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Somos cristãos e cristãs e igualmente gentes de todos os credos e caminhadas, de todos os gêneros, raças, cores, cheiros, brasileiros até o fundo d’alma, mesmo que alguns e algumas de nós não tenhamos nascido nesta terra‐caldeirão.
Reunimo‐nos neste texto para proclamar: estamos ao lado do Papa Francisco, por uma Igreja em saída, por um mundo que promova a cultura do encontro e não a rotina do descarte, por uma humanidade que acolha os mais pobres, frágeis, os sem teto, sem terra, sem comida, sem nada, em vez de tratá‐los como lixo.
Escrevemos para apoiar o Papa no contexto da crise político‐econômica do Brasil, dominado por um governo dos ricos, nascido de um golpe de Estado, com um projeto de destruição dos direitos trabalhistas, previdenciários e outros, com ataques seguidos aos pobres do campo e das cidades, especialmente aos mais vulneráveis, crianças, velhos e velhas, indígenas, mulheres, negros e negras, lésbicas, gays, bissexuais, travestis, transexuais e transgêneros.
Sentimo‐nos convocados e convocadas por Francisco para estar com os pequenos e pequenas do Mestre.
Levantamo‐nos, ao lado do Papa, contra a intenção manifesta de um fechamento eclesial que pretende transformar a primavera florescente de hoje no retorno à longa noite invernal. As posições assumidas por quatro cardeais restauracionistas e seus seguidores, que acusaram o Papa numa carta pública de “causar confusão doutrinal em relação a assuntos‐chave da doutrina católica” são a expressão de uma visão de Igreja que atenda a projetos de poder, dominação e controle sobre as pessoas.
Insurgem‐se os quatro cardeais e seus simpatizantes contra a Exortação Apostólica Pós‐Sinodal “Sobre o Amor na Família” (Amoris Laetitia), especialmente contra o direito de divorciados e divorciadas em segunda união partilharem da Comunhão Eucarística, baseados em falsos pressupostos de fundo moral e teológico que não encontram sustentação no melhor da tradição da Igreja. O Papa, no seguimento das pegadas do Manso e Humilde, vê diversidade e ocasião de acolhimento onde os olhos da censura enxergam apenas diferença e motivos de separação e exclusão.
Aos poucos, depois de anos de congelamento, a Igreja no Brasil retoma sua caminhada pastoral, profética e popular. Queremos muito mais. Não negamos o direito de livre expressão de pensamento de quem quer que seja. Afirmamos com desassombro, entretanto, que o explícito ou implícito apoio de segmentos da hierarquia a esses cardeais é um ataque à eclesiologia do Papa e do Vaticano II, que definiu a Igreja como Povo de Deus em movimento, muito além dos limites clericais. Não é mera coincidência o fato de os membros da Igreja que sustentam os cardeais rebelados sejam também aderidos ao golpe de Estado no Brasil e aos ataques aos direitos dos mais pobres.
Ao apoiar o Papa Francisco, deixamos explícitos alguns posicionamento que, entendemos, fazem dos cristãos e cristãs em todo o planeta uma Igreja em saída.
Como “Igreja – Povo de Deus – em Movimento” (IPDM), abaixo assinamos.
‐ Igreja Povo de Deus em Movimento (IPDM);
‐ Conselho Indigenista Missionário (CIMI);
‐ Comissão Pastoral da Terra (CPT);
‐ Serviço Inter Franciscano de Justiça, Paz e Ecologia (SINFRAJUPE);
‐ Rede Ecumênica da Juventude (REJU)
‐ Centro de Capacitação das Juventudes (CCJ);
‐ Nós Somos a Igreja – São Paulo;
‐ Pastoral Fé e Política São Paulo;
‐ Pe. Paulo Sérgio Bezerra, articulador IPDM.
‐ Pe. Ticão, articulador IPDM.
‐ Eduardo Brasileiro, articulador IPDM.
‐ Frei Betto, frade dominicano e escritor.
‐ Marcelo Barros, teólogo. ‐ Mauro Lopes, jornalista e escritor.
‐ Moema Miranda, antropóloga IBASE.
‐ Flavio Irala, bispo anglicano, presidente do CAMI (Centro de Apoio e Pastoral do Migrante)
‐ Chico Whitaker,
‐ Stella Whitaker.
‐ Ermínia Maricato, professora USP.
‐ Frei José Fernandes, OP, vice coordenador da Comissão Dominicana de Justiça e Paz do Brasil.
‐ Thiesco Crisóstomo, militante da Pastoral da Juventude e liderança das Cebs na Diocese de Marabá.
‐ Aline Ogliari, secretária nacional da Pastoral da Juventude.
‐ João Paulo Medeiros, Assessor Comissão Pastoral da Terra (CPT).
‐ Rosemary Fernandes da Costa, educadora e teóloga.
‐ Franklin Félix, educador popular e Espíritas Pelos Direitos Humanos.
‐ Andreia Alves, educadora popular Centro Social Nossa Senhora do Bom Parto.
‐ Igor Bastos, Juventude Franciscana (JUFRA) e Movimento Católico Global Pelo Clima. ‐ Monica Lopes, Pastoral Fé e Política.
‐ Benedito Prezia, Pastoral Indigenista.
‐ Pe. Antônio Ferreira Naves, Comissão Pastoral da Terra São Paulo.
‐ Pe. Júlio Lancelotti, vigário do povo da rua Arquidiocese de São Paulo
To involve young people in preparations for the Synod of Bishops on youth in 2018, the Vatican has released the long-awaited online questionnaire YOUNG PEOPLE, THE FAITH AND VOCATIONAL DISCERNMENT to better understand the lives, attitudes and concerns of 16- to 29-year-olds around the world. The questionnaire - available in English, Spanish, French and Italian - is open to any young person, regardless of faith or religious belief:
Click on https://survey-synod2018.glauco.it/limesurvey/index.php/147718 and choose your language in the top right drop-down menu.
Given the Church's tradition of strict adherence to rules that many feel need to be reevaluated, there is widespread concern for her well-being. Many feel that its future rests in the hands of young people which underscores the importance of this questionnaire. Pope Francis has invited youth from all over the world regardless of whether you are Catholic or not, whether you attend Church or not. The questionnaire is purposefully anonymous so that young people feel free to offer an honest sharing of themselves.
The list of 53 mostly multiple-choice questions is divided into seven sections: general personal information; attitudes and opinions about oneself and the world; influences and relationships; life choices; religion, faith and the church; internet use; and two final, open-ended questions.
It is a well-known fact that many young people have turned away from the Church. Why? Because they are more open to a rapidly changing world, having grown up in it without the prejudices of prior generations. From this vantage point, they see the grace of God in fresher and more vibrant terms than a Church governed by older generations. From the perspective of those of us interested in bringing about needed reform in the church, the questionnaire noticeably avoids raising widely discussed topics, particularly those directly related to the:
1. right of the members to participate in the decision-making of the Church
2. welcoming of all to the Eucharist recognizing it as a sacrament of healing not reward.
3. treatment of the LGBT community
4. equality of women in the Church
5. sexual abuse issue by Catholic priests
6. responsible parenthood vs. the prohibition of artificial contraception
7. couples living together prior to marriage
8. couples entering into inter-faith relationships
The only question that opens the door to address any of these issues or others of particular concern to various cultures is the last question: What do you want to tell people about yourself which has not been asked in this questionnaire? We strongly urge you to utilize this question to share your heartfelt concerns for any needs you might have that are currently not being addressed by the Church or by the parish with which you might be associated. We believe that the future of the Roman Catholic Church is in the hands of young people, If the Church is to continue, she needs the voices of young people to speak up but only if you offer your genuine beliefs and experiences. The Spirit does not speak only through the ordained ministry.
The Church is critically in need of authentic voices speaking up and being heard at this Synod. Unlike the two Synods on the Family that were attended almost entirely by Bishops, Catholic Church Reform Int'l encourages the Holy Father to change the dynamics of this Synod on Youth by filling the chamber with Young People so that it looks more like this:
The answers to the questionnaire, along with contributions from bishops, bishops' conferences and other church bodies, "will provide the basis for the drafting of the 'instrumentum laboris,'" or working document for the assembly, synod officials said last January. It would also be helpful to have all of you who work closely with young people to complete the questionnaire.
Share this link on your Facebook Page and on your Twitter account. Let's encourage young people worldwide of all faiths to complete this questionnaire: https://survey-synod2018.glauco.it/limesurvey/index.php/147718
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Last January, the Vatican promised that a questionnaire open to all young people would be released on March 1st. It is now mid-May and still hasn’t come out. It seems apparent that there is internal resistance in the Vatican from those who do not want just anybody sending in responses, which an on-line survey would be open to. But, on the other side, that is exactly what Pope Francis and Cardinal Baldisseri want. Recently this article was posted on UCA News describing the Synod General Secretariat’s visit to Hong Kong and his meeting there with young people. It is entitled: Synod official listens to Hong Kong youth and subtitled Upcoming Synod of Bishops in Rome will take into account the views of young people all over the world. http://www.ucanindia.in/news/synod-official-listens-to-hong-kong-youth/34801/daily
CCRI is encouraged to hear the General Secretariat of the Synod office indicate that this questionnaire is still forthcoming. Cardinal Baldisseri indicated that the Synod on Youth wants the participants to be “all young people on the earth, not just Catholics and Christians. He encouraged Hong Kong Catholics not to ignore the ‘opportunity to be involved’ in the synod and to keep a look out at the General Secretariat website for a questionnaire which you can fill out online." Our young adult sub-committee is standing by ready to promote the Vatican questionnaire or, in the alternative if the matter is left unresolved in Rome, they are ready to release their own questionnaire or a series of comments from young people to be sent directly to his office, the General Secretariat for the Synod of Bishops.
Day 11, May 11, 2017
Our day began at 5:30 when we walked together into old Jerusalem to follow the Way of the Cross. Remember, yesterday, we walked the route of Palm Sunday and left off at the dungeon where Jesus was arrested, imprisoned, and scourged. The first station is the place where Jesus was then brought before the Roman governor and accused of rebelling against the government. From there we made our way through each station taking turns carrying the cross (Pic 1). This picture is Julius carrying the cross. When I took my turn, I felt the weight of the cross and the burdens of the world on my shoulder. The last five stations are all within the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. (Pic 2) Once inside, we knelt and touched the rock of Calvary where Jesus hung on the cross (Pic 3).
After breakfast, we headed to Emmaus about 18 kilometers from Jerusalem. It was on the road to Emmaus that some of the disciples ran into Jesus. Cleopas, who was with them, invited Jesus to dine at his home. Sometimes the places where we honor the memory of Jesus are approximate estimates of where the event may have happened. But when the site is located under or near a Byzantine church from the period three to four hundred years after the time of Christ, the likelihood of this being the actual location is far greater. So it is with this site depicted by this icon of Jesus dining there (Pic 4). We celebrated Mass here with Julius presiding (Pic 5). `Neither of us will ever again here this Gospel reading and feel the same way about it. According to the Gospel reading, once those who saw Jesus in Emmaus had experienced the risen Christ, they felt some urgency to go back to Jerusalem and share the good news. That is how I’m feeling as I prepare to return home: wanting to share this experience with everyone back home.
Nearby the remains of this church were first-century tombs. The Jewish custom at that time was to carve out a few niches to bury the bodies (Pic 6) and then roll a stone over the outer opening (Pic 7). After a couple of years when the body has decayed, the bones are removed and placed in a box for burial. Then the tombs are reused.
As we bid farewell to our pilgrim community and prepared to leave St. Georges, Julius led me to read the sign at the entrance to one of the chapel’s inside the cathedral here:
“Pray not for Arab or Jew, for Palestinian or Israeli. Pray rather for ourselves that we might not divide them in our prayers but keep them both together in our hearts.” (Based on a prayer of a Palestinian Christian)”
How fitting to leave with this prayer as we bring an end to our Journey through the Holy Land. Know that our cause to bring renewed life to the Catholic Church and our remembrance of all our loved ones have been carried with us throughout each step along the way.