Nov 19

A Treasure from our Communicantes Library

Communicantes is going to move from Nijmegen to Tilburg. Yesterday, we have been packing up books at our Nijmegen office. On the shelves, we found several articles by the Dominican Father Professor Magister G.P. Kreling (1888-1973). Communicantes’ founder, Father Jan Bakker s.s.s. (1914-1982), was a student and great admirer of the famous Kreling, who in turn was a great admirer and advocate of Saint Thomas Aquinas. 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.

Mar 29

Happy Easter

Beata Pascha — collegium moderatorum Fundationis “Communicantes” / Buona Pasqua — il consiglio amministrativo della Fondazione Communicantes / Frohe Ostern — der Vorstand der Stiftung Communicantes / Happy Easter — the board of the Foundation Communicantes / Joyeuses Pâques — le conseil d’administration de la Fondation Communicantes / Zalig Pasen — namens het bestuur van de Stichting Communicantes / Христос Воскрес! Воίстину Воскрес! — вίд ίменί адмίнίстрацίϊ “Комунίкантес” / Христос воскресе воистину воскресе — от имени администрации “Комуникантес” ——————————————————————————————————
Communicantes – constructief en wederzijds / konstruktive und wechselseitige Verständigung / constructive collaboration and mutual understanding – Rom. / Röm. 12,13
Jan 10

‘Religionless culture’ in Poland

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Benno Jacob, Katharina Staritz and Edith Stein, what is the legacy of these four theologians for us? This was a central question during a discussion at the Edith Stein House in Wroclaw. About twenty participants discussed on 13 December 2012 about how the Lutheran Bonhoeffer, the Jew Jacob, the evangelical Staritz and Catholic Stein looked at culture. How did these thinkers, who were all born in Wroclaw (Breslau), view the relationship between culture, society, civilization and religion? Continue reading

Jan 10

‘Religieloze cultuur’ in Polen

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Benno Jacob, Katharina Staritz en Edith Stein, wat is de boodschap van deze vier theologen voor de 21ste eeuw? Deze vraag stond centraal tijdens een gespreksavond in het Edith Stein Huis in Wroclaw. Ongeveer twintig deelnemers bespraken op 13 december 2012 de cultuurvisie van de lutheraan Bonhoeffer, de jood Jacob, de evangelische Staritz en de katholiek Stein. Hoe zagen deze in Wroclaw geboren denkers de relatie tussen cultuur, maatschappij, beschaving en religie? Continue reading

Dec 21

Christmas Newsletter

The board of the foundation Communicantes wishes you a merry Christmas and a blessed New Year. Leave the bad news for what it is. Let the good message be heard, because, if heaven is out of view, our earthly wishes, regrets, art and work lose their meaning. Please, read the Communicantes Christmas Newsletter to know a bit more about our activities in 2012 and outlook on 2013:
Communicantes Newsletter 2012/2 Christmas (English)
Communicantes Nieuwsbrief 2012/2 Kerstmis (Dutch)

Dec 13

Travel to Lithuania and Latvia — from 24 November to 8 December

On Saturday 8 December, my travel to Lithuania and Latvia came to an end, when the WizzAir Airbus A320 safely touched down on the tarmac of Eindhoven Airport (EIN). It was an interesting and inspiring trip, which started two weeks earlier on the same airport. I had some thirty meetings, in Vilnius, Kaunas and Panevezys (Lithuania), in Ludza, Jekabpils and Riga (Latvia). Once again, I say a great “thank you” to everybody whom I have met, for sharing your time and thoughts. As an inspirational endnote, I have added a picture of the original coat of arms of bishop Jonas Kauneckas of Panevėžys. The bishop himself is holding it. Because it was considered to be too different from the usual coats of arms, it was not used officially. However, to my opinion it was well designed. The motto is a challenge to all people of good faith, “Žiūrėti Jo žvilgsniu”: To see with His eyes. For a short first impression of my trip, see Facebook.

Nov 04

Conference “Women in the Roman Catholic Church of Eastern Europe”

Opposition against notions such as “feminism”, “gender” or “political correctness”, either shallow or profound, cannot be an excuse for inaction, when sensitive issues like trafficking of women, inequality, typecasting, discrimination of women, prostitution or domestic violence are being discussed. Similarly, moral indignation or feelings of moral superiority can never justify passiveness, when sins are committed against women. These were the key findings of our Communicantes conference last 3 November 2012. At castle Hernen, an audience of about twenty listened to three guests from Eastern Europe: Caritas Lithuania’s Kristina Mišinienė, Romanian journalist Márta Bodó and Sister Rebeka Anić from Croatia. Read the introduction to the conference by Communicantes President Professor Nico Schreurs and the lecture of Sister Rebeka Anic. For the work of Kristina Mišinienė, see www.anti-trafficking.lt (with pages in English language as well). Read also the announcement of the conference and some background information at http://communicantes.nl/?p=5066 (in Dutch).

Sep 07

Off Their Rockers

Since the turn of the century, the topics of women’s emancipation and feminism have more or less disappeared from public discourse, in church circles as well. At least, this is what happened in the Netherlands. Feminism and women’s emancipation fell victim, so to say, to their own success. In Eastern Europe, however, things are more complex, as was clearly shown at the biennial regional conference of the European Society of Woman in Theological Research that took place in Split, Croatia, from 2 to 5 September 2012.* There, it became apparent that women’s issues have not been given any priority whatsoever within the Orthodox, Protestant or Roman Catholic Churches. And what is more, they are considered with great suspicion or the study thereof is merely tolerated. Continue reading

Sep 01

“De vrouw in de katholieke kerk van Oost-Europa”

De kerk vervrouwelijkt. Al jaren is er een proces gaande van “feminisering”, waardoor steeds meer vrouwen en steeds minder mannen in de kerk actief zijn. Het verschijnsel treedt op zowel in West- als in Oost-Europa, ook in de katholieke Kerk. Deze ontwikkeling heeft bijvoorbeeld tot gevolg gehad dat het contrast tussen wat er in en wat er buiten de kerk gebeurt gaandeweg groter werd. Buiten de kerk kregen vrouwen een steeds belangrijkere en actievere maatschappelijke rol toebedeeld, terwijl daarbinnen dit proces kritisch werd en wordt bezien. Continue reading