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Grooming Future’s Interfaith Leaders in ASEAN through AYIC Program (2)

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Micah Irish Barroga Sales, 22 Alumnae from St. Thomas University majoring in architecture “ASIDE from the construction industry, I also and always make time for the things that sparks joy and passion in me that’s why I also work part-time for the ASEAN Youth Community (AYC) as a facilitator that trains youngsters and young professionals […]

Grooming Future’s Interfaith Leaders in ASEAN through AYIC Program (1)

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THREE Indonesian ministries are involved to designing this interfaith youth camp for ASEAN young people: Foreign Ministry, Ministry for Human Development and Culture, and Ministry for Religious Affairs. The program is called AYIC 2018 (ASEAN Youth Interfaith Camp) with 24 participants from some ASEAN countries including representatives from the host country Indonesia. AYIC happened in Indonesia […]

A look at 25 years of RFRA

Catholic News Agency (CNA) - 3 hours 27 mnt yang lalu

Washington D.C., Nov 20, 2018 / 03:14 am (CNA).- Last week marked the 25th anniversary of the enactment of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, known as RFRA.

While the law is well-known within legal circles, many Americans may not realize that RFRA is one of the primary legislative pillars upon which religious freedom arguments have rested in the last quarter century.

What exactly is RFRA? What does it say, how did it come to be passed, and what are the primary challenges that it faces today?

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act clarifies the standards that should be used in judging religious freedom disputes involving the First Amendment’s free exercise clause. That clause says that Congress shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise of religion.

But what are the limits to what may be carried out in the name of free exercise of religion? What is to stop an individual or group from carrying out acts of rape, theft, or human sacrifice, and claiming that they are exercising their protected religious beliefs in doing so?

RFRA helps answer that question. It says that the federal government may not “substantially burden” the free exercise of religion, unless there is a “compelling government interest” in doing so, and it is carried out in the “least-restrictive” manner possible.

Over the last 25 years, courts have used these standards to evaluate various religious freedom claims that conflict with established laws. In one case, courts upheld the right of an Arkansas inmate to grow a beard as required by his Muslim faith. In another, a Native American feather dancer was allowed to use eagle feathers in a religious ceremony.

In a high-profile 2014 case, the Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby and similar employers could not be forced to comply with the federal contraception mandate against their religious beliefs. In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled that the federal government had failed to prove that the mandate was the “least restrictive means” of advancing its goal of providing free birth control to women.

RFRA was initially passed in response to two high profile cases involving American Indians. In one case, the Supreme Court ruled against the use of an illegal hallucinogen – peyote – in a Native American religious service. In the other, the court upheld the U.S. Forest Service’s efforts to build a road through land considered sacred by several tribes.

At the time of its passage, RFRA enjoyed wide bipartisan support and was not considered controversial. Introduced by Democrats Chuck Schumer and Ted Kennedy, it passed unanimously in the House and by a 97-3 vote in the Senate. President Bill Clinton signed it into law Nov. 16, 1993.

In recent years, however, RFRA has drawn criticism, particularly as it relates to same-sex marriage and the provision of free contraception. These clashes with claims of women’s rights and LGBT rights have led some people to question RFRA, or call for it to be limited or repealed.  

The National LGBT Bar Association has warned of the “dangerous results” of RFRA. In recent years, Democrats in the House and Senate have made several failed attempts to introduce legislation that would limit RFRA in cases where religious freedom comes into conflict with other civil rights. Chai Feldblum, appointed to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under both Obama and Trump, has said that when religious liberty conflicts with sexual rights, “I’m having a hard time coming up with any case in which religious liberty should win.”

RFRA applies only to the federal government, although in recent years, similar laws have increasingly been proposed or passed in many state legislatures as well. State RFRAs have also faced heated objections. Most notably, then-governor of Indiana Mike Pence faced threat of boycotts from CEOs, celebrities, major sports events and leaders of some city and state governments in 2015 over a state RFRA law that mirrored the federal legislation.

Despite these criticisms, however, RFRA remains today as an established law with a solid precedent in the court system.

Last year, the Trump administration affirmed the significance of RFRA in its government-wide religious freedom legal guidance, issued to govern all administrative agencies and executive departments in their work.

The guidance said that RFRA “applies to all sincerely-held religious beliefs,” and the government does not have the authority to second-guess the reasonableness of a religious conviction.

What’s in store for RFRA over the next 25 years? The answer is uncertain. If its opponents have their way, RFRA could see significant restrictions at both the state and federal levels. For now, however, the law remains as a key standard for judging free exercise claims, with the current administration insisting that RFRA continue to be taken seriously and interpreted robustly.

 

Berbuat Kebajikan di Paroki Administratif Tyas Dalem Gusti Yesus Macanan Yogyakarta

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SIMBAH Tiyasarejo hadir di Balai Desa Madurejo pada pukul 12.45  dijemput Harmadji. Simbah Tiyasarejo ini berasal dari Dusun Sonayan. Letaknya sekitar dua kilometer dari balai desa. Ia tampil dengan pakaian sehari-hari  tradisi adat Jawa berwarna cokelat lengan panjang, berkain batik dengan warna lebih gelap dan tutup kepala. “Pinten yuswanipun, Mbah?” (Berapa usianya, Mbah?) “Kula sampun […]

Pelita Hati: 21.11.2018 – Mempertanggungjawabkan Iman

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Bacaan Lukas 19:11-28 JawabNya: Aku berkata kepadamu: Setiap orang yang mempunyai, kepadanya akan diberi, tetapi siapa yang tidak mempunyai, dari padanya akan diambil, juga apa yang ada padanya. (Luk 19:26) SAHABAT pelita hati, Perumpamaan tentang uang mina ini memiliki kesamaan dengan perumpamaan tentang talenta sebagaimana dikisahkan oleh penginjil Matius. Intinya adalah Tuhan menghendaki agar kita […]

Pope meets with delegation of Chief Rabbinate of Israel

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On Monday, Pope Francis greets a delegation from the Commission of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, accompanied by a delegation from the Vatican's Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews.

Kongres Nasional Pemuda Katolik ke-17 Akan Digelar di Kota Kupang - Pos Kupang

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Selain itu, Kongres Pemuda Katolik Nasional ini juga, lanjutnya, akan dihadiri secara langsung oleh Ketua Umum Pemuda Katolik Indonesia yaitu, dr Carolin Margareth Natashia, yang saat ini menjabat sebagai Bupati Kabupaten Landak Kalimantan Barat, ...

Ribuan Orang Papua Meninggal Akibat Pelayanan Medis Buruk

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Benjamin Lagowan selamanya akan dihantui oleh kematian sepupunya, yang salah didiagnosis dan akhirnya meninggal karena kurangnya perawatan kesehatan yang memadai di kampung halamannya di dataran tinggi Papua.

Alex Molama, 27, dilarikan dengan tandu ke rumah sakit di Wamena, ibukota Kabupaten Jayawijaya, pada bulan Agustus setelah mengeluh perutnya kram.

Keluarga itu membawanya ke sana dengan tandu, karena tidak ada transportasi lain yang tersedia di sudut terpencil dunia ini di mana ambulans dianggap sebagai kemewahan yang langka.

Dokter mengatakan kepada keluarganya bahwa Molama tampaknya memiliki infeksi usus dan merujuknya ke dokter spesialis.

Namun, karena spesialisnya sedang berada di luar kota pada waktu itu, para perawat dengan kemampuan dan sumber daya yang terbatas berjuang untuk merawatnya, dan kerabatnya harus duduk dan menonton ketika kondisi pemuda itu makin memburuk.

“Perutnya bengkak dan kotoran mengalir keluar dari mulutnya,” kata Lagowan kepada ucanews.com.

Pada 24 Agustus Molama dikirim ke rumah sakit lain di Jayapura, ibukota provinsi Papua, yang dilengkapi dengan fasilitas yang lebih baik.

“Para dokter di sana mengatakan kepada kami bahwa dia tidak menderita infeksi usus tetapi gagal ginjal akut,” kata Lagowan. Molama meninggal lima hari kemudian.

Namun, penderitaan itu tidak berakhir di sana.

Ketika keluarga berusaha membawa pulang jenasahnya, mereka mengalami penundaan yang menimbulkan frustrasi dan kemarahan, karena tidak ada staf medis yang bertugas menandatangani surat pemulangannya.

Marcelina Matuan memiliki cerita serupa.

Kakak iparnya, Yuliana Lagowan, 37 tahun, dipaksa untuk mencoba ramuan  dan obat-obatan tradisional setelah merasakan sakit di kepalanya, karena tidak ada dokter spesialis yang tersedia di rumah sakit yang sama di Wamena untuk membantu mengidentifikasi apa yang salah.

Yuliana dilarikan ke rumah sakit lain di kota beberapa hari kemudian setelah dia pingsan pada suatu hari.

Sesampai di sana, dokter memberitahu keluarganya bahwa dia menderita pendarahan otak dan harus dirawat di rumah sakit Jayapura atau kemungkinan besar dia tidak akan bertahan hidup.

“Masalahnya adalah kami perlu seminggu untuk mendapatkan surat rujukan sehingga kami bisa mengirimnya ke sana,” kata Matuan mengenang peristiwa itu. Ketika keluarga akhirnya tiba di Jayapura, para dokter tidak dapat melakukan operasi segera meskipun kondisinya mendesak karena mereka harus menunggu seorang ahli bedah kepala datang dari Jakarta.

Karena kekurangan dokter, ahli bedah hanya tersedia di rumah sakit itu pada hari Jumat dan Sabtu.

“Mereka meminta kami bersabar,” kata Matuan.

Lagowan meninggal sebelum dokter bedah muncul.

Sepit Boma, 18 tahun, menambah deretan keluarga yang putus asa setelah menyaksikan kakak lelakinya meninggal karena kekurangan dana  untuk kesehatan masyarakat.

Simon Boma, 23, dibawa ke rumah sakit lokal di Abepura pada 24 September setelah dia mengeluh sakit di dada dan kesulitan buang air kecil. Dokter menyarankan agar dia dirawat di rumah sakit untuk menerima perawatan yang lebih baik.

“Tetapi tidak ada yang merawatnya dengan benar. Dokter itu hanya memberinya beberapa Parasetamol untuk rasa sakitnya, dan kondisinya tidak pernah membaik,” kata Sepit.

Menyadari bahwa mereka dapat menyediakan perawatan yang sama atau malah lebih baik kalau dibawah pulang kerumah, keluarga membawanya kembali ke desa mereka, di mana dia meninggal pada 1 Oktober.

Perawat memeriksa darah seorang pasien di klinik Kampung Harapan, Jayapura, Papua (Foto: Benny Mawel/ucanews.com)

 

Bisnis yang tidak sehat

Ada ribuan lagi contoh orang Papua yang telah meninggal karena layanan perawatan kesehatan yang buruk di wilayah tersebut. Tragisnya, banyak yang meninggal di rumah sakit milik pemerintah, yang dianggap sebagai yang terbaik di provinsi ini.

Tiga bulan yang lalu sebuah dokumen tentang pasien yang telah meninggal di Rumah Sakit Umum Jayapura diedarkan di kalangan wartawan di Papua.

Dokumen itu mencatat 1.275 kematian dari 2008 hingga 2012.

Survei serupa yang diterbitkan di majalah Tempo, sebuah majalah mingguan, pada bulan Februari yang melaporkan bahwa dari 2013 hingga 2017, 2.393 pasien meninggal di rumah sakit yang sama – hampir dua kali lipat jumlah periode empat tahun sebelumnya.

Dr Aloysius Giyai, kepala dinas kesehatan Papua, mengatakan jumlah kematian pasien di rumah sakit adalah yang tertinggi di Indonesia.

“Angka-angka ini sangat mengkhawatirkan. Jumlah rata-rata kematian pasien di rumah sakit nasional dalam 120 tahun,” kata Giyai kepada ucanews.com.

Dia mengatakan ada banyak faktor yang berkontribusi tetapi penyebab utamanya adalah terbatasnya jumlah personil terlatih.

Papua memiliki sekitar 12.000 pekerja medis tetapi para pakar mengatakan perlu tiga kali lebih banyak untuk menyediakan tingkat pelayanan yang memadai bagi masyarakat umum.

Faktor lain yang dikutip oleh Giyai adalah adanya kepercayaan yang tersebar luas dimasyarakat, terutama mereka yang tinggal di pedesaan atau komunitas yang terisolasi, dalam ilmu hitam, cenayang, dan penyembuh kesehatan lainnya biasanya dianggap “dukun” di dunia Barat.

“Ketika seseorang jatuh sakit, sering diasumsikan bahwa seseorang telah menyantet mereka, atau mereka terkena sihir ,” katanya.

“Dengan demikian, pasien dibawa untuk menemui dukun desa daripada seorang dokter yang terlatih di rumah sakit yang layak.”

Dalam banyak kasus, katanya, pasien hanya dilarikan ke fasilitas medis yang sah ketika mereka berada di ambang pintu kematian dan hanya ada sedikit dokter atau perawat yang tersedia untuk menyelamatkan mereka.

Gubernur Papua Lukas Enembe telah menyalahkan tingginya jumlah korban di Papua karena kurangnya dedikasi yang tulus dari staf medis dan administrator rumah sakit, banyak dari mereka yang didatangkan dari daerah lain.

Dia mengatakan bahwa dalam banyak kasus, perhatian utama mereka adalah memperkaya diri sendiri, bukannya memastikan orang sakit dan terluka mendapatkan perawatan terbaik.

“Menjalankan rumah sakit adalah bisnis besar. Ada banyak uang yang dihasilkan. Ada banyak orang yang tidak memiliki hati untuk melayani rakyat Papua,” kata Enembe, yang terpilih kembali sebagai gubernur pada bulan Juni. Dia mengatakan banyak fasilitas perawatan kesehatan di wilayah tersebut salah urus.

Salah satu prioritas utamanya adalah memperbaiki masalah itu dengan Kartu Kesehatan Papua (KPS), katanya.

Sistem itu dirancang untuk membantu orang Papua yang miskin dan tidak mampu membeli obat, operasi, atau layanan kesehatan lainnya, tetapi program itu terbuka untuk penyalahgunaan oleh praktisi medis yang tidak bermoral, tambahnya.

“Kami perlu mempekerjakan orang-orang yang benar-benar peduli dengan orang Papua,” katanya, seraya menambahkan dia berencana untuk membangun lebih banyak rumah sakit yang akan dikelola secara eksklusif oleh dokter dan perawat setempat.

After years of controversy, HHS reconsiders fetal tissue funding

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Washington D.C., Nov 20, 2018 / 12:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Health researchers need alternatives to using fetal tissue, Department of Health and Human Services leaders have said after several years of controversy and investigations into whether fetal tissue procured from aborted babies was sold illegally.

HHS Assistant Secretary of Health Brett Giroir sent a letter to U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chair of the Freedom Caucus, saying HHS did too little to find alternatives under previous administrations and there need to be “adequate alternatives” to scientific research involving human fetal tissue.

The letter, which a source shared with the news site Politico, said HHS is “fully committed to prioritizing, expanding, and accelerating efforts to develop and implement the use of these alternatives.” He described HHS as “pro-life and pro-science” under President Donald Trump.

The letter appears to back “scientifically validated and reproducible” models as among possible alternatives.

Scientists who back fetal tissue research say there are few alternatives. They argue the tissue would otherwise be discarded, and there are already ethical safeguards in place. They say fetal tissue research has been instrumental in developing vaccines and understanding phenomena like how the Zika virus affects the brains of unborn children. They say fetal tissue aids Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease research, as well as research in childhood developmental disorders.

A 1993 federal law allows the use of fetal tissue from elective abortions that would otherwise be discarded. However, the sale of such tissue is also barred by law.

Mallory Quigley of the Susan B. Anthony List told Politico her group would continue to advocate defunding fetal tissue research “as soon as possible.” She said her group is hopeful “that HHS will reach a new policy consensus that better reflects the administration’s pro-life position.”

Caitlin Oakley, an HHS spokesperson, said the agency has not made an official decision on whether to fund more fetal tissue research.

“We continue to go through a thoughtful, deliberative process given the scientific ethical and moral considerations involved,” she told Politico. “When we receive inquiries from members of Congress, we respond.”

A series of undercover investigations from journalists with the Center for Medical Progress, first released in 2015, appear to show several leaders in the abortion industry involved in the illegal sale of fetal tissue from aborted babies.

The investigation has had legal consequences for some procurers of fetal tissue.

DV Biologics and DaVinci Biosciences, two bioscience companies, admitted fault, ceased California operations and agreed to meet the terms of a legal settlement close to $7.8 million in value for violating state and federal laws against the purchase or sale of fetal tissue.

Following two investigations, Congressional committees have made criminal referrals for both Planned Parenthood and Advanced Bioscience Resources, a non-profit company, for alleged involvement in illegal fetal tissue sales. There is an active Department of Justice investigation based on the criminal referrals.

There are also criminal charges against the Center for Medical Progress investigators, as well as civil lawsuits. These allegations include claims that the videos were filmed illegally in violation of privacy laws.

Federal funding for fetal tissue is now under review. As part of the review process, senior officials at HHS held an off-the record, invitation-only listening session on Nov. 16 with leaders in medical research fields.

Participants included leaders with the American Society for Cell Biology, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, the Society for Neuroscience and the International Society for Stem Cell Research.

The inquiry has prompted opposition from pro-abortion rights groups.

Mary Alice Carter, director of Equity Forward, which backs fetal tissue research and monitors pro-life groups, charged that HHS secretary Alex Azar “continually kowtows to anti-abortion groups while ignoring the scientific and medical communities,” Science magazine reports.

The National Institutes of Health gave out about $103 million in 2018 for research involving fetal tissue.

In July 2018 the Food and Drug Administration gave a $15,900 contract to Advanced Bioscience Resources for “fresh human fetal tissue,” which would be transplanted into mice in order to create human-like immune systems for research purposes. It is the eighth contract between the FDA and the company since 2012, and seven of the contracts appear to relate to the same or similar programs.

HHS cancelled the contract after receiving protests and criticism from several Members of Congress, who said they were alarmed that the tissue procurement contracts continued despite the “serious unresolved questions” uncovered by House and Senate investigations.

In 2010 a federal judge ruled that federally funded human embryonic stem cell research was against the law. That ruling resulted in a 19-day halt on related in-house National Institutes of Health projects, but NIH funds that had already been given to external researchers were not affected, the magazine Science reports.
 

Perayaan HUT KNPB Dibubarkan Polisi

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Aparat kepolisian dengan dibantu oleh aparat militer membubarkan diskusi publik yang diselenggarakan oleh Komite Nasional Papua Barat (KNPB) pada Senin (19/11) untuk memperingati perayaan ke-10 organisasi tersebut.

Sekitar 107 aktivis dan simpatisan KNPB serta Direktur Eksekutif United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) Markus Haluk ditangkap dan dibawa ke Mapolresta Jayapura setelah aparat keamanan menggeledah sebuah asrama mahasiswa di Kabupaten Pegunungan Bintang, lokasi penyelenggaraan diskusi publik.

Mereka dibebaskan pada Selasa (20/11) dini hari.

Kapolresta Jayapura AKBP Gustav Robby Urbinas mengatakan kepada ucanews.com bahwa mereka ditangkap untuk proses identifikasi dan klarifikasi terkait kegiatan perayaan Hari Ulang Tahun (HUT) KNPB itu.

Menurut Gustav, aparat kepolisian akan terus melakukan pembubaran terhadap kegiatan apa pun yang mengarah pada makar di Propinsi Papua.

“Saya selaku Kapolres wajib mengetahui maksud dan tujuan dari kegiatan tersebut, apabila kegiatan yang dilakukan berseberangan dengan keutuhan NKRI, maka saya akan bubarkan. Ini adalah salah satu kegiatan ilegal organisasi tidak terdaftar di Kesbangpol,” katanya kepada wartawan.

Beberapa jam sebelum membubarkan diskusi publik tersebut, aparat keamanan menggeledah sekretariat pusat KNPB di Waena dan menyita dua spanduk yang salah satunya bertuliskan “Kongres Ke-II KNPB, Sadar dan Lawan: Membangun Kesadaran dan Kekuatan Perlawanan Dalam Negeri untuk Mengusir Praktek Militerisme, Kolonialisme, Kapitalisme dan Imperialisme,” satu unit printer, satu baju bermotif Bintang Kejora, dua noken bercorak Bintang Kejora dan sebuah unit sepeda motor tanpa surat.

Namun juru bicara nasional KNPB, Ones Suhuniap, mengatakan aparat keamanan merusak fasilitas sekretariat pusat KNPB dan menghancurkan makanan yang disiapkan di sana untuk peserta diskusi publik.

“Tindakan kepolisian hampir mirip dengan tindakan preman,” katanya kepada ucanews.com.

Terkait diskusi publik, ia menjelaskan bahwa kegiatan ini bertujuan untuk merefleksikan perjalanan KNPB selama 10 tahun dan untuk membicarakan berbagai kegiatan untuk tahun berikutnya.

“Setiap kegiatan KNPB kami selalu melayangkan surat pemberitahuan (kepada polisi) tapi selalu ditolak. Rencananya kami akan melakukan diskusi publik di tempat tertutup, tidak mengganggu. Jadi ini bukan persoalan surat pemberitahuan,” katanya.

Ia mengklaim bahwa KNPB selama ini berjuang secara damai dan bermartabat untuk menuntut hak politik dan hak penentuan nasib sendiri. “Tindakan kepolisian membuat KNPB semakin dewasa dan juga mendidik KNPB dalam melakukan perlawanan,” lanjutnya.

Sementara itu, Romo Neles Tebay, koordinator Jaringan Papua Damai, menyebut tindakan aparat kepolisian itu sebagai pembatasan terhadap kemerdekaan berkumpul dan berpendapat.

“Saya pikir mereka melaksanakan kegiatan yang tidak merusak dan tidak mengganggu keamanan. Dikatakan (oleh mereka) kegiatan diskusi. (Mereka) juga tidak merencanakan untuk melakukan aksi-aksi anarkis. Saya pikir mungkin mereka punya pandangan aspirasi berbeda dengan aspirasi politik aparat keamanan, Polri dan TNI,” kata imam diosesan itu kepada ucanews.com.

“Mereka punya hak untuk berdiskusi, bertemu, berpendapat,” lanjutnya.

Katharina R. Lestari, Jakarta

 

Hasil SKD CPNS 2018, Ini Link Pengumuman 16 Instansi di Seluruh Indonesia! - Tribun Pontianak

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Hasil SKD CPNS 2018, Ini Link Pengumuman 16 Instansi di Seluruh Indonesia!
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Dari jumlah tersebut, sebanyak 228 peserta merupakan formasi IAIN Pontianak, 1.950 formasi Kanwil, dan 63 peserta formasi Sekolah Tinggi Agama Katolik Negeri (STAKatN). Tes berlangsung sejak 3-5 November 2018. TRIBUN PONTIANAK/ANESH ...

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Hutan Adat Jadi Lahan Perkebunan, Warga Papua Protes ke Jakarta

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Perwakilan dari sejumlah suku di wilayah Papua, ditemani oleh imam Katolik, mendatangi kantor sejumlah kementerian di Jakarta pada pekan lalu, untuk menyampaikan protes terhadap izin perusahan perkebunan yang mencaplok hutan adat mereka.

Mereka menggelar audiensi dengan kementerian pertanian, badan pertanahan, kementerian lingkungan hidup serta meminta dukungan kepada lembaga gereja dan aktivis lingkungan, termasuk Wahana Lingkungan Hidup Indonesia (Walhi).

Dalam kunjungan yang berlangsung pada 12-16 November 2018 itu, mereka juga menggelar aksi unjuk rasa di depan kantor PT Indofood, yang merupakan induk dari sejumlah perusahan perkebunan yang beroperasi di Papua.

Samuel Ariks, perwakilan warga Suku Mpur, yang mendiami Kabupaten Tambrauw, Provinsi Papua Barat mengatakan, mereka ingin agar hutan adat mereka yang kini dikuasai oleh PT Bintuni Argo Prima Perkasa (BAPP), anak usaha Indofood dikembalikan kepada mereka.

“Itu tanah kami, tapi seakan-akan sudah jadi milik perusahan.” katanya.

Ia menjelaskan, perusahan itu yang beraktivitas sejak 2015 mendapat izin di atas lahan seluas 19.369 ha, di mana di dalamnya termasuk hutan adat mereka.

“Sejak awal kami menolak, tetapi perusahan memaksa beroperasi dan membabat hutan kami,” katanya.

Ia mengatakan, saat ini wilayah hutan ini dijaga oleh aparat Brimob.

“Kami tidak punya akses lagi ke sana,” jelasnya, sambil menambahkan, pekerjaan warga Suku Mpur adalah petani, peramu dan berburu.

Suku lain yang mempersoalkan kehadiran perusahan perkebunan adalah Suku Moi di Kabupaten Sorong, Suku Iwaro di Sorong Selatan, Suku Mandobo di Kabupaten Boven Digoel dan Suku Malind di Kabupaten Merauke.

Petrus Kinggo, perwakilan Suku Mandobo yang berkonflik dengan perusahaan sawit Korindo mengatakan, sejak awal mereka menolak investasi sawit, tetap saja izin diberikan.

Romo Nico Rumbayan dari Komisi Keadilan, Perdamaian dan Keutuhan Ciptaan Keuskupan Merauke yang menemani warga suku ini mengatakan, masyarakat di Papua umumnya tidak dilibatkan dalam proses penerbitan izin.

“Kalau mereka menolak, maka mereka harus berhadapan dengan aparat keamanan,” katanya.

Padahal, kata dia, hutan adalah sumber pangan masyarakat, serta bernilai sosial.

Lidya Monalisa Upuya dari Gereja Kristen Indonesia di Tanah Papua mengtakan, pemerintah mesti mencabut izin perusahan-perusahan itu yang Masuk wilayah hutan adat serta melakukan rehabilitasi hutan.

“Pendekatan keamanan, intimidasi dan kekerasan juga mesti dihentikan,” katanya.

“Kami tegaskan, Papua bukan tanah kosong. Kami meminta pemerintah selalu menghormati hak-hak kami dan selalu melibatkan orang asli Papua dalam melakukan pembangunan,” lanjut Lidya.

Sementara itu, Sigit Nugroho, dari Kementerian Lingkungan Hidup, usai menerima kehadiran perwakilan warga ini berjanji mengevaluasi izin-izin perusahan tersebut.

”Evaluasi ini akan melihat pelaksanaan izin di lapangan dan tanggung jawab atas kewajiban, juga pelibatan masyarakat.”

Evaluasi tersebut, katanya, akan berujung pada keputusan pencabutan izin usaha atau tetap melanjutkan usaha, tetapi dengan catatan.

Sementara itu, terkait keberadaan aparat yang menjaga perkebunan, Kabid Humas Polda Papua Barat, AKBP Hary Supriyono mengatakan pasukan Brimob memang diperbantukan di perusahaan.

Namun, kata dia, masyarakat yang ingin menggelar demonstrasi terkait urusan tanah tidak perlu takut dengan keberadaan Brimob.

Pendeta Henri Lokra dari Persatuan Gereja-gereja di Indonesia (PGI) menyatakan usai audiensi dengan perwakilan warga bahwa mereka akan menyampaikan masalah ini kepada pemerintah, juga Ombudsman.

Kepada ucanews.com, Romo Nico mengatakan, mereka sebenarnya juga menggelar audiensi dengan Konferensi Waligereja Indonesia, namun batal dilakukan karena pimpinan KWI sedang menggelar sidang sinodal di Bandung, Jawa Barat.

“Kami tentu saja akan menyampaikan soal ini ke KWI pada kesempatan lain dan berharap ada respon positif karena keputusan sidang sinodal itu juga terkait masalah hak asasi manusia,” katanya, menyinggung rumusan pernyataan yang diterbitkan KWI sebagai hasil sinodal.

 

 

Umat Otakwa berdoa, bernyanyi, bergoyang dengan iringan tifa dalam prosesi tiga jam

Pen@ Katolik - 9 hours 29 mnt yang lalu
Penyambutan Patung Bunda Maria dengan upacara adat Kamoro, pukul tifa, sebagai penerimaan Bunda Maria. Foto PEN@ Katolik/Hilon

Untuk pertama kalinya, nampak  begitu banyak umat dengan pakaian adat melakukan prosesi selama tiga jam sambil membawa obor dan lilin bernyala mengelilingi Kampung Baru, Kampung Tengah dan Kampung Lama sepanjang 2,5 kilometer menuju gereja sambil berdoa serta menyanyi dalam bahasa daerah dan menari dengan iringan alat musik tradisional.

Hampir seluruh umat Katolik, dari orangtua, dewasa dan anak-anak dari Kampung Otakwa terlibat dalam kegiatan Prosesi Patung Bunda Maria dengan bergoyang (menari) sepanjang jalan sambil berdoa Rosario. Mereka memakai busana adat Suku Kamoro. “Seluruh umat sangat antusias dan menikmati acara prosesi ini,” kata Ketua Dewan Stasi Santo Lukas Otakwa, Paskalis Owatiwi, kepada PEN@ Katolik, seraya berharap iman umat bertambah dan berkembang lewat devosi kepada Bunda Maria.

Prosesi itu dilakukan oleh umat Stasi Otakwa di Distrik Mimika Timur Jauh, Kabupaten Mimika, Papua, untuk menutup Bulan Rosario, 31 Oktober 2018. Di dalam prosesi dengan iringan gendang tifa (alat pukul khas Papua), umat bernyanyi dan menari seka (tarian khas Suku Kamoro sebagai ucapan syukur) dalam Bahasa Kamoro). Menurut Dewan Adat Suku Kamoro Sempan, Tadeus Awula, berbagai lagu yang dinyanyikan sepanjang prosesi merupakan pujian untuk Bunda Maria dalam Bahasa Kamoro Sempan.

Selama bulan Rosario, umat setiap kampung mengadakan Doa Rosario dari rumah ke rumah dan umat serta ketua dewan dan frater pembina stasi bersepakat menutup bulan Rosario itu dengan perarakan Patung Bunda Maria.

Patung Bunda Maria dijemput dari rumah pastoran dengan upacara adat yakni pukulan gendang tifa, sebagai tanda penerimaan tamu, oleh Dewan Adat Kamoro Tadeus Awula. Setelah prosesi, Patung Bunda Maria juga dikembalikan ke gereja dengan memukul tifa.

Stasi Otakwa merupakan bagian dari Paroki Imanuel, Mapurujaya, Timika, yang digembalakan oleh para imam Fransiskan. Kampung Otakwa terletak di sebelah Timur Jauh dan berjarak 60 KM dari Kota Timika. Kampung Otakwa memiliki penduduk sekitar 400 jiwa yang terletak di pinggiran pantai selatan Kabupaten Mimika. Sebagian besar mata pencaharian masyarakat di kampung nelayan asli Papua dari Suku Kamoro Sempan itu adalah mencari ikan dan mencari karaka (kepiting) yang diekspor ke luar negeri dan berbagai rumah makan di Ibukota Jakarta. (PEN@ Katolik/Vincent Budi)

Prosesi dengan pakaian adat bergoyang. Foto Hilon/Linus Doa Rosario di setiap perhentian. PEN@ katolik Hilon/Linus Prosesi dengan lilin dan obor membawa Patung Maria sambil menyanyi. PEN@ Katolik/Hilon/Linus Patung Maria dikembalikan ke gereja. PEN@ Katolik/Hilon/Linus

Young man healed by Padre Pio recounts story of miraculous cure

Catholic News Agency (CNA) - 10 hours 55 mnt yang lalu

Madrid, Spain, Nov 19, 2018 / 07:46 pm (ACI Prensa).- Matteo Pio Colella was just 7 years old when he contracted a deadly disease. Doctors believed there was no hope for the boy, but he made a full recovery. His cure was the miracle that paved the way for the canonization of St. Padre Pio by Pope John Paul II in June 2002.

Colella, now 27, gave an exclusive interview to ACI Prensa, CNA's Spanish language sister agency, on the occasion of the pre-release of the film “El Misterio del Padre Pío” (The Mystery of Padre Pio) in Madrid.

The documentary is directed by writer and filmmaker José María Zavala and includes Colella's testimony.

“I wasn't feeling well,” he recalled. “I told my mother that I didn't want to go to school, but she made me go because at that time I didn't like school. That same night, when my mother came to say goodnight, I didn't recognize her, and so they immediately took me to the hospital.”

On Jan. 20, 2000, Colella was diagnosed with acute fulminant meningitis, caused by bacteria. The disease had affected his kidneys, his respiratory system and blood clotting. He was immediately admitted to the hospital founded by Padre Pio, the “Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza” (Home for the Relief of Suffering), located in San Giovanni Rotondo where the saint's monastery is.

The following day, Colella went into a coma. His health deteriorated drastically, and doctors considered him a lost cause, thinking he would die within a few hours.

While Colella was in this critical condition, his mother Maria Lucia went to pray over the tomb of Padre Pio to ask for her son's healing.

“During the coma,” Colella recounted, “I saw Padre Pio in a dream on my right and three angels on the left. One with golden wings and a white tunic and the two others with white wings and a red tunic. Padre Pio, on my right, told me not to worry because I would soon be cured. In fact, my cure was like the resurrection of Lazarus.”

And that's exactly what happened. The doctors considered Colella to be clinically dead, but he came back to life.

The young man is grateful to Padre Pio for his intercession. He said he considers the saint to be like a grandfather in whom he can confide.

“I have always thought that I have received an enormous grace for which I must be thankful. When I talk to someone who doesn't believe, I tell him 'I'm here. For science it's inexplicable, but there is another explanation that we can't understand'.”

 

 

This article was originally published by our sister agency, ACI Prensa. It has been translated and adapted by CNA.

 

Menjadi Seperti Zakheus

Sesawi.Net - 11 hours 23 mnt yang lalu
CATATAN Injil Lukas 19:1-10 memberi kepada kita cerita tentang Zakheus. Beberapa hal menarik dari Zakheus menurut hemat saya bagus untuk direnungkan dan dihayati. Ada niat untuk berjumpa Yesus. Zakheus mempunya niat kuat untuk berjumpa Yesus. Hanya saja niatnya ini terhalang oleh kondisi fisik yang kecil dan pendek. Tapi bagi Zakheus, kekurangan fisik tak menghalangi niatnya […]

Australian senator announces gender swap so he can speak on abortion issues

Catholic News Agency (CNA) - 13 hours 40 mnt yang lalu

Canberra, Australia, Nov 19, 2018 / 05:01 pm (CNA).- After being slammed for his religion and told he would never understand abortion because it is a women’s issue, Australian senator Barry O’Sullivan declared himself a woman before parliament last week so that he could speak about abortion issues.

“I’m going to declare my gender today, as I can, to be a woman, and then you’ll no longer be able to attack me,” O’Sullivan told fellow representatives at parliament Nov. 14.

The declaration was part of longer and heated remarks given by the senator, who said he was tired of the “vomit” and “vitriol” he received from far-right colleagues whenever he tried to raise “issues around strong values.”

Earlier that week, O’Sullivan, a Catholic, had motioned for pro-choice protesters to be banned from the annual pro-life Day of the Unborn Child events. This prompted Larissa Waters of the Australian Greens party to say that O’Sullivan would never understand abortion as a women’s issue.

"Senator O'Sullivan needs to get his hands and his rosaries off my ovaries and those of the 10,000 Queensland women who have an abortion each year," Waters said, according to the Australian Associated Press.

She later complied with a request to withdraw her comment on the grounds that it attacked O’Sullivan’s religion.

“You cannot say the word abortion without being attacked..” O’Sullivan said in his remarks Nov. 14.

“These people come and attack me for my religion...using words like ‘rosary beads’, because I had the audacity to raise issues around late-term abortions, where babies who are only minutes away from getting a smack on the ass and a name, are being aborted under the policies of the Australian Greens,” he said.

“So I will not stand silent, I will not stand mute while these people try to continue to marginalize policies and ideas that we want to continue to discuss for this nation,” he continued.

O’Sullivan said that he believes many of the “values” issues he raises, including pro-life positions, reflect the values of an “ever-increasingly silent majority” of Australians, who are afraid to speak up for fear of being attacked for their beliefs.

“I’ve moved sensible motions here, reflecting the views of many people in our society, only to have formality denied,” he said, just before declaring his gender to be a woman.

“It is dispicable the behaviour of these people, for them to come in here with the freedom that they do, and that vomit, that vitriol that comes out of their mouths, it needs to be called out,” he added.

The senator’s gender-swap declaration sparked comments mostly of ridicule and disdain on social media. It also launched an extensive debate on Wikipedia about whether to change the pronouns on O’Sullivan's page from “he/him” to “she/her.”

Kenya bans Marie Stopes from performing, advertising abortions

Catholic News Agency (CNA) - 14 hours 34 mnt yang lalu

Nairobi, Kenya, Nov 19, 2018 / 04:07 pm (CNA).- Kenyan authorities have banned the international abortion group Marie Stopes from offering any form of abortions in the country. This comes after a government agency investigated complaints that the group was promoting abortion through its advertisements.

Marie Stopes is a UK-based organization that claims to be the “world's largest provider of contraception and safe abortion services” and operates in 37 countries, according to its website.

Abortion is not permitted under the Constitution of Kenya, unless “there is need for emergency treatment, or the life or health of the mother is in danger,” or if otherwise permitted by law. The exceptions were added to the Constitution in 2010.  

The Medical Practitioners Board of Kenya sent a letter to Marie Stopes last week, saying the board was acting on complaints from, among others, the campaign manager at a campaign group called CitizenGo Africa. The pro-life organization had been campaigning for an investigation of Marie Stopes’ advertising practices since last year.  

“Marie Stopes Kenya is hereby directed to immediately cease and desist offering any form of abortion services in all its facilities within the republic,” a Nov. 14 letter from the Kenyan Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board read.

The letter also ordered Maries Stopes Kenya to submit weekly reports for the next 60 days of “all services rendered within all its facilities.”

Ezekiel Mutua, head of the Kenyan government agency in charge of approving advertisements, welcomed the ban, saying in a statement that the Kenya Film Classification Board had banned abortion advertisements by Marie Stopes Kenya in September, but “the organization defied our ban and continued to run unrated and illegal adverts.”

He said the board had also ordered Marie Stopes to “pull down all misleading information on their abortion services from all media platforms.”  

Marie Stopes had been operating in Kenya since 1985, BBC reports. The Kenyan Ministry of Health reported in May that the country had spent 533 million Kenyan shillings ($5.29 million) treating complications from back-alley abortions.

 

New Mexico legislators want to repeal state's abortion ban

Catholic News Agency (CNA) - 15 hours 12 mnt yang lalu

Santa Fe, N.M., Nov 19, 2018 / 03:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of New Mexican legislators seeks to overturn a state law that would make abortion illegal if Roe v. Wade were overturned, part of a developing trend among the handful of states with laws that criminalize abortion.

Currently, New Mexico law states it is a felony for an abortionist to perform an abortion, with exceptions for rape, birth defects, and to preserve the health of the mother. This law, which dates to the 1960s, has not been enforced since 1973, when the Supreme Court found a right to an abortion throughout a woman’s pregnancy.

Rep. Joanne Ferrary (D-Las Cruces) intends to introduce a bill in the next legislative session that would remove this law from the books. This proposed bill is supported by the state’s governor-elect, Michelle Lujan Grisham (D), as well as the state’s House Speaker and Senate majority leader. The legislative leaders have tabbed the bill as a “high priority” for the upcoming session of the legislature.

Lujan Grisham said that she believes the law criminalizing abortion to be “antiquated” and one that would “punish women.” She has pledged to sign the bill if it were passed through the legislature.

Similar efforts to repeal this law, under outgoing Gov. Susana Martinez (R), failed.

As of now, nine states, including New Mexico, have laws that would ban abortion. Four additional states – Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, and South Dakota – have what are known as “trigger laws” that would ban abortion if the Roe decision were overturned.

With the recent confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court, expectations that the decision might be overturned have been heightened. Those who are in favor of abortion rights are moving to change various laws that would be enforced if abortion were once again left to the states to decide.

Until July, Massachusetts had a 19th-century law on the books that made the act of “procuring a miscarriage” illegal. Similar to New Mexico’s law, this has not been enforced since 1973. That law was repealed with the passage of the “Negating Archaic Statutes Targeting Young Women Act,” which was commonly known as the “NASTY Women Act.”

On the other end of the abortion law spectrum, the Ohio House of Representatives recently passed a bill that would make abortion illegal after the detection of a fetal heartbeat. The fetal heartbeat can be detected at around six weeks gestation, before some women even are aware they are pregnant.

Previously, this bill has been vetoed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), although Kasich has signed many more abortion restrictions into law.

A request to the Archdiocese of Santa Fe for comment on the bill was not responded to in time for publication.

NJ dioceses to form compensation program for child victims of clerical abuse

Catholic News Agency (CNA) - 15 hours 25 mnt yang lalu

Newark, N.J., Nov 19, 2018 / 03:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Newark announced Monday that New Jersey’s five dioceses will together form a Victim Compensation and Counseling Program in the coming year, and will release the names of all priests in the state who have been accused of sexual misconduct against minors.

Although the precise details of this program have not yet been finalized, Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark said in a statement published on the archdiocese’s webpage Nov. 19, they will be soon and information will be released at that time.

This program will assist dioceses with resources in order to provide compensation for those who were victimized as children by clergy or employees of Catholic dioceses in New Jersey, who are unable to file civil suits due to the state’s statute of limitations.

“This will give victims a formal voice and allow them to be heard by an independent panel,” said the statement. Cardinal Tobin added, “the Program also will assure that victims who have not received any financial compensation will be paid, regardless of whether their claims meet the time requirements of the statute of limitations.”

The Catholic Church in New Jersey has already paid out more than $50 million in financial settlements to those who were sexually abused as children by members of the clergy or diocesan employees in the state.

In addition to financial compensation, this new program will establish “permanent funding” for counseling for abuse survivors. This counseling “so often is needed to help in the healing of those who have been harmed.”

This past September, New Jersey’s Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced the creation of a task force in the state to investigate the allegations of sexual abuse and cover up.

“No person is above the law and no institution is immune from accountability,” said Grewal in September.

“We will devote whatever resources are necessary to uncover the truth and bring justice to victims.”

Ahead of the release of this report, and in coordination with the task force, Cardinal Tobin said that New Jersey’s dioceses will “undertake a complete review of their files” and release the names of all priests and deacons who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor. This list is expected to be released in early 2019.

“It is hoped that these steps will aid in the process of healing for victims, who are deserving of our support and prayers,” said the statement.

Notably, the statement did not include any information about compensation or counseling for adults who were victimized by members of the clergy in New Jersey, instead focusing on those who were abused as minors.

In the early 2000s, the Archdiocese of Newark and the Dioceses of Trenton and Metuchen paid settlements to men who allege they were abused by Archbishop Theodore McCarrick when they were adults studying in seminary. These settlements were not public knowledge until the summer of 2018, after two men came forward to say that they had been molested by McCarrick as minors.

Shortly after McCarrick’s second survivor came forward, McCarrick stepped down from the College of Cardinals. McCarrick has since been sentenced to a life of prayer and penance until a canonical trial can be conducted. He is currently residing at a friary in Kansas.

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