A statement of mercy released by Sunday Examiner (19th February) with no mercy
(Please share with your friends) by Francis
Yesterday the Weekly Newspapers of Hong Kong Diocese, Sunday Examiner (SE) published a strong worded statement at the beginning without signature. After some comments on the Facebook page of SE, it added the signature of the Editor of Sunday Examiner, Fr. Jose Cherukara, CMF. Fr. Jose is a good friend of Fr. Choy, since he was working in St. Benedict Church as assisting Parish Priest, while Fr. Peter Choy also goes there to celebrate Sunday Mass every week for more than 15 years. Meanwhile, the religious congregation that Fr. Jose belongs to, the Congregation of Missionaries, Sons of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is very close to the Patriotic Association in China for the promotion of their printing materials and the person-in-charge of the printing press (Claretian Publications Macau) Fr. Alberto Rosso CMF, is also the relative of Pope Francis.
(Photo: The editor-in-chief of the Sunday Examiner, Fr. Jose Cherukara, CMF and the next bishop of H.K. Fr. Peter Choy)
The publication of this article is obviously under the direction of the Chairperson of the Hong Kong Catholic Board of Communications, Fr. Peter Choy, the next bishop of Hong Kong knowing all the comments from different media with his episcopal ordination.
However, there are some points and mistakes made by Sunday Examiner according to the article they published.
1. The author of this article did not provide concrete evidence to demonstrate the so called fake news “is not true”. The Editor is only yelling his discontent sentiment instead of giving concrete information, but giving condemnation or speculation is completely ruining the professionalism and honesty as a Catholic Newspaper in Hong Kong Diocese.
2. Here comes a bet of one’s reputation. There will be no “character assassination” when the announcement is made by the end of the month. Instead, there will be a “character suicide.” Be warned, and pray that Fr. Choy will never be appointed. We, Catholics in H.K., treasure self-restraints but not fingers pointing at others.
3. Cross-checking/ Fact-checking is usually what a professional journalist must do. The statement released did not present any investigations of the source from “a senior cleric of the diocese” as reported by Catholic News Agency, whereas the statement continues the argument of the episcopal appointment of Fr. Peter Choy. Professional Journalism in SE is completed ignored. Meanwhile, there are spelling mistakes of the name which proves editor-in-chief of the SE proofread the statement sloppily. We respect professionalism, but never a mouth-piece unit.
4. One may say there is a campaign which is anti-Pope Francis, or anti-Vatican. Yet, who can say whether a campaign is anti-Provisional Agreement when the majority of the members of the Church do not know the content of it.
5. When the text appears to be strong-worded, how could readers expect “mercy, forgiveness and compassion?” How can the article itself reconcile its readers with different views, while it keeps telling how much they disagree with CNA? We need real and good examples, not just words.
6. Last but not the least, to gossip is to throw a bomb; but to cooperate with the evil regime will kill more of our brothers and sisters in Christ. We want to bring the Gospel to China, but not bringing Xi’s influence to the Church.
We are feeling sad and disappointed for the professional journalism of SE is going backwards under the Chairperson of the Hong Kong Catholic Board of Communications, and of the editor-in-chief of the Sunday Examiner. Let us continue to pray for Hong Kong Diocese. St. Michael, the Archangel, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil! Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, pray for us!