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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 VATICAN 004605

SIPDIS

DEPT. FOR EUR/WE (MENNUTI), EUR/PD/PA, DRL/IRF
DEPT PLS PASS TO WCAR COLLECTIVE

FROM EMBASSY VATICAN/MESSAGE NO. 144/01

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PHUM SOCI SF PHUM SOCI SF VT VTPREL
SUBJECT: VATICAN VERBATIM

REF: VATICAN 4483

1. THE AUGUST 25 - 31 EDITION OF NEWS AND VIEWS FROM
VATICAN CITY.
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CONTENTS:

- VATICAN: UNBRIDLED GLOBALIZATION LEADS TO RACISM
- VATICAN'S WCAR DELEGATE SAYS ZIONISM NOT RACIST
- TOP VATICAN ECUMENIST LAMENTS BREAK UP OF WWII COMMISSION
- POPE NOMINATES 5 AMERICANS FOR WORLD BISHOPS MEETING
- THE FINAL EPISODE OF THE MILINGO SAGA?

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VATICAN DOCUMENT PRESENTS WCAR STRATEGY
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2. THE VATICAN HAS WARNED THAT GLOBALIZATION AND
TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES THREATEN TO CREATE NEW FORMS OF
RACISM AGAINST SOCIETY'S WEAKEST MEMBERS, INCLUDING
IMMIGRANTS, THE POOR AND THE UNBORN. THE COMMENTS CAME IN A
NEW EDITION OF "THE CHURCH AND RACISM," ISSUED BY THE
PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE. FIRST PUBLISHED IN
1988 AND REVISED AHEAD OF THE WCAR IN DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA,
THE DOCUMENT INCLUDES THE ORIGINAL TEXT PLUS A NEW 15-PAGE
INTRODUCTION. THE NEW TEXT SIGNALED THE VATICAN'S
DETERMINATION TO INCLUDE MIGRATION, POVERTY AND PRO-LIFE
ISSUES IN ITS GAME-PLAN AT THE DURBAN CONFERENCE. IT ALSO
CALLS FOR A MAJOR EDUCATION PROGRAM AGAINST RACISM AND
INTOLERANCE AND GIVES QUALIFIED SUPPORT FOR AFFIRMATIVE
ACTION PROGRAMS. THE VATICAN LINKS DISCRIMINATORY PRACTICES
TO ACCELERATING GLOBALIZATION WHICH HAS BROUGHT PROSPERITY
TO SOME BUT CREATED CULTURAL DISINTEGRATION FOR OTHERS.
ACCORDING TO THE VATICAN, THE RESULTING LACK OF IDENTITY
LEADS TO A REJECTION OR FEAR OF FOREIGNERS.

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3. THE VATICAN DOCUMENT INDIRECTLY TOUCHED ON FINANCIAL
COMPENSATION FOR DESCENDANTS OF SLAVES. IT SAID THAT FROM A
LEGAL POINT OF VIEW ALL PERSONS HAVE THE RIGHT TO EQUITABLE
REPARATION IF THEY HAVE PERSONALLY OR DIRECTLY SUFFERED
MATERIAL OR MORAL INJURY, AND THAT IDEALLY REPARATION SHOULD
ERASE ALL THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE INJUSTICE. WHEN THAT IS
NOT POSSIBLE, SOME FORM OF EQUIVALENT COMPENSATION SHOULD BE
MADE, BUT THE DOCUMENT ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THIS IS OFTEN
DIFFICULT TO CALCULATE. THE DOCUMENT SAID THE PRINCIPLE OF
REPARATION ALSO HAS IMPLICATIONS FOR RELATIONS BETWEEN
NATIONS, FOR EXAMPLE, "THE OBLIGATION OF GIVING SUBSTANTIAL
HELP TO DEVELOPING COUNTRIES."

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VATICAN WCAR DELEGATE: "NO ONE EQUATES ZIONISM WITH RACISM"
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4. THE VATICAN'S HEAD OF DELEGATION AT THE WCAR IN DURBAN,
SOUTH AFRICA, ARCHBISHOP DIARMUID MARTIN, SAID AUGUST 28
THAT NO ONE EQUATES ZIONISM WITH RACISM ANYMORE, IMPLYING
THE NOTION WAS AN ANACHRONISM. (NOTE: MARTIN IS THE
VATICAN'S PERMANENT OBSERVER TO THE U.N. AGENCIES IN GENEVA.
END NOTE). IN AN INTERVIEW WITH VATICAN NEWS AGENCY "FIDES,"
THE ARCHBISHOP SAID THE DURBAN CONFERENCE MAY TRY TO ADDRESS
THE QUESTION OF PALESTINIAN SUFFERING IN OTHER WAYS. THE
SECRETARY (NUMBER 2) AT THE PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR JUSTICE

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AND PEACE, BISHOP GIAMPAOLO CREPALDI SAID AUGUST 30 THAT
POLEMICAL EXCHANGES SURROUNDING THE U.N. CONFERENCE SHOULD
NOT DISTRACT ATTENTION FROM THE FUNDAMENTAL NEED FOR BETTER
EDUCATION ON DIVERSITY. (REFTEL)

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CARDINAL KASPER LAMENTS END OF CATHOLIC-JEWISH COMMISSION
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5. THE VATICAN'S TOP ECUMENICAL OFFICIAL, CARDINAL WALTER
KASPER, HAS LAMENTED THE BREAKUP OF A CATHOLIC-JEWISH
HISTORICAL COMMISSION STUDYING THE VATICAN'S PUBLISHED WORLD
WAR II DOCUMENTS AND BLAMED IT PARTLY OF JEWISH MEMBERS'
"LEAKS AND POLEMICAL WRITINGS." KASPER, PRESIDENT OF THE
VATICAN'S COMMISSION FOR RELIGIOUS RELATIONS WITH JUDAISM,
SAID HE WOULD WORK TO RE-LAUNCH THE JOINT RESEARCH "ON NEW
FOUNDATIONS." HE SAID SUCH HISTORICAL RESEARCH DEPENDED ON
"CORRECTNESS," RESPECT AND RECIPROCAL TRUST AMONG THE
PROJECT'S SCHOLARS. KASPER OPINED THAT THIS PRECONDITION HAD
BEEN COMPLETELY LOST BECAUSE OF THE "POLEMICS THAT AROSE
AFTER THE SUSPENSION OF THE RESEARCH WORK AND THE OFFENSIVE
SUSPICIONS THAT ACCOMPANIED THE SUSPENSION." THE CARDINAL
REAFFIRMED THE VATICAN'S POSITION THAT ITS ARCHIVES RELATING
TO THE WORLD WAR II PERIOD WOULD BE OPEN TO SCHOLARS WHEN
THEY HAD BEEN CATALOGUED AND CLASSIFIED. HE ALSO ADMITTED
THAT REQUESTS FOR ACCESS BY JEWISH SCHOLARS ON THE DEFUNCT
COMMISSION WERE "UNDERSTANDABLE AND LEGITIMATE," AND THAT
HISTORICAL INVESTIGATION WAS NECESSARY IN PROMOTING JEWISH-

NOTE: NOT PASSED TO ABOVE ADDRESSEE(S)

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FBIE-00 UTED-00 VC-00 TEDE-00 INR-00 IO-00 VCE-00
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FM AMEMBASSY VATICAN
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 0000
INFO EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS SECTION 02 OF 02 VATICAN 004605

SIPDIS

DEPT. FOR EUR/WE (MENNUTI), EUR/PD/PA, DRL/IRF
DEPT PLS PASS TO WCAR COLLECTIVE

FROM EMBASSY VATICAN/MESSAGE NO. 144/01

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PHUM SOCI SF PHUM SOCI SF VT VTPREL

SUBJECT: VATICAN VERBATIM

CHRISTIAN UNDERSTANDING.

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POPE NOMINATES 5 AMERICANS FOR WORLD BISHOPS MEETING
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6. POPE JOHN PAUL II HAS NOMINATED FIVE AMERICAN PRELATES
TO PARTICIPATE IN A SPECIAL MONTH-LONG VATICAN MEETING TO
EXAMINE THE ROLE OF BISHOPS. THEY ARE CARDINAL EDWARD EGAN
OF NEW YORK, CARDINAL EDMUND SZOKA, GOVERNOR OF VATICAN
CITY, ARCHBISHOP JUSTIN REGALI OF ST. LOUIS, UKRAINIAN RITE
ARCHBISHOP STEFAN SOROKA OF PHILADELPHIA, AND AUXILIARY
BISHOP ROBERT MAGINNIS OF PHILADELPHIA. THE PAPAL NOMINEES
WILL JOIN BISHOPS ELECTED DIRECTLY BY THEIR RESPECTIVE LOCAL
"CONFERENCES" TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MEETING. THE PAPAL
NOMINEES ARE PICKED FOR THEIR PARTICULAR THEOLOGICAL
EXPERTISE AND FOR THEIR PROVEN LOYALTY TO THE HOLY SEE. IN
ADDITION TO INTERNAL CHURCH MATTERS, THE BISHOPS MEETING
WILL ALSO ADDRESS POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC ISSUES SUCH AS
GLOBALIZATION, ECOLOGY, MIGRATION, LABOR RIGHTS AND THE
EXPLOITATION OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN. THE OUTCOME OF THESE
INTERNATIONAL MEETINGS OF BISHOPS HAS A MAJOR IMPACT ON THE
DEVELOPMENT OF VATICAN FOREIGN POLICY. (SEPTEL TO FOLLOW).

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"THE MILINGO SWAN SUNG" - A DRAMA COMES TO A CLOSE
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7. ZAMBIAN ARCHBISHOP EMMANUEL MILINGO HAS FINALLY MET
WITH THE KOREAN WOMEN HE ATTEMPTED TO MARRY AND HAS CALLED
THE WHOLE THING OFF. PAPAL SPOKESMAN JOAQUIN NAVARRO-VALLS
ACCOMPANIED MILINGO TO THE SECRET RENDEZVOUS SITE ON AUGUST
29 AND LATER RELEASED THE CONTENTS OF A LETTER THE
RECALCITRANT ARCHBISHOP HAD GIVEN TO MARIA SUNG EXPLAINING
THAT HIS COMMITMENT TO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND TO PRIESTLY
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CELIBACY DID NOT PERMIT HIM TO MARRY. APPARENTLY SUNG HAS
ACCEPTED MILINGO'S POSITION AND ENDED HER TWO-WEEK HUNGER
STRIKE. (COMMENT: WHILE MUCH OF THE MILINGO-SUNG STORY WAS
THE RESULT OF JOURNALISTIC FANTASY COMBINED WITH A SUMMER
DEARTH OF NEWS, THE VATICAN WAS APPARENTLY CONCERNED ABOUT A
POSSIBLE SCHISM CRISIS WITH MILINGO LEAVING THE FOLD TO
FOUND A CHURCH AIMED AT ATTRACTING ADHERENTS IN AFRICA, LED
BY BISHOPS AND PRIESTS VALIDITY ORDAINED BY MILINGO, AND
FUNDED BY THE REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON. THE VATICAN REGARDS
MOON AND HIS FOLLOWERS AS ANOTHER RELIGION TOTALLY DIVORCED
FROM CHRISTIANITY, AND NOT AS A SECT. A SENIOR OFFICIAL SAID
THE VATICAN HAS NO DESIRE TO ENTER INTO DIALOGUE WITH THE
GROUP "BECAUSE THERE ARE TOO MANY AMBIGUITIES." END
COMMENT). NICHOLSON

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