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Young Philippine Catholics think Church gets too involved in politics

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A ranking Church official lamented the youth’s negative perception about the Church’s intention in meddling over political issues, saying it is high time to understand where the young is coming from. Echoing the initial findings of the National Filipino Catholic Youth Survey (NFCYS) 2013, Legazpi Bishop Joel Baylon said young people generally doesn’t like the [...]


Pope urges Catholics to participate in politics

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Catholics should not be indifferent to politics, Pope Francis said, but should offer their suggestions, as well as prayers that their leaders may serve the common good in humility and love. In his Sept. 16 daily homily at Santa Marta, the Pope rejected the idea that “a good Catholic doesn’t meddle in politics.” “That’s not [...]


Bishop: ‘Separation’ doesn’t mean Church’s silence on dubious state policies

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Despite the so-called separation of Church and State, Church officials can still voice opinion on public policies that could affect the welfare of the majority, a senior Catholic bishop said over the weekend. Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said taking part in public discourse is part of the social responsibility of church officials as citizens [...]


Understanding the ‘Catholic vote’

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Many people will liken the notion of a “Catholic vote” to the alleged bloc vote of the Iglesia Ni Cristo. First, we must explain what it is not. The Catholic vote is not a bloc vote according to the dictates of the clergy. It would not be acceptable for the bishops and priests to dictate [...]


When religion turns political

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As a student of society, I see religion primarily as a form of communication. In simple societies, it may often permeate all of everyday life, making it difficult to say what belongs to religion and what does not. As societies become more complex, they develop other ways of talking about the world that do not [...]


Despite Comelec purge, 2013 party-list race to be dominated by rich and influential

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Despite the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) aggressive purging of party-list hopefuls seeking congressional seats in the 2013 elections, some groups linked to individuals who can hardly be described as belonging to the marginalized and underrepresented were able to make it to the list. No less than Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. had expressed disappointment with [...]


Prelate says no such thing as ‘Catholic vote’

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Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, today said there is no such thing as a “Catholic vote” in the country. The prelate’s statement came after another Church leader urged Filipinos to use their “religious beliefs in rejecting candidates who are not following the Church’s teachings.” Archbishop Ramon [...]


Catholics not only vote, they rule

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Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles, who is also the vice chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Family and Life of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has urged the faithful to use the “Catholic vote” in choosing their leaders in the 2013 elections. But first, he should have been clear on the definition of [...]


HRW slams Aquino over paramilitaries

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Little has been done to disarm and demobilize militias and paramilitary forces three years after the massacre of 58 people in the province of Maguindanao, Human Rights Watch said today. “Three years since the horrors of the Maguindanao massacre, the trial crawls along, half of the suspects remain at large, and the victims’ families still [...]


Vietnam: PM told to resign over economic failings

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Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung received a rare call to resign yesterday from a member of the National Assembly in the latest challenge to his increasingly embattled premiership. Deputy Doung Trung Quoc of southern Dong Nai province told the prime minister it was time for action rather than words after a series of apologies [...]


Speaker to anti-RH solons: Stop delaying process

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Let’s decide on the RH Bill once and for all, Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte Jr said as Congress resumes sessions Monday November 5. “We made the bill palatable to the critics and I hope they would stop delaying the proceedings because this is a very important piece of legislation,” Belmonte said. “We should decide on [...]


All Saints and All Souls Day: A reflection

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It’s All Saints and All Souls Day again, but this time it has a political twist, as it is already election season. So if there’s any political candidate who will be campaigning today in our seaports, bus terminals or airports or worse in the cemeteries, this should warn you not to vote for that unscrupulous [...]


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    Said FrSeanCoyle on 2013-10-09 16:05:00
  2. Here is what Pope Benedict said to the bishops of Switzerland on November 9, 200...
    Said FrSeanCoyle on 2013-10-09 16:02:00
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    Said joy on 2013-07-17 20:03:00
  4. a woman who agree this RH bill has no heart. God forgive her she do'nt know what...
    Said joy on 2013-07-17 20:02:00
  5. It is very hard to trust a muslim. They worship a false god and will break the ...
    Said on 2013-07-17 12:23:00
  6. Assuredly, thus said the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY YISRAEL to Roman Christian Catholic B...
    Said Angel Santie on 2013-06-28 19:39:00
  7. God let man or as we say permit man to create this way of comunication, why we w...
    Said joy on 2013-06-26 20:46:00
  8. Pray for the victims of clergy sexual abuse....
    Said on 2013-06-06 08:01:00
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    Said on 2013-04-24 15:04:00
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