FEBRUARY 9, 2014, Vol 64, No 03

Fr Henry Siew dissects and examines the controversial issue

OF ALL creatures, man is uniquely superior. The psalmist says, “You have crowned him with glory and honour. You made him rule over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet.” (Ps 8:6-7)

Yet there is a degrading remark about man that contradicts the psalmist; and for years has evaded the scrutiny of some men – “that man is evolved from monkey”. How ridiculous is that proposition and if we do not refute it resolutely, it undermines the dignity of man and obscures his identity.

The hypotheses of evolution

The question, “Can monkey become man?” concerns evolution, and it began as a hypothesis. Since the time of Charles Darwin, his writings had captured the attention and imagination of many. His understanding of evolution hinges on the propositions of “the struggle for survival” and “the selection of the fittest”.

Archbishop Emeritus Murphy Pakiam of Kuala Lumpur (far right) shares his memories of Archbishop Chia during the dinner as (from left) Bishop Cornelius Sim of Brunei, Archbishop Emeritus Soter Fernandez of Kuala Lumpur and Archbishop William Goh look on.

Reflecting on his 50 years as a priest, Archbishop Emeritus Nicholas Chia hailed the priesthood as “a very fulfilling vocation” during his golden jubilee celebration Mass at the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Jan 26.

He said he is grateful to God that, despite his unworthiness, God chose him to be His priest. He added that God has been guiding him to “lead others to know Him and be committed to Him through sharing of the Gospel, administration of the sacraments and reaching out to them in love and service”.

ASIA – Two Asian Church leaders, who will be made cardinals by Pope Francis on Feb 22, gave their views in recent interviews.

“I have to admit I am a bit afraid and worried, but I accept with humility and with joy the Holy Father’s invitation and the Lord’s call,” said Archbishop Andrew Yeom Soo-jung of Seoul

“My gaze goes to my predecessors in the history of our country, who dedicated themselves to evangelisation: I want to follow their footsteps,” he told Fides News Agency.

Archbishop Orlando Quevedo of Cotabato, said he is praying that with his appointment he will be able to contribute to peace and dialogue in the southern Philippines and in the formation of “righteous leaders” in the country. - ZENIT, UCANEWS.COM

Bishop Richard Ng at his ordination ceremony.MIRI, SARAWAK – Fr Richard Ng was ordained the new Bishop of Miri diocese on Jan 25 at the Miri Indoor Stadium.

More than 6,500 attended the ceremony, including eight bishops, 84 priests and five deacons.

In an interview, he said his “first priority is to listen and consult the laity and clergy on what kind of Church they want. Then we will be able to sort out some kind of priorities and have a goal in mind and work towards our goal.

 Fr Fabian Van Lieshout passed away on Jan 22. Fr Fabian Van Lieshout passed away on Jan 22.Fr Fabian Van Lieshout, a priest from the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, was called home to the Lord on Jan 22. He was 83.

Fr Fabian was born Bernard Pieter Herman Van Lieshout in Holland and entered the minor seminary at Sacred Hearts, St Oedenrode, followed by the major seminary in Valkenburg. He was ordained on Sept 4, 1955.

A former regional superior of his congregation in England and parish priest at Great Missenden, Bucks, South East England, he was posted to Singapore as assistant priest at Blessed Sacrament Church from 1985 to 2000 until his retirement. He was also spiritual director of the parish’s charismatic group.

He was chaplain to the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary Sisters from 2000 to 2003 and was residing in Gillman Heights until recent times when he was transferred to Bethany Home, Upper Thomson Road, for medical care and stay.