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Church,stateandFrancis

Church, state and Francis


ByFr.RanhilioAquino|Jan.16,2015at12:01am

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HadweadoptedAmericanconstitutionallawdoctrineonChurchStaterelations,many
thingsaboutPopeFrancisvisittothePhilippinesandthegovernmentsinvolvementin
accordinghimwelcomewouldbelegallyamiss.Fortunately,wearewiser,inthatwe
courageouslycraftedanindigenousconstrualofthestatepolicythatordainsthatthe
separationofbothbeinviolate!ItisjurisprudenceasuniqueasourConstitutionthat,in
manyplaces,readslikeatextbookinmoraltheology.Andwearenotnecessarilyworse
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maintainingbeliefsnotalwayscompatiblewitheachother.Hisgesturesofopennessandinclusiveness,his
insistentdemandthatwebecharitableandcompassionate,andhiswillingnesstothrowopennotonlythe
windowsbutalsothedoorsoftheChurch,andprobablyevenknockdownsomeofitswallsallthese
makeclearthefallacyofequatingzealforlibertywithantipathytowardsreligion!

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Sam DeAsis

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a day ago

If there's a separation of church and state then why INC is being allowed the practice that
their 5 million members vote a particular candidate after a secret 'vetting process' which
many speculate is actually a "bidding process". Because of the 'solid vote' the free
political exercise is affected because in a close election contest, their solid votes will make
a big difference making INC as a virtual "kingmaker". Also, incumbents are afraid to
introduce legislation that will earn the ire of INC or lost 5m votes in next election. The
"contractuals" issue in SM and other firms is another example and these are not religionrelated. If these are not "State interference" then what is it? INC should be taxed.
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amelius23 > Sam DeAsis

12 hours ago

Quote"Once you are endorsed by the INC in any election you can do what you
must, i.e. you can buy votes openly of bobotante even a week before election day
in the presence of local PNP Chief and local Comelec registrar in your municipality
since once yo are endorsed by INC they do not want you to lose, hence, they will
allow you to do your way one way or another, but win that election or
else!!"Unquote.
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WJGBalderama > Sam DeAsis

20 hours ago

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Why are you so afraid of the INC and the rich? Are they your bogeymen? Were you
mistreated or abused by them as a young boy?
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Sam DeAsis > WJGBalderama

10 hours ago

I beg to disagree on your logic "I'm so afraid". On the contrary, I think it's
the reverse and may be risking my butt. My only plea is that I have a twin
brother. Just in case... make sure it's me and not him. And, yes... we (not
only me but most of Pinoys) were abused and still being abused by the rich
because of greed. I'm not a communist but at present, a child born in a poor
family is 90% sure that he will be poor also no matter how hard he strive.
You can dig all year for water for your thirsty family, but you will find nothing
because your rich neighbor have siphoned them all and stored in their
backyard. What will you do?
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Juan Barili > Sam DeAsis

an hour ago

Baldi and logic are opposites. It can not happen.


Juan Barili

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a day ago

Incapacity of reason created by fanaticism


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Marcos Polo

a day ago

Walang masama kung bigyan ng special treatment ang pope francis!


He is pope and president of Vatican!
Sana makatulong ang pope upang mas lalong maging mabuti ang mga pilipino!at
maunawaan ang pinaaabot niya sa lahat!lalo na sa mga maykaya at nakakaalwan at sa
lahat ng namumuno sa gobyerno!
Wag sanang pang limang araw lang ang maging kabutihan ng mga tao!
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WJGBalderama

20 hours ago

Fortunately, all the stops were pulled for Pope Francis as a head of state, not as the Vicar
of Christ. Who are we to argue? What's a few million pesos for a good cause?

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You are prancing naked with pesos in your G-string again? Tssk tssk. A freak of
nature beyond all others. The pope must meet with you.

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