The Most Rev. Francis Xavier Ahn Myong-ok, President of the Bioethics Committee, a subcommittee of the Committee for the Doctrine of the Faith of the CBCK, issued a Message for the 12th Day for Life on May 28, 2006.
The Most Rev. Ahn underlined that "It is worthy of close attention that there is reemergence of the ethical reflection on the matters which have effects on the issue of life. This can be ascertained by the fact that nowadays there are more reflection and discussion about the ethical matters than before, including the basic controversy about the human life." And he said that "The infringement on life, which takes place in our society, stems mostly from the fetishism and nationalism. We are at a loss when we have to see that Korea has been ridiculed in that the government came forward to financially support the embryonic stem cell research which destroyed the human life for the alleged future economic profits."
Lastly, he expressed his hope that the intention of the late Pope John Paul II, who instituted the Day for Life with his Encyclical Letter Evangelium Vitae (1995), could initiate the construction of the 'culture of life' in our society which sinks in a bog of the 'culture of death' at the moment."
A Seminar "For the Order of Peace"
The Committee for Justice & Peace of the CBCK held a seminar with the theme of "For the Order of Peace", which reflected the contents of "In Truth, Peace", a Message of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for the 39th World Day of Peace (Jan 1, 2006), at the Catholic Center in Myeongdong on May 20, 2006.
In his opening note, the Rev. John Lee Gi-woo, Secretary of the Committee for Justice & Peace of the CBCK, said that "In Korea, the only divided country in the world, it is the most important common good to build a peace for the civilization of love dismantling the remaining cold-war structure."
The participants talked over problems of terrorism and nuclear warhead arsenal bolstered up by nihilism and religious fundamentalism, and also over the threat to the peace of world and polarizing economic disparity resulted from neo-liberalistic globalization.
The Diocese of Suwon Introduced the System of Vicariates Forane
On May 22, 2006, the Most Rev. Paul Choi Deok-ki, Bishop of Suwon, announced that his diocese introduced the system of six vicariates forane.
And six priests appointed as vicars forane, who represent the bishop and promote common pastoral activity in the Vicariate, will have rights to summon and preside over the priest council and pastoral council of the vicariates forane, among others.
The Rev. James Cho Won-gyu, Executive Secretary of the Task Force Committee for the Introduction of the System of Vicariates Forane, said that "The purpose of the introduction of this system is to promote communion, unity and identification of priests, and furthermore the evangelization of the local community."