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Standing up for life in a “Country shrouded in the darkness of vice and death”

Standing up for life in a “Country shrouded in the darkness of vice and death”

Rev. Eutiquio B. Belizar, Jr., SThD By the roadside   That is how I see the CBCP in its latest pastoral letter on the EJKs, the drug war and other anti-life efforts at work in our islands. As of this writing official administration sources have, predictably, dismissed it as “out of touch” and “hypocritical”, coming […]

Is Death Penalty the answer?

 Atty. Aurora A. Santiago Duc in altum During its Plenary Session last January, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) issued Pastoral Statement on Death Penalty. “The Gospel of the Lord Jesus is the Gospel of Life. When we condemn violence, we cannot ourselves be its perpetrators, and when we decry murder, we cannot […]

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“Why are many priests silent?”

Fr. Amado L. Picardal, CSsR Along the Way   As the death toll of the government’s war on drugs reach over seven thousand after just seven months, one of the questions frequently asked is: “why are many priests silent?” Day after day, the mass media report and show images of extra-judicial killings of suspected users […]

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Christ in the new technologies

Fr. Roy Cimagala Candidly Speaking   “Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel.” (1 Cor 9,16) This was the cry of St. Paul conveying his burning desire to transmit the Good News to the early Christians. It’s a cry that also has to spring in each one of us, Christian believers, who […]

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Repentance heals

Teresa R. Tunay, OCDS …and that’s the truth   Most of us work to earn a living, to make money to get us the things that not only keep us alive but also make us happy. Steeped as we are in our daily pursuit of happiness, we naturally tend to stash away the idea of […]

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Genuine Loving Brings True Joy

James H. Kroeger, M.M. LIVING MISSION   Pope Francis, as Filipinos witnessed during his 2015 pastoral visit, could rightfully be called “the pope of tenderness, mercy and joy.” This same message is revealed in his The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia) where Francis notes that “tenderness … is a sign of a love free from […]

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An Appeal from the Heart

Fr. Wilfredo Samson, SJ Pitik-Bulag   When I was assigned in New Bilibid Prison as chaplain many years ago, it was a hell for me. The old, overcrowded prison facilities in Muntinlupa were too small to house 15,000 inmates. The daily stress that I went through in dealing with hardened, problematic, and sometimes, lunatic inmates […]

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An Appeal from the Heart

Fr. Wilfredo Samson, SJ Pitik-Bulag   When I was assigned in New Bilibid Prison as chaplain many years ago, it was a hell for me. The old, overcrowded prison facilities in Muntinlupa were too small to house 15,000 inmates. The daily stress that I went through in dealing with hardened, problematic, and sometimes, lunatic inmates […]

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Catholic Church: Pioneer in Rehabilitation of Drug Dependents

Atty. Aurora A. Santiago Duc in altum   I was thinking that sometimes, we need not follow the Catholic preaching do not let the left hand know what the right hand is doing or Do not announce your good deeds. At present, there is really a need to let known what good things are being […]

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Populism and communion

Rev. Eutiquio ‘Euly’ B. Belizar, Jr., SThD By the roadside   The phenomenon has not escaped the pope’s discerning eyes. Recently world media carried a warning from Pope Francis regarding populism and the resurgence of dictatorial leadership in our time. It came following a worldwide wave of elections in some parts of Europe, the United […]

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Producing. Banking. Gambling

Oscar V. Cruz, DD Views and Points   The standing fact that the Philippines is inundated with prohibited drugs thus making these a social scourge readily known and felt all over the country in terms of thousands if not millions of drug addicts, distinctly proffers the living reality of the following abominable pyramidal illegal drugs […]

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Newspeak is the devil’s sophistry

Fr. Roy Cimagala Candidly Speaking   George Orwell invented the word Newspeak. It means “a deliberately ambiguous and contradictory language used to mislead and manipulate the people.” We have to be wary of its existence, because it is actually present in today’s world. It’s a language that deftly mixes truths and untruths, and cleverly exploits […]

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The President could be clueless the Church wants to help fulfill his constitutional duty to defend life

Fr. Emmanuel Mijares Another Angle   The church gives due respect to the person and office of the president. In fact the church believes that all authority comes from above and its members have to pray for all authority, good or bad, even that one of Pontius Pilate. This does not depend on the rise […]

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Lovers of a Thankless Job

Fr. Wilfredo Samson, SJ Pitik-Bulag   The Christmas season just ended. Christmas trees, lights, and lanterns are probably still up though. In spite of our comments against a too commercialized Christmas, I must admit, I greatly enjoy window- shopping and viewing Christmas decors all the over the city. But one day, it dawned on me […]

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Rainbow of Happiness

Fr. Francis Ongkingco Whatever   “Wow!!! That’s the most beautiful rainbow I’ve ever seen in my life,” Daniel exclaimed as he stepped out of the tent after the rain stopped. “Really? How so?” Charlie asked. “As a photographer, this is my first time to see it,” Daniel pulled his camera from his knapsack. “So how […]

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Peace and Justice for 2017!

Atty. Aurora A. Santiago Duc in altum   Congress went on Christmas recess, not able to discuss death penalty bill. With the Christmas spirit still imbibed byour legislators, we pray that they realize the value of life;the importance of restorative justice, not punitive justice. Let us hope and pray that 2017 will bring peace and […]

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