Wednesday, June 2, 2010

White House Protest Commemorates Bagua

Q’orianka Kilcher, the actress who is known for her portrayal of Pocahontas in "The New World" for which she received a Critics Choice Award and, more recently, the Hawaiian "Princess Ka'iulani", "wanted to draw the world's attention to the crisis that is being experienced in Peru" when she chained herself to the White House fence yesterday to protest the visit of President Alan Garcia, said Carlos Quiroz, author of the Peruanista blog.

He said that the Tuesday protest was to denounce human rights abuses committed by the Peruvian government and to remember the one year anniversary of Bagua, where a confrontation between police and indigenous people left dozens dead.

"She and her mother Siska Kilcher were arrested after Q’Orianka, draped in the Peruvian flag, chained herself to the White House fence and her mother doused her with black paint, symbolizing the oil spills in the Peruvian Amazon, and the abuses against native Amazonians", he added. Q'orianka is being charged with disorderly conduct. Her mother is charged with defacing U.S. government property.

Quiroz explained that the actress, whose father is Quechua, might have stayed at home in Los Angeles, but she came to Washington to join the activists who, together with human rights and environmental organizations, were opposing Garcia's presence. Q’Orianka has been a long-time supporter of Amazon Watch and AIDESEP and recently made the news when she accompanied AIDESEP leader Alberto Pizango on his return to Peru from Nicaragua where he had been living in exile after Bagua. Pizango was arrested at the airport, held overnight and then released on personal recognizance.

"She protested personally and privately. She wanted to call the world's attention to the crisis in Peru. Q’orianka is of Peruvian origin and she knows Peru better than some people who have never left Lima. Therefore she has the right to participate in Peruvian affairs", Quiroz concluded.

Novena to the Holy Spirit for an Inclusive Priesthood

FutureChurch was asking that this novena be prayed on the first Friday of every month during the Church’s Year for Priests. Well, the Year for Priests is almost over and the priesthood is no more inclusive than it ever was, so the novena is still as valid as it is beautiful. Don't stop praying. Someday the Holy Spirit will even move the Vatican.

Holy Spirit, I believe in your work among us and within us.

I come to you committed to the full expression of the Gospel through the work of the Church. I am saddened by the lack of priests to provide the Eucharist, the Bread of Life, especially in the developing world. I am one of many who hunger for an inclusive priesthood that allows all who are so called to discern ministry to the People of God as a deacon or a priest.

I ask your grace and intercession:

O Holy Spirit, may the fire of your love renew priests all over the world in love and service to the People of God.

O Holy Spirit, let our Church celebrate the gift of celibacy as a powerful grace and yet recognize that it is not given to all called to the ministerial priesthood. We pray for the day that both celibate and married priests serve you through the sacrament of Holy Orders.

O Holy Spirit, let our Church celebrate the powerful expression of love and commitment that is the gift of marriage, a gift that can only enhance the ministerial priesthood for those so called.

O Holy Spirit, continue gifting Catholic women with love, service, and trust that their faithful perseverance will one day lead to structures that mirror their full baptismal equality in the Catholic Church.

O Holy Spirit, open the hearts and ears of our bishops and our Pope to support and encourage the diaconal and presbyteral calls of both married and celibate Catholics.

O Holy Spirit, I bring to you my love and concern for the worldwide Church and ask for your guidance as we move ever closer to the reign of God where all have a place at the table of God.

Amen.