Pot calls kettle black in education row

I don't know if it's really a good idea to add national education to our children's heavy workload. As a parent, I think it will be a waste of time. But calling it brainwashing seems like an exaggeration. Any material that publishers come up with will be accused of bias.

Saturday, 28 July, 2012, 12:00am

Added voice suits Cardinal Tong

The role of a cardinal in the Catholic Church is to advise the pope and elect his successor. John Tong Hon, the head of the church in Hong Kong, would seem to have expanded the job definition, using his elevation to the position, to advise our government on where he thinks it is going wrong.

21 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Tong wastes no time as new cardinal

Bishop John Tong Hon was anointed a cardinal by Pope Benedict in the Vatican yesterday. He became the church's seventh Chinese cardinal and Hong Kong's third after the late John Baptist Wu Cheng-chung and Joseph Zen Ze-kiun.

The 72-year-old wasted no time in expressing some of the Catholic Church's views on what should be happening in Hong Kong.

19 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Democracy? Not in my schoolyard!

The Catholic Church, under the former leadership of the intransigent Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, has been badly misled. It tried to sue the government to resist introducing much-needed reform in aided schools and is now getting its just deserts. Not only did it lose its marathon case in the highest court last October, the same court has now ordered it to pay all costs.

9 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Bishop Tong joins Zen as HK cardinal

Hong Kong's Bishop John Tong Hon has been named one of 22 new cardinals by Pope Benedict, highlighting the significance of the city in the Vatican's push to extend its influence in China.

7 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Those who speak openly about national issues are patriots, not traitors

I refer to the article by Philip Fang ('Brat in the family', November 9).

18 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

No strings attached? Pull the other one

The revelation of media mogul Jimmy Lai Chee-ying's secret contributions to local democrats has shocked the city. The most troublesome appear to be the gifts to Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun (HK$20 million) and Anson Chan Fang On-sang (HK$1.3 million).

28 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Northern chill

The region - and the wider world - is still watching Hong Kong. That is a fact sometimes obscured behind the insular nature of Hong Kong politics - an arena, of course, that is an island in all senses of the word.

25 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Hunger strike over, fire in his belly

Catholic Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze- kiun marked the end of his three-day hunger strike yesterday by praying with supporters outside the Salesian Community House in Chai Wan.

He also held a press conference to issue another condemnation of a Court of Final Appeal ruling that weakened the Catholic diocese's control over schools it operates.

23 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Hunger-striking Zen is going strong

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun was given a clean bill of health on the second day of his three-day hunger strike yesterday. He also received a visit from Next Media chairman Jimmy Lai Chee-ying.

22 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Cardinal Zen takes fast in his stride

Despite the twin pressures of fasting and coming under the media spotlight, Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun continued to bear up well as he camped in protest outside the Salesian Community House in Chai Wan yesterday.

21 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Lai's donations are sign of freedom

There is a nasty whiff of propaganda over some of the more breathless coverage of the charitable largesse of media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying. That an avowed democrat and Catholic billionaire has shelled out some HK$60 million over the past five years or so to a range of pan-democrat parties and Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun is certainly interesting. But it is not quite a scandal.

20 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Get on with reform in church schools

After five years of wrangling, the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong has finally lost in the battle against the school management reform pushed by the government. The Court of Final Appeal ruled against the church, saying the reform has not violated any constitutional rights it enjoys. The row has been dragging on for too long.

20 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Zen stages protest over school ruling

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun has embarked on a three-day hunger strike in protest against last week's Court of Final Appeal ruling that ends the Catholic Diocese's full control over its schools.

20 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Zen: millions spent on good causes Zen spent Lai cash on good causes

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun has told of his surprise at getting HK$3 million from tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying that later grew into a string of donations totalling HK$20 million, some of which was used to fund the underground church on the mainland.

20 Oct 2011 - 12:00am