Three inter-related events

Three inter-related events

By Fr. Rif’at Bader

The first event: Pope Francis issued a letter a few days ago in which he urged the bishops to spontaneously submit their resignations at the age of 75, which become effective when they are formally accepted by the Pope, according to the Canon Law. The motu proprio is titled, “Imparare a congedarsi,” or “Learning to take your leave.” Regardless of the Pope's intention, which is designed to teach the bishops the art of resigning and abandoning authority, we are pondering issues, particularly at the Lenten Season, and bid them farewell.

The second event is a book issued by Salve Noe whose preface was written by Pope Francis. The book is titled, “Vietato Lamentarsi” (Complaining not Allowed). Don’t you realize the importance of this term? We often spend time enjoying making complaints. If we view social media websites, we will notice how several people’s hobby is making complaints and criticism. Let us say: Isn’t enough making complaints? Isn’t it the time to abandon gossiping, slandering and disseminating deadly rumors? Isn’t the time for launching positive initiatives? Let this be so at once, and let our slogan be “No to complaining” and “No to bullying.”

As for the third event, I cannot proceed with my first article following the passing away of writer Fahd Al-Fanek without referring to him, hoping that his soul may rest in peace and thanking him for the services he made to the homeland through journalism and economic analysis. He has known how to "bid farewell" to life with its sweetness and bitterness after having made daily impressions in the press. Before the emergence of “social media’’, we used to scan the last page of Al Rai daily to read Fanek’s analysis and views. This really influenced me in various aspects, namely with regards to abridgement in the weekly or daily articles and avoiding unnecessary details. I was impressed by his writing ability and his interaction with public issues. I realized that he never called for religious or sectarian fanaticism which are both repugnant. His concern was to say "no to passive complaint" and “yes to taking the initiative.”

As he rarely wrote about religious affairs, I kept an article he wrote about Christian Arabs, as there have been simmering worries of emptying the Middle East of Christians. He wrote: "Christians in Jordan are an active component of society. They hold outstanding posts in several fields. Whoever comes to Jordan and enquires about top officials in banks, companies, political parties as well as professions like doctors, lawyers, engineers, journalists, and so forth, one thinks that Christians in Jordan constitute no less than 20 per cent, although their real percentage has become minimal.”

Fanek leaves the complications of the world at a time when he tried to find solutions to several of them. He passes away a time he loved his country and homeland. May his soul rest in peace.

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