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The worst injustice, the best mercy

Given some raging political issues gripping the nation today, many people are trying to figure out the proper relationship between the demands of justice and the gratuity of mercy. Everyone presumes, rightly, that justice and mercy should go together. There is no mercy without justice, nor justice without mercy. Many saints, popes, brilliant people, etc., [...]

Must the Church keep silent?

In a recent pastoral statement issued by the Permanent Council of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, the bishops reiterated for the nth time the Church’s mission to teach, to be prophetic even in matters of socio-political import. “We have a Gospel to preach. We have the person of Jesus to proclaim. We sill [...]

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The number of pro-life groups in the United States of America which are mostly Catholic may not be that big to tilt national elections. They are not even a whimper to reckon with when it comes to influencing public policy. The only big thing are the annual marches for life conducted in Washington D.C. and [...]

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Yolanda three years after

Traces of devastation three years after the worst nightmare that has befallen on the country can hardly be seen now with the rise of new infrastructures, business opportunities and the influx of so many rehabilitation programs rendered by local and foreign aid agencies. At the surface, Tacloban, for instance, even looks better now than it [...]

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A cemetery doesn’t a hero make

EDITORIAL  The obsession of the Marcos family to insist on burying former president Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani escapes many of us. He could have been buried right away, as is normally done, when his remains were brought to the country in 1993 instead of just keeping them in a refrigerated [...]

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Stewards of God’s creation

The world today is developing very fast, and we just have to get a handle on these developments that clearly are not all that right. There are many questionable things taking place, like the issue of climate change etc. That’s why we now have a graver concern over how we are taking care of our [...]

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Why not check the root causes?

The drug situation in other countries may have different over-all causes. But in the Philippines, its over-all causal origin is poverty and misery all over the place—courtesy perhaps of past administrations. Wealth is but for a chosen few—like those having lucrative business ventures such as selling electricity, fuel and water even. But miserable living conditions [...]

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Tackling addiction spiritually

While addiction may have prominent biological or organic causes, we can not and should not forget that it too has spiritual causes. Man is a unity of body and soul. How the bodily organism is certainly conditions one’s spiritual soul. And vice-versa: the state of one’s soul affects the body in some way. We need [...]

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Writers of the “first draft of history”

This  is how Pope Francis calls journalists, in his meeting with the Italian National Council of the Order of Journalists on September 22. Of course, the Pope just unearthed a term that has been in use among journalists as far back as the early 1900′s, but popularized in the early 60s by Washington Post publisher [...]

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Morality and the rationalizations

In the heat and passion of our political exchanges, as in the many other fields like in sports, entertainment, social issues, etc., we should try our best to be sober enough to keep a firm grip on what would constitute as moral and immoral views and to resist the strong temptation to fall into all [...]

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Disturbing times

These are times that the Filipino spirit characterized with joy and laughter, with fun and hope is put to test. The spirit of Christmas reigns almost half the year. Fiestas of all kinds for one reason or another are celebrated all over the land. Occasions are invented to enjoy life, to celebrate, eat and laugh. [...]

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Human life is sacred

Nowadays, when the value of human life has been greatly reduced, we need to recover its true worth by revisiting the pertinent Christian doctrine about it. It cannot be denied that in many parts of the world, an open anti-life culture is taking place and it’s slowly coming also into our country. Abortion is legal [...]

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How about the farmers?

Up to these date when Martial Law has been long since done away with, there remains one distinct and disturbing phenomenon of shame that stands out and refuses to be simply forgotten. This: farmers are still denied the ownership of the land they themselves have tirelessly cultivated and continuously worked on for decades. One distinct, [...]

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Business, since it is an important part of our life, should be done to serve the common good. That is why the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church dedicates a big section to this topic of morality and the economy. In one point of the Compendium, it is said that “the relation between [...]

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Death penalty, again and again

Someone at home in the boxing ring plus the recently acquired skill of selective reading of the teachings of the Good Book—apparently with his amateur political design to win the personal approval and patronage of the most powerful authority figure all over the land—appears decided in promoting Death Penalty Law; notwithstanding all arguments to the [...]

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What politics needs most

The immediate answer is to humanize and Christianize it. Politics all over the world has been at the mercy of man’s baser passions for so long that it now screams to high heavens for its humanization and Christianization. And this can only mean that it is in dire need of charity. It has to be [...]

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