Healing Korea's 'Comfort Women'

August 4-11, 2014 Podcast

Dennis P. Halpin talks about the tragedy of Korea's "comfort women" and how Pope Francis might reach out to them during his visit to South Korea. You can read Mr. Halpin's article "Healing an Old Wound" in the August 4-11, 2014 issue of America.

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3 years 7 months ago

It clearly is a universal issue of humanity, not just the victims'. Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, visited the Holy Father in June to discuss “ways to promote peace” in Asia. I don’t know when the last time was for any Japanese prime minister, much less Yasukuni-visiting one, paid a visit to the pope for any reason. It gives a strong impression that it was a calculated move on Abe’s part to affect and temper, if not neutralize, the Pope’s mind on this issue before he visits South Korea. On a separate note, as much as I appreciate Mr. Halpin’s effort to get the fact out I wish he would stop using the word “comfort women,” which, as he correctly noted, is a euphemism created by Japanese for their skeleton in the closet; it’s “sex slaves” as the former Secretary Clinton bluntly put.

John O'Connell
3 years 7 months ago

Dennis. I passed on your article to some of our fellow classmates from Loyola-Rome. An interesting article and hopefully our Jesuit Pope will have an effect on reconciliation.
Jack OConnell


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