Feb 12

Publieksdag: De kerken en de oorlog in Oekraïne. Wat dragen kerken bij tot vrede en verzoening?

Eind 2013 begonnen in Kiev anti-regeringsdemonstraties, waar ook gelovigen en kerkleiders aan deelnamen. Het aanvankelijk vreedzaam protest groeide in korte tijd tot open oorlog uit. Tijdens deze publieksdag op Paaszaterdag 4 april 2015, een jaar na de Russische bezetting van de Krim, onderzoeken sprekers uit Oekraïne en Nederland wat de rol van de kerken kan zijn bij het streven naar vrede en verzoening. Enkele vragen. Hoe kunnen kerken in Oekraïne bijdragen tot een vrede die steeds meer uit zicht is geraakt? Welk verzoeningspotentieel hebben zij in huis om de gevolgen van dit conflict te verlichten, nu en in de toekomst? Waar liggen kansen? Waar de valkuilen? Zijn kerken deel van het probleem? Is hier, zoals sommigen beweren, sprake van een botsing van culturen en religies?
Deze dag is bedoeld voor  iedereen die geïnteresseerd is in Oekraïne, het conflict Rusland-Europa, oecumene, de relatie religie-oorlog-vrede en de publieke rol van kerk en geloof.
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Dec 18

Documents of the Vatican II Council in Ukrainian

Recently, the Documents of the Vatican II Council have been published in Ukrainian translation. All the documents have been translated from Latin into Ukrainian, while competent Ukrainian authors wrote in-depth commentaries. It was in fact our former collaborator Paul Wennekes, who pushed Myroslav Marynovych, vice-rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University and director of the Institute for Church and Society, to place this heavy burden on his shoulder. Finally, all the work that went into it payed off. Myroslav did an excellent job. Many congratulations! Communicantes provided funding to start the project.

Oct 14

Peace in Ukraine?

Frans Hoppenbrouwers of Communicantes visited Western Ukraine, where he didn’t see any fascists in black shirts practicing their goose step. In fact, everything was peaceful and quiet. Even the monument of the Soviet victory over fascism, which is located along an important traffic artery of the metropolis Lviv and which is just a few steps away from the Military Academy was in great shape. (See boots with wreath.) It was great to see that all this (pro-)Russian propaganda about Ukrainian fascist is by and large nonsense. Of course, people are not exactly happy with the Russian leadership and its evil doings.I am now preparing an article about my talks with victims of violence, peacemakers and a military chaplain about making peace. At Facebook you will find some pictures from Lviv and people.
Apr 10

Christian Identity: from Word to Action

On 15 March 2014 in the European Capital of Culture, Frans Hoppenbrouwers of Communicantes (picture on the left) spoke at the ecumenical conference “Word, Prayer, Life: Christian Ideals for Today’s World”. In his presentation “Christian Identity: from Word to Action”, Hoppenbrouwers discussed contemplation and action as necessary complements to the Christian experience. Consequently, he argued, for example, in favour of a Christian commitment to the ideal of a united Europe. Read his lecture here.

Dec 31

Happy New Year | Communicantes is Moving to a New Address

Dear Friend of Communicantes,
Thinking about moving from one place to another and about how to send our friends and partners a meaningful change of address, I remembered a recent news article. It mentioned the Italian Roman Catholic priest, angelologist and demonologist Renzo Lavatori, who claims that angels are ‘shards of light’ rather than winged entities with human features. Continue reading

Oct 28

Innovation and Tradition

Saturday 26 October 2013, Frans Hoppenbrouwers and board member Joop Wortelboer of Communicantes visited the conference “Innovation and Tradition” celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Dutch Centre for the Social Teaching of the Church CSLK. It was worthwhile to travel all the way to Vogelenzang (Bird’s song). Continue reading

Oct 28

Echoes-Network

“Is there a place for me in the Church?” is an international project of the Echoes-Network, which is now in the course of preparation. This morning, Echoes-Network coordinator Ph.D. student Mario Vukoja and Frans Hoppenbrouwers of Communicantes met at a very stormy Tilburg Central Station (Netherlands), where we discussed our respective dialogue projects. Continue reading

Sep 04

Non-Religiosity and Anti-Religiosity in Western European Countries

Research by social scientists of the Dutch Erasmus University in the review Politics and Religion reveals that the so-called ‘rationalisation theory’ (higher education leads to unbelief) is not a good explanation for (militant) atheism. In secular countries like the Netherlands non-believers or atheists are rather to be found among the lower educated, while higher educated Dutch are more likely to look sympathetic or more tolerant at religion. However, in countries with a clear-cut religious culture, like Portugal or Italy, a higher education leads to more opposition to religion. Continue reading

Sep 03

Christians in Responsibility for Europe

So, Frans Hoppenbrouwers of the foundation Communicantes recently visited the 17th Renovabis conference Free and Solidary. Christians in Responsibility for Europe in Freising, Germany (28/30 September 2013). It was an interesting gathering, meeting old acquaintances and making new friends… ‘Music to my ears’, as such he described the remarks of Renovabis’ general manager Father Stefan Dartmann SJ at the end of the conference. They underlined Communicantes’ plan to put dialogue between Christians in Europe at the heart of its activities. Continue reading

Jun 18

To promote dialogue

Last Sunday, Frans Hoppenbrouwers of the foundation Communicantes returned from Lviv (Ukraine), where he had been discussing our plan to promote discussion and dialogue among believers in Europe (East and West). Then tomorrow, Wednesday 19 June, he will be off to Cluj-Napoca in Romania, where he will stay for several days. Hungary is next on the list. Monday 24 June Hoppenbrouwers will be in Budapest, Thursday in Szeged and then he will return to the Netherlands. It will be interesting to know the opinion of our partners about our plans and to compare these very different countries with one and another. Then it is time for some well-deserved holiday time.

May 20

Difficult Reconciliation

Recently, Roman and Greek Catholic bishops have been discussing reconciliation between Poles and Ukrainians, but on 14 May 2013, less than a week after the reconciliation project was announced, it fell apart. Continue reading