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Disturbing times

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. [...]

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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Right to conscientious objection

  Citizens are not obliged in conscience to follow the prescriptions of civil authority if their said precepts are contrary to the rule or demands of ethical/moral order, order against the fundamental rights of persons—especially so when the persons concerned are normal in their psychological constitution and consequent ethical/moral standards. The “Voice of Right Conscience” [...]

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Formation for our times

We will always have issues to resolve, problems to solve, endless challenges to face and tackle, and that’s why we need to realize that we have to be adequately prepared for them by undertaking a lifelong battle for formation. Social, political and economic issues will always be around. And at the moment, the world is [...]

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Compound complex agenda

The SONA–apparently one of the longest delivered before the Legislative Branch of Government with the standard attendance of the Diplomatic Corps  and chosen individuals–unveiled a presidential agenda which is not only compound in content and reach but also complex in significance and implications. From the contemplated and thus proposed integrated program of action, the President needs [...]

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Ad orientem

A HORNETS nest was stirred among liturgists after Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, delivered his talk at a conference in London called Sacra Liturgia last July 5. The Cardinal Sarah said, “I believe that it is very important that we return as soon as possible to a common orientation, of [...]

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Serious change

CHANGE is coming. It has indeed. Weeks before the assumption into office of the new president, the most indicative of change were the summary killings of suspected drug traffickers which were always justified with the trite “resisting arrest” or “has engaged in a gunfight”. One wonders, though, why the exiting Aquino administration did not lift [...]

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The Church has the right to speak… and the duty to!

WHY pick on the Catholic Church when its leaders and pastors make statements on public affairs, particularly when truth, honesty and the welfare of people are issues? The Church does not appoint or elect officials. It does not pass laws. It does not run government. It is not in a position to INTERFERE. But it [...]

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Inflicting punishment

Wrong doing and right punishment make the standard pairing required of a civilized and orderly society. This reality is already a basic principle, a common practice, a proper observance even but in a domestic community–lest the children therein grow to be irresponsible, uncivilized and even dangerous to others. So it is said that inflicting punishment [...]

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Separation of Church and State

THE commonly invoked “Separation of Church and State” especially so when certain politicians pitifully think politics is not covered by ethical principles, believe that politics is beyond the reach of moral norms.  Conclusion:  What they think, say and do are always right.  Woe to those who dare tell them what is good or evil, what is devious or virtuous. It [...]

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Admittedly, the 2016 national elections may, be the fastest in terms of transmission rate, the quickest count in terms of national canvass and the highest in voter turnout. The issues like disenfranchisement of voters or failure of elections in hotspot areas common in previous elections were never prevalent, if at all, this time. But, admittedly [...]

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THE interesting elections are over.  The winners are celebrating.  The losers are mourning.  The general public is waiting.  What happens next?  So much money changed hands.  So many lives were put in danger if not actually lost.  So many enticing promises were made.  What happens next?  The merely talking and simply posturing national leadership is going–after having so much errant deeds done and many [...]

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