Saturday, November 20, 2004

The Feast of St. Felix of Valois, O.SS.T., Priest and Founder
is today. There is information on him here. To any Trinitarians out there, blessed feast day !
Back in 2000, Fr. Neuhaus noted inFirst Thingsthat this order was returning to its original charism in one place....

The Trinitarian Fathers, who have 600 members and 378 priests in 32 countries, were founded in 1198 for the purpose of ransoming and educating slaves, both Christian and Muslim. Eight hundred years later, they have announced that they are returning to their original charism in Sudan, where slavery is a big business under the auspices of the government in Khartoum. There the Trinitarians will be joined by Christian Solidarity International, which has been ransoming slaves for several years. For its trouble, Christian Solidarity was, at the urging of Sudan, recently decertified as a nongovernmental organization (NGO) at the United Nations. According to human rights groups, Khartoum is responsible for the deaths of two million Christians and animists in the South over the last ten years. Eight hundred years later. Think about it. It’s enough to raise doubts about the idea of moral progress.


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