Monday, December 13, 2010

Korea's Catholic Disciples Group for Realizing Justice

They've accused Nicholas Cardinal Cheong Jin-Suk of having "displayed the image of strict anti-public figure who just incites hatred" and "audaciously given up the pastoral view of wisdom or admitted on your own that you had no such view of wisdom in the first place" — Criticism of Seoul Archbishop. Said one lay elder, "I’ve never seen in my 70 years of life someone who uses such bad language and protests a cardinal within the Catholic Church."

Why such harsh statements? His Eminence said of a recent episcopal meeting, "The archbishops at the meeting did not oppose the government’s four-river restoration project," referring to a massive public works project promoted by the current "conservative" administration. "This is not the first time that the Catholic group has made a statement biased and crude that makes it similar to those by student demonstrators," the article reminds us:
    In 2008, the group took the lead in candlelight vigils for protesting the resumption of U.S. beef imports, something which even earned harsh criticism from the late Hwang Jang-yop, the highest-ranking North Korean official to defect to the South. Hwang said, “If you are truly aware of the right to life and justice, why haven’t you taken candles to support human rights in the North yet?”
I agree fully with the article's conclusion: "Religious people and the public who follow and honor the Catholic group have begun to consider the group’s suggestion of 'realization of justice' as 'realization of politics,' which will fuel social conflict." An article of mine about these folks — Have Korea's Protesting Priests Chosen the Right Fights?

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