Friday, June 11, 2010

Notes: Friday, June 11, 2010

"Panama Abp blasts government decision to abandon Sunday rest"

Here's the body of the article posted at AQ:

During a Corpus Christi address, Panama’s leading prelate strongly criticized a government decision to eliminate Sunday as a day of required rest for workers. “The dignity of man and woman is what must be upheld, if we do not want to become victims of economic interests,” said Archbishop José Domingo Ulloa Mendieta. “For all men and women, not only for Christians, this has a great importance and significance, and this recognition should not be just formal but real, allowing the Sunday rest for all workers.”

"We Christians cannot abandon the Christian meaning of Sunday, paganizing it or underestimating its importance," he added. "To fully live out Sunday, the Church invites us to participate in Sunday Mass, to wear our appropriate outfit, to share meals with the family and with friends."

An interesting fact about Magna Carta

Here's an interesting excerpt from an article posted at AQ:

After many years during which John had abused his subjects and acted aggressively towards other countries, Innocent declared that his rule was no longer legitimate and he released John’s subjects from their obligations of fealty — his subjects thereupon were under no obligation to obey him. Eventually, this resulted in the subjects drawing up the famous Magna Carta, which they forced John to sign. The document was signed after John had placed himself under the Pope’s protection as his vassal. Because the Magna Carta was not only directed against the abuses by the king, but also the authority of the pope, Innocent declared it to be null and void. Eventually, after years of repeated deception and tyranny, through the tireless efforts of the pope, John’s influence was drastically reduced.

I didn't know that Magna Carta also challenged the authority of the Pope.

"Study confirms Jewish Middle East origins"

Excerpts from the first linked article:

PARIS: Research has found that Jews share a genetic bond with Cypriots and Druze and confirms the Jewish diaspora maintained a strong DNA continuity despite its long separation from the Middle East, scientists say.

[...] ''We found evidence that Jewish communities originated in the Near East,'' said the molecular scientist Doron Behar of the Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa, who led a team of experts from eight countries.

''Our genetic findings are concordant with historical records.''

[...] The study confirmed the Middle Eastern, or Levantine, origins of Jews as documented in ancient Hebrew scriptures. This lineage is visible in communities today, ages after the Jews were expelled from Israel.

More unexpected was the discovery that Jewish patterns of SNPs were closer to those of Cypriots and Druze than with Middle Eastern populations.

Mr Behar said he would be dismayed if his research became misused for genetic profiling.

''It is very important for me to mention here that as a scientist, genetics has nothing to do with the definition of the Jewish identity,'' he said.

Possible presentation of a Spanish law on religious liberty


VATICAN CITY, 10 JUN 2010 (VIS) - The Holy See Press Office released the following communique at midday today:

"This morning the Holy Father Benedict XVI received in audience Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, prime minister of Spain. The prime minister subsequently went on to meet with Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B. who was accompanied by Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States.

"The cordial discussions provided an opportunity to exchange opinions on Europe, the current economic-financial crisis and the role of ethics. Reference was also made to countries of Central America and the Caribbean as well as to other situations, in particular the Middle East.

"As the conversation continued, attention turned to bilateral relations, and to matters of current interest for the Church in Spain such as the possible presentation of a law on freedom of religion, the sacredness of life from conception, and the importance of education. Concerning the Holy Father's visit to Santiago and Barcelona this year, and to Madrid next year for World Youth Day, it was recognised that the Spanish government has shown great readiness to collaborate in the preparation and realisation of these events".
OP/ VIS 20100610 (200)

Reginaldvs Cantvar
Feast of St. Barnabas, Apostle, A.D. 2010