Saturday, November 19, 2005

Bartolome de Las Casas Dominican conference for Justice, Peace and Care of Creation

Today was the Bartolome de Las Casas Dominican annual conference for Justice, Peace and Care of Creation. Bartolome de Las Casas was a Dominican friar in New Spain (now Mexico) who fought passionately for the rights of Native Americans. In the face of tremendous opposition he wanted the Indians to be recognised as children of God endowed with all the same graces as the Spanish. He is thus our inspiration in the Dominican family for and justice and equality in this broken unjust world so tainted by original sin. The conference was held at Dominican College in San Juan, Metro Manila. Father Allan gave the welcome remarks and we made the Powerpoint presentation together. There were three speakers spread over the day. The first was on "Migrants and Itinerant peoples". The second was "The trafficking of women and children" and it was startling to realise how bad this problem actually is here, with up to 12 children a day being trafficked into all kinds of horrible situations: from forced labour to prostitution. The last talk was in the afternoon and was about "Justice and Peace spirituality" where the speaker mostly concentrated on informing us about the model of the human pysche as understood by Carl Jung. It was glad it was Jung and not Freud because Jung was generally very positive about religion whereas Freud was notoriously anti-Christian.
Tomorrow is the Christ the King procession,.
photos to follow shortly,
In Christ through Mary,