State of the Church in Jakarta?
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(06-06-2010, 10:50 PM)The_Harlequin_King Wrote: I'm thinking of working for a year in Jakarta, Indonesia after I graduate from college. Anyone know what the state of the Church there is like? I wonder if I could establish the first Gregorian schola in the entire country (since the Council, anyway).


Having just spent 3 and 1/2 weeks in Indonesia, all but 4 days of that in Jakarta,  finalizing and sucessfully getting a K1 Fiance visa, and finally getting my fiance over here, after months of dealing with the USCIS and homeland security, I feel I can give you some valid info. First, dont believe much of what has been written in this thread, its very peaceful there, and my Catholic fiance, who has many Catholic friends there, could tell much more than me, but there is no persecution of Catholics there. There are 5 religions there, and its live and let live. They seem to be very peaceful Muslims, nothing like Iran or Saudia Arabia. Its 87% Muslim, and Catholic, "Christian", Hindu and Buddihst. We went to Mass with no problems, of course N.O.

I am very tired now and will tell more, but a few things before I crash. Its hot and humid, and they have the worse drivers in the world, and the roads by and large suck. The malls there blow ours away. Really nice. Movies about $1.50 in a nice air conditioned theatre, in a mall.  And you can eat out there really cheap. White perople are "Bule" its not really slang, just their name for Americans and Euro's. And Aussies. You drive on the left side of the road, and the steering wheel is on the right side of the car. Its not uncommon to see goats grazing on the side of the roads. There are hundreds, thousands, of beautiful women there, mostly without attitudes. I know, I now have one, and will be married this week, civilly first, to satisfy the immigration people, then the priest will con-validate it.

Signapore is super expensive to live in, you must be rich. Very few have cars, they cost a lot.

If you go to Jakarta, be prepared to hear the Muslims howling at 4am, to who or whatever they howl to or at. Many mosques, and they sing using megaphones. First time I heard it, I thought it was a coyote. Really. Woke me up at 4am; I thought I was back in the Cali desert. But some cof the country is beautiful, Jakarta is just crowded, with some of the worst traffic in the world. Check out Bali. Really nice. Ask anything you want, I need to sleep now.
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Re: State of the Church in Jakarta? - by salus - 06-06-2010, 10:53 PM
Re: State of the Church in Jakarta? - by salus - 06-06-2010, 10:54 PM
Re: State of the Church in Jakarta? - by In nomine Patris - 06-08-2010, 02:26 AM



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