Post Tagged with: "Roman Catholic Church"

Cardinal Erdő (right) is silent in the migrant issue and frequently disagrees with Pope Francis (left).

Migrant crisis and the shameful silence of Cardinal Péter Erdő

Standing next to a boat used by refugees to reach safer shores, Germany’s Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki begged Europeans not to turn a blind eye to the plight of migrants. “Someone who lets people drown in the Mediterranean also drowns God — every day, thousands of times.” Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster asked Catholics to protest against immigration policies that […]

by · August 17, 2016 · Politics
Fr. Hamel

Responding to terrorism — The Roman Catholic Church’s only weapons are fraternity and prayer

Hungarian society is a largely secular one, even though references to the nation’s Christian heritage and “character” feature prominently in the discourse of the current government and in its press. Yet the Orbán government’s approach to refugees, the migration crisis and to those who are most vulnerable within society stands in stark contrast to the “brand” of Christianity espoused by Pope […]

by · July 27, 2016 · Culture
Cistercian Father Abbot Denis Farkasfalvy receives Catholic Foundation award.

Cistercian Father Abbot Denis Farkasfalvy receives Catholic Foundation award

When I was growing up in Hungary my parents wanted me to learn German and I took lessons from a nice older lady. I learned much later that she had been a nun before 1950 and gave private lessons to survive after losing her teaching job at a Catholic school. On August 30, 1950, Hungary’s Stalinist government closed 23 male […]

by · March 24, 2016 · Diaspora
…and this is what they did not see.  Turnout was low.

Tricky photo angles hide low turnout at the dedication of the Hungarian Chapel in Washington DC

Ambassador Réka Szemerkényi, Hungary’s top diplomat to Washington wanted to make the dedication of the Hungarian Chapel in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception a major event. She invited all Hungarian-Americans and passionately urged the 1.5 million strong community to be present “regardless of religious affiliation” what will certainly be an inspiring and memorable event. “Let’s […]

by · November 19, 2015 · Diaspora
Pope Francis. Photo: Benhur Arcayan.

Orbán marches to a different drumbeat than Pope Francis

Readers of the Montreal Gazette will likely notice András Göllner’s column in this morning’s paper. The founder of the Canadian Hungarian Democratic Charter explores Pope Francis’ approach to compassion, diversity and inclusion, contrasting this with authoritarian political leaders, most notably Hungary’s Viktor Orbán and Russia’s Vladimir Putin. Prof. Göllner’s piece is worth a read and most certainly worth sharing here […]

by · September 29, 2015 · Politics
Mask of hypocrisy / Moses Foresto.

Shame on the Hungarian “Christian” right!

Many right-wing Hungarians were pedalling the idea during the entire refugee crisis that volunteers were somehow unmoved by the suffering of ethnic Hungarians living in poverty. Well, I was walking along Népszínház Street and Köztársaság Square the other day, and I have to conclude that the Hungarian homeless were better off while there were still refugees. Now all I see […]

by · September 28, 2015 · Politics
László Kövér is hiding his Communist past.

Ex-Communist László Kövér has no business dedicating Catholic chapel

The August 29th dedication of the new Chapel (Magyarok Nagyasszonya kápolna) at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC will start with a Solemn Mass celebrated by Cardinal Wuerl of Washington and Cardinal Erdő of Esztergom-Budapest. Readings and choral pieces will be both in English and in Hungarian. This could be a wonderful religious […]

by · August 22, 2015 · Politics
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Ex-Communist admirer of fascists László Kövér to dedicate Catholic Chapel in Washington DC

László Kövér is 55 years old. He is the Speaker of the Hungarian National Assembly and also a founding member of the ruling Fidesz party. He started his remarkable political career as a junior “apparatchik” of the Hungarian Communist Politburo in 1986. Born into a Communist family, he earned a law degree, and his contacts propelled him into a job […]

by · August 17, 2015 · Politics
Oakland Symphony Chorus performs at Matthias Church.

California choir performs at Budapest’s Matthias Church

Each year we spend a couple of weeks in Hungary. Generally we go in May to beat the heavy tourist crowds and the unbearable heat of the summer in the city. Just before we left, a friend called and told us that he was coming to Hungary to sing with his choir. Since we would be in Budapest he invited […]

by · August 15, 2015 · Culture
Sister Margit Slachta

Angel of Mercy in Canada – a film about Sister Margit Slachta

In 1949 when Sister Margit Slachta arrived to the United States and asked for temporary refuge, she had no idea that she would never return to Hungary. She died in Buffalo, New York, in 1974 and the local paper headline read, “Sister Margaret Slachta Dies; Champion of Rights.” Indeed, she was an uncompromising fighter of human rights. George Csicsery arrived […]

by · July 30, 2015 · Culture