"The Christianity of history is not Protestantism. If ever there were a safe truth it is this, and Protestantism has ever felt it so; to be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant." (-John Henry Newman, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine).

"Where the bishop is, there let the people gather; just as where ever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church". -St. Ignatius of Antioch (ca 110 AD)a martyr later thrown to the lions, wrote to a church in Asia Minor. Antioch was also where the term "Christian" was first used.

“But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15

"This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic." -CCC 811

Friday, February 11, 2011

Central Java Police Chief: Temanggung Riot Not Related to Religion

A statue of Jesus Christ is left smashed on the floor of a
church that was attacked by Muslim hardliners in Temanggung,
Central Java, on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Slamet Riyadi)
Jakarta Globe -Temanggung, Central Java. The Central Java Police claimed on Wednesday that the attack a day earlier on two churches and a Christian school by Islamic hard-liners was not a religious conflict.

Central Java Police Chief Insp. Gen. Edward Aritonang said the attack, which also saw two other buildings vandalized, was “purely an act of criminal vandalism.”

He added the fact that the mob had targeted Christian buildings did not prove that they were hostile to the religion.

“The mob attacked and destroyed a number of places, including churches, triggered by their dissatisfaction over a verdict handed down to Antonius Richmord Bawengan,” he said.

“The fact is that the judges in the case handed down the maximum sentence, so the rioting had nothing to do with religious issues.”

Antonius, a Christian on trial for contempt of Islam, was on Tuesday sentenced to five years in prison by the Temanggung District Court, as per the prosecution’s demand, but the ruling angered hard-line Islamic groups that deemed it too lenient and subsequently went on the rampage.

Nine people were injured in the incidents, mostly from projectiles hurled by the attackers.

One person was arrested in the aftermath of the violence, and on Wednesday police announced they had made seven more arrests.

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