1. Ms Melissa Lim is reappointed as Board Member of ABLE SEAS Limited for a term of two [2) years with effect from 27 June 2019.
2. Ms Grace Chow Sok Theng is appointed to the Board of Abilities Beyond Limitations and Expectations Ltd (ABLE) for a term of two [2) years with effect from 1 July 2019.
3. Dr (Prof) Jeyaraj Prema Raj is appointed to the Board of CHARIS for a term ending 31 December 2020 with effect from 27 June 2019.
People have asked me, what it is like to be gay and Catholic, two groups of people that are so diametrically opposed to each other, and yet I embody both identities. Identity. Do I struggle with it? Yes.
Primarily, I struggle with identity and loneliness. But I’m very sure this isn’t an issue faced by the LGBTQ community only.
It is true I can find that listening ear amongst my gay friends and also within the Church community/ministry I have been in for many years. The difficulty is being able to just say it as it is without filters. I filter what I say among gay friends who aren’t exactly able to see the Church’s side, and I filter when I’m among Christian friends who try to understand and be there for me, but don’t know about the fear I have just talking about my sexuality.
About one third of Catholics attend Mass every weekend. Photo: VITA Images
In the United States, for every person joining the Catholic Church, six persons are actually leaving.
This is the startling reality of the state of the Catholic faith in the US and it was revealed at a recent annual spring meeting in June involving the Bishops there.
This and other sobering statistics were shared by Bishop Robert Barron, Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles and Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
Priests should defend the Seal of Confession even to the point of shedding blood.
The Apostolic Penitentiary has released a Note which upholds the absolute inviolability of the Seal of Confession, meaning that priests can never be forced to reveal what they learn in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Approved for publication by Pope Francis on 21 June, the “Note on the importance of the internal forum and the inviolability of the Sacramental Seal” was released on July 1.
Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary, who signed the Note with Msgr Krzysztof Nykiel, the Regent of the Penitentiary, released a statement to explain the Note’s content.