We are living in a new and unprecedented era, one in which the President of the United States knowingly, repeatedly lies before the nation and the world. Who would have thought we would come so low as a nation?
It is a dangerous and uncharted situation we find ourselves in, and we need to develop new strategies for survival. One I have seen discussed by the heads of major journalism organizations–and which is illustrated by this New York Times headline–is for the media now to concentrate not on the content of what Trump says but on its truthfulness, and to call a lie a lie and not use euphemisms for it.
Jim McLaughlin is a former Maryknoll Lay Missioner who helped set up diagnostic microbiology labs in Cambodia and then co-founded the Diagnostic Microbiology Development Program there. He serves as president of DPMD and returns to Cambodia several times a year to mentor, advise, and teach. He just returned to Phnom Penh with his friend Dr. Peter Gilligan who is the Director of Clinical Microbiology at the University of North Carolina in the United States. Peter will consult and review the DMPD operation and teach the Cambodian staff and technicians and students who are making this new field a reality in the kingdom. Here they are visiting the Deaf Development Programme.
Every year the fourth graders from the International School of Phnom Penh come to visit the Catholic church in the Boeung Tum Pun area of the city as part of their study of major religions. They hear what Christianity is about and get a chance to see the church and the sacristy (the room where all the vestments and supplies are kept), and then to examine up close the statues, stained glass windows, etc., in the body of the church. And then they ask questions. Fourth graders have a lot of questions!
Today we had the third and last of our Education Project graduations, this time at our main office in Phnom Penh. Actually this event centered more on the new incoming class of students who just started their education this week.
After twenty-five years in Cambodia, Sr. Luise Ahrens is preparing to return to a new mission in the United States. Tonight was the last Maryknoll Wednesday meeting Luise will have with us and several of her long-standing friends from the old days joined the Maryknollers for this final gathering.
If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.
Today we had a graduation ceremony for the students who finished our two-year non-formal education program in Kampot Province. Quite a few staff from the DDP office in Phnom Penh were there for the occasion.