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On the impeachment complaint filed today

On the impeachment complaint filed today

THROUGH the media, I have been informed that Archbishop emeritus Oscar V. Cruz is one of the signatories of an impeachment complaint filed with the House of Representatives against the incumbent President. I have no doubt that the good Archbishop himself will like it clarified that his decision to be one of the complainants is [...]

CBCP President on the Speech of President Aquino on DAP

The Rule of Law is a fundamental requirement — an objective condition — of the common good. That the Rule of Law is at all times safeguarded is therefore a moral concern. When the Rule of Law is compromised, the common good becomes its victim. The President has expressed himself on the Supreme Court’s decision [...]

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Fewer used cars reduces global warming

MANILA, July 11, 2014 — Climate change and global warming can be locally mitigated by a simple but effective program that includes limiting the number of second hand cars in operation, an ecology consultant said. According to Dr. Ponciano F. Aberin, MD, MPH, ecology consultant of University of the Philippines (UP) System and Moringa Growers [...]

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A Pastoral Exhortation on Integrity “Blessed the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in his commands” (Ps. 112:1) OUR beloved People of God: The BEAUTY OF INTEGRITY of persons, of community, and of all creation manifests the glory and wisdom of God! It is an integrity that requires honesty and consistency, surely, as [...]

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THE CBCP is NOT endorsing the legalization of marijuana. It has merely noted that under the existing provisions of R.A. 9165, particularly Section 81, “r”, the Dangerous Drugs Board may permit the importation, distribution and prescription of dangerous drugs for medical and research purposes. We also merely pointed out an ethical principle articulated by the [...]

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Official Statement of the Redemptorists on Fr. Obach, CSsR

CONGREGATIO SS. REDEMPTORIS Provincial Superior Cebu Province Provincial Office Don Ramon Aboitiz St. 6000 Cebu City, Philippines 1. We, the Redemptorists of the Province of Cebu are deeply saddened by the incident that happened on July 6, 2014 at the Sacred Heart Chaplaincy in Jagobiao, Mandaue City. The said incident involved one of our confreres, [...]

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THE CBCP appreciates the trust that Ms. Napoles has in the CBCP. With regard to her request that the CBCP take her under protective custody, we face obstacles from both Church and State laws. Existing Church laws do not allow an episcopal conference to stand as guarantor before civil courts that the accused will not [...]

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A nation of mercy and compassion

Miserando atque Eligendo (Lowly but Chosen) Pastoral Letter to Prepare the People of God for the Apostolic Visit of Pope Francis MY dear people of God: The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Philippines officially announces the visit of the Holy Father, Pope Francis to the Philippines, God willing at the beginning of next year, 2015. His [...]

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On the 29th anniversary of the disappearance of Fr. Rudy Romano C.Ss.R and his Golden Jubilee of priestly Ordination

DEAR people of God in the Archdiocese of Cebu: AS the Archdiocese of Cebu prepares to host the International Eucharistic Congress in January 2016, we continue to respond to the challenge of the New Evangelization. Integral to this pastoral thrust is our engagement in accompanying the people as they build a society where the Gospel [...]

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Letter to our Catholic Colleges and Universities on the Practice of Hazing in School-based Fraternities

“”Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.” (Gen 4:10) MY brothers and sisters in Christ in our Catholic schools: Once more we must, as a nation, mourn the demise of a student of a Catholic school who lost his life at the hands of his supposed ‘brothers’ in a fraternity. After Cain [...]

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The Challenge of Pope Francis

(Speech delivered by Archbishop Socrates B Villegas, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, at the opening of the 109th CBCP Plenary Assembly, July 5, 2014 at the Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila.) ONE of our college students asked me during a students’ forum “What is the biggest challenge for the Church [...]

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Our Moral Response to the Unconstitutionality of DAP

The Supreme Court has ruled that many government acts under the Development Acceleration Program (DAP) are without constitutional authority. Earlier, it ruled the Priority Assistant Development Fund (PDAF), more popularly known as the ‘pork-barrel fund’ also unconstitutional. Why this Statement The just distribution of the resources of the nation in accordance with the prescriptions of [...]

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The CBCP and the Proposed Restoration of the Death Penalty

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has been informed of attempts by advocacy groups to lobby the Legislature for the restoration of the death penalty. The CBCP must, with full voice, express its position FOR LIFE and AGAINST DEATH. “I came that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Our posture [...]

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Power wars: Cooperatives’ fight against privatization

SORSOGON City, July 1, 2014 – Power to the people, a saying goes. But in Bicol, power is being sucked up by big companies which seem intent on eating up community-owned energy cooperatives – all with local politicians’ blessing. “Privatization of power utility cooperatives will make the poor member-consumers poorer, the wealthy more rich,” advocacy [...]

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‘Water dwellers’ earn from container gardening

CAGAYAN De Oro City, June 30, 2014 — Homemakers living in stilt houses along a river mouth in Northern Mindanao are learning to grow vegetables in plastic containers, feeding their families and generating income from their organic produce. “This is the best strategy to help clean our environment and fight hunger and nutritional deficiencies because [...]

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CBCP Statement on Catholic Schools and K to 12 Program

In 2016, higher education institutions (HEIs), our colleges and universities, will have no freshmen. In that year, the students who complete four years of high school move on to senior high school, following any of the tracks presently open to them, only one of which leads to university or college-level education. The debate on whether [...]

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