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DISBURSING so much amount of money unconstitutionally is bad enough.  But justifying the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) to the point of threatening the independence of a constructional branch of government is worse, because it shakes up a significant nerve of democratic principles.             This was the rub of the address of President Aquino last July [...]

AMONG the thousands of posts that were weaved by social media during past few days, two stood out.  One was the apology issued by a Catholic university for inviting a person who is reputed to be a major protagonist in a political dictatorship.  The other was the video of a Redemptorist priest in Cebu who [...]

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THE Philippines is not a hopeless case.  But it will take generations for an ingrained culture of corruption to disappear, if that is possible. From day one, Philippine governance was already wallowing in dirt that was condoned by both the governors and the governed.   ​ A budding reporter of Manila Chronicle, Celso Cabrera, documented in [...]

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ON the evening of Pentecost Sunday, June 8, 2014, Pope Francis called on God to bring peace where human efforts had failed and to end a deeply-rooted enmity between nations that he sees as the handiwork of the devil. Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas obliged to come to the Vatican upon [...]

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THE pilgrimage of Pope Francis on May 24-26 to the Holy Land on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the meeting between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras in Jerusalem may actually have done more than just mark an anniversary. Pope Francis has moved more steps towards bridging the walls that have divided Christians [...]

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IN a recent news story by CBCPNews, Fr. Dari Dioquino, a priest who is in-charge of a home for the aged, is reportedly alarmed by the growing number of homeless people, especially in Metro Manila and in urban centers around the country.  He did not base his assessment from any government statistics or from some [...]

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NO doubt the canonizations of John XXIII and John Paul II were historic and unprecedented.   Of the 266 successors of Peter, only 78 so far have been raised to the honor of the altar.   The closest is Pius X who was canonized in 1954; the next would be centuries down to the 1700s. But more [...]

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ON the first Sunday of Easter, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, through its president, Archbishop Socrates Villegas, issued an Easter pastoral instruction on stewardship of health titled “Where O death is your victory? Where O death is your sting?”             This was prompted by the passage of the Reproductive Health Law which, according [...]

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ARGUABLY, there will not be any dent of difference even if the extended status quo ante (SQA) on the Reproductive Health Law is lifted by the Supreme Court—not substantially, anyway. The SQA was proof enough that there is sanity and reason to the pleadings of the petitioners that the Reproductive Health Law goes against the [...]

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FROM day one of his assumption to the Petrine ministry, the world would see an emerging ecclesiology in Pope Francis—or at least how the Catholic Church was going to face the world that had been so critical of a battery of problems ranging wide from clergy abuses to the fiscal mismanagement in the Vatican.   The [...]

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IN most, if not all, of his statements and daily engagements, Pope Francis has always unequivocally placed his concern for the poor at the center stage.  In his Lenten Message for 2014, for instance, he exhorts the faithful to follow and imitate Jesus “who sought out the poor and sinners as a shepherd lovingly seeks [...]

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THE letter of Pope Francis to the Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum on the occasion of its annual meeting that was held in Davos-Klosters in Switzerland last January was very pastoral. He was, in a way, talking to all economies of the world that admittedly have been too remiss and too exclusive in [...]

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THE status of the Philippine Economy can be diagnosed and consequently pronounced accordingly either by result of ambivalent perception or the truth on ground reality. Such differences in appreciation basically depend on whether it is the administration itself that makes the evaluation, or it is this or that survey that issues the pronouncement or it [...]

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A THREE-DAY bishops’ seminar on social media is certainly not a breather from hectic pastoral concerns, especially those from the Visayas and Mindanao who have been grappling with the effects of the recent calamities. At first blush, though, it may seem like delving into the lighter side of things. But by reason of social demographics [...]

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IN his first message for the World Day of Peace on January 1, 2014, Pope Francis has aptly chosen the theme:  “Fraternity, the foundation and pathway of peace.”  At first blush, one easily guesses that the Pontiff did not lift this from a theological treatise but from his many years of living fraternity with people [...]

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THE super typhoon Yolanda was a tale of extreme misery. For several days people looked stunned with barely any food or drink they could scamper from wherever. Bodies of thousands were left in the streets or underneath debris, espe­cially in the city of Tacloban and the neighboring towns, at least during the first six days [...]

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