During made this period the Diplomatic Society has made significant advances in its goals
towards global recognition of the Society.
These include joining the NGO CICC Committee for an International
Court of Criminal Justice http://www.icc-cpi.int/ and the NGO committee for the
R2P Responsibility To Protect http://www.responsibiltytoprotect.org initative.
Also during this period
The Society has added represenatives with websites at the Hague,
Brussels,Washington, DC, Latin America, Africa as well as existing representatives in the United Nations communities in New York, Geneva and Bangkok.
Anton Lutter , DSSG representative to the Netherlands attended
meetings with the German and Dutch Foreign Ministers and the Chairman of the Interamerican Drug Abuse Organization.
Ambassador Jesus Domingo attended the meeting of the Royal Brotherhood of St Michael of the Wing est. 1140 A.D.
attended by H.R.H. Duke of Braganza in Portugal
Latin American Envoy LaMatine Hollanda meeting with President of Brazil Silva Bishop Anthony Francis Sharma, S.J.Vicar Apostolic of NepalTitular Bishop of Gigthi has joined the Society,
The MI International Assembly was held in Rome at the Seraphicum, the International Theologate of the Conventual Franciscans. Members of the MI from all over the world attended the meeting which was held Oct 11 – …15, 2010. elected our Spritual director as Vice President – Fr. Patrick Greenough (USA)
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Ambassador G. Phillip Hughes
Maria Gloria Camus
Special Envoy to UN/NY Volodymr Pekarchuck
Vice Consul Aldo A. Aguirre
Ambassador Juan Bracete
Ambassador William Weiss
Consul Lamartine Hollanda, Special Envoy
Consul General Jesus Domingo
STATEMENT OF DIPLOMATIC SOCIETY OF ST. GABRIEL
The cases of pedophilia in the Church are, for all Catholics, a source of profound grief and great sorrow.
We, as Catholics, bear the burden of the crimes of certain priests and failures of their superiors.
The most important thing is to recognise and take to heart the profound damage done to children who have been abused. Putting the safeguarding of children and all vulnerable people at the centre of the Church’s efforts is essential. We welcome the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI’s wish to shed light on these cases.
At the same time, we regret the way media accompany these cases. Beyond the legitimate and democratic right to information, we can only note with sadness, as Christians but also as citizens, that many media treat these cases with bias, ignorance, or delight. Shortcuts in generalizations, the portrait of the Church which is currently done in the press does not match the experiences of Catholic Christians.
The Diplomatic Society of St. Gabriel hereby declares that it stands with the Vicar of Christ and head of the Church in prayer for the victims of sexual abuse, for the entire Church and for the world.
We pray for our beloved Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, that God may continue to grant him an abundance of spiritual wisdom and strength to guide the Barque of Peter through the difficult waters of our times.
We vigorously endorse the statement of Msgr. Angelo Cardinal Sodano, Dean of the College of Cardinals, at the recent Easter celebration in Vatican. Indeed, “the People of God are with you. They do not let themselves be frightened by the ‘gossip’ of the moment, by the trials that sometimes befall the community of believers”.
We, members of the Diplomatic Society of St. Gabriel, are with you, Your Holiness.