President’s Notes: Talk On Annulment & Marriage Tribunal

The Session was held on 26 February 2011 and conducted by the Society’s spiritual director Rev. Fr. Jestus Pereira who is also the Judicial Vicar of the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur.

He started his session by explaining the codification of Canon Law in 1917 followed by the amendments in 1983 which structured the Canon Law into books, parts, title and chapters. Read more »

President’s Commentary: Red Mass Celebration 2011

We have heard and read biblical passages where Jesus has repeatedly extended his invitation to all with the expression ‘follow me!”

At first glance such an invitation would mean having to give up everything one possesses and follow Christ.

With such narrow thoughts, I found myself puzzled by Bishop Joseph Hii’s choice of readings for the Red Mass. Read more »

Lawyers Help Catholics Understand Constitution

The MyConstitution campaign aims to help Malaysians understand the Federal Constitution better

Religion in Malaysia is a personal matter, a lawyer promoting understanding of the Federal Constitution told Catholics recently.

“The government should not be concerned about what you do unless it is a crime,” Aston Philip Paiva told parishioners of St. Ignatius Church in Petaling Jaya on July 11. Read more »

The (Religious) Minorities’ Retort

Except for the silver-plated sign at the left corner of its main gate, no one would expect that the walled building along Jalan Pemaju in Section U1/15 of the city of Shah Alam in Selangor State is actually a church.

Not a few visitors of the Glenmarie Industrial Estate during weekdays mistake the two-and-a-half-storey Roman Catholic Church of the Divine Mercy as another assembly or production plant of big-name companies such as Sony Ericsson, Yamaha, Nokia – or maybe even the central kitchen of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Read more »

CLS Press Statement: Setting Up Of Inter-faith Committee

The Catholic Lawyers Society Kuala Lumpur (CLS) welcomes the setting up of the special inter-faith committee. It is hope that through this committee efforts will be made to promote greater dialogue and understanding amongst the various religious communities in Malaysia.

The presence of such a committee is long overdue. The government’s effort in setting up such a committee is in the right direction towards promoting religious harmony in the country. Read more »

CLS Announcement: Committee Members for 2010/11 Elected

Catholic Lawyers Society Kuala Lumpur is pleased to announce that the following members were elected as office-bearers of the Committee 2010/11 at the 16th Annual General Meeting held on Mar 27, 2010. Read more »

Al-Islam Apologises To Christians Over Special Report

The Al-Islam magazine has apologised to the Roman Catholic Church and Christians for publishing a special report which involved the desecration of a religious rite.

The apology was posted on the website of its publisher, Utusan Karya. Read more »

Malaysia Muslim Mag Sorry For Offending Christians

A Malaysian magazine apologized Saturday for upsetting Christians after it published an article researched by two Muslims who pretended to be Roman Catholics and took Communion in a church.

The apology is likely to soothe frustrations among religious minorities who feel that overzealous government authorities and clerics are trying too hard to champion the interests of Islam and ignoring the rights of non-Muslims. Read more »

AG Should Explain Why Journalists Not Prosecuted: Pakiam

The Attorney-General should explain why he decided not to prosecute two Al-Islam reporters for desecrating a Catholic rite, said Kuala Lumpur Archbishop Tan Sri Murphy Pakiam.

"I appeal to the Attorney-General to explain the decision not to take further action in the Al-Islam journalists' case. An explanation should be given to the complainants and clarification to the church authorities," said Pakiam, who referred to the incident last year. Read more »

AG Should Appreciate Severity Of Al-Islam Incident: Catholic Lawyers Society

The Attorney-General should "appreciate the severity" of the conduct of two reporters of a Malay-language periodical who had allegedly desecrated the holy eucharist of the Catholic church and not dismiss their actions off-hand, said Catholic Lawyers Society, Kuala Lumpur, president Mabel Sabastian.

"Ignorance of the law is no defence in the commission of a crime. The A-G as the guardian of our laws must foremost appreciate the severity of the acts and conducts of the offender, particularly bearing in mind the severity of the issues involved in a multiracial society like ours," she said. Read more »

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