Well I hope Lee Penn has changed his mind as the evidence has mounted that Rome does indeed support the URI, as I posted on this blog entry...
I think Lee Penn got it very wrong: [from his book "False Dawn"]
"Within the Catholic Church, opinion about URI is divided. Rome stands firm against it" [p 158]
By the way, I'll be sending a link of this update article to him as well, and sent the other one to him before....[didn't get any response when I sent him the first article]
Make sure to read my first article on the Vatican and URI, to get what I talk about here:
"The United Religions Initiative and the Vatican"
Benedict met with a URI trustee this April and Father Channan who has held high level Vatican jobs still is working with the URI.
Top leaders in the Vatican are definitely still working with the URI
Interfaith prayers were offered.
Mr. Yuel Bhatti welcome all the guests and Participants and reflects the History of International Day of Peace and brief the URI Pakistan working and said. As Fr. James Channan OP, Regional Coordinator for Asia/Pakistan at this moment at Rome for very important meetings and he sent his greetings best wishes and Blessings for celebration of International Day of Peace and Maulana Abdul Khbair Azad (Global Trustee) is at Nashawera for distribution of flood relief package.
Fr. James Samuel Read out the messages from Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President PCID, the Vatican and Archbishop Pier Luigi Celata, Secretary PCID, the Vatican to Muslim brothers and Sister on the eve of Eid-ul-fitre.
Mr.Sahabaz Khan Read out the Message of the Secretary General Ban-ki-Moon on International Day of Peace.
Sr. Sabina Rifat, Coordinator Women wing, URI Pakistan read out the special messages of Ms. Monica Willard, URI-UN Representative and Ms. Fumi, Executive Director World Peace Prayers Society celebration of International Day of Peace in so hard time.
The Vatican supports all of the URI's goals, and obviously right on the URI website, are papers detailing even other interreligious events that Catholic Cardinals make a habit of attending.
The URI supports many interfaith groups, that have the full participation of high level Catholic clergy.
"Religions for Peace and Harmony is not only a motto or a slogan for people of good will on this earth against any conflict, hatred and violence, but it is a call to hasten such peace and harmony through action in our respective situations. The Centre for Inter-religious and Intercultural Dialogue (CIID), Department of World Religions and Culture, the University of
Dhaka, has been a dialogue partner with the Episcopal Commission for Christian Unity and Inter-religious Dialogue, Bangladesh Catholic Church (EC-CUIRD) for the past few years. These partners have worked together to enlighten younger generations from different faith communities in various levels at home and abroad, to learn about and to value each other’s beliefs.
An International Seminar on “Religions for Peace and Harmony” was jointly organized by CIID and EC-CUIRD on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at the Senate Bhavan Auditorium of the University of Dhaka. His Eminence Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the President of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue (PCID) graced the occasion as the Chief Guest."
Back to Father Channan..... Is he a "rebel" priest censored by Rome for his involvement in URI?
Nope to the contrary...
"Fr James Channan OP Meets Pope Benedict XVI in Rome"
Fr James Channan OP meets Pope Benedict XVI in Rome
Request made to declare Shahbaz Bhatti a Martyr
Fr James Channan OP, Director of Peace Center, Regional Coordinator United Religions Initiative Pakistan and former Prior Vice Provincial of the Dominican Ibn-e-Mariam Vice Province had a special audience with his Holiness Pope Benedict XVI in Rome, on 13th of April, 2011 in Rome. During this meeting he thanked the Pope for his prayers and solidarity with the Christians of Pakistan and sought special prayers and blessings for the promotion of peace, harmony activities and Christian Muslim dialogue in Pakistan. He said that we as Christians will keep on keep on playing our full role for the progress and prosperity of our country as we are “salt of the earth and light of the world” in Pakistan. We will in spite of many difficulties and challenges, Fr James said, keep on promoting dialogue between Christians and Muslims as it is an urgent need of our times.
Fr James Channan also handed over a personal letter to Pope Benedict XVI on behalf of the Dominican friars in Pakistan to thank His Holiness for his solidarity with the Christians in the country who are going through a difficult times and appealed to His Holiness to declare Shabaz Bhatti a “Martyr’. While he was speaking about the assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti, His Holiness Pope Benedict spontaneously said, “He is a Martyr”.
The Dominicans in Pakistan pay rich tribute to the great services of Shahbaz Bhatti for promoting, peace solidarity, interreligious and Christian Muslim dialogue. He was a great leader and voice of the voiceless and oppressed classes.
Fr Pascal Paulus OP
Prior Vice Provincial
Ibn-e-Mariam Vice Province Pakistan
20 April, 2011