Singaporeans take religion seriously

Noticed Marco Kauffmann, Singapore ⋅ Singapore attaches top priority to the prosperous coexistence of religions, as believers of the major world religions practice their rituals and customs in the smallest of spaces. A strict state watches with holy earnest that peaceful coexistence

Noticed

Marco Kauffmann, Singapore ⋅ Singapore attaches top priority to the prosperous coexistence of religions, as believers of the major world religions practice their rituals and customs in the smallest of spaces. A strict state watches with holy earnest that the peaceful coexistence of Muslims, Hindus, Jews and Christians does not get out of hand. Of course, strife is now spreading within the Christian district.

The walks of the clergyman Daniel Couture from the arch-conservative Pius Brotherhood create irritations. Allegedly only for recreational purposes, Couture prefers to stroll on Singapore's Upper Thompson Road, in the direct vicinity of the Church of the Holy Spirit. And so it turns out that the Reverend comes into conversation with believers in the Roman Catholic house of God - to the displeasure of its pastor Andrew Wong, who made some clarifications at the Sunday sermon. The Pius Brothers, who are not recognized by the Vatican, carry the label "Catholic", but are not part of the Singapore Archdiocese, Wong explained to his unsettled sheep.

Couture also sees a need for education. The Pius Brotherhood, which has been represented in Singapore since 1994, is widely misunderstood. Not only his critics believe that he is only too happy to talk about the advantages of the Latin Mass on the fringes of his walks and, so to speak, evangelize within the Catholic Church. The Singapore-based Strait Times frankly confided in Couture that his encounters were a form of preaching. Only: He does not give the impetus. Always dressed in white robes, the Pius brothers would often be approached by the curious.

Singapore's bishop, loyal to Rome, declared years ago that those who get involved with the Pius brothers and attend their masses do so at their own risk. However, tensions have increased with the traditionalists' move. In 2009 they bought a terrace house not far from the Heilig-Geist-Kirche, whereupon the preacher who was walking opened up a new hunting ground. But even the custodians of the old order do not want to allow further escalation. Father Couture has sent an adlate on a courtesy visit to those who are loyal to Rome. So that the church can return to the village.