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Illegal drugs and illegal killings

Illegal drugs and illegal killings

In a two-page and a half Statement dated 30 January 2017, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), among other things, said the following: We are deeply concerned due to many deaths and killings in the campaign against prohibited drugs. This traffic in illegal drugs needs to be stopped and overcome. But the solution […]

The life agendum

Like the pastoral letter that was read in parishes nationwide a few Sundays ago, the Walk for Life that was held at the Quirino Grandstand last Saturday has generated thousands of bashers and trolls in social media. As usual these online haters–or propagandists, if you may–did not care a bit what the issue was all […]

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  A palace functionary was quoted recently as saying, “The officials of the (CBCP) are apparently out of touch with the sentiments of the faithful who overwhelmingly support the changes in the Philippines—turning the nation into a safer place for families, working people, especially young night shift workers, far from the ‘terror’ the bishops paint […]

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Developing a Christian perspective

We need to develop a proper framework and angle for all our thoughts, views and reactions to things. Especially these days when many confusing elements present themselves, we cannot remain oblivious to this need. We need to have a good sense of perspective. The sense of perspective starts with a worldview of things, enabling us […]

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Interpreting a president

The Malacañang Press Corps (MPC) issued a statement of late addressed to the Government’s Communications Secretary who accused them of misreporting the President’s talk on martial law. “We take exception to the statement of Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, accusing the media of ‘misreporting’ President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement about Martial Law,” the MPC said in […]

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These two values should go together. When they happen to be in conflict, and especially when we give more importance to practicality than to piety, it could only mean one thing—that our priorities have gone awry. We have chosen to be a Martha instead of a Mary. But things could even be worse than that […]

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Culture of death

Becoming more often noted and lamented upon, the culture of death in the country is becoming a day and night fact, an already common and expected phenomenon. So it is that instead of the preservation and enhancement of life, it is the nonchalance to day-and-night killings that the Filipinos—young and old—are progressively witnessing, seeing or […]

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“Violence is not the cure for our broken world.”  Thus speak Pope Francis in message of the 50th World Day of Peace that will be observed on January 1, 2017, but already released this Monday on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Titled “Nonviolence: a Style of Politics for Peace,” this may be the […]

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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., […]

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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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