MARCH 4, 2018, Vol 68, No 05

The first issue of this series on Church governance looked at canon law and the governance structure of the Church. In this second article, Msgr Philip Heng focuses on the financial governance of the Church, and describes how secular and management constructs are being employed to enhance financial governance.

When the disciples were first sent out in pairs to proclaim the Kingdom of God, Jesus had instructed them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money - not even an extra tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay there, and leave from there” (Lk 9:3-4).

In the same manner, the Catholic Church today continues to depend on God to provide, often through the generosity of His people as empowered by the Holy Spirit, for the resources necessary to carry out its mission to “make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28:19).

But with the growth and scale of the Church, how can it ensure that the material resources provided for its mission are truly and properly used for this purpose? This is where the financial governance of the Church comes in.
Single Pringle’s Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day has a way of announcing its presence. In the month leading up to it, the world seems to explode in all things red, pink, flowery and chocolatey.

As a university student, V-Day’s impending approach is even more blatant. Countless student groups will plead or cajole me to buy their roses or chocolates. Friends will pick my brain for ideas on upping their V-Day game plans or worse, “complain” to me about their partners’ V-Day plans.

Social media is another source of angst. I see people around me get stressed comparing and competing with the “perfect” show-reel of everyone else’s Instagram. With each passing year, the “standards” of V-Day seem to get closer and closer to the stuff that fairy tales are made of.

Singaporean Dr John Lee, president of the World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations, seen here wearing the chain of office.

No doctor should be forced to choose between violating his or her conscience and facing professional sanctions when defending human life, said the president of the World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations.

Singaporean Dr John Lee, the federation president, wrote a letter in early February to the World Medical Association (WMA) protesting proposed changes in its ethical policy statements on abortion and euthanasia. The changes apparently will be discussed at the WMA council meeting in Latvia in April.

The Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, reported on Dr Lee’s letter on its front page on Feb 16 under the headline, “Conscientious objection in danger”.
Couples mark World Marriage Day at ‘Freeze Flash Mob’ event

Marlene De Silva (left), 76, and Penny D’Rozario, 80, married for 55 years, won the prize for the longest married couple.

Marking 55 years of marriage, Ms Marlene De Silva, 76, and Mr Penny D’Rozario, 80, won the prize for the longest married couple at this year’s “Freeze Flash Mob”.

The couple shared that they were delighted to be part of the event, organised by Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) Singapore, and thought it was a novel and creative way to celebrate marriage.

The prize for the most newly-wedded couple went to Sabastian and Stephanie Wong, who have been married for just under a year.

Dexter and Mega Caldo shared how their feelings grew for each other the more they prayed with and for one another.

With an acoustic band setup and cosy cafe ambience, young people were treated to an evening of love stories and music.

Held on Feb 10 at Crossings Cafe, the “A Love Like This” event was organised by Couples For Christ Singapore’s youth ministry – Youth For Christ Singapore – to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

The event aimed to help young people discover the right kind of love for them, one that is perfectly blessed in God’s time.