“Karirisme Adalah Penyakit Kusta”: Komentar Paus Mengejutkan Duta Muhibah WHOuntuk Pemberantasan Kusta

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TOKYO, 13 Juni /Kyodo JBN-AsiaNet/ —

Duta Muhibah WHO untuk Pemberantasan Kusta yang juga Ketua Nippon
Foundation Yohei Sasakawa telah melayangkan surat kepada Paus Fransiskus,
dengan mengungkapkan keprihatinannya bahwa komentar Paus itu dalam pidatonya
baru-baru ini bahwa “Karirisme adalah penyakit kusta” akan memperkuat
diskriminasi terhadap penderita kusta dan keluarganya.

“Di Amerika Selatan khususnya, di mana terdapat banyak umat Katolik dan
masih ada cukup banyak penderita kusta, saya percaya apa yang Anda katakan akan
berdampak besar,” tulis Sasakawa pada 13 Juni.

Dalam suratnya, di mana ia juga mengakui dengan rasa syukur dukungan
berkelanjutan Vatikan untuk memberantas kusta dan diskriminasi terkait kusta,
ia meminta bertemu dengan sang Paus sehingga ia dapat memberitahu pemimpin umat
Katolik itu tentang perang melawan penyakit tersebut.

Dalam pidato pada 6 Juni di Akademi Gerejawi Kepausan, yang melatih para
calon diplomat Vatikan, Paus Fransiskus memperingatkan adanya ambisi pribadi
menjelang misa di Gereja, dengan mengatakan, “Karirisme adalah kusta, penyakit
kusta.” Teks lengkap pidatonya ada di situs web Vatikan.

Pada Januari 2012, Sasakawa menulis kepada produser dan distributor film
animasi, “The Pirates! Band of Misfits,” dengan memprotes trailer film itu di
mana kusta digambarkan secara diskriminatif. Adegan tersebut kemudian diubah.

Sumber: Nippon Foundation

Kontak:
Natsuko Tominaga
Departemen Hubungan Masyarakat
The Nippon Foundation
Tel: +81-3-6229-5131
E-mail: pr@ps.nippon-foundation.or.jp


“Careerism Is A Leprosy”: Pope’s Comment Dismays WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination

TOKYO, June 13 (ANTARA/Kyodo JBN-AsiaNet) —

WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination and Nippon Foundation Chairman Yohei Sasakawa has written to Pope Francis, expressing his concern that the Pope’s remark in a recent speech that “Careerism is a leprosy” will reinforce discrimination against people affected by leprosy and their families.

“In South America in particular, where there are many Catholics and still quite a few people affected by leprosy, I believe what you said will have had a big impact,” Sasakawa wrote on June 13.

In the letter, in which he also acknowledges with gratitude the Vatican’s ongoing support for eliminating leprosy and leprosy-related discrimination, he requests an audience with the Pope so that he can update him on the fight against the disease.

In a speech on June 6 at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, which trains future Vatican diplomats, Pope Francis warned against putting personal ambition ahead of service to the Church, saying, “Careerism is a leprosy, a leprosy.” The full text of his speech is available on the Vatican website.

In January 2012, Sasakawa wrote to the producers and distributor of an animated feature, “The Pirates! Band of Misfits,” protesting over a trailer for the film in which leprosy was portrayed in a discriminatory light. The scene was subsequently modified.

Source: The Nippon Foundation

Contact:
Natsuko Tominaga
Public Relations Department
The Nippon Foundation
Tel: +81-3-6229-5131
E-mail: pr@ps.nippon-foundation.or.jp