Monday, March 30, 2009
My blog posting " Something about our faith" on March 10 was about a senior Vatican cleric defended the excommunication of the mother and doctors of a nine-year-old girl who had an abortion* in Brazil after allegedly being raped by her stepfather.
The regional archbishop, Jose Cardoso Sobrinho, who pronounced the excommunication** said: "God's law is above any human law. So when a human law ... is contrary to God's law, this human law has no value,"
His action was supported by Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, head of the Catholic church's Congregation for Bishops, who also heads the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.
On March 15, in a statement in the Vatican newspaper, Archbishop Fisichella, head of the Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Life, came out to defend the doctors who performed the abortion on the raped 9 year-old girl. He argued for a sense of "mercy" in such cases and respect for the Catholic doctors' wrenching decision, and strongly criticised fellow churchmen who singled out the doctors and mother for public condemnation.
He also criticised the Brazilian archbishop's quick proclamation of excommunication as "unfortunately hurts the credibility of our teaching, which appears in the eyes of many as insensitive, incomprehensive and lacking mercy." (from ICN)
At last we are hearing "human words" (人话）. This is the compassionate face of the church.
* Abortion is a mortal sin (a great sin against the law of God).
** Excommunication is a suspension of membership... in exile.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
We have just concluded the "Earth Hour" 2009 in Malaysia.
Switching off lights for one hour is no problem at all for a household. But many have chosen not to. My opposite big bungalow continued with bright lights on, inside and outside (pic below).
We took a short drive round my area, got to have head lights on, and noticed about 10 % of household participated.
It was a quiet, cool and peaceful one hour. We chatted. It was a family hour too.
May be we can try harder next time. Good luck to Mother Earth.
我们驾车出去邻近看看，当然要开灯了， 发觉大约10 % 的屋子参与这行动。
people feeling sadness and sorrow (remembering the departed).
May I ask where to buy a drink (wine),
a boy pointed at a far end village named Apricot flowers."
This is a famous Chinese poem written in eighth century best describing the mood of the Qing Ming festival.
Chinese will celebrates Qing Ming Festival on 4-4-09, a day to remember and honor the departed ancestors and loved ones by paying respect at the cemeteries and columbariums. It can be done two weeks before the actual festival.
We went today early in the morning at 7:00 am to pay respect to my parents and a brother at the Nilai Memorial Park Columbarium. My second sister-in-law has prepared offerings consisting of chicken, pork dishes, cakes, dumpling, coffee, wine and boxes of paper gold and silver.
My father died in 1957 and my mother in 1966. Even though they did not know Christ, but I still pray for their repose through the mercy of God, rest in peace. I also asked them to pray for us. I strongly believed all creatures are saved "through Him, with Him, in Him".
The modern cemetery has diluted the feeling of sadness and sorrow. Moreover, it has been more than forty years since their passing....
So instead of getting a drink after the ceremony, we headed towards Seremban to have Dim Sum for breakfast.
今天大清晨七时，我们就到了汝来的孝恩园骨灰塔拜祭我的父母及一位哥哥。我的二嫂准备了拜祭用的鸡 、肉 、菜肴 、咖啡 、糕饼 、酒 、肉粽等，还有好多包的纸金和纸银。
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Bernard is married to Marisa and they have two children. They are cute and smart.
Mary will be leaving for Dundee, Scotland on 29-3-09 to stay for about six months with her youngest daughter over there.
The Mohamad who cannot read English yet carried RM 2 millions cash into Australia is not elected to the post of UMNO Deputy President.
Muhyiddin was elected as Deputy President and certainly to be the new Deputy Prime Minister.
Mahathir was surely the unhappy man because his son,
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I have not read this book, but according to the synopsis of the book: the new research shows that when we give of ourselves, especially if we start young, everything from life-satisfaction to self-realization and physical health is significantly affected. Mortality is delayed. Depression is reduced.
The inspiring new research includes a fifty-year study showing that people who are giving during their high school years have better physical and mental health throughout their lives. Other studies show that older people who give live longer than those who don't. Helping others has been shown to bring health benefits to those with chronic illness, including HIV, multiple sclerosis, and heart problems. And studies show that people of all ages who help others on a regular basis, even in small ways, feel happiest.
I agreed completely with the finding. But on the other hand, good things happen to bad people too, especially in material gains. There are thousands of bad people leading immoral and corrupted lives yet enjoying luxurious and comfortable living.
And bad things happen to good people also. It is very common that good people suffer materially, physically and spiritually.
My definition of a "good person" is someone who is willing to give and help others. I do not expect returns when I give. I want to be a good person and accept the fact that bad things can happen to me too. I believe giving is the most happy thing to do, and on this basis, I am a happy man.
Bad things happen to good people is equally true as good things happen to good people. It depends on your definition of "good things".
Blessed are the poor in spirit: the kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
Blessed are the gentle: they shall have the earth as inheritance.
Blessed are those who mourn: they shall be comforted.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for uprightness: they shall have their fill.
Blessed are the merciful: they shall have mercy shown them.
Blessed are the pure in heart: they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: they shall be recognised as children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted in the cause of uprightness: the kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
Blessed are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you falsely on my account.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.
(Matt 5: 1-12 The 8 beatitudes)
这个令人鼓舞的研究也包括了五十年研究成果，显示了当人们从中学时代起， 就开始施 赠的话，他的一生会享受到更好的生理及心理健康。 其他的研究也证明乐善好施的老年人，比那些没有如此行为的老人，更加长寿。乐善好施行为，也为那些患有各种健康状况者 、包括艾滋病，肌肉萎缩及心脏病患者，带来健康的好处。研究也显示，任何人，不分年龄，只要是常常乐于助人，就算是一点丁行动，都会觉得快乐。
我非常同意这些研究报告。但另一方面，好事也会发生在怀人身上，特别是物质方面。成千上万不仁不义 、为非作歹 、腐败的人，却在享受着荣华富贵 、舒适的生活。
Sermon of the mount
（The 8 beatitudes）
Monday, March 23, 2009
On Sunday 22-3-09, the legionaries held their annual Acies at the St. John Cathedral, Kuala Lumpur. It was attended by Archbishop Murphy Pakiam, Fr. Amala, Fr. Thomas Loh, religious sisters and about 1000 legionaries from English, Mandarin, Tamil, Filipino and Korean language groups.
There are four functions annually bringing together the members of the Legion in a district in order that they may know each other and that the spirit of unity may be fostered.
One of the functions is Acies, a Latin word meaning as it does an army ranged in battle array. It is a consecration of legionaries and as a body assemble to renew their fidelity to Mary, Queen of Legion，and from her to receive strength and blessing for yet another year's battle with the forces of evil.
The other three are Annual General Reunion, Praesidium function and outdoor function.
During the Acies, each member would make individual consecration to Mary by putting one hand on the vexillum and says the following words:" I am all yours, my Queen, my Mother, and all that I have is yours."
Few more pics on Facebook
Members renewing pledge in pair
Archbishop renewing pledge
在星期天 22-3-2009， 圣母军假吉隆坡圣若望主教座堂举行了常年检阅典礼。巴吉安总主教，安玛拉神父，罗秀彪神父，修女及约1000名来自英 、华 、印 、菲及韩语组的圣母军团员出席了这项典礼。
Sunday, March 22, 2009
I just come back from a funeral parlour in PJ to pay my respect to a 27 year-old girl. Painfully, she died so young, regrettably, I was not able to see her when he was alive. It was a matter of today and yesterday.
yesterday, I received a call from Agnes in Kota Kinabalu, informing me that a daughter of a fellow Catholic in her parish was in coma after a brain surgery in University Hospital. The parents wished to see a priest. The girl was not baptised.
Requests from a dying person or from his/her members of family are urgent and I usually respond quickly and appropriately.
However, it was weekend, every one was busy...busy. In fact most of us were blinded by our busi-ness. Many things were beyond my control, but one thing I could do was to visit the patient and her parents in hospital immediately and to find out more about their needs.
Busy-ness blinded me. I only keep in touch with the parent through phone and arrange to see them the next day.
This morning (Sunday), at about 10:00 am, received a call from the father that she has passed away.
Distraught and helpless parents' request to see a priest, and possible baptism of the dying daughter was not met. I could have gone to the hospital to see the girl alive.... I didn't.
I have failed.
I am grateful to Anna, a fellow legionary in PJ for arranging Fr. Martin Thien and Fr. Thomas Loh to visit and console the parents at the parlour, and offered prayer for the deceased. Thanks to many legionaries' presence for prayer too.
Her remains would be cremated and ashes be brought back to KK by her parents. May her soul through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
We do not own time.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
His condition is serious. The diabetes mellitus has affected his eyesight and kidney, gangrene has set in to his two toes. Doctor is considering the options of amputation.
They are many others diabetics in the ward having the same condition - foot ulceration.
More Malaysians are suffering from diabetes. According to the latest figure, one out of 10 Malaysians has diabetes problem. My visit to the ward also served as a reminder to myself of the importance of a healthy life style.
Diabetes is a silent killer and life-style related disease. It is epidemic in developing countries like Malaysia. The complications related to this disease are appalling, being most common and serious are eyesight damage, kidney damage, nerve damage, heart problem, foot ulceration leading to amputation.
Healthy living - healthy eating, regular exercise and controlled body weight is the best prevention of this disease.
Check your blood sugar regularly, do not let the ants tell you.
Update 22-3-09: His right leg has been amputated from knee down.
在同一病房，还有其他的糖尿病患者，都也是有同一个病况 - 脚趾有坏死（坏疽）的现象。
糖尿病是一个无声杀手，也是一种和生活习惯有关联的疾病，在发展中国家，如马来西亚，迅速的扩张。糖尿病的后果非常惊人。这疾病会伤害视觉 、肾脏 、心脏，神经系统，也使到肌肉坏死（坏疽），特别是 脚部，可能被切除（截肢）。
健康的生活 - 正确的饮食习惯，经常运动，保持适当的体重，是防御这个疾病的最好方法。
I am sure the finding is not applicable to Malaysia. With the highly commercialized medical services, doctors are the most needed persons but not the most trusted people to many men and women on the street.
A complaint of stomachache can cost you a bomb. In most private hospitals, you find yourself attended by three to four specialists, charging you with each visit, running medical tests which you have no faintest idea. I called it the referral practice. Specialist A would refer you to Specialist B, B to C, C to D then back to A. From consultant physician to consultant surgeon, to gastroentrologist ... to god knows who!?
In fact, medical profession top the number of complaints among government departments according to the government's Public Complaint Bureau's figure.
The fourth placing was accorded to judges.That is in England... not in Malaysia. With the many high profile cases, Lingham incident, Mahathir's strong arm twisting with justice during his tenure, the dramatic revelation by judges themselves, the judiciary has just come out of the darkest hours and is facing public confidence crisis at this movement.
May be it is a good idea to have our own survey....!
Friday, March 20, 2009
The two boxes we sent in October 2008 to Elizabeth containing food stuff, books, clothes has arrived safely almost 5 months after leaving the house.
The shipment from Port Kelang was OK and arrived at Manchester as schedule in January. The inefficiency and bad attitude of the local agent caused the almost 2 months delay in delivery to Aberdeen.
One box was delivered to Elizabeth a month ago. The other box was missing. After much haggling and complaining, the box was found and took another three weeks to deliver.
It almost caused Elizabeth high blood pressure. But more important, the two boxes of "homely love" was delivered to her thousands kilometers away after a six month epic journey.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Last Saturday, I took Timmy, the shorter fellow for a spin, he seemed to enjoyed the ride with eyes looking curiously at the passing scenery.
Then it was Bobby's turn. The moment I started to move, he panic and jumped out of the basket. My wife was watching. To our horror, he cried in pain. He broke his front left leg!
We sent him to a vet and X-ray confirmed it was broken. It was plastered and needed six weeks to recovered.
Unnecessary pain. I regretted myself for taking such a stupid move, and thousand apologies to Bobby.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
No one can say "sue the Sultan".
Member of Parliament Karpal Singh was charged with sedition in Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court this morning in relation to his threat to sue the Perak Sultan over the political crisis in the state.
The man-made laws has eroded the greatness of the names, the people who proclaimed themselves the protectors of the names has tarnished the purity of the names.
They have private-owned these great names. The names are "Allah" & " Sultan".
In Parliament, Member of Parliament Gobin Singh, son of Karpal Singh calling Deputy Prime Minister Najib a "murderer", was suspended from Parliament for one year without salary, allowances and perks.
While all these are going on, the snatch thieves and robbers going on their business as usual too. An Australia tourist who arrived at Taiping 3 hours earlier, was injured when 2 thieves snatched his bags containing cash and his and wife's passports while walking to take his lunch.
非回教徒不能说或写 “阿拉Allah"这个字眼。天主教前锋报被发出禁止令。不过在较後时，内政部长发出一个取消指令，这个字眼可以用，但在刊物的头版，必须印上“基督教徒而已”。但这个取消指令，在较後的较後时，又别另一通取消指令取消了，理由是“。。喔 喔。。我们弄错了。。”
昨天在国会，卡巴星的儿子，国会议员哥宾星，因指副首相纳吉是一位“杀人凶手”，而被禁足国会12 个月，不能享有薪金 、津贴和福利。
Monday, March 16, 2009
现在进入修院的修生，都必须有社会及工作经验，所以，大部分年轻神父，对世俗的生活，社会及人性，都有一定程度的了解和体验。七年的培训及陶成，他们的知识及神修，都足够应付他们的牧灵需要。当然在一些事情 、课题 、教友、教会及社会问题上，需要一段时间，吸取经验，增广视野，累积成智慧，以后的司铎生涯就会很愉快胜任了。
同样的，年轻人既然选择了修道生活，成为一位司铎，就要牺牲世俗的物质，过一个耶稣基督的福音使徒生活。他们的生活是个奉献 、简朴 、谦逊 、刻苦耐劳 、服务的生活，他们也要活出一个神父的形象和生活。这可能会误为保守，但世俗和修道生活，就如神父和家父，确是有很大的分别。
但作为一位神父，假如有一位教友愿意赠送一辆 Toyota Camry 给你，你应该知道你的答案是什么。不止汽车，就算是一部昂贵的手机如“蓝莓”或 I-phone，你应该以一位耶稣的司祭立场，作为考量。
对我的孩子，我希望他们不会怀才自傲，要谦虚，虚心向学，对人有礼及恭敬。同样的我也是希望看到年轻的神父有这样的德行。假如缺乏上述，他的生活将会过得不快乐，脾气暴躁，更糟糕的心高气傲，引来了对抗，生活就变得紧张。所谓涵于内 、形于外，你看到的这位司铎，是心浮气躁，缺乏那种修道人的平和 、可亲及内心平安仪态了。
孟子说的：“.....天将降大任于斯人也，必先苦其心志，劳其筋骨，饿其体肤，空乏其身，行拂乱其所为，所以动心忍性，曾益其所不能 。............... 生于忧患，而死于安乐。”，加上孔子说的：“ 饱暖思欲”，不必耶稣告诉我们，都应该知道这些千古圣贤的智慧良言，引以为鉴。
今天，通讯科技的发达，手机 、电脑可以使到与朋友 、亲人的联系，容易方便。不要离群 、不要孤独，生活就会快乐，信德也更坚强。
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Today is the 3rd Sunday of Lent. During the Mass this morning which was celebrated by Fr. Lawrence Ng, CDD, the RCIA candidates (now called the Elects) went through the first of a series of three scrutinies during this final period of purification and enlightenment. It is an intense preparation before they are accepted into the Catholic Church through Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist on Easter.
It is a time for the preacher (priest) to lead not only the candidates but also the whole gathered assembly into an ever deeper understanding of the mystery of Christ through the gospel message and to stimlate them to an inner conversion of heart.
Today's scrutiny consisted of exorcism, handing over of the Creed and praying for the candidates.
The handing over of the Creed signifies that official handing-on of the faith that is received from Christ through the apostles in the beginning. Creeds in themselves are summaries of the Catholic faith (12 articles).
- 1. I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
- 2. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
- 3. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
- 4. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
- 5. He descended into death. On the third day he rose again.
- 6. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
- 7. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
- 8. I believe in the Holy Spirit,
- 9. the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints,
- 10. the forgiveness of sins,
- 11. the resurrection of the body,
- 12. and the life everlasting.
今天是四旬期的第三个主日。成人慕道者（现称为侯洗者）进入了一个最后的净化及光照时期，以准备在复活节时，藉着入门圣事 - 圣洗 、坚振及圣体圣事，成为天主的孩子，进入天主教会团体。在今天的弥撒中，侯洗者完成了三个考核礼中的第一个考核。
Friday, March 13, 2009
People are more interested to know how is this fund to be distributed and implemented. Does this has immediate benefit to the ordinary citizens who are jobless or facing retrenchment? or only a selected "cronies" big corporations or sectors and projects only. It looks like government is giving out big contracts soon, you know to who-lah ! Transparent and accountability are the key words to determine the success or failure of the package.
The distribution of the 60 billions:
1) 2 billions to increase employment and reduce unemployment:
- 63,000 new government servants be added to the already bulging numbers of government servants
- training for retrenched workers including unemployable graduates
2) 10 billions to ease the burden of the people:
- 476 millions for food subsidies
- 480 millions to tolls concessionaires to ensure their profit and not to increase toll rate
- Almost 4 billions for infrastructure projects ( contracts...lah）
3) 19 billions to build new projects for future
- 10 billions goes to Khazana Nasional, government investment arm ( how much you know about this corporation?)
- more big projects and contracts....
4) 29 billions to private sector:
- 2 billions to build new LCCT terminal
- 5 billions to promote productivity and green technology
- 5 billions on government guarantee loan scheme
- RM 5000 discount for 10 years old car trade in
- others （tax relief and incentives)
To the ordinary people on the street who are struggling to meet end needs, life goes on... the threat of loosing job, pay cut.....less bread on the table..... skyrocketing prices.....
Most probably these people can feel happy that they can trade in their 10 years old cars (which they needed for transport and work) for a brand new Proton to enjoy RM 5000.00 rebate under the stimulus package. In this way, government is encouraging these already burdened people to dig their own graves for early demise!
As a small & medium businessman myself, I hardly can see any immediate benefit to my business at all. One of my fellow businessmen called me this morning talking about retrenching workers and pay cut. His business is well established but the financial crisis spares no one. No sign of improvement of export markets and Foreign Direct Investment.
Perhaps me and my friend may be able to receive some benefit on the 19 billions for private sector under the new ruling "Company’s current year losses be allowed to be carried back to the immediate preceding year." I hoped our businesses can last that long to enjoy this "benefit"!
The battle for the share of fund has started, vultures are circling .......
人民大致上更关心如何成功的去执行及分配这个配套的基金。对于那些已失业或面对裁员的普罗大众，会有帮助吗？或者只有某些“朋党”的公司 、利益集团 、行业或工程受益而已？看来在这配套下，政府会发出很多大工程和合约给某些受益者。。。你该知道是那些吧！其实，透明度及有效的管理，才能够保证这个配套的成功。
Thursday, March 12, 2009
4. 生活要过得有精力 、活力和热情
35. 好 、坏的局面，都将会变动
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
1. Drink plenty of water
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a price, dinner like a beggar
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants
4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy
5. Make time for prayer
6. Play more games
7. Read more books than you did in 2008
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day
9. Sleep for 7 hours
10.Take a 10-30 minutes walk every day --- and while you walk, smile
11. Don't compare life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about
12. Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the present positive moment
13. Don't over do; keep you limits
14. Don't take yourself so seriously; no one else does
15. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip
16. Dream more while you are awake
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need
18. Forget issues of the past, Don't remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others
20. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil your present
21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you
22. Realise that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last for a life time.
23. Smile and laugh more
24. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree
25. Call your family often
26. Each day give something good to others
27. Forgive everyone for everything
28. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6
29. try to make at least three people smile each day
30. What other think of you is none of your business
31. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your family and friends will. Stay in touch
32. Do the right things
33. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful
34. God heals everything
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change
36. No matter how you feel, get up , dress up and show up
37. The best is yet to come
38. When you awake alive in the morning, thank God for it
39. Your inner most is always happy. So, be happy
Last but not least:
40. Do forward this to everyone you care about
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
To many first time visiting members, it was a wonderful experience. The tour itinerary was well-thought, the accommodation was comfortable, the food was fantastic.
We regretted the unhappy bus incidence where Ah Kheng sustained back injury. Taking consolation that she is recovering slowly albeit a little tightness and numbness in her hands. Doctor said may take up to three months for a full recovery.
I have been to KK many times on different occasions and with different people. It was a new experience to be with a group of mostly non-Catholics and senior people (majority 65 and above), but I enjoyed the fellowship and the journey too.
I did not contact or inform any of my friends in KK of my visit due to the tight schedule. My apology to Agnes, Raymond and also Peter Kuan whom have tried to contact me.
We left KK in the evening with the beautiful sunset at the far horizon. Not to my suprise, Air Asia flight was delayed 35 minutes.
(Video on Youtube 2:50)
It is Praying Catholic Vs Thinking Catholic !
Vatican defends excommunication for 'raped' nine-year-old girl's abortion.(From The Age, Australia)
- March 8, 2009
A senior Vatican cleric has defended the excommunication of the mother and doctors of a nine-year-old girl who had an abortion in Brazil after allegedly being raped by her stepfather.
Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, head of the Catholic church's Congregation for Bishops, told the daily La Stampa on Saturday that the twins the girl had been carrying had a right to live.
"It is a sad case but the real problem is that the twins conceived were two innocent persons, who had the right to live and could not be eliminated," he said.
Re, who also heads the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, added: "Life must always be protected, the attack on the Brazilian church is unjustified."
The row was triggered by the termination on Wednesday of twin fetuses carried by a nine-year-old allegedly raped by her stepfather in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco.
The regional archbishop, Jose Cardoso Sobrinho, pronounced excommunication for the mother for authorising the operation and doctors who carried it out for fear that the slim girl would not survive carrying the fetuses to term.
"God's law is above any human law. So when a human law ... is contrary to God's law, this human law has no value," Cardoso had said.
He also said the accused stepfather would not be expelled from the church. Although the man allegedly committed "a heinous crime ... the abortion - the elimination of an innocent life - was more serious".
Battista Re agreed, saying: "Excommunication for those who carried out the abortion is just" as a pregnancy termination always meant ending an innocent life.
The case has sparked fierce debate in Brazil, where abortion is illegal except in cases of rape or if the woman's health is in danger.
On Friday, President Luiz Ignacio Lula da Silva hit out at Sobrinho's decision, saying: "As a Christian and a Catholic, I deeply regret that a bishop of the Catholic church has such a conservative attitude."
"The doctors did what had to be done: save the life of a girl of nine years old," he said, adding that "in this case, the medical profession was more right than the church."
One of the doctors involved in the abortion, Rivaldo Albuquerque, told Globo television that he would keep going to mass, regardless of the archbishop's order.
"The people want a church full of forgiveness, love and mercy," he said.
Health Minister Jose Gomes Temporao also slammed the archbishop.
"Two things strike me: the assault on the girl and the position of this bishop, which is truly lamentable," he said.
The girl, who was not identified because she is a minor, was last week found to be four months' pregnant after being taken to hospital suffering stomach pains.
Officials said she told them she had suffered sexual abuse by her stepfather since the age of six.
Police said the 23-year-old stepfather also allegedly sexually abused the girl's physically handicapped 14-year-old sister.
He was arrested a week ago and is being kept in protective custody. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison.
The website of the news group Globo reported that another girl, aged 11, had been found to be seven months pregnant following alleged sexual abuse at the hands of her adoptive father.
The girl has said she does not intend to seek an abortion, according to reports.
Monday, March 9, 2009
We were moving up to the mountain, the high point of our KK adventure.
On the third day, we had the opportunity to taste the best beef and fish ball noodles in town before leaving for Mt. Kinabalu Zen Resort.
The resort we were staying has a good view of Mt. Kinabalu. But due to cloudy weather, we were not able to see the full view of the mountain top.
The visit to Poring Hot Spring was the most fantastic part of the trip. Many of us, including an eighty years old member, climb up the trail to reach the canopy walk. It was a fantastic experience.
(Video to Mt KK and Poring Hot Spring on Youtube 3:30)
去保林温泉是最刺激的活动。许多团友，包括一位八十高龄的团友，不辞辛苦，走上山道，抵达离开地面三十多米的索桥。这是一个非常珍贵的体验。 (神山录影Youtube 3:30)