Jakarta Cardinal says choose president with clear programs
In a departure from its usual practice of detachment from the election process, the Catholic Bishop's Conference of Indonesia (KWI) has presented guidelines to the country's Catholic community on how to choose presidential candidates.
In a pastoral letter issued regarding the forthcoming 5 July presidential elections, KWI called on Catholics to choose candidates with clear programs for the nation.
KWI Chairman Cardinal Julius Darmaatmadja SJ (pictured) said voters should choose presidential candidates with strong commitments to fighting poverty and creating jobs.
"We have to choose leaders who commit themselves to reducing the number of poor people, curbing public deception through good education and reducing the number of jobless people by creating employment opportunities," the cardinal told journalists last week while issuing an in appeal in his pastoral letter, "Your Choice is Very Decisive".
Indonesia's seven million Catholics have also been told by the KWI to vote for candidates determined to fight environmental destruction with courage to battle corruption and punish proponents of such dishonest.
The KWI also said the presidential election should ensure democratization and not a return to state of tyranny. It was referring to a revival of former President Soeharto's authoritarian regime and the majority of seats the Golkar Party gained in the 5 April General Elections.
Choose president with clear programs, says cardinal (AsiaNews.it 11/5/04)
Indonesian bishops offer voting criteria (Catholic World News 11/5/04)
Julius Riyadi Cardinal Darmaatmadja, S.J. (catholic-hierarchy.org)
Cebu Archdiocese Active In Monitoring Election; Church Involved Around Country (Union of Catholic Asian News 11/5/04)
Do not vote for divisive politicians (The Universe)
Arroyo on course for victory in Philippines (The Independent 11/4/04)
EAST TIMOR JUDGE INCRIMINATES WIRANTO, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE (Missionary Service News Agency 10/5/04)
Church in Philippines warns about possible election fraud (AsiaNews.it 8/5/04)
Arroyo tipped to win showbiz poll (The Australian 10/5/04)
Editorial: Troubled poll in an embattled Philippines (The Age 10/5/04)
12 May 2004