Thursday, May 17, 2012
Editorials in the Catholic press have noted that there are few countries in the world that have progressed as far as Korea has in inter-religious dialogue and searching for understanding among the different religions in the country. Seven Religious Communities have come together seeking reconciliation and unity not brawling and feuding but respecting one another, sharing their common elements, and working to be at peace with each other. Instead of looking for what divides them looking for what unites them.
There are many areas in which they work together to foster understanding, reconciliation and the welfare of the citizens. Rather than seeing what separates seeing the oneness in the variety. This is not only a motto or theory; the editorial reminds us, but the present reality.
We Catholics meet together as one in the Trinity, but we also understand what St. Luke says in the Acts of the Apostles chapter 10 verse 35: "anybody of any nationality who fears God and does what is right is acceptable to him." The editorial also quotes from the Pastoral Constitution: "It offers to mankind the honest assistance of the Church in fostering that brotherhood of all men which corresponds to this destiny of theirs. Inspired by no earthly ambition, the Church seeks but a solitary goal: to carry forward the work of Christ Himself under the lead of the befriending Spirit. And Christ entered this world to give witness to the truth, to rescue and not to sit in judgment, to serve and not to be served" (#3).
Editorial in the Peace Weekly wonders in preparation for the general elections at the end of the year how much disagreement and division we will have to experience. Selection connotes exclusion, and this allows for the seeds of disunion to grow. The Peace Weekly is celebrating its 24 year of foundation, and the director wonders how much they have contributed to unity.