to declare that the Raelian movement is a religion. “Raelism” describes itself as the “continuity and completion of Christianity” which “is based on love and whose doctrine is the infinite and science”.

 Brigitte McCann, a journalist with the Journal de Montréal, who spent nine months incognito with the Raelians did not hesitate, in her writing to portray Claude Vorilhon, alias Rael, as a paranoid guru and his followers as “sex objects who were willing to die.”

 

 United Kingdom: The 100-Minute Bible

 On September 23, Michael Hinton, of the Anglican Church, presented a summary of the Bible, from Genesis to the Apocalypse. This “Bible which can be read in 100 minutes is an abbreviated version of the sacred text” destined for the faithful who want to discover the holy book and don’t have much time!

 

 Ireland: Decline in religious practice

 A study carried out by the Landsdowne Institute for the daily Irish Examiner shows a major decline in religious practice in Ireland. According to the survey, 44% of adults attend Mass at least once a month, as against 48% in 2004. In 1974, 90% of the Irish people assisted at Mass once a week. Indifference is gaining ground more particularly with the 18-24 age group: only 20% of them go to church every week. Around 20% of 18-24 year olds never go to church, and 30% attend less than four times a year.