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Catholics from across Metro Manila participated this year’s ‘Walk for Life’ at the Quezon City Memorial Circle on Feb. 16. Led by the Council of the Laity of the Philippines, the organizers called the gathering, which was also simultaneously held in
various other cities, an “act of solidarity to uphold the dignity of life”. ROY LAGARDE

Church keeps up building Dioceses ban


houses, communities of materials

in church

Yolanda survivors
AS the campaign period
for the May 13 elections
starts, a number of
By Roy Lagarde dioceses imposed
a directive banning
political materials in
THE Catholic church properties.
Church continues In the Diocese of
to be a community Balanga, posting of
developer by campaign materials
and political rallies are
building thousands
prohibited in church
of houses more over premises.
five years as it builds “We have pastoral
social communities. directive that there will no
The latest batch of new political tarpaulins in any
tenants moved recently to church patio and fences,”
the Pope Francis Village in said Bishop Ruperto
Tacloban City, which was Santos of Balanga.
ravaged by super typhoon He said that lay
Yolanda in November 2013. parish officials who are
At least 263 families working for a candidate
benefited from the project must also take a leave
and about same number of absence from their
more are will occupy the church duties.
village once construction “And no political
of other housing units are candidate (will be
completed by June this year. allowed) to offer during
The project was constructed offertory processions,”
the bishop added.
Building / A6 The Pope Francis Village will be the home of 566 survivor-families of Typhoon Yolanda in Leyte province. CARITAS PHILIPPINES
Last October,
Archbishop Rolando
Child detention centers ‘worse Get kids vaccinated, parents urged Tria Tirona of Caceres
also imposed the same

than animal cages’ – bishop ARCHBISHOP Rolando

Tria Tirona of Caceres called
on parents to submit their
measure to safeguard
the non-partisanship of
the archdiocese.
A CATHOLIC bishop has lamented live in far better conditions,” he children to vaccination In his directive,
the poor conditions in government lamented. against measles which has he said that even
“shelters” for children in conflict The bishop made the statement as recently plagued several the conduct of mass
with the law. he reiterated his opposition to draft parts of the country. weddings and baptisms
Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of law to lower the minimum age of In a pastoral letter read sponsored by any
Kalookan said he had been to the criminal liability from 15 to 12. in all Masses in Caceres’ 92 political candidate or
typical shelters for young offenders The House of Representatives has parishes on Sunday, he said party is prohibited.
and the lack of adequate facilities is approved its version on Jan. 28, while the only way to address the “It is also prohibited
a major challenge. two measures are still pending with problem is to have children to solicit from political
“They are worse than cages for the Senate justice committee. vaccinated. candidates or political
animals,” said David, who is also the President Rodrigo Duterte has The Department of parties donation for
Vice President of the Catholic Bishops’ called for lowering the age of criminal Health reported that there church renovation
Conference of the Philippines. liability to stop criminal syndicates were more than 20,000 and constructions or
He said that the facilities were from using children to commit measles cases recorded as other church or other
supposedly built to rehabilitate CICL crimes. of December 2018, a 500 projects,” Tirona said.
but their conditions are hindering In a pastoral statement issued on precent increase from 2017. The Church, he said,
efforts to transform child offenders. Jan. 28, the CBCP urged lawmakers to The outbreak has also can only exercise its
“Believe it or not, our house-dogs Cages / A6 Vaccinated / A6 Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona. PHOTO FROM THE CACERES ARCHDIOCESE mandate of promoting
a peaceful elections by
“Society needs good hands, says Cardinal Tagle at ‘Walk for Life’ embracing “impartiality,
independence and non-
TO have a better society the upcoming midterm a walk to have in our he said. commitment of bread, if handled by partisanship”.
as the “womb of life”, elections. society a womb where Reflecting on solidarity for other greedy people, will Tirona instead urged
Cardinal Luis Antonio The church leader people, the community, the day’s Gospel of people. not be enough for four parishes to organize
Tagle of Manila said was speaking during the leaders would all multiplication of the Cardinal Tagle said persons, accentuating voters’ education
that what the country Mass at this year’s share,” Tagle said in his loaves and fishes, he that a small amount the Gospel story about activities and participate
needs is good hands. “Walk for Life” at the homily. said that Jesus showed of bread, if it passed Jesus multiplying 7 in fora for candidates to
This was the cardinal’s Quezon City Memorial “I hope that our the logic of giving. through good hands, loaves of bread for 4 showcase their political
take on the state of Circle on Saturday. society becomes a This action of will multiply. thousand people. platform and agenda.
affairs in the country as “The election is womb that gives life proximity and charity, On the other hand, “So it’s the hands that (Roy Lagarde /
he warned against those coming. I hope that because the hands are he said requires a he said that even kill,” Tagle said. “And it CBCPNews)
with “greedy hands” in this walk for life will be generous, not greedy,” hand with generous a 7,000 loaves of Society / A6
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Vatican Briefing Eucharist desecrated, statues smashed

Pope lifts suspension imposed on Nicaraguan priest 34
in series of French church attacks
years ago
Pope Francis has lifted the canonical penalties imposed 34
years ago on Father Ernesto Cardenal, 94, the Nicaraguan
poet and former member of the Sandinista government.
In a statement Feb. 18, Archbishop Waldemar Sommertag,
the Vatican nuncio in Nicaragua, said Pope Francis had
“granted with benevolence the absolution of all canonical
censures” imposed on the ailing priest after he had made
the request through the nunciature. St. John Paul II had
suspended Father Cardenal and several other priests from
active ministry in 1985 for joining the Marxist-influenced
Sandinista government. Father Cardenal resigned from the
Sandinista Front in 1994. (Cindy Wooden/CNS)

Need to change hearts, not just books, to improve liturgy,

pope says
The sacred liturgy is meant to help the people of God
conform their heart, mind and actions more closely to Christ,
Pope Francis said. “We know that it is not enough to change
liturgical books to improve the quality of the liturgy. To just
do this would be a deception,” he said. “For life to truly be
a prayer that is pleasing to God, a change of heart is in fact
necessary,” he said Feb. 14 during an audience with members This May 2014 file photo shows caregivers push pilgrims in wheelchairs at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in southwestern France. PAUL HARING/CNS
of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments.
The pope encouraged the congregation to continue helping
PARIS, France— At least on Intolerance and according to La Croix. the church before regular
the church and noted how the Vatican and individual bishops’
10 incidents of vandalism Discrimination Against “God will forgive. Not Masses can continue, and
conferences are meant to work together through dialogue,
and desecration of Catholic Christians in Europe, a me,” the city’s mayor noted that local religious
cooperation and synodality. (Carol Glatz/CNS)
churches have been Christian watchdog group, Bernard Carayon said of orders of the diocese had
reported in France since documented another attack the vandalism, La Croix already offered to observe
Pope names Dallas’ former bishop to serve as chamberlain
the beginning of February, at St. Nicholas Church on reported. days of fasting and prayer
Pope Francis has named Cardinal Kevin Farrell, 71, the
according to French news February 10, when the On February 6, just a in reparation for the act. He
prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life, to serve
sources and watch groups. tabernacle was found day after the Saint-Alain encouraged lay Catholics to
as the camerlengo or chamberlain of the Holy Roman Church
Vandals in Catholic thrown to the ground. Cathedral incident, vandals join in acts of prayer and
on Feb. 14. Farrell, born in Ireland, was incardinated in the
churches throughout the A 35 year-old man later at a Catholic Church in reparation.
Archdiocese of Washington and served as bishop of Dallas
country have smashed confessed to committing Nimes broke into the The Observatory
from 2007 to 2016; as camerlengo, he fills the post left vacant
statues, knocked down the act to police. tabernacle and scattered on Intolerance and
by the death in July of French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran.
tabernacles, scattered or On February 5, an altar the hosts on the ground, Discrimination Against
While the pope is alive, the job is basically just a title. But
destroyed the Eucharist, cloth was found burnt and drew a cross on the wall with Christians in Europe
when a pope dies or resigns, the chamberlain is charged with
burnt altar cloths and crosses and statues torn excrement and damaged documented another
sealing the papal apartments, chairing consultations about
torn down crosses, among down or disfigured at Saint- other religious items in the incident on February 9
the papal funeral, making the practical preparations for the
other acts of desecration of Alain Cathedral in Lavaur, church, according to local at the Church of Notre-
conclave to elect the next pope, and chairing a committee
religious items. in south-central France. reports. Dame de Dijon in Côte-
of cardinals taking care of the ordinary affairs of the church
According to La Croix The fire was found early In a statement posted d’Or, about 175 miles to the
until a new pope is elected. (Carol Glatz/CNS)
International, one of the by a parish secretary and to the Diocesan website, south and east of Paris.
earliest incidents occurred did not spread, though the Bishop Robert Wattebled Again in this incident, the
Thirst for profit threatens humanity, Vatican official says
February 4 at St. Nicholas smoke damaged the altar of Nimes denounced the tabernacle was opened and
Left unchecked, unbridled greed and a thirst for profit
Catholic Church in Houilles, and adjacent walls. desecration, which “greatly the Eucharist scattered. An
leads down a slippery slope that endangers the earth and all
Yvelines, where a statue of The 800 year-old affects our diocesan altar cloth was also stained
who live on it, especially indigenous populations, a Vatican
the Blessed Virgin Mary building had also recently community. The sign of and a missal book was torn.
official said. Msgr. Fernando Chica Arellano, the Vatican’s
was found smashed on undergone renovations, the cross and the Blessed Father Emmanuel Pic
permanent observer to the U.N. Food and Agriculture
the ground. The church local sources reported. Sacrament have been from Notre-Dame parish
Organization, the International Fund for Agricultural
had experienced earlier “I strongly condemn the subject of serious told La Bien Public news
Development, and the World Food Program, called on world
incidents of vandalism the vandalism of Lavaur injurious actions. This act that since nothing of
leaders to make human beings, and not material gain, as
just weeks prior, when Cathedral and I share of profanation hurts us all great monetary value was
their primary concern. “If this priority is not clear, we will
the altar cross was found the outrage aroused by in our deepest convictions,” damaged, it seems the
leave withered lands, depleted seas, polluted air, wastelands
thrown to the ground and this intolerable act,” Jean he said. vandals wanted to attack
where beautiful orchards used to flourish as an inheritance
the celebrant’s chair was Terlier, a local district The Bishop also the “heart of the Catholic
to future generations,” Msgr. Chica said Feb. 13 at the Fourth
damaged. deputy, said in a statement announced that a Mass of faith.” (CNA/EWTN
Global Meeting of the Indigenous Peoples’ Forum. (Junno
The Observatory following the incident, reparation must be said in News)
Arocho Esteves/CNA)

‘Cardinal virtue’ of justice must be protected, pope tells

South Korean bishops call for an end to the death penalty
Justice, along with prudence, fortitude and temperance, is SEOUL, South Korea— The South
a virtue that must be defended for the good of society, Pope Korean bishops’ conference has called
Francis told a group of Italian judges. A world without justice for an end to the death penalty, and
risks weakening the very fabric of society and can transform asked the nation’s Constitutional
it into “a breeding ground for illegality,” the pope said Feb. Court to consider whether capital
9 during a meeting with the Italian National Association of punishment violates South Korea’s
Judges. “Without justice, all social life remains jammed, like constitution.
a door that can no longer open or ends up screeching and “The capital punishment system
creaking in a cumbersome movement,” he said. (Junno treats criminals not as human beings
Arocho Esteves/CNA) capable of moral reflection and
improvement, but simply as a means
Pope tells prison staff they must help inmates find hope of defending society. If the aim were
A prison sentence without hope serves no purpose other to permanently segregate criminals to
than to stir feelings of revenge and anger in inmates who protect society, that could certainly be
are looking for a second chance in life, Pope Francis said. achieved through life imprisonment or
Speaking to staff members of Rome’s Regina Coeli prison penal servitude without the possibility
Feb. 7, the pope said that both prison staff and inmates of parole, which represent less of
always must look forward to the inmate’s reintegration in a restriction on basic rights,” the
society, including prisoners serving life sentences who can bishops said in their constitutional Korean bishops in Rome. SCREEN SHOT/EWTN
still make positive contributions from within the prison walls. appeal, filed Feb. 12.
“A punishment without hope does not serve a purpose, it does “All individuals’ lives possess the South Koreans requesting that capital has been executed in the country
not help, it arouses in one’s heart feelings of resentment, same value, and that life is of absolute punishment be replaced by life since 1997.
many times of revenge, and the person leaves worse than he significance to each individual,” a imprisonment, Hankyoreh reported. Pope Francis has been an outspoken
entered,” the pope said. (Junno Arocho Esteves/CNA) spokesman for the bishops’ campaign The nation’s Constitutional Court opponent of the death penalty,
told the Hankyoreh newspaper. has ruled previously, both in 1996 revising the Catechism of the Catholic
To ignore trafficking is to be complicit in the crime, pope says “It is no different even for criminals and in 2010, that the death penalty Church in 2018 to call execution
To be indifferent to or ignore human trafficking and who have committed atrocious acts does not violate the South Korean “inadmissible.”
modern-day slavery would be to become an accomplice to that violate and harm the life and constitution. There are nearly 6 million Catholics
those crimes, Pope Francis said. “Although we try to ignore human rights of others.” 61 people await execution on South in South Korea, comprising more
it, slavery is not something from other times,” he said in The South Korean bishops have Korea’s death row, according to death than 10 percent of the country’s
a video explaining his prayer intention for the month of collected the signatures of 102,517 penalty abolition groups, but no one population. (ACI Prensa)
February. “We cannot ignore the fact that there is as much
slavery in the world today as there was before, or perhaps As population plummets, Hungary to end income tax for moms of at least four
more,” he said in the one-minute video, published online at Feb. 7. The video was presented at a BUDAPEST, Hungary— reports that Hungary’s the population trends are in the next 10 years, so
Vatican news conference underlining the importance of the In an effort to encourage fertility rate is currently not reversed. “less and less women need
International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Hungarians to have 1.45 children per woman, Orban stressed that an to have more and more
Trafficking. The day of prayer, encouraged by Pope Francis, more babies, the prime well below the replacement increase in “Hungarian babies,” she said. The goal
is celebrated every Feb. 8, the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita. minister of the country has rate of 2.1 children per children”—and not an is for the fertility rate to hit
(Carol Glatz/CNS) announced that women woman. increase in immigrants—is 2.1 in the next decade.
with four children or more According to Eurostat the solution to the nation’s The policy comes as birth
Witness, discipleship are key to missionary work, pope says will be exempt from paying data, Hungary saw some demographic problems. rates continue to decline in
Proclaiming the Gospel is not the same thing as proselytism income tax for life. 94,000 live births in 2017, “Migration for us Europe, with every country
and often means simply being a neighbor and friend to In a speech over the compared to 131,900 is surrender,” he in the European Union
someone while living an authentically Christian life, Pope weekend, Prime Minister deaths. said, according to the currently seeing fertility
Francis said. Mission “is that dynamic that leads you to be Viktor Orban also promised The low birth rate Washington Post. rates below the replacement
a neighbor to others to share the gift you have received: to reduce mortgage combined with some of the State Secretary for rate.
the encounter of love that changed your life and led you to payments for those with continent’s most stringent Families Katalin Novak told France and Germany are
consecrate your life to the Lord Jesus, good news for the life children, offer state aid immigration policies and the BBC that “Increasing among the other countries
and salvation of the world,” the pope said Feb. 8. Pope Francis in purchasing larger a rush of young workers the number of births is that have created policies
spoke about mission and witness during a meeting with the family vehicles, include leaving the country to very difficult, because we to incentivize couples
Missionaries of Africa and the Missionaries of Our Lady of grandparents on maternity seek better wages abroad have less and less women to have more children,
Africa, men’s and women’s religious orders founded 150 years leave, add day care options, has put Hungary on the of child-bearing age.” but have still struggled
ago by Cardinal Charles Lavigerie of Algiers, Algeria. (Cindy and introduce new loans verge of a demographic Women of child-bearing to substantially increase
Wooden/CNS) available for families. crisis, threatening serious age are expected to decline the national fertility rate.
The Washington Post economic consequences if in number by 20 percent (CNA/EWTN News)
CBCP Monitor February 18 - March 3, 2019, Vol 23, No. 04 NEWS FEATURES A3

Bishop receives invitation he could not refuse

THE letter arrived at the bishop’s President Rodrigo Duterte came to to be an eagle?”
residence in Kalookan, a diocese power in 2016 promising to rid the It drew laughter from the crowd.
north of Manila, a few days after country of narcotic-related crimes. “We are like the eagle that fell from
the New Year celebrations ended. After that, police began knocking the nest,” Bishop David answered.
The handwritten message came on doors more calling on drug “Christ is the soaring eagle that
from a group of boys who asked dealers to surrender. There are landed and stayed to show us how
their bishop’s “permission” to times when these police operations to fly and soar into the vast skies.”
celebrate Mass in their community. end in tragedy with suspects He reminded them not to act
“We are asking permission for reportedly fighting back, according with cruelty to others amid the
you to celebrate Mass at Market 3 to the authorities. challenges they face. Cruelty and
... because that is where we live,” There are nights too when, instead persecution turn perpetrators into
read the letter, which was written of policemen, masked men roam animals, he said. “It is easy to be
in Filipino and addressed to Bishop alleys and drag away suspected drug human but it is difficult to act as
Pablo Virgilio David. users and dealers, only for them to one,” said Bishop David.
“We believe that if you bless our be found later with a bullet in the Days after his visit, armed
community peace will be granted head. Philippine Drug Enforcement
from God,” wrote the children. They In January 2017, the entire slum Agency agents swooped on Market
then promised to introduce the almost burned to the ground. 3 and arrested 16 suspected drug
bishop to their “parents, siblings Authorities said the blaze started users and dealers, including 12
and the community who are all inside a drug den that caught fire. minors.
Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan celebrates Mass in a makeshift chapel in the middle of an urban
seeking peace.” In a matter of days, people rebuilt poor community in the city of Navotas in the outskirts of Manila on the invitation of a group of children
Authorities said drug syndicates
The children said “lives would their community, but the killings on Jan. 13. VINCENT GO/UCAN were using children as “runners”
change a lot, especially those of and abductions have continued. to transport drugs from sellers to
people addicted to illegal drugs,” biased and accused local and foreign invitation that could not be refused” clients.
if the bishop would come and ‘War zone in disguise’ media of disseminating fake news. by the bishop. He himself admitted “Children should never be treated
celebrate Mass. A report released in January by The Philippine Drug Enforcement that he felt the children’s strong as criminals, not even when they get
They expressed hope that no more the U.S.-based non-government Agency, however, said that 5,104 desire for peace and an end to caught doing errands for pushers
lives would be lost due to drugs and group Armed Conflict Location “drug personalities” had died violence and killings in their and suppliers,” the prelate posted
that drug-related killings would and Event Data Project labeled between July 1, 2016, and Dec. 31, community. on his social media account on
stop because many innocent lives the Philippines as a “a war zone in 2018, during police operations. A week after receiving the letter, learning of the arrests. “They should
had already been lost. disguise.” Figures from the government’s Bishop David decided to accept the rather be treated as victims who
The organization cited the killings #RealNumbersPH report also children’s invitation and visit the need to be rescued from adults
Market 3, Navotas of over 1,000 people in 2018, showed that 167,135 people had community. who use them for their criminal
Market 3 in the coastal city of attributing them to the Duterte been arrested during the same On a pleasant afternoon in the activities.”
Navotas, north of Manila, is a administration’s war on drugs as period. middle of January, the children In a media briefing during the
sprawling slum where about 5,000 proof of its claim. In December 2018 alone, 54 drug finally welcomed their bishop. They last week of January, government
people live in a maze of sheet metal, The same report placed the suspects were killed while 2,870 led him to a makeshift chapel in the officials claimed that 927 children
crumbling concrete and wooden Philippines alongside Syria, Nigeria, were arrested. middle of the shanties that they call aged 10-17 were rescued in drug
boards that people call their homes. Yemen and Afghanistan as among The Philippine National Police home. operations last year.
Crimes, from petty to serious, the deadliest countries for civilians admitted to 4,540 deaths during In his homily, Bishop David Not included in the report were
are rampant, and illegal drugs in 2018. anti-drug operations since 2016. It shared the story of an eagle that the 54 children reported killed
proliferate in the community of Syria topped the list with more added that another 23,000 deaths grew up believing he was a chicken during operations since 2016
workers at the nearby fish port than 7,100 civilians killed, while remained under investigation. because he was brought up by one. based on data gathered by the non-
who believe that using “shabu,” a a combined total of about 7,600 Most of the killings and arrests At the end of the story, the eagle government Children’s Legal Rights
slang term for methamphetamine, were slain in Nigeria, Yemen, occurred in urban poor communities realized he was an eagle after seeing and Development Center.
will help them survive hunger and Afghanistan and the Philippines, like Market 3 in Bishop David’s another eagle, and soared up high Also not listed were the 32,395
sleepless nights. which occupied the next four slots, diocese. into the skies. children who lost their parents to
The Market 3 area was thrust to according to the report. When the bishop asked the the drug war, according to a study by
the forefront of the government’s The Philippine government A bishop’s story community about the moral of the the Ateneo School of Government.
bloody war on illegal drugs after described the report as ignorant and The children’s letter was “an story, one of the children said “How (Joe Torres/UCAN)

Great expectations: Vatican abuse summit McCarrick laicized by

has key, realistic goals Pope Francis
VATICAN— All eyes and ears the presidents of about but the meeting also will indicators that something is VATICAN— Pope Francis The allegations of sexual
will be on the Vatican during 115 bishops’ conferences, stress that the procedures bad in the church body.” and the Congregation for abuse against McCarrick
an unprecedented gathering a dozen heads of Eastern themselves “will not magically Therefore, they must not the Doctrine of the Faith became public in June 2018
Feb. 21-24 to discuss the churches, prefects of Vatican solve a problem.” only “address the concrete ordered this week the when the Archdiocese of
protection of minors in the congregations directly For example, he said, it cases,” but also “discover laicization of Theodore New York reported that it
Catholic Church. involved with Vatican was “a source of delusion” the dynamics that made it McCarrick, a former cardinal had received a “credible”
When Pope Francis norms regarding abuse and for U.S. Catholics when the possible for such attitudes and archbishop emeritus of allegation that McCarrick
announced the international negligence, eight delegates 2002 Dallas Charter did not and evils to occur.” Washington. sexually abused a teenage
meeting in September, it from the men’s Union fix everything. Those attitudes are Once a powerful figure in boy in the 1970s, while
sparked an optimistic note of Superiors General, 10 In fact, the meeting will driven by the temptation ecclesiastical, diplomatic, serving as a New York
that the global problem delegates from the women’s not be about producing any “to save ourselves, to save and political circles in the priest. McCarrick stepped
of abuse finally would be International Union of documents, but pushing our reputation,” he told the U.S. and around the world, down that same month from
tackled with a concerted, Superiors General, three people to take the needed steps Chilean bishops. McCarrick, 88, is now all public ministry at the
coordinated, global effort. members of the pope’s toward greater transparency In his letter to the U.S. removed from the clerical direction of the Holy See.
The breadth of the Council of Cardinals who and accountability, Father bishops, he warned against state. He was publicly accused In July, Pope Francis
potential impact seemed to are not presidents of their Lombardi said. the tendency to play the last year of sexually abusing accepted his resignation
be reflected in the list of those bishops’ conference and four Those steps already are victim, to scold, discredit, at least two adolescent from the College of Cardinals,
convoked to the meeting: the members of the organizing spelled out, he said, in Pope disparage others and point boys, and of engaging for ordering McCarrick to a
presidents of all the world’s committee. Francis’ 2016 document, “As fingers. decades in coercive sexual life of prayer and penance
bishops’ conferences, the Everyone invited will be a Loving Mother,” on the 5. Expect the meeting to behavior toward priests and pending the completion
heads of the Eastern Catholic expected to learn what his accountability of bishops and be one critical step along seminarians. of the canonical process
churches, representatives or her responsibilities are as religious superiors. a very long journey that The CDF conducted an concerning the allegations.
of the leadership groups of a leader or a bishop and to “It must be put into practice began decades ago and must administrative penal process Since the end of September,
men’s and women’s religious know the church laws and effectively,” he said, adding continue. which found McCarrick McCarrick has been residing
orders and the heads of major procedures that already exist that he was “convinced Further measures will guilty of “solicitation in the at the St. Fidelis Capuchin
Vatican offices. to protect the young. and firmly hope that this be taken after the meeting, Sacrament of Confession, Friary in Victoria, Kansas.
But the pope tried to 2. Organizers hope that by meeting will give a push in Father Zollner has said. For and sins against the Sixth Key among McCarrick’s
dial down what he saw as listening to victims and leaders that direction.” instance, a task force made Commandment with minors accusers is James Grein,
“inflated expectations” for who have learned things 3. There will be a kind of up of child protection experts and with adults, with the who gave evidence before
the meeting, telling reporters the hard way, participants “parallel assembly” as large “will probably be instituted aggravating factor of the specially deputized
in January that “the problem will be inspired to adopt a numbers of survivors and in the various continents” abuse of power,” according archdiocesan officials in New
of abuse will continue. It’s a culture of accountability and advocacy groups converge to help bishops create, to a Feb. 16 Vatican York on Dec. 27.
human problem” that exists transparency. on Rome to call for greater strengthen and implement communiqué. As part of the CDF’s
everywhere. Hearing what abuse and accountability, action and guidelines. An administrative investigation, Grein testified
Many survivors and negligence have done to reform. The different “teams” of penal process is a much- that McCarrick, a family
experts, too, have cautioned people has the power to A variety of events are the task force should be able abbreviated penal friend, sexually abused
that it was unrealistic to transform the listener, “to planned, including an to help “for years to come to mechanism used in cases him over a period of years,
assume such a brief meeting truly open the mind and evening “Vigil for Justice” measure the success of this in which the evidence is beginning when Grein was
could deliver a panacea for heart,” Jesuit Father Hans near the Vatican and a exercise of realizing one’s so clear that a full trial is 11 years old. He also alleged
abuse and its cover-up. Zollner told reporters Feb. 12. “March for Zero Tolerance” own responsibility, even on unnecessary. that McCarrick carried out
So, what should people Just to be sure those voices to St. Peter’s Square, but a the global level, in the face Because Pope Francis some of the abuse during
expect from the four-day are heard, the meeting will major focus will be media of public expectations,” he personally approved the the sacrament of confession
meeting? The following five also feature testimonies from outreach and getting the told the Vatican newspaper guilty verdict and the penalty - itself a separate canonical
points hit the highlights: survivors from countries voice and recommendations in January. of laicization, it is formally crime that can lead to the
1. It will be first and where the reality of abuse of laypeople and victims -- Even though the church is impossible for the decision penalty of laicization.
foremost about raising is still largely ignored, said many who had gone unheard well aware of larger, related to be appealed. The CDF has also
awareness, including that the priest, an abuse expert for years—listened to. problems of abuses of power, According to a Feb. 16 reportedly received evidence
the scandal of abuse is not who is part of the meeting’s 4. Pope Francis will be conscience and abuse and statement from the Vatican, from an additional alleged
a “Western” problem, but organizing committee. present throughout the violence against seminarians, the CDF issued the decree victim of McCarrick—13 at
happens in every country. He said the word meeting, which will include religious women and other Jan. 11 finding McCarrick the time the alleged abuse
To make that point clear, “accountability” doesn’t even plenary sessions, working adults, the meeting will focus guilty. This was followed by began—and from as many
the organizing committee exist in many languages, groups, prayer, a penitential exclusively on protecting an appeal, which the CDF as 8 seminarian-victims in
asked every participating which often means that liturgy and a closing Mass. minors from abuse, Fathers rejected Feb. 13. the New Jersey dioceses
bishop to sit down with a culture might lack a clear or In letters to the bishops of Zollner and Lombardi said. McCarrick was notified of Newark and Metuchen,
survivor of abuse before coherent understanding of Chile and the United States, The idea is that the attitude of the decision Feb. 15 and where McCarrick previously
coming to Rome and hear this key concept. Pope Francis has made clear and spirit needed to protect Pope Francis “has recognized served as bishop.
that “Me, too,” from a person For that reason, the what he thinks the church the most vulnerable of the the definitive nature of this As emeritus Archbishop
of his own country, culture summit will devote a day to needs to do to respond to the church’s members are the decision made in accord of Washington, D.C., and
and language. discussing accountability and abuse crisis. same that will protect and with law, rendering it a res also as Bishop of Metuchen
Jesuit Father Federico “what structures, procedures Administrative solutions promote respect for the iudicata (i.e., admitting of and Archbishop of Newark,
Lombardi, who is moderating and methods are effective” involving new policies and integrity and dignity of no further recourse.)” McCarrick occupied a place
the meeting, said there and viable in the Catholic norms are not enough, he everyone. CNA contacted McCarrick’s of prominence in the US
would be between 160 and Church, he said. has said. In fact, Father Lombardi canonical advocate, who Church.
180 participants. He told Church leaders must know He told Chile’s bishops that said, “I see this as a test of the declined to comment on the He was a leading
reporters Feb. 12 to expect what the norms are, he said, abuse and its cover-up “are Goals / A6 case. Laicized / A6
A4 OPINION February 18 - March 3, 2019, Vol 23, No. 04 CBCP Monitor


Vatican summit on sex abuse

POPE FRANCIS has called to Rome Catholic leaders from over
a hundred bishop’s conferences throughout the world for a
landmark meeting on sexual abuse. Gathering from February
21- 24, 2019, this will be the first time in history that a pope has
convened senior bishops to discuss clergy sexual abuse after
decades of scandals that have finally brought the Church to her
knees or so it seems.
In June 2016, Pope Francis issued Motu Proprio an Apostolic
Letter titled “As a Loving Mother” (Come una madre amorevole)
which underlines in 5 articles the possibility of removal from
ecclesiastical office for “grave reasons”, especially “in the negligence
of a bishop in the exercise of his office, and in particular in relation
to cases of sexual abuse inflicted on minors and vulnerable adults.”
But it seems the provisions of this apostolic letter have been
over taken by the heavy scandals that lately surfaced. Among
hundreds recent cases, the most outrageous is the one of Theodore
McCarrick who have been sexually abusing children and adults,
including seminarians and priests all the way from being a mere
priest in the Archdiocese of New York to being Archbishop of


Washington D.C. and finally to being elevated to the college of
cardinals. It escapes comprehension how was he able to rise to
the highest echelon of ecclesiastical stature undetected. Or was
he? Latest reports showed that Church leaders in the US and
Vatican officials were aware of McCarrick’s behavior, or at least
his proclivities, for decades. On February 16, 2019, the Holy See
has convicted McCarrick on charges of sexual abuse of minors
and adults and imposed on him a penalty of laicization.
Cover-ups and the seeming culture of silence within the Church
may have become the seedbed that fanned the proliferation of
We speak for the Panaghoy
sexual abuses among priests and bishops. Several years back, the
attitude was to keep things under the rug in order to possibly children on the MACR Bp. Broderick Pabillo
arrest the spread of scandal or protect the reputation of the priest. (Minimum age of criminal responsibility)
But at the end of the day, it has bred more scandals. Moreover,
as some church leaders tried to shield the priest they ended up
betraying the reputation of the Church and even the work of THE House of Representatives under rehabilitation centers and not to be by syndicates and adults to do crimes.
evangelization—and, of course, the sense of justice for the victims. the Speakership of Gloria Macapagal mixed with other prisoners. They should This means that they are victims.
This Vatican summit maybe a big step towards a cleansing Arroyo, is now rushing for the approval undergo rehabilitation programs in Criminalizing them will not solve
journey within the church. But people are praying that this of the act amending and expanding these centers. The whole purpose of the the problem unless we go after the
will focus on making Church leaders seriously aware of their the RA 9344 “The Juvenile Justice JJWA for CICL and for CHILDREN AT syndicates. The Police shows its failure
responsibilities, accountability, and transparency.
and Welfare Act of 2006” which will RISK (CAR) is Prevention, Diversion, to get the syndicates and instead would
LOWER DOWN THE MINIMUM AGE Rehabilitation, Re-integration, run after victims of these syndicates.
Faith and science OF CRIMINAL RESPONSIBILITY OF Aftercare. When this bill becomes a law, the police
CHILDREN FROM 15 YEARS OLD The law is not property implemented will tap its shoulders for having put
THESE two should go together. They are not meant to go separate TO 12 YEARS OLD. This is House Bill since 2006. children in jail and not bother to look for
ways and, worse, to go against each other. A faith without science No. 8858, which has been approved on • There are not enough rehabilitation the syndicates and adults who use the
is prone to fall into superstitions, and a science without faith can
2nd reading by the Lower House last centers and those that have are not children, as they tap their shoulders for
only go nowhere.
January 23, 2019 properly staffed and there is not enough having killed small time users of drugs
Faith without science can only provoke suspicion, disbelief and
criticism. And a science without faith might give an appearance
The proposed bill was introduced with program to rehabilitate the children. instead of getting at the big drug lords!
of sophisticated achievement but it will certainly lead to getting the following objectives: • The DSWD does not have enough 3. Science tells us that children
confused and lost in itself, and can pose as a grave danger to us. • To protect minors from personnel to handle the CICL and CAR below age 18 are not fully developed
All of this because faith and science in the end come from the being exploited by syndicates and in the municipalities. intellectually, emotionally and
same source—God the Creator. This is what the Catechism says unscrupulous persons that use minors • The barangay officials are not psychologically. This is why they are not
about faith and science: to escape liability for crimes and other oriented or are not doing anything to allowed to vote and are not allowed to
“Though faith is above reason, there can never be any real illegal activities. take care of the CAR although they have enter into legal contracts. The argument
discrepancy between faith and reason. Since the same God who • To provide adequate intervention a mandate for this. that the bill will act as a deterrent does
reveals mysteries and infuses faith has bestowed the light of and diversion measures for children in not hold water because the kids do not
reason on the human mind, God cannot deny himself, nor can conflict with the law. The government has a very poor see the full implications of the law nor
truth ever contradict itself. Consequently, methodical research • To increase the penalties for record of implementing laws. We call of their actions. The users of these kids
in all branches of knowledge, provided it is carried out in a truly the exploitation of children for the for full implementation of this law will continue to use them since there are
scientific manner and does not override moral laws, can never commission of crimes. which already addresses many concerns many vulnerable kids anyway because of
conflict with the faith, because the things of the world and the brought out by the new bill. If the widespread poverty.
things of faith derive from the same God. The humble and We oppose this bill on the following government now is not able to build 4. Once a child of 12 is criminalized,
persevering investigator of the secrets of nature is being led, as grounds: rehabilitation centers of CICL since his/her record for life is already a
it were, by the hand of God in spite of himself, for it is God, the 1. We now have the Juvenile Justice 2006, what guarantee we have the that criminal. We destroy his/her future
conserver of all things, who made them what they are.” (159) Welfare Act (JJWA) or RA 9344 proposed Bahay Pangarap of this bill without him/ her knowing fully what he/
Faith actually needs science to be able to demonstrate its truths, In this Law the CHILDREN IN will be built and properly staffed? she has done. This brand or stigma as a
though faith transcends the powers of science and its scope goes far CONFLICT WITH THE LAW (CICL) 2. CICL account for less than 2% criminal in his/her records will close a
beyond what science can reach and cover. Thus, being a sharing of
who are below 15 years of age should of criminality in the country and lot of doors for his/her future.
what God the Creator knows about us and the world, faith is meant
have age - appropriate interventions many of these are petty crimes due to 5. The Philippine government is party
to give light and direction to science. We need to acknowledge this
principle and allow our scientific work to be guided by faith.
from the DSWD. Those who are 15 hunger, influence of peers and lack of to the United Nations Convention on
A faith that is not aided by science is a faith that is out on a years old till 18 years are to be put in parental guidance. CICL may be used Panaghoy / A6
limb. It tends to fall into the anomaly of fideism. And a science

And That’s The Truth No fast forwards for me

that is not guided by faith is blind, or is blinded by its own light.
It cannot cope with all the issues and questions in life and the
realities of the spiritual and supernatural world. It tends to fall
into the anomaly of scientism and technologism. Teresa R. Tunay, OCDS
A faith without science tends to build an ivory tower, unable
to have any impact on the things of the world. Its relevance and
practicability in the world tends to fade away. Its spread and
transmission, its viability in the world would be greatly hampered. MY passion for truth won’t is your source?” When the I could name a few netizen- so… let it be. But lately I
Faith does not undermine the objectivity and realism of science. tolerate forwarded social answer is “it’s forwarded by friends who are in the habit got two posts on the same
A science without faith can become a loose cannon. It is vulnerable media messages that sound a friend”, I first verify and of thoughtlessly forwarding day that raised the alarm
to be exploited by ideologues, to get entangled in partisan politics, too good or too bad to be validate it if I think it’s worth such unchecked posts, and bell several notches higher.
and to come out with biased data, etc. It would not know how to true—whether they’re plain the trouble. And almost I used to respond to each The first one is plain text
play along the providence of God, since it would be oblivious of God.
news items or videos from always, the post is fake news, and everyone of them once with a photo of Pope Francis
Faith and science should go together. Scientific studies, for
netizens. I won’t forward propaganda in disguise, I got the facts straight, but titled “Gentle reminders from
example, about the origin of the world and of life in general
reinforce the truths of faith about these questions. Of course, there
messages just because they religious intolerance masked now I’ve grown tired of it, Pope Francis”; the second is
are differences in the language used by faith and science, but they make me feel noble, or even as righteous indignation, or because they don’t seem a video accompanied by a
somehow are in agreement about the core of these questions. just useful, as I suspect many hatred posing as a cry for to learn, or care, or care to caption “Hindu girl burned
It is important that we always maintain the strong and intimate Facebook friends of faith justice. My nose for news learn. Sometimes I even fear alive in Madhya Pradesh for
relation between faith and science. We have to avoid the extremes do. While I appreciate the usually warns me, and I heed they resent me for bursting attending Christian prayer
of “too much faith” with hardly any reference and support from senders’ good intentions it because I know that once their bubble. Maybe the old service”.
science, and of “too much science” that practically ignores the light in spreading supposedly I carelessly hit the forward adage “you cannot teach Reading the “Gentle
of faith. Sad to say, these two extremes can be found in many informative or uplifting button, I’d be caught in the old dogs new tricks” applies reminders…” I saw that some
places today. We need to correct the situation by undertaking posts, my kneejerk reaction viral spiral to spread lies—a here. I’d hate to be known advice made sense, but as a
an abiding catechesis, adapted to the different mentalities of the is to ask them, “What/who mortal sin for a writer. as “Pambansang Kill Joy”, And That’s the Truth / A7
people, about the mutual relation between faith and science.

The narrative of faith Candidly Speaking

Fr. Roy Cimagala


THE word, ‘narrative,’ today has and the conservatives defending their divorce, same-sex marriage, etc.
Pedro Quitorio acquired a bad connotation because views according to the narrative of their This is, of course, a blatant
Editor-in-Chief it now is made to refer to attempts ideological and political position. misconception of faith, regarding it
to conform our views according to Of course, this is a very understandable as one more man-made ideology and
Nirva’ana E. Delacruz Ron Ramos, Sky Ortigas a preconceived storyline that would phenomenon. One sees and understands political platform. To be sure, all man-
Associate Editor Design Artists already suggest bias and prejudice. It’s things according to how he is, conditioned made ideologies and political platforms
like things are scripted and controlled, as he is by so many factors and elements. have many things that can do good to all
Roy Lagarde Mercedita Juanite and as a consequence objectivity is A gospel passage somehow says as of us. But they cannot capture everything
News Editor Circulation Manager
compromised. much. “The heart speaks out of the that is proper to us. To be sure also, they
Christine Paguirigan Marcelita Dominguez This is especially so in the area abundance of the heart.” (Mt 12,34) cannot by themselves bring us to our
Managing Editor Comptroller of public opinion where different Unfortunately, the word, ‘narrative,’ spiritual and supernatural goal.
ideological and political groups defend with its negative connotation is also Yes, it can be said that the word,
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CBCP Monitor February 18 - March 3, 2019, Vol 23, No. 04 OPINION A5

Along the Way EDSA: An unfinished Collection Box

Fr. Amado L. Picardal, CSsR, STD revolution Fr. Jerome R. Secillano, MPA

THIRTY-THREE years ago, a corrupt

dictator—Ferdinand Marcos—was
scot-free in spite of being convicted by
the Sandigan Bayan. It is believed that
attack while false news proliferate in
the cyberspace. The clergy – including Condemning terror:
deposed in a matter of four days without
bloodshed. It was an event that was
the Marcos billions financed the vice-
presidential candidacy of Bongbong
bishops - continue to receive death
threats and three priests have already ‘What has happened to
totally unexpected. It happened three
years after the assassination of Ninoy
Marcos and the senatorial candidacy
of Imee Marcos who is being endorsed
been assassinated.Meanwhile, majority
of the people remain poor. The prices humanity?’
Aquino which consequently heightened by Rodrigo Duterte out of gratitude of goods continue to rise. The poor are (First of two parts)
the resistance against the dictatorial for having supported his presidential victims of violence, injustice, violation
regime. It happened two weeks after a candidacy. of human rights. They are the most
I WAS wrong when I thought that the world’s strongest
snap election which was denounced by We have a president who idolizes the vulnerable to calamities due to the
condemnation of terror will put an end to terrorist acts.
the CBCP as fraudulent. It was triggered former dictator and has followed his destruction of the environment and
When the most brutal and destructive terrorist attack
by bungled coup attempt and the call of example by exercising hegemony and climate change.
destroyed the twin towers in New York and claimed thousands
Cardinal Sin for the people to come to total control not just over the executive Looking back over the years after
of American lives, America, I thought, will not take it sitting
EDSA to prevent loyalist troops from branch but also the legislative and EDSA, we realize that there was no
down. That a more vicious annihilation of terrorists is in the
going after the coup plotters holed up judiciary branches of government. He genuine revolution. There was a
in Camp Crame and Camp Aguinaldo. has imposed perpetual Martial Law in restoration of democracy – but only in
The whole world was on the side of the United States, and
It came to be known as the People Mindanao. He acts as if he is above the form but not in substance. What was
for all of America’s faults and shortcomings, she couldn’t go
Power revolution which installed as law and can say anything he likes. The restored was elitist democracy – with
wrong if she decided to retaliate. World leaders, nations, and
president Cory Aquino—the widow of extrajudicial killings already claimed a self-serving political class motivated
institutions strongly condemned the act that had exposed
Ninoy Aquino. that lives of over 30,000 people in less by wealth, power and privilege –
Americas’ vulnerability and seeming weakness.
For many, it was indeed a miraculous than three years—casualties on the so- perpetuated by an electorate most of
For years, US authorities hunted down Osama Bin Laden.
event. It was our Exodus. It was a called War on Drugs and the counter- whom lack conscience and intelligence,
The end of the most hated terrorist was imminent. In one fell
manifestation of God’s intervention in insurgency war. This has surpassed the easily fooled by empty promises, that
swoop, Bin Laden was cornered in a compound at Abbottabad,
our country’s history. God was revealed EJK that took place in 14 years of the can easily be bought and that can
Pakistan just yards from a military compound and mercilessly
as liberator, on side of the poor, who Marcos dictatorial rule. Peace remains be captivated by candidates who are
killed by US Navy Seals.
“cast the mighty from their thrones and an elusive dream in spite of the peace popular (boxers, entertainers, actors)
Bin Laden’s end happened on May 2, 2011, but the end of
lifted up the lowly.” It was time when we agreement with the MILF and the even if they are incompetent. Fifteen
terror is from over. Terror attacks from all over the world
were proud to be Filipinos. EDSA was BOL. The peace negotiations with the years after EDSA, there was another
touted as our gift to the world, a proof NDF/CPP/NPA which started 32 years EDSA II which ousted a corrupt and
During the annual Boston Marathon on Apr. 15, 2013, two
that it was possible to peacefully end ago have not prospered and have once incompetent president. But things
homemade pressure cooker bombs detonated 12 seconds and
despotic regimes. Thus, it became an again collapsed and this has led to the remain the same. Why is this?
210 yards (190 m) apart, killing three people and injuring
inspiration for non-violent resistance escalation of the armed hostilities. We lack genuine selfless leaders
several hundred others, including 16 who lost limbs. During
all over the world. Several years later, We continue to be led by corrupt and who have integrity, principles and
questioning, one of the suspects said he and his brother
we witnessed the collapse of the Iron incompetent politicians whose only competence. We lack compassionate
were motivated by extremist Islamist beliefs and the wars
Curtain, the emergence of democratic concern is to enrich themselves and and courageous servant-leaders, with
in Iraq and Afghanistan, that they were self-radicalized and
regimes in Eastern Europe, in Latin their families and perpetuate themselves vision and wisdom, capable of inspiring
unconnected to any outside terrorist groups.
America and in South Africa. in power, making a mockery of the everyone to work for the common good
In 2015, married couple Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik
Yet, over three decades later, we look anti-dynasty law in the constitution. and with a program of transforming
shot and killed 14 people and injured 22 others in a killing
at our country and ask, was it really The opposition has been intimidated our political and economic system and
spree that the FBI was investigating as an”act of terrorism”.
a revolution? Did EDSA change and and emasculated. Those who dared to structures and bringing about genuine
This was called the San Bernardino attack.
transform our country? stand up to the president – like Leila justice, peace and progress.But we
On the morning of March22, 2016, three coordinated
The Marcoses are still around. DeLima and Antonio Trillanes III have cannot blame everything on the kind
suicide bombings occurred in Belgium: two at Brussels
Ferdinand Marcos, Sr., has received been harassed and arrested by false of leaders that we have. We deserve the
Airport in Zaventem, and one at Maalbeek metro station in
a hero’s burial. Imelda Marcos is still charges. The media is constantly under Along the Way / A7
central Brussels. Thirty-two civilians and three perpetrators
were killed, and more than 300 people were injured. Another
Together, let us Duc in Altum
bomb was found during a search of the airport. The Islamic
State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for
all walk for life Atty. Aurora A. Santiago
the attacks.
On Palm Sunday, Apr. 9, 2017, twin suicide bombings took
place at St. George’s Church in the northern Egyptian city of
Tanta on the Nile delta, and Saint Mark’s Coptic Orthodox
Cathedral, the principal church in Alexandria, seat of the
THE Sangguniang Laiko ng inspired by St. Pope John death and violence. Human any walk for life that does Coptic papacy. At least 45 people were reported killed and
Pilipinas (Laiko) initiated the Paul II’s Christifideles Laici life is sacred and with dignity; not affirm the dignity and 126 injured. Amaq News Agency said the attacks were carried
Walk for Life in 2017; it was a on the vocation and mission it should never be abused and humanity of every woman out by a security detachment of the Islamic State of Iraq and
huge success. In 2018, more of the Lay Faithful or Laity: must be protected while in who is chosen by God to Syria (ISIS).
church organizations and “The inviolability of the the womb. Prisoners should give life. The womb where On the afternoon of Aug. 17, 2017, 22-year old Younes
ministries joined the event. person, which is the reflection not be given inhumane life is nurtured is not just Abouyaaqoub drove a van into pedestrians on La Rambla in
This year, thousands and of the absolute inviolability of treatment, even if they were the mother’s womb. There Barcelona, Spain, killing 13 people and injuring at least 130
thousands more participated. God, finds its primary and involved in illegal drugs; they is also the womb where life others, one of whom died 10 days later on Aug. 27. Nine hours
The Walk for Life, indeed fundamental expression in are sick and need care and continues to be nurtured like after the Barcelona attack, five men thought to be members
has become a tradition of the inviolability of human compassion. the family, neighborhoods, of the same terrorist cell drove into pedestrians in nearby
the faithful to express their life... the common outcry, In his homily during the schools, parishes, BECs (Basic Cambrils, killing one woman and injuring six others. The
advocacy to support the which is justly made on Walk for Life, Luis Antonio Ecclesial Communities). night before the Barcelona attack, an explosion occurred in a
culture of life as against the behalf of human rights—for Cardinal Tagle invoked that They are the spaces of house in the Spanish town of Alcanar, destroying the building
culture of death. example, the right to health, we should give thanks to God compassion, tenderness and killing two members of the terrorist cell, including the
Laiko is the lay arm of CBCP to home, to work, to family, to for the gift of life, the gift and love, especially in the 40-year old imam thought to be the mastermind. The group
Episcopal Commission on the culture— is false and illusory that needs to be treasured; family, which is not only accidentally detonated the bomb they were making.
Laity (ECLA). Its President if the right to life, the most that we accept the mission the place where biological The long arm of terror did not spare the Philippines. On May
Marita Wasan, Ph.D, affirmed basic and fundamental right to celebrate life, to nurture it, life is nurtured, the life of 23, 2017, the Battle of Marawi also known as the Marawi siege
that the walk is not only to and the condition for all to defend it and to promote faith is also nurtured where commenced. It became the longest urban battle in the modern
condemn the wrong that is other personal rights, is not it. He encouraged the youth we recognize God and obey history of the country lasting five months. Government
being done, but also to pray defended with maximum to pass onto their future God. When “the relationship security forces battled Muslim militants affiliated with the
for the conversion of those determination.” children and grandchildren with God is abandoned and Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) including the Maute
who committed the wrong. Weeks before the event, that every year, they should instead of obedience to God and Abu Sayyaf Salafi jihadist groups. The war devastated the
The purpose of the walk is to some bishops supported wait and join the Walk for Life rebellion towards God sets city, razing it to ground zero with properties, houses, churches
uphold the truth and uphold the event and called on the because there would come in, life is curtailed, death and mosques destroyed at epic proportions.
that human life is a choice faithful to join the Walk for the time when this generation enters.” The third womb is Then came the bombing of a Catholic Church in Mindanao. On
that must be made by all. Life, among them, Bishop of youth will also grow old the wider society which must the morning of Jan. 27, 2019, two bombs exploded at the Roman
In its press statement, Pablo Virgilio David of the and they must bequeath give life instead of wasting Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolo, Sulu.
Laiko aims for a “choice Diocese of Kalookan. He to the next generation the life; “making society a tender Twenty people were killed and 102 others injured. It is believed
to uphold human life and pointed out that every person value of life. Cardinal Tagle compassionate womb where that the attacks were carried out by the Abu Sayyaf, and the Islamic
human dignity” It was must fight every forces of also stated “There cannot be Duc in Altum / A7 Collection Box / A7

Spaces of Hope ‘Sakyanan sa Kaluoy’

Fr. Carmelo O. Diola

WITH a thumbs-up sign, Umberto Diocese of San Benedetto del began in February 2018, the idea for shown. There is a holding tank for Agreement is secured beforehand
emerged from the shower with a Tronto-Ripatransone-Montalto, constructing the aforementioned the water to be used in the showers on snacks for volunteers, washing
huge smile. This was no ordinary representing the Italian Bishops’ vehicle once more surfaced. and another one to keep the used of soiled clothing of children,
shower but one of four mounted Conference. As she viewed her A team began conceptualizing and water before it is discharged in an name tags, chairs and tables, a tent
on the left side of a 17-foot long husband emerge from the shower, designing. Architect Dante Morales, appropriate place. for shade, potable water, sound
body of an Isuzu Elf. “Sakyanan sa Umberto’s wife, Nicoletta, cried who designed the activity center, A good shepherd goes out in system, music, etc. In due time, a
Kaluoy” (“Vehicle of Mercy”) or SSK out as she shook her head with once more shared his creative search of the lost sheep. certain “payment” will be asked
is a mobile service of “Abtanan sa endearment, “Matto, matto”. juices with a local team who had of the children for them to avail of
Kaluoy” (“Oasis of Mercy”) or ASK, “Matto” (“nuts”) describes the worked with street children. Initial *** services: the bringing in of garbage
inaugurated and blessed on Jan. beginnings of the project well. designs were then presented before The vehicle’s visit to a parish for recycling or proper disposal.
29, 2019 inside the compound of With no blueprint to work on—a a local vehicle body-builder in results from active networking. Street children shall have values
the St. Joseph the Patriarch Parish, Google search for “bus for street collaboration with two engineering A team is formed beforehand, formation. But these shall be
Mabolo, Cebu City. children” yields pictures of either professors from a local university. bringing together representatives caught, rather than taught. As
Umberto Silensi, an Italian toy buses, school buses, or buses A final design emerged. from UBAS (Ugnayan ng Barangay a teaching methodology puts it,
deacon, decided to try out the for the homeless—and no budget to Sakyanan offers shower, new at Simbahan) and other sectors. A “Show, don’t tell.” The basic values
shower service as the vehicle parked speak of, it was providence-inspired clothes, a hot meal, haircut, and counterpart arrangement is agreed shall have the acronym, “TLIG” or
in front of the Cebu Metropolitan joyful persistence that led from other services in collaboration upon, with certain fixed tasks. The True Love Inspired by God. More
Cathedral a day after the opening the drawing board to the finished with a parish, the local barangay, barangay brings in the children and concretely, “come on Time”; “fall
of ASK. The idea to build Sakyanan product. the police, and other sectors in registers them. Sakyanan provides in Line and stay in line;” “read,
had come from Ronald Diola, Like ASK, the Sakyanan is a fruit the parish. A system of hydraulics the shower facilities and food. The listen to, and follow Instructions”;
an ASK volunteer, but it was the of the 51st International Eucharistic allows the sides and the back of parish provides parking space and and “manage your Garbage well”.
good deacon who pushed the idea Congress and its effort to ensure the the vehicle to open up and serve toilets for use before showering. The large video screen shall play
forward. dignified participation of the poor. the children. A big video screen Other tasks are negotiable, like a big role in securing the attention
He was with his local ordinary, When the actual construction of the at the back allows short animated recruiting volunteer barbers and, of children and keeping them
Bishop Carlo Bresciani of the activity center for street children films and instructional video to be perhaps, medical and dental teams. Spaces of Hope / A7
A6 LOCAL NEWS February 18 - March 3, 2019, Vol 23, No. 04 CBCP Monitor

Borongan bishop: ‘Distorted Ozamis prelate backs martial

values’ destroy elections
law extension in Mindanao
“MINDANAO needs martial law.” as peacekeepers in Mindanao. in Mindanao until the end of 2019.
Without reservation, Archbishop Archbishop Jumoad also This is the third time that the SC
Martin Jumoad of Ozamis supported expressed hope that everybody, affirmed the legality of the martial
the third martial law extension in regardless of religion, will work for law, dismissing the petitions filed
the southern region. peace. by four different groups.
“This is good for us here. Others “May the people of Mindanao – In 2017, most bishops in the south
may not understand us but if you Muslims, Lumads and Christians backed martial law in Mindanao
live in Mindanao then your eyes will – work for peace and harmony,” following an attempt by Islamic
be opened why,” he said. he added. State-linked rebels to seize Marawi
So far, he said that the military “Let us respect one another City.
rule has helped ensure peace regardless of faith convictions,” But they said that martial law
and stability at least in his Jumoad also said. “must be temporary”, as they vowed
archdiocese. Voting 9-4, the Supreme Court on to condemn any abuses and “if it
The prelate said they continue to Feb. 19 upheld the constitutionality goes in the way of evil as in the
trust the government security forces of the extension of the martial law past”. (CBCPNews)
Bishop Crispin Varquez of Borongan urged Catholics to shun vote-buying and selling this coming May
13 elections. FILE PHOTO Green groups pay tribute to Bishop Gutierrez
A CATHOLIC bishop has called on stressed, has undermined the BISHOP Dinualdo “We will miss the sober actions and even street the struggle against the
his flock to vote responsibly in the emergence of credible candidates. Gutierrez, who died from guidance and joyful marches to highlight copper and gold project in
upcoming midterm polls to correct “I am disturbed by what is a lingering illness, has inspiration that Bishop the peoples’ issue,” the Tampakan,” it said.
“distorted values” that reigned in happening in our society today been hailed for working Gutierrez has extended group added. PMPI is a social
the past elections. because of the distorted values of tirelessly to protect the to us while championing Faith-based group, development network of
Bishop Crispin Varquez of many people,” Varquez said. environment. environmental awareness Philippine Misereor people’s organizations,
Borongan said it’s about time Echoing the call of the Philippine The retired bishop of and protecting the Partnership Inc., also said faith-based groups and
people use their votes with visionary bishops’ conference, he urged the Marbel died in a hospital integrity of creation,” it that Gutierrez’s death is a Misereor, the overseas
leadership and good governance in public to be discerning and elect in General Santos City on said. sad loss for environmental development agency of
mind. candidates who have the common Feb. 10. He was 79. The bishop, according advocates. the Catholic Church in
“It’s high time to demand for good as their top concern. The Alyansa Tigil to them, played a crucial Gutierrez was the bishop Germany.
real change. This coming elections, “If corruption continues, nothing Mina (ATM), a coalition role in the fight against convenor of PMPI cluster Bishop Gutierrez will
choose good candidates,” he said will happen to our country and to of mining-affected mining projects and coal- for Kidapawan, Marbel be laid to rest after a
emphatically in a video message. the lives of Filipinos,” he added. communities, said that fired power plants. and Cotabato when it was funeral Mass at the
The bishop lamented how He also called on the people Gutierrez “popularized” “Our alliance will formally organized. Christ the King Cathedral
previous elections in one of the to participate actively during the the focus of environmental never forget the many “He was an outspoken in Koronadal City on
country’s poorest provinces were elections and “stand for what is struggle in South times Bp. Gutierrez has critic of big mining projects Feb 20, his birth date.
marred by rampant vote buying right, no matter how unpopular it Cotabato. personally led creative in the diocese particularly (CBCPNews)
and selling. may become”. (Roy Lagarde /
This “systemic corruption”, he CBCPNews)
Bishops urge youth to join fight vs human trafficking
Building / A1
CATHOLIC officials said that
under a consortium of Development multipurpose classroom, a chapel, combating human trafficking is
and Peace – Caritas Canada, Caritas village market, and waste water everybody’s business as they urged
Philippines, Archdiocese of Palo, treatment and materials recovery the youth to join in the fight against
Redemptorist Congregation, and the facilities. modern slavery.
Urban Poor Associates. Jess Agustin, country manager of In statement, Balanga Bishop
Canadian delegation led by Bishop D&P, said that Pope Francis Village Ruperto Santos of the CBCP
Noel Simard along with church and is “truly an integrated, community- Migrants’ Commission said that the
government officials graced the driven model community that is Church sees the youth as partners
turnover ceremony on Feb. 10. reflective of the people’s aspirations”. in fighting the menace of human
Simard said the event was “a “Our work in providing alternatives trafficking.
manifestation of us in Canada like Pope Francis Village’s model “We call for a more active
responding to the great need and community has been an expression of involvement of the youth as partners
suffering you have experienced in solidarity and hope, despite despair, to also learn together crosscutting
2013”. hatred and division,” he said. all other issues related to human
“D&P cannot help but respond The construction of Pope Francis trafficking,” said Santos in a joint
in the best way we can, despite the Village is expected to be completed statement with the Association of
many difficulties we have to face in in June 2019. Major Religious Superiors in the
building the Pope Francis Village,” In November 2018, Caritas Philippines.
he said. Philippines has reported that it has He said that young people must
“And now seeing the happy faces built more than 30,000 homes, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo (left) and Bishop Ruperto Santos of the CBCP’s Commission
take concrete actions and advocate on Migrants and Itinerant People celebrate Mass to mark the International Day of Prayer and Awareness
of the families, of the children in benefiting thousands of Yolanda policies that make children more against Human Trafficking at the Manila Cathedral, Feb. 8. NICEFORO BALBEDINA
their new homes, we can only say survivors. vulnerable to human trafficking and
that D&P did the right thing pushing The church’s over-all Caritas other crimes. who was kidnapped and sold into strengthen network among
for this project,” Simard said. response has amounted to over P3.2 The bishop made the call during slavery as a child in Sudan and Italy. ministries to prevent human
Fr. Edwin Gariguez of Caritas billion. a Mass at the Manila Cathedral on Attended by a number of trafficking,” he said.
Philippines reiterated the church’s Aside from housing projects, the Friday to mark the International advocates, he also said that The bishop also encouraged
commitment to help the Yolanda Church also focused on livelihood Day of Prayer and Awareness religious communities must step parishes and church organizations
survivors. programs, community organizing, against Human Trafficking. up the plate and do more to stop to continue providing a home for
“The way we were able to organize community-managed disaster risk The annual day is celebrated Feb. the problem. victims and survivors of human
the survivors and mobilize all reduction, ecosystems recovery, 8, the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, “Let us form committees and trafficking. (CBCP News)
resources available were a reflection and institutional capacity building,
of our commitment to better the lives among others. Vaccinated / A1
of the most vulnerable,” he said. “This is our Church not giving up
caused at least 70 deaths, parents to have their fear of the vaccine affect on the growing number
The P187.8 million project will on her people,” Gariguez said.
with majority of the children vaccinated by the lives of our children,” of measles cases in the
have about 566 housing units, six
fatalities having no history going to the barangay Tirona said. region.
of vaccination. health centers,” Tirona “We are saddened by The archdiocese also
Cages / A1 Goals / A3
In Bicol region, at least said. the many reported deaths urged the cooperation of
consider the “greater harm” posed profundity of the reform” of the 54 new cases of measles Health officials of our children, mostly all concerned agencies,
by their controversial proposal to church called for by Pope Francis. were recorded from Jan. attributed the low from poor families and NGOs, civil society and
children. In other words, the pope wants 1 to Feb. 2, 2019. vaccination rate to the communities,” he added. churches to work together
“There is no way we can call people “to examine how we live out “The archdiocese joins scare caused by the He also commended in response to the measles
ourselves a civilized society if we our mission, with what coherence the health department Dengvaxia controversy. efforts by the DOH Bicol in outbreak. (Melo Acuña
hold children in conflict with the law and how we can convert our attitudes, in Bicol in appealing to “Let not the unfounded raising public awareness / CBCP News)
criminally liable,” the bishops said. both in regard to our attention and
They noted that most young compassion for those who suffer, as Panaghoy / A4
offenders came from poor families well as our consistent witness to the
and were raised in an “environment dignity of children, of women, and the Rights of Children (UNCRC) WILFULLY OR THROUGH GROSS to stop corporal punishment.
of abuse”. (CBCP News) so on.” (Carol Glatz/CNS) which prohibits criminalization INEXCUSABLE NEGLIGENCE, • We set up programs for
of children. According to the THE RECORDS OR ANY the protection of children and
Society / A1 Committee on the Rights of the INFORMATION RELATION TO vulnerable adults. Programs on
Child General Comment No. THE PROCEEDINGS INVOLVING this kind are already in place, such
is a disservice not only to the society presence of many young people at 24 replacing General Comment CHILDREN IN CONFLICT WITH as the one being promoted by
but to creation. the event. No. 10 of 2007 (Child Rights’ in THE LAW, SHALL SUFFER THE the Salvatorian Sisters which the
“Creation that generously, that Simultaneous walk for life were Juvenile Justice), “State parties PENALTIES IMPOSED IN TITLE diocese of Novaliches has adopted
takes care of us, is not able to do also held in the cities of Dagupan, are encouraged to increase their VII, CHAPTER 3 OF THIS ACT.” and pursues.
its mission because of the hands,” Tarlac, Cebu, Ormoc and Cagayan minimum age to at least 14 years, Simply put, once a child has been • Most important is the effort to
he added. de Oro. Lay groups also gathered while those with 15 or 16 years of arrested, the court, within 72 hours, end poverty. Poverty is the reason
Although no crowd estimate in the towns of Palo and Palompon, age are commendable. Further, has to make a decision for the petition why many children are out of
was given to the media by police in Leyte. (Roy Lagarde / the Committee recommends that for an involuntary commitment school, are not cared for by their
authorities, the cardinal noted the CBCPNews) State Parties should under no to these specialized facilities. The parents, resort to substance abuse,
circumstances reduce the minimum initial period of the placement of and are easily lured by human
Laicized / A3 age of criminal responsibility, if its the child shall not be less than one traffickers and syndicates.
current penal law sets the minimum year. After that 72 hours, no person • We should raise our voice
participant in the development the clerical state - often called age of criminal responsibility at an can have access to the records or against this amendment to MACR
of the 2002 Dallas Charter and laicization—prevents McCarrick age higher than 14 years.” any information in relation to the as Church. Our strong devotion to
USCCB Essential Norms, which from referring to himself or 6. Lastly, a very dangerous section proceedings. Therefore, No DSWD, Sto. Niño urges us this. If we make
established procedures for functioning as a priest, in public or (Section 43-A) was inserted which NGO or Charitable Institution can enough noise this bill will not be
handling allegations of sexual private. Since ordination imparts a in effect will prevent any appeal or help these children because NO ONE considered by Senate which in
abuse concerning priests. sacramental character, it cannot be reconsideration or correction in the WILL GIVE OUT ANY RECORD OR general is very sensitive to public
Though laicized, McCarrick undone by an act of the Church; but judgements given to these young INFORMATION UNDER THE PAIN opinion and public clamor. This is
does not cease to be a bishop, following laicization he is stripped offenders, to wit: OF STIFF PENALTIES. part of our advocacy to protect the
sacramentally speaking, since of all the rights and privileges of SEC 43-A. PENALTY What should we do as Church? least, the last and the lost and to
once conferred the sacrament a cleric including, in theory, the FOR VIOLATION OF • We promoted Positive Discipline speak for those who are voiceless.
of ordination and episcopal right to receive financial support CONFIDENTIALITY OF RECORDS- and Responsible Parenting in our This is another piece of legislation
consecration cannot be undone. from the Church. ( H a n n a h ANY PERSON WHO HAS BEEN family ministries. that is against the poor and the very
The penalty of reduction from Brockhaus/CNA) FOUND GUILTY OF DIVULGING, • We should also join the advocacy vulnerable.
CBCP Monitor February 18 - March 3, 2019, Vol 23, No. 04 DIOCESAN NEWS A7

La Union coal plant faces Church reaches out to

people with HIV, depression
Church opposition in Puerto Princesa
A CATHOLIC diocese has urged
the government to drop its plan to PUERTO PRINCESA City— The Ventura, City Health Officer Dr.
construct an P80-billion coal-fired Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Ricardo Panganiban, HIV Program
power plant in La Union province. Princesa launched on Feb. 13 an Coordinator Re gine Villapa,
Bishop Daniel Presto of San advocacy apostolate program for Hayalee Vicente (ONP) represented
Fernando diocese expressed persons living with the human their respective offices in a signing
concern that the project will immunodeficiency virus (PLHIV) of commitment to the program.
negatively impact on the health of and depression, following a Panganiban said the increasing
locals and the environment. Holy Mass presided over by Fr. number of HIV cases in Palawan is
He said those temporary Eugene Elivera at the Immaculate alarming.
economic benefits are not Conception Cathedral. “Based on data, and research, the
an acceptable trade-off for “This is very timely, I cause of increase is not tourism-
long-term degradation of the am aware of the increasing related, it does not come from sex
environment. numbers of HIV in Palawan, workers, people affected are mainly
“We could not in conscience of people who are suffering MSMs or males having sex with
recommend said plan,” Presto said from depression that resulted males,” he said in Filipino.
in a manifesto read in all masses in [in] committing suicide. On
the diocese recently. the part of the Church, we ‘Unrecorded cases’
The 670-megawatt plant project wanted to spearhead awareness There are 338 recorded cases
This July 2018 file photo shows various groups gather in San Fernando City, La Union to protest the
will be built in a 41-hectare property planned coal-fired power plant to be built in Luna town. PHOTO COURTESY OF DIANE MENDOZA ORPILLA campaign, to reach out… let of HIV in Palawan, only 246
across the coastal villages of us embrace them without are undergoing anti-retroviral
Carisquis and Nalvo Sur in Luna between the rich and the poor and As alternative, the church judgment and discrimination,” therapy at ONP’s Red Top Center,
town. would cause higher electricity rate. encouraged the exploration of said Bishop Socrates Mesiona based on the data presented by
In October 2018, the project’s Instead of job opportunities, he other ways of cheaper sources of in an interview. Panganiban.
proponent, Global Luzon Energy said that it would also deprive the energy. According to Elivera, the “Where are the others? We need
Development Corp., has obtained marginalized their only source of “We still have time to overcome program, which aims to eliminate to reach them out, to come out and
an environmental compliance livelihood and will have a negative our failures in the past, convert discrimination and stigma against be treated,” he said, adding that
certificate from the government. impact on the local tourism industry. from our sins against creation due PLHIV and those undergoing there may still be many “unrecorded
Presto also warned that the “The promised benefits are plain to abuse, misuse or overuse,” Presto depression, is in partnership with cases” of HIV in Palawan.
project “would further the gap” deceptions,” he asserted. said. (CBCP News) the local government through He also lauded the effort of the
the City Health Office (CHO), Catholic Church in helping address
Candidly Speaking / A4
Ospital ng Palawan (ONP), and the stigma and discrimination
ideologies and politics, Catechism teaches us, our us in full by Christ. It a living thing that knows with the support of different against PLHIVs.
etc. faith is meant to bring us has been entrusted to the how to adjust and adapt volunteer-workers from civil society Elivera also said the public’s
The narrative of faith back to where we came Church for its integral to the different situations organizations. support is important in ensuring
does not control and from, that is, to be with transmission to the we can find ourselves that people living with HIV or
script things the way the God for all eternity. different generations until in. Being divine and MSMs depression are not discriminated
narrative of the ideologies “It pleased God, in his the end of time. Its light redemptive in nature and Mesiona, Vice Mayor Nancy against or alienated. (Katya A.
and politics does. It is goodness and wisdom,” is constant and always purpose, it has infinite Socrates, Councilor Roy Gregorio Santos/CBCP News)
not something that is says the Catechism, “to relevant possibilities of adapting to
And That’s the Truth / A4
limited the way the latter reveal himself and to But we have to all our possible situations
are limited. It has infinite make known the mystery understand the Christian and conditions and of whole, I thought, “No, this couldn’t was this from the bloodthirsty
ways of adapting itself of his will. His will was faith is not so much pure giving us the means to have come from the Pope. The crowd gathered around the woman
to any situation we can that men should have doctrine alone as a vital attain our ultimate goal style, the content, the references— caught in adultery? There is no
find ourselves in, so that access to the Father, union with Christ. The in life. it may have been written by a Jesus in this video—just men
it can help us to attain through Christ, the Word doctrine serves as a path It does not get lost along woman aching to be liberated brutally beating the unresisting
our ultimate end which is made flesh, in the Holy to be with Christ, but it the way, no matter how from drudgery and with no strong girl, and people who looked not
not only natural but also Spirit, and thus become does not replace Christ. It messy we make our life religious affiliations. Why for quite Indian, but more like…. South
supernatural. sharers in the divine is not one more ideology here on earth. In good heaven’s sake would the Pope Americans? Even the girl’s facial
And what is the nature nature.” (51) whose light is not constant times and bad, it shows advise us to “Look for the person features didn’t look Indian. And
and purpose of our The Christian faith is and not always relevant. us the way to attain our that makes you happy. If you make did she really come from a church
Christian faith? As the revealed and taught to The narrative of faith is ultimate goal. a mistake, let it go and keep seeking service wearing short shorts and
your happiness…. Don’t save your spaghetti-strapped blouse?
Along the Way / A5
favorite perfume, use it to go out So I Googled again, accessing fact-
leaders we have elected. They reflect Exodus – it was a moment in to be accompanied by moral, inner with yourself; wear out your favorite checkers and major international
who we are – the worst version of our history that we as a people revolution and transformation. The sport shoes,” etc.So unbiblical. news sources and came upon the
ourselves. Change and revolution experienced God’s liberating present authoritarian regime that So I went to, my go- real news item. The incident is real,
begins in each one of us. What is intervention. But as the biblical came to power with the promise of to verification site, and combining it happened in Guatemala, and the
required is a moral revolution. To story reminds us, the people of God change – pagbabago - will not last, my findings there with more Google victim is a 16-year old girl whom
be able to recognize good and evil had to journey across the desert it will surely come to an end. But results and other fact-checking the mob captured as she tried to
within and outside ourselves, to for forty years before reaching the unless we undergo inner change sites, my hunch was validated. run away from the murder of a
overcome our selfishness and greed, promised land.Why did it have to as a people, we will have more of The original release was written 68-year old taxi driver. The police
to undergo a process of conversion, take that long? Because liberation the same. in Portuguese and posted by one reportedly could not get past the
to reject all forms and manifestation from Pharaoh’s oppressive rule There was a time when we were Marcela Tais (the Brazilian singer?) 250-strong mob that cheered as the
of evil, to become more honest and was the easy part. The inner proud to be Filipinos. Now many in April 2016, and only after several girl screamed and writhed in pain
compassionate. We need to undergo liberation – the spiritual-moral of us are ashamed to be Filipinos. I months was the attribution to until she died. Guatemala is almost
a process of purification. liberation takes time. Structural hope that someday, we will be proud Pope Francis added. Then it went 100 percent Christian (65 Catholic, 35
I believe that EDSA was our revolution or transformation has once again of who we are. viral. This happens often—when Protestant), with but 1,200 Muslims
a meaningful text by a nobody is (0.008percent of the population).
Duc in Altum / A5
attributed to a celebrity, it gets How can this heinous crime happen
a share boost; meanwhile, no one in a Christian country? How this
cares to check its veracity. Later on sickening video got to be spread
life will flourish, where proposal to lower the in 12 years, there is 1.5 achieved. Vote Power to
it was posted by a pilgrimage agency, around as being about a Hindu
the promise of Jesus life minimum age of criminal degrees of point of no reflect on who should be
perhaps capitalizing on the line “Enjoy, girl killed for attending a Christian
in abundance could really responsibility; the loss return; imposition of elected during the May
travel, enjoy your journeys, see new service—no one yet knows. But
happen.” of job opportunities taxes in the name of Elections; study what bills
places, give yourself the pleasures the accompanying text—“Please
Bishop Broderick for Filipinos giving development but at the they passed and pray on it.
you deserve...” to sell package tours. send this around so that the whole
Pabillo, Auxiliary preference to millions expense of the poor; lack He quoted Pope Benedict
When a Catholic community posted world may see India, the real Hell
Bishop of Manila, the of Chinese labourers; of housing projects for XVI who said that the
the “Gentle Reminder…”, and it got on planet Earth. Just see the ugliest
National Spiritual increase use of substance the poor. participation of the laity in
Director of Laiko and the abuse that lead to Bishop Pabillo also politics is an essential way so many “Amens” from faithful FB face of Incredible India!!!”—may be
Chairman of the CBCP addiction; proposal to announced that the Walk to evangelize society. friends, the lie was sealed, so to speak. something worse than just slinging
ECLA, proclaimed that re-impose death penalty; for Life had achieved three Cardinal Tagle was added that the “Gentle mud on India’s tourism campaign.
recent local and global abortion including things: People Power the Main Celebrant with reminders” could not be found in any Could it have been deliberately
development must the use of artificial because people voluntarily Concelebrants Apostolic of Pope Francis’ writings. So you see— distorted to foment hatred between
motivate the laity to contraceptives that have came together to express Nuncio to the Philippines that’s one way the Catholic catechism Hindus and Christians? It is not an
action: the extrajudicial abortifacient effects; their advocacy against the Archbishop Gabrielle gets bungled up. impossibility.
killings brought about human trafficking; culture of death. Prayer Giordano Caccia, Bishop The second one, the video that If you care to look at the two
by the anti-drug war; mining and development Power which are resorted David, Bishop Pabillo and says a Hindu girl was burned alive websites best representing the
the bombing in Jolo projects that destroy the by people in the hope that Bishop Antonio Tobias of for attending a Christian prayer results of my search, please go to
and Zamboanga; the natural resources, that the culture of life will be Novaliches. service in Madhya Pradesh (India),
is simply heart-wrenching. It was check/did-pope-francis-write-the-
Collection Box / A5
a lynch mob that actually led to gentle-reminder-message/ and girl
a young girl’s being burned alive
State claimed responsibility. President Bin Laden’s death, that getting Bin war on terror. to death—a nightmare almost article-3093163/Shocking-moment-
Rodrigo Duterte responded by issuing Laden would weaken terrorism. Today’s al Qaeda merely offers a five minutes long. I watched it girl-16-surrounded-beaten-mob-
an “all-out war” directive against the Yet after Bin Laden’s death, we diminished threat and Bin Laden’s intently against my better judgment burned-death-involved-murdering-
Abu Sayyaf. The bombings have been have seen the rise of ISIS (earlier killing certainly contributed to it. for it showed how beastly and 68-year-old-taxi-driver-Guatemala.
widely condemned, with local groups known as al Qaeda in Iraq). Bin But the emergence of the Islamic murderous humans can become. htmlAnd please, I invite you to share
and other countries issuing statements Laden was a dangerous man but it State has in many ways filled the I wanted to believe it was a movie my passion for truth. Share this
about the attacks. is the movement that is deadlier. terrorist void. With thousands of clip, but no, it looked real from column with your soc-med friends,
As in the past, the spiteful Focusing on one individual is not Western nationals in its ranks, every angle. Despite the pain I felt especially those who like to “fast-
condemnation of terrorists and the way to win a war. Just as killing Filipinos included, homegrown experiencing the violence in the forward” things. Spreading the truth
their activities only embolden them Admiral Yamamoto, famous for the terrorism around the world now entire video, reason didn’t desert won’t cost you anything—but it can
to inflict more terror upon hapless Pearl Harbor attacks, in a daring poses an even bigger and more me. I heard familiar-sounding bring priceless rewards from The
and unsuspecting individuals. raid in 1943 did not end World War immediate threat to our safety and words—puta, fuego—which evoked Way, The Life, and The Truth we
War critics often argued, before II, killing Bin Laden did not end the security. scriptural visions. How different serve. And that’s the truth.
Spaces of Hope / A5

entertained even as values outreach. ngalan?” (“Can you change fleetingly, 10-year old Jose strangers who view them Maggi, and two graphics
are inculcated, not lectured, It takes a community to my name?”), Jose (not his had a glimpse of his innate with annoyance, indifference, volunteers, Cris Maestrado,
by volunteers providing a raise a child. It also takes real name), one of the 70 dignity. or disgust. But this day was and Kinwing Lou. A music
disciplined yet supportive a vehicle to bring the street children requested Ordinarily, names and different. The community jingle is in the works.
environment. community together. a volunteer who was birthdays are not of great had come together for them. It takes a community to
Exploratory talks with registering the children. concern to many children Soon a playful and colorful raise a child. Sometimes,
the police point to their *** He wanted his complete in the streets. They are used graphic sticker will cover though, it takes a vehicle
involvement in the good- name to be recorded, not to the sharp, hissing sound the vehicle. It is based on a to bring the community
citizenship aspect of the “Mahimong usbon akong just his nickname. However (Cebuano “sitsit”) from doodle made by their Manang together.
A8 PEOPLE, FACTS, AND PLACES February 18 - March 3, 2019, Vol 23, No. 04 CBCP Monitor

Bishop Antonio takes possession

of northern diocese
STANDING before a huge celebration.
crowd, Bishop David The cardinal told
William Antonio vowed “to congregants that “when
abandon his own good for William was ordained he was
the sake of his flock” as he configured to Christ, head
took the helm of the Diocese and shepherd of the Church”.
of Ilagan. “What does he do and
Antonio was installed how is he going to do this?
bishop of Ilagan in Isabela In the same way Jesus was…
province during a Mass at the one who came not to be
the Saint Michael Cathedral served but to serve,” he said.
on Feb. 12. Quevedo, who was then
More than 3,000 Archbishop of Nueva
Catholics and church Segovia, ordained Antonio
officials gathered to to priesthood in 1988.
welcome Antonio, 55, who Appointed by Pope
asked for prayers as he Francis in November 2018,
began his new ministry. Antonio is the fifth bishop of
“I wish to be a shepherd Ilagan, succeeding Bishop
who is not afraid in taking Joseph Nacua who resigned
up the cross for the sake of for health reasons in 2017.
the sheep,” Antonio said. He was first named
At one part of his Auxiliary Bishop of Nueva
message, he reiterated his Segovia in 2011, making him
commitment to working Pope Benedict XVI’s last
with the people in their appointee to the episcopate
collective vision for “a in the Philippines before he
renewed church”. resigned in 2013.
“I am with you as one who Antonio was also serving
serves,” he said. as administrator of the
Bishops from throughout Apostolic Vicariate of San
the country traveled to Ilagan Jose in Occidental Mindoro
for the two-hour Mass with when Pope Francis assigned
retired Cardinal Orlando him to Ilagan.
Quevedo of Cotabato as In the Catholic Bishops’
homilist. Conference of the
Archbishop Giordano Philippines, he is the current
Caccia, the Apostolic chairman of the Commission
Nuncio to the Philippines, on Vocations. (CBCP
also traveled from his office News/with reports from
in Manila to attend the Benigno Jose Carag) Crowd surrounds Bishop David William Antonio after his installation at the St. Michael Cathedral as the head of the Diocese of Ilagan, Feb. 12, 2019. BENIGNO JOSE CARAG

Digos’ first bishop-son ordained Youth Cross, St. John Paul II relic
THE first bishop from the clergy of embark on pilgrimage
the Diocese of Digos was ordained
on Feb. 11.
Bishop Ronald Lunas received the
sacrament through the laying on of
hands of ordaining prelate Bishop of
Digos Guillermo Afable during the
rites of ordination held at the Mary
Mediatrix of All Grace Cathedral in
Digos City.
Bishop of Ipil Julius Tonel, his
former rector served as homilist.

Relying on prayer
“The bishop is God’s continuing
Emmanuel to us,” he said, referring
to Lunas’ motto, ‘Emmanuel’.
Priests bless with holy water the National Youth Cross and the relic of Saint John Paul II during a send-off
He said Lunas should consecrate Mass at the CBCP chapel in Manila, Feb. 13. CBCP NEWS
himself to the Lord, adding “As
bishop, it is our first duty to pray.” Bishop Ronald Lunas of Pagadian smiles as the crowd cheers following his episcopal ordination at the THE National Youth Cross is making The first cross ever created for
“Ampo ra gyud atong saligan Mary Mediatrix of All Grace Cathedral in Digos City on Feb. 11. PHOTO FROM RJ DE LA CRUZ/SUGID its way across the Philippines for the the Philippine Catholic youth
(We can only rely on prayer),” said second time along with the relic of ministry, it embarked on its first
Tonel. “The Lord expects me not to Pagadian who were present during Saint John Paul II. nationwide pilgrimage during the
Bishop Emeritus of Pagadian be successful but to be faithful the rite of profession of faith and It left Manila on Wednesday, 25th anniversary of ECY in 2011.
Manuel Cabajar, CSsR and in keeping pure and teaching oath of fidelity and also during the Feb.13 and through the rest of the The relic is a piece of cloth stained
Archbishop of Ozamiz Martin pure and teaching in word and in rite of ordination. year until Nov. 20 will be displayed with the blood of Pope John Paul II,
Jumoad served as co-ordaining deed the faith contained in the “To my brothers and sisters here in different parishes across the who is regarded as a saint for young
prelates. Sacred Word of God, written or in the Diocese of Digos, thanks country. people, and kept by the Diocese of
handed on, and the teachings and for accompanying me with your The pilgrimage is one of highlights Balanga.
Mary, ‘designer of ministry’ discipline of the Church as well,” prayers. Please continue praying for the Year of the Youth, which is Garganta said the pilgrimage
“This episcopacy is not about me, Lunas added. for me that I may remain faithful part of a nine-year preparations for also endeavors to be a meaningful
in the first place. It is about the mercy He said this new ministry is a to God and to His Church,” he said. the 500 years of Christianity in the moment to gather entire Church
of God on me his unworthy servant,” difficult task, but he is consoled by The first bishop from Digos in its Philippines that will be celebrated communities and pray with and for
said Lunas during his message of the thought that he will not be alone 40 years of existence, Lunas was in 2021. young people.
thanks after his profession of faith in his mission, saying “Together we appointed bishop of Pagadian, Nov. Dozens of people turned out for “We are invited to respond in
and oath of fidelity, Feb. 10 at San keep the faith; together we live out 22, 2018. the send-off Mass in Manila presided Jesus’ call for all us to be saints and
Isidro Labrador Parish where he this faith.” He will be formally installed over by Fr. Conegundo Garganta of share the works of Christ to bring
once served as parish priest. As a Marian devotee, the new the fifth bishop of Pagadian on the Episcopal Commission on Youth the Good News to all,” he added.
Lunas said his episcopacy is about prelate attributed his ministry to March 25, succeeding Cabajar (ECY). The ECY urged diocesan youth
God preserving his faith in him the Blessed Mother. who resigned after reaching the “We encourage all people to ministries to let the pilgrimage
despite his weaknesses and always “Mary is the designer of my mandatory age of retirement of 75. receive these important symbols of “reach and transform more young
being faithful to him despite his ministry and life,” Lunas said. (John Frances Fuentes/CBCP faith and open their hearts to the souls” especially those in the
sinfulness. He thanked the faithful of News) Lord,” said Garganta in his homily. “peripheries”. (CBCP News)

2 senior bishops die on same day

TWO Catholic bishops passed Secretariat for Social Action He also established the he was named as Auxiliary
away on the same day on (Nassa), served the diocese St. John Mary Vianney Bishop of Cebu.
Feb. 10. for 35 years. College Seminary that has Four years later, he was
Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez, He stayed on after the produced 41 priests in the appointed to head the
retired prelate of Marbel in retirement age of 75 until his past 25 years. Diocese of Romblon, a post
Mindanao, died early in the successor was appointed in “He promoted a more he held until 1987 when
morning at the age of 79. April 2018. participatory church he was transferred to San
In Western Visayas diocese Gutierrez was a strong through the building and Carlos.
of San Carlos, Bishop Nicolas advocate for the environment strengthening of the basic He served San Carlos for
Mondejar, died in the afternoon. in South Cotabato, a province ecclesial communities,” said 12 years until his retirement
He was 94 and the country’s threatened by mining interests. Bishop Gerardo Alminaza, in 2000 during which he was
second oldest bishop. Under his leadership, the current bishop of San able to ordain 23 priests.
He died as the diocese the diocese led the struggle Carlos. Bishop Mondejar was
marked the 31st anniversary against the copper and gold Mondejar was also known buried following a funeral
of the prelate’s installation project of the foreign-backed for his pioneering work service at the San Carlos
as the pioneer bishop of San Sagittarius Mines, Inc. in in promoting the tithing Borromeo Cathedral on Feb.
Carlos in Negros Occidental Tampakan town. Bp. Dinualdo Gutierrez Bp. Nicolas Mondejar
system in many dioceses in 18.
province. Bishop Gutierrez was laid the country. Both Mondejar and
to rest after a funeral Mass at A native of Iloilo province, Gutierrez served as chairman
Green champion the Christ the King Cathedral BEC advocate remembered for laying down Mondejar was ordained a of the Church’s National
Gutierrez, former head in Koronadal City on Feb 20, Bishop Mondejar, the foundation of the San priest in 1953. In 1970, he Secretariat for Social Action.
of the Church’s National his birth date. meanwhile, is being Carlos diocese. entered the episcopacy when (CBCP News)
CBCP Monitor February 18 - March 3, 2019 Vol. 23 No. 4 PASTORAL CONCERNS B1

Pope Francis speaks at an interreligious meeting at the Founder’s Memorial in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 4, 2019. PAUL HARING/CNS

Religions should be the voice of the least

and should stand on the side of the poor
Address of His Holiness Pope Francis at the Interreligious Meeting held at the Founder’s Memorial,
Abu Dhabi on February 4, 2019, on the occasion of the His Apostolic Journey to the United Arab Emirates
AS-SALAMU alaykum! Peace be and sisters, dwelling in the common and are of the same nature and Dialogue is indeed compromised uphold “know your brother or
with you! home of creation which he has given dignity”.[2] Religious plurality is by pretence, which increases sister”: their history, their culture
I give heartfelt thanks to His us. Fraternity is established here at an expression of this; in such a distance and suspicion: we cannot and their faith, because there is no
Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin the roots of our common humanity, context the right attitude is neither a proclaim fraternity and then act in genuine self-knowledge without the
Rashid Al Maktoum and Doctor as “a vocation contained in God’s forced uniformity nor a conciliatory the opposite way. According to a other. As human beings, and even
Ahmad Al-Tayyib, Grand Imam plan of creation”.[1] This tells us syncretism. What we are called modern author, “The man who lies more so as brothers and sisters, let
of Al-Azhar,  for their words. I am that all persons have equal dignity to do as believers is to commit to himself and listens to his own lie us remind each other that nothing of
grateful to the Council of Elders for and that no one can be a master or ourselves to the equal dignity of comes to such a pass that he cannot what is human can remain foreign to
the meeting that we have just had at slave of others. all, in the name of the Merciful distinguish the truth within him, or us.[7] It is important for the future
the Grand Mosque of Sheikh Zayed. We cannot honor the Creator One who created us and in whose around him, and so loses all respect to form open identities capable of
I also cordially greet Mr. Abd Al- without cherishing the sacredness name the reconciliation of conflicts for himself and for others”.[5] overcoming the temptation to turn
Fattah Al-Sisi, President of the Arab of every person and of every human and fraternity in diversity must be In all this, prayer is essential: in on oneself and become rigid.
Republicof Egypt, land of Al-Azhar. I life: each person is equally precious sought. Here I want to reaffirm the while sincerely intended prayer Investing in culture encourages a
cordially greet the civil and religious in the eyes of God, who does not conviction of the Catholic Church: incarnates the courage of otherness decrease of hatred and a growth of
authorities and the Diplomatic look upon the human family with a “We cannot truly call on God, the in regard to God, it also purifies civility and prosperity. Education and
Corps. Allow me also to thank you preferential gaze that excludes, but Father of all, if we refuse to treat in the heart from turning in on violence are inversely proportional.
sincerely for the warm welcome that with a benevolent gaze that includes. a brotherly way any man, created as itself. Prayer of the heart restores Catholic schools – well appreciated
you all have given to me and our Thus, to recognize the same rights he is in the image of God”.[3] fraternity. Consequently, “as for the in this country and in the region –
delegation. for every human being is to glorify Various questions, however, future of interreligious dialogue, promote such education on behalf
I also thank all those who have the name of God on earth. In the confront us: how do we look after the first thing we have to do is pray, of peace and reciprocal knowledge
contributed to making this journey name of God the Creator, therefore, each other in the one human family? and pray for one another: we are in order to prevent violence.
possible and who have worked every form of violence must be How do we nourish a fraternity brothers and sisters! Without the Young people, who are often
with dedication, enthusiasm and condemned without hesitation, which is not theoretical but Lord, nothing is possible; with him, surrounded by negative messages
professionalism towards this event: because we gravely profane God’s translates into authentic fraternity? everything becomes so! May our and  fake news, need to learn not
the organizers, those in the Protocol name when we use it to justify hatred How can the inclusion of the other prayer—each one according to his to surrender to the seductions of
Office, the security personnel, and all and violence against a brother or prevail over exclusion in the name of or her own tradition—adhere fully to materialism, hatred and prejudice.
who have made their contribution in sister. No violence can be justified belonging to one’s own group? How, the will of God, who wants all men They need to learn to object to
various ways “behind the scenes”. in the name of religion. in short, can religions be channels and women to recognize they are injustice and also to the painful
A special word of thanks also to The enemy of fraternity is an of fraternity rather than barriers of brothers and sisters and live as such, experiences of the past. They need to
Mr Mohamed Abdel Salam, former individualism which translates into separation? forming the great human family in learn to defend the rights of others
Adviser to the Grand Imam. the desire to affirm oneself and the harmony of diversity”.[6] with the same energy with which
From your country, my thoughts one’s own group above others. This The human family and the courage There is no alternative: we will they defend their own rights. One
turn to all the countries of this danger threatens all aspects of life, of otherness either build the future together or day, they will be the ones to judge
peninsula. To them I address even the highest innate prerogative If we believe in the existence of there will not be a future. Religions, us. They will judge us well, if we have
my most cordial greetings, with of man, that is, the openness to the human family, it follows that it in particular, cannot renounce the given them a solid foundation for
friendship and esteem. the transcendent and to religious must, as such, be looked after. As urgent task of building bridges creating new encounters of civility.
With a heart grateful to the Lord, piety. True religious piety consists in every family, this happens above between peoples and cultures. The They will judge us poorly, if we
in this eighth centenary of the in loving God with all one’s heart all through a daily and effective time has come when religions should have left them only mirages and the
meeting between Saint Francis of and one’s neighbor as oneself. dialogue. This presupposes having more actively exert themselves, empty prospect of harmful conflicts
Assisi and Sultan al-Malik al Kāmil, Religious behavior, therefore, needs one’s own identity, not to be with courage and audacity, and of incivility.
I have welcomed the opportunity to continually to be purified from foregone to please the other person. without pretence, to help the human Justice is the second wing of peace,
come here as a believer thirsting for the recurrent temptation to judge But at the same time it demands the family deepen the capacity for which often is not compromised by
peace, as a brother seeking peace others as enemies and adversaries. courage of otherness,[4] which reconciliation, the vision of hope single episodes, but is slowly eaten
with the brethren. We are here to Each belief system is called to involves the full recognition of and the concrete paths of peace. away by the cancer of injustice.
desire peace, to promote peace, to overcome the divide between friends the other and his or her freedom, No one, therefore, can believe in
be instruments of peace. and enemies, in order to take up and the consequent commitment Education and Justice God and not seek to live in justice
The logo of this journey depicts a the perspective of heaven, which to exert myself so that the other Let us return, then, to the initial with everyone, according to the
dove with an olive branch. It is an embraces persons without privilege person’s fundamental rights are image of the dove of peace. Peace, Golden Rule: “So whatever you wish
image that recalls the story—present or discrimination. always affirmed, everywhere and in order to fly, needs wings that that men would do to you, do so to
in different religious traditions—of I wish to express appreciation for by everyone. Without freedom we uphold it: the wings of education them; for this is the law and the
the primordial flood. According the commitment of this nation to are no longer children of the human and justice. prophets” (Mt 7:12).
to the biblical account, in order to tolerating and guaranteeing freedom family, but slaves. As part of such Education—in Latin it means Peace and justice are inseparable!
preserve humanity from destruction, of worship, to confronting extremism freedom, I would like to emphasize “extracting, drawing out”—is to The prophet Isaiah says: “And
God asked Noah to enter the ark and hatred. Even as the fundamental religious freedom. It is not limited bring to light the precious resources the effect of righteousness will be
along with his family. Today, we freedom to profess one’s own beliefs only to freedom of worship but of the soul. It is comforting to note peace” (32:17). Peace dies when it is
too in the name of God, in order is promoted—this freedom being sees in the other truly a brother or how in this country investments are divorced from justice, but justice is
to safeguard peace, need to enter an intrinsic requirement for a sister, a child of my own humanity being made not only in the extraction false if it is not universal. A justice
together as one family into an ark human being’s self-realization—we whom God leaves free and whom, of the earth’s resources, but also in addressed only to family members,
which can sail the stormy seas of the need to be vigilant lest religion be therefore, no human institution can those of the heart, in the education compatriots, believers of the same
world: the ark of fraternity. instrumentalized and deny itself by coerce, not even in God’s name. of young people. It is a commitment faith is a limping justice; it is a
The point of departure is the allowing violence and terrorism. that I hope will continue and spread disguised injustice!
recognition that God is at the origin Fraternity certainly “also Dialogue and Prayer elsewhere. Education also happens The world’s religions also have the
of the one human family. He who is embraces variety and differences The courage of otherness is in a relationship, in reciprocity. task of reminding us that greed for
the Creator of all things and of all between brothers and sisters, even the heart of dialogue, which is Alongside the famous ancient profit renders the heart lifeless and
persons wants us to live as brothers though they are linked by birth based on sincerity of intentions. maxim “know yourself”, we must Religions / B7
B2 FEATURE February 18 - March 3, 2019 Vol. 23 No. 4 CBCP Monitor

The Ministry of the Word

By Fr. Jaime B. Achacoso, J.C.D.

The last two decades have

witnessed the proliferation of so-
called evangelical groups in the
Philippines. Many of these are
well-meaning Christians who want
to share the Gospel—the Word of
God—with their listeners; a few are
self-proclaimed prophets who use
the Gospel to attack the Catholic
Church or other Christian sects.
While theology is quite clear as
regards the authority to proclaim
the Word of God being invested on
the sacred ministers—especially the
bishops—I was wondering whether
juridically that same authority is
protected. In other words, does
Canon Law establish anything as
regards the teaching authority of
the Church?

THE aim of the munus docendi,

which is incumbent upon the whole
People of God but each one according
to his own state and charism, is to every member of the Church should ministry of the word; sometimes, b) Faculty for all priests: by word and by example of a
spread the Gospel truth. But this employ all the means available several bishops simultaneously Presbyters and deacons possess Christian life; they can be called
task cannot be reduced to the mere to him to carry out this mission, fulfill this office jointly for various the faculty to preach everywhere, upon to cooperate with the bishop
transmission of a body of truths, according to the grace (charism) he churches at once in accord with the to be exercised with at least the and presbyters in the exercise of the
like an ossified deposit of faith, but has received, putting the latter at the norm of law (c.756, §2; cf. c.763). presumed consent of the rector of ministry of the word (c.759).
should rather be a true education service of the others. The local Ordinary is the proper the church, unless that faculty has An Instruction, co-authored
in the living faith of the Church. A teacher of his flock and the been restricted or taken away by by no less than eight dicasteries,
concrete form of doing this is the Proper subjects of the authoritative preaching of the Word the competent ordinary or unless explains this point: “The non-
so-called ministerium verbi—i.e., a Ministerium Verbi constitutes his primordial function. express permission is required by ordained faithful, according to
technical expression that basically The teaching office is exercised Thus, it is neither valid nor licit for law (c.764). their proper character, participate
includes preaching and catechesis, by those who are authorized by him to transfer this function and in the prophetic function of Christ,
although it may also be used in a divine or ecclesiastical Law to responsibility to another person 4) Deacons: Deacons also are constituted as his witnesses
wider sense to include any type of publicly teach—with the potestas or body (e.g., to the Episcopal are to serve the people of God and afforded the sensus fidei and
Christian instruction. docendi—in the name of the Church. Conference, to an episcopal or in the ministry of the word in the grace of the Word…Therefore,
Both the function and the power diocesan commission), beyond communion with the bishop and the faithful, especially members of
The Ministry of the Divine of magisterium entailed would certain narrow limits established his presbyterate (c.757, in fine; Institutes of Consecrated Life and
Word differ depending on the office and by the law. cf. c.764). Together with ordinary Societies of Apostolic Life can be
The ministry of the Word—as a the act being exercised. Thus, the b) Right - Furthermore, since presbyters (i.e. not pastor of souls), invited to collaborate, in lawful ways,
technical expression—refers to the following are the proper subjects of every bishop—together with all deacons possess the faculty to in the exercise of the ministry of the
work that strives to interpret the the ministerium verbi: bishops and in communion with preach everywhere, subject to the Word.”1
present in the light of those salvific 1) Roman Pontiff and College of the Pope—is co-responsible for same limitations as the former (cf. 2) This is neither a right nor a
“words and deeds” contained in the Bishops: As regards the universal the whole Church, he has the c.764 supra). faculty. It must be pointed out that
Gospel. Its aim is to shed light and Church the duty of proclaiming the right to preach the word of God religious and lay persons cannot be
give meaning to all the situations and gospel has been especially entrusted everywhere, including churches Cooperators in the grouped with the previous proper
all the problems that a person meets to the Roman Pontiff and to the and oratories of religious institutes ministerium verbi subjects of the ministerium verbi,
with in his personal and family life, college of bishops (c.756, §1). of pontifical right, unless the local 1) Non-ordained can be invited since even if they are exercising
as well as in his environment, social, Not only the existence but the bishop has expressly refused this (admitti possunt). Since this a public function, the relation of
political and professional, in order primacy of this duty has deeply in particular cases (c.763). function is not inseparably united superior-subject and of teacher-
that he may listen to, understand evangelical roots. Thus, faced with 3) Presbyters: It is proper of to Sacred Orders, in collaboration disciple that characterizes the
and live according to the teaching the temporal needs of the early presbyters who are co-workers with the proper subjects of the magisterium does not arise,
of Christ. Christian community, “the Twelve with the bishops to proclaim the office of magisterium the following among other things because they
The ministry of the word can called together the multitude of the gospel of God (c.757, in principio). can also exercise the ministerium do not have the sacra potestas,
take many forms, according to the disciples and said, ‘It is not desirable Nevertheless, we can make the verbi in a suppletory way: the possession of which implies
different conditions under which it is that we should forsake the Word of following distinctions: a) Religious: In virtue of their sacred ordination (except of course
practiced and the ends that it strives God and serve at tables […] we will a) Right-duty for pastor of souls: consecration to God, members in the case of members of clerical
to achieve. Nevertheless, the Code devote ourselves to prayer and to the Pastors and others entrusted with of institutes of consecrated life institutes). In any case, it is up to
specifically deals with basically two ministry of the Word” (Act 6, 2-4). the care of souls are especially give testimony to the gospel in the Episcopal Conference, with
forms of exercising the ministerium 2) Local Ordinary—in whose case bound to this office as regards the a special manner, and they are the recognitio of the Holy See, to
verbi: preaching (cc.762-772) and the following distinctions can be people entrusted to them (c.757, appropriately enlisted by the provide for this possibility.2
catechesis (cc.773-780). made: in principio). They exercise their bishop to assist in proclaiming the 1 VV.Sacred Congregations, Instruction Ecclesia
The ministry of the word affects a) Right-duty - As regards the duty towards the ministerium verbi gospel (c.758). de Mysteriis (15.VIII.1997), Art.2, §2.
all the faithful—bishops, priests, particular church entrusted to them by being especially responsible b) Lay persons: In virtue of their 2 Ibid., Art.2, §3; cf. c.766. For example, the
bishops of the U.S. recently approved amendments
religious and laymen—and all of the individual bishops exercise this in explaining the word of God baptism and confirmation, lay to Canon Law —first proposed in 1999—outlining
them have the duty of spreading responsibility since within it they in a public way to those faithful members of the Christian faithful when laymen can preach in church. Obviously such
the good news of salvation. Thus, are the moderators of the entire entrusted to them. are witnesses to the gospel message revisions need the approval of the Holy See before
they can be implemented.

Instrumental Music after Communion

(Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy and dean of theology at the Regina Apostolorum university, answers the following query:)

Q: I would like to inquire whether chalice on the corporal and covers use, or can be made suitable.” Lord.” While not binding in any during the Liturgy and postludes
after communion, while the priest it with a pall, as appropriate. With respect to silence the GIRM way for other countries, some of its after the Liturgy. Instrumentalists
is purifying the vessels, and the “If, however, there is no Offertory states: reflections can prove useful. With are to remember that the Liturgy
communion song/hymn is finished, chant and the organ is not played, “45. Sacred silence also, as part respect to instrumental music it calls for significant periods of silent
is it proper to play instrumental in the presentation of the bread of the celebration, is to be observed says: reflection. Silence need not always
music while waiting for the priest to and wine the priest may say the at the designated times. Its nature, “43. Those with the requisite be filled.
finish? I observed in some churches, formulas of blessing aloud, to which however, depends on the moment talent and training should “92. Instrumentalists are
after communion, and after the the people make the acclamation: when it occurs in the different be encouraged to continue the encouraged to play pieces from
communion hymn ended, the Benedictus Deus in saecula (Blessed parts of the celebration. For in musical tradition of improvisation. the treasury of sacred music by
organist ad-libs a music instrumental be God forever). the Penitential Act and again after The liturgical action may call for composers of various eras and
until the priest is finished purifying “313. The organ and other lawfully the invitation to pray, individuals improvisation, for example, when a cultures. In addition, those with
the vessels and is ready for the approved musical instruments recollect themselves; whereas after congregational hymn or choral piece the requisite talent and training
prayers after communion. Isn’t it should be placed in a suitable a reading or after the Homily, all concludes before the ritual action is are encouraged to improvise, as
appropriate to observe silence since place so that they can sustain the meditate briefly on what they have completed. The art of improvisation described in no. 43.”
the communion hymn has already singing of both the choir and the heard; then after Communion, requires its own special talent With all of the above in mind, I
finished? – F.X.D.R., Cotabato City, people and be heard with ease by they praise God in their hearts and and training. More than mere think we can draw the following
Philippines everybody if they are played alone. pray to him. background sound is called for. conclusions regarding the precise
It is appropriate that before being “Even before the celebration When worthy improvisation is not question at hand.
A: The norms regarding put into liturgical use, the organ itself, it is a praiseworthy practice possible, it is recommended that None of the documents mention
instrumental music found in the be blessed according to the rite for silence to be observed in the musicians play quality published the use of instrumental music
General Instruction of the Roman described in the Roman Ritual. church, in the sacristy, in the literature, which is available at all during the silence after communion.
Missal are the following: “In Advent, the use of the organ vesting room, and in adjacent levels of difficulty. The only options given are silence
“32. The nature of the ‘presidential’ and other musical instruments areas, so that all may dispose “44. There are also times when or the singing of meditative hymns
texts demands that they be spoken should be marked by a moderation themselves to carry out the sacred the organ or other instruments may or psalms.
in a loud and clear voice and that suited to the character of this celebration in a devout and fitting be played alone, such as a prelude It is probably possible to have
everyone listen with attention. time of year, without expressing manner.” before the Mass, an instrumental some brief instrumental music in
Thus, while the priest is speaking in anticipation the full joy of the With respect to silence after piece during the Preparation of the the case that the communion song
these texts, there should be no other Nativity of the Lord. communion it says: Gifts, a recessional if there is no has finished but the distribution of
prayers or singing, and the organ or “In Lent, the playing of the organ “88. When the distribution of closing song or a postlude following Communion itself is not over. This
other musical instruments should and musical instruments is allowed Communion is over, if appropriate, a closing song. would usually be an instrumental
be silent. only in order to support the singing. the Priest and faithful pray quietly “91. Although instruments version of the communion song
“142. After this, as the minister Exceptions, however, are Laetare for some time. If desired, a Psalm are used in Christian worship rather than a new melody.
presents the cruets, the priest stands Sunday (Fourth Sunday of Lent), or other canticle of praise or a primarily to lead and sustain Even this limited option would
at the side of the altar and pours Solemnities, and Feasts. hymn may also be sung by the the singing of assembly, choir, be excluded during Lent and best
wine and a little water into the “393. … While the organ is to whole congregation. psalmist, and cantor, they may avoided during Advent.
chalice, saying quietly: Per huius be accorded pride of place, other “164. After this, the Priest may also, when appropriate, be played Should the priest not return to the
aquae (By the mystery of this water). wind, stringed, or percussion return to the chair. A sacred silence by themselves. Such instrumental chair after distributing Communion,
He returns to the middle of the altar, instruments may be admitted into may now be observed for some time, music can assist the gathering the moment of silence or the singing
takes the chalice with both hands, divine worship in the Dioceses of the or a Psalm or other canticle of praise assembly in preparing for worship of a hymn or psalm begins with
raises it a little, and says quietly: United States of America, according or a hymn may be sung (cf. no. 88).” in the form of a prelude. It may the conclusion of distribution of
Benedictus es, Domine (Blessed to longstanding local usage, in so far In 2007 U.S. bishops published give voice to the sentiments of the Communion while the sacred vessels
are you, Lord). Then he places the as these are truly suitable for sacred a document called “Sing to the human heart through pieces played are being purified.
CBCP Monitor February 18 - March 3, 2019 Vol. 23 No. 4 FEATURE B3

The Galilean
(The Gospel retold)
By Bishop Ambo David

FROM the Jordan, John had assigned of Mercy” and my suggestion that we look for another?” I couldn’t hear from you.” I stood up and response to him who loves us with
several among us to serve as team we embark on a different kind of get myself to imagine John saying went with them. As we descended the love of a father, we must learn
leaders in order to lead groups of mission, learning how to proclaim— anything like that. I was amazed the hill, this idealistic young man, to hallow God’s name, let God’s
disciples assigned to various cities not a threat of damnation but a good at how evil could work its way John, asked, “Can you also teach Kingdom come, let God’s will be
for a mission. He had also assigned news redemption—for both the even in our company through the us how to pray, Rabbi?” I looked at done among ourselves. That for us
Andrew and Philip in my company. clean and the unclean, the righteous malicious rumors spread by fellow him and forced a smile despite the to truly grow into God’s children,
Since that time that he had shared a and the unrighteous, the law- disciples who had been defeated grief that I was feeling in my guts. we need to find in God’s Word our
midrash on Isaiah’s mysterious poem abiding and the law-breakers alike. by the unclean spirit of jealousy “I hear that John taught his own daily bread, learn to seek forgiveness
about the Servant who suffers and I shared with my team members the for John’s special regard for me. disciples how to pray.” He looked for our own sins and be ourselves
dies like a lamb for the redemption anointing that I experienced at the How efficiently they had twisted the at me like he expected the lesson on forgiving of others’ shortcomings.
of sinners (Isaiah 53), he had code- Jordan, which convinced me from facts into toxic lies, claiming that prayer immediately. With a hushed That since we seek deliverance in the
named me “Lamb of God”. He was deep within that the mission was I had turned immoral, that I had voice, I said, “Yes, the prophet John midst of a spiritual battle, we must
aware that I took this passage very about fighting a spiritual battle. compromised the reputation of the was a man of prayer. Do not forget learn to deal with the deceptions of
seriously and that I was not very Nothing could convince me that whole movement, that I had given to remind me of your request after the Evil One. That we need not wait
convinced about his earlier prophetic there are people in this world who in to the temptation of money, wine, we’ve finished grieving his death.” for the end-time to experience the
oracles of judgment and his threats are innately evil, even if it was and loose women. We were met by John’s other power, the kingdom and the glory of
of a looming damnation that hanged perfectly obvious to me that there I wonder how John took my disciples who had also returned Adonai. That he is the Eternal Now,
like a sword of Damocles above are people in this world who are words. I meant what I said, but from their respective missions. the Great I am, who invites us also
the heads of sinners unless they capable of so much wickedness. I I knew that they could twist my There were groups that came from to live fully in the now, to experience
repented. taught my companions that by our words again and make them sound Samaria, and others from Tyre, Adonai’s rule already present right
I had argued with him several anointing in the Spirit, we would sarcastic. I meant them more for Sidon, and the region of the ten here and right now.
times about this passage and he learn to hate sin but love sinners. them than for John himself: “Go cities. I was surprised that they had It was getting dark already by the
knew that I preferred to preach They understood quickly what I tell John what you hear and what come to mourn and together pay time I concluded the midrash. Peter
oracles of hope about a just but meant when I said all people are by you see. The blind see, the deaf their respects to the man we had had asked Johnny to remind me
merciful God who intends to save nature good, but all good people are hear, the lame walk, the lepers are all regarded as our teacher. I also that many of these people had come
not just the righteous but sinners vulnerable to the infection of evil. cleansed, the dead are raised back found out that most of them had from far away and that I should be
as well, and that he was willing What we were to treat as enemies to life, and the poor have the good been abandoned by their own team sending them home already. I asked
to pay the price for it with his were not the people themselves news preached to them. Blessed leaders after John was arrested. if we could feed them ourselves from
own blood—like a sacrificial lamb. (for whatever wickedness they are is the one who takes no offense at I was moved to tears again when the meager resources of our team.
Despite John’s vehemence towards capable of doing) but the evil one me.” Looking back, I realize how I saw them weeping. They looked Philip said, “We have nothing but
sinners, he kept quiet whenever I who is at work in them. my words could have made his helpless and exhausted in their five barley loaves and two pieces of
spoke about the work of redemption They were all euphoric about the suffering much worse. The coldness collective grief, like sheep without a smoked fish, which a lad had asked
as being ready to “pay the price with power of the Spirit when they came with which his emissaries treated a body that had lost me to hand over to you... But what
our own blood”. The last time I saw back after we regrouped ourselves. me was enough to convince me that its head. The movement had indeed good is that for so many?” I smiled at
him, before we parted ways, he Some were beyond themselves they had made up their minds about been decapitated. Philip and I said, “Philip, what you
intimated to me that, maybe I was when they spoke about the worst me, that they were the very ones who Surprisingly, even those who were just called ‘nothing’ is everything
right... that we would have to pay for sinners they had met, who also had poisoned John’s heart over my not very fond of me were there. One that these people have. If only
the redemption of Israel “with our experienced the power of the Spirit insistence on the Gospel of Mercy. of them came to me and begged my everyone can be as generous as that
own blood”. That was before he was at work in their conversion. We were They would rather stick to the God of forgiveness for having entertained boy, you can have a huge banquet
arrested by Herod’s soldiers. all in a celebration mode when the wrath, the God who rewards only the malicious gossip about me and of God’s kingdom. Haven’t I just
And so as the appointed team tragic news came—that John had righteous and inflicts punishment passing them on to John in prison. said a while ago, “Give and gifts will
leader for the Galilean mission, I been executed. Some of us were so on sinners. He said none of the intrigues about be given to you; a good measure,
decided to take a different path in our overtaken by grief, they vomited all These were the very men who also me could change John’s great esteem packed together, shaken down, and
mission as itinerant preachers, from the good food they had just eaten on sowed intrigues about me competing and love for me. Since their group overflowing, will be poured into your
that of John. I had no intention at all hearing about the cruel way John with John’s baptism and putting had been abandoned by their leader, lap. For the measure with which you
of disrespecting John’s asceticism had been tortured and killed by the up my own movement, teaching he was asking for them if they could measure will in return be measured
and his insistence on fasting and executioners of Herod. people to depart from John’s call join mine. I thanked him for his out to you.” Because I had said this
acts of righteousness as proofs of Like I usually did, I left the group to conversion and rebirth. Oh how humility to admit his wrongdoing. I within everyone’s hearing, soon,
conversion. It’s just that I felt really and sought some solitude and wept they had allowed themselves to be gave him a handclasp of Shalom but everyone started unpacking his
sad and disappointed when some all by myself. I sought the Father’s blinded with envy by Satan! But I am he embraced me instead, crying and own provisions. There were dried
of his avid followers, especially company and cried my heart out like sure John did not ask the question thanking me. The rest of them drew dates, figs, prunes, and apricots;
the converts from Phariseism, a little toddler. I imagined how my that way. I had wanted so much to near and created the biggest web of there were loaves of bread and lots
instead of proclaiming a good uncle Zechariah and aunt Elizabeth visit him in prison but I had been group hug I had ever experienced. of fermented olive paste, dried fish,
news of conversion tended towards would take this news. I thought of dissuaded by my team mates who We were both crying and laughing at smoked fish, even cheese and wild
moralizing, making sinners and the man I had regarded as my best told me that such a move would the same time like little kids. honey! Instead of asking them to
those they regarded as “unclean” friend and brother, and our happy be suicidal. Should I have followed After we fulfilled the requirements queue for the food, I instructed them
simply feel bad for themselves years together at Bar Mitzvah, my instincts? Should I have faced of the Torah for the burial of John, to sit down on the grass in clusters
rather than inspiring them and how we soaked in Scriptures at the the fox and allowed myself to be although I was still grieving myself, of fifty and we divided up the food.
drawing them to conversion. Rabbinical school. I could see him arrested by him as well? It saddened I felt I needed to console John’s I said the blessing, broke the bread
It was like we were back to the in my mind, languishing in jail, me deeply that John had suffered followers in their grief. And the and the fish, and asked my team
same old notion of a God who suffering the brutality of Herod’s and died alone. best way to do it, I thought, was to distribute the food per cluster.
automatically rewarded only the soldiers. I knew somehow, how his As I went on with my silent by doing exactly what John used Not only had the food satisfied
righteous and punished the wicked. anguish was further aggravated lamentation, I suddenly became to do—engage them at length in a our hunger; it also soothed our
Something inside me revolted by the intrigues that had been conscious of the presence of midrash on the Torah. Since the sons grief. The somber tone with which
against such an idea, even if it all sown by some of his disciples who somebody, who, I realized had of Zebedee were right there at the we began was quickly changed by
sounded correct. I couldn’t reconcile questioned my ways, who accused been watching me from nearby. forefront listening intently, I thought cheerfulness. I knew that the ever-
it with the God who spoke to my us of capitulating to sin because “Who’s there?” I shouted. Out came I might as well address Johnny’s ascetical John would have resented
heart at the river Jordan, the God they had heard about us eating and our youngest companion, John, the request for a special lesson on prayer. this, but, as before, whenever it was
who wants to say the same thing drinking with tax collectors and brother of James, son of Zebedee. I told them that prayer was about I who prodded him to eat, he readily
to all humankind: “you are my sinners and being massaged by “It’s me, Rabbi,” he said as he making sure at all times that we’re obliged and broke his fast. I noticed
beloved children!” I couldn’t get prostitutes and women of ill-repute. emerged from a bush. “I had been aligned with God’s vision and that it was only in my presence that
myself to ascribe so easily to the His loyalists had accused me of asked by Peter to look for you. He mission—that heaven and earth, God he laughed out loud and shifted to a
idea that we could be either saved being disloyal to John’s cause, that I wanted us to tell you that Andrew and humankind, be reconciled in a celebratory mode. John would often
or damned only through our own had been corrupted by the company had been in touch with your other covenant bond that alone can make tease me for that and say, “Perhaps
acts of righteousness or lack of of sinners. Baptist brothers who are here and us experience LIFE ON EARTH AS you should be in this company more
them. What the Father desires is the The words of John, as are seeking some help in order IT IS IN HEAVEN. I taught them often so we don’t overdo our praying
salvation, not just of some but of all, communicated by his messengers, to arrange for your cousin John’s what I myself had experienced at and fasting.”
of everyone—saints and sinners alike. struck into the very core of my being funeral. They are with a big group of the Jordan after John had immersed (This article is sourced from
My own team-mates became like a sharp dagger. “Are you really other people who are also mourning me in the water: that we were called Facebook page of Bishop Pablo
really passionate about our “Gospel the one who is to come or shall the death of John. They want to to be Adonai’s children. That, in Virgilio David)
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‘You are not the future of God,

you young people are the now of God’
Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis during his Apostolic Journey to Panama on the occasion of the 34th World Youth Day, in a mass
held at the Campo San Juan Pable II – Metro Park, Panama, on January 27, 2019
“THE eyes of all in the synagogue have to work to create channels and
were fixed on him. And he began to spaces that encourage dreaming of
say to them: ‘Today this Scripture and working for tomorrow, starting
has been fulfilled in your hearing’” today. And this, not in isolation,
(Lk 4:20-21). but rather side by side, creating a
With these words, the Gospel common space. A space that is not
presents the beginning of Jesus’ simply taken for granted, or won in
public ministry. It started in the a lottery, but a space for which you
synagogue that saw him grow up; too must fight. You young people
he was in the midst of neighbors and must fight for your space today,
people he knew, and perhaps even because life is living for today. No
some of his childhood “catechists” one can make promises to you about
who had taught him the Law. It a day in the future. Your life today
was an important moment in the is today. Your taking risks is today.
life of the Master: the child who Your space is today. How are you
was educated and grew up in that reacting to this?
community, stood up and took the You, dear young people, are not
floor to proclaim and put into action the future. We like to say, “you are
God’s dream. A word previously the future”. No, you are the present.
proclaimed only as a future promise, You are not the future of God, you
but now, on the lips of Jesus alone, young people are the now of God.
could be spoken in the present tense, He invites you and calls you in your
as it became a reality: “Today it has communities and cities to go out and
been fulfilled”. find your grandparents, your elders;
Jesus reveals the now of God, who to stand up and with them to speak
Pope Francis greets the crowd before celebrating Mass for World Youth Day pilgrims at St. John Paul II Field in Panama City Jan. 27, 2019. PAUL HARING/CNS
comes to meet us and call us to take out and realize the dream that the
part in his now of “proclaiming good We do not always believe that the as the neighbors at Nazareth, future. This is a “make-believe” Lord has dreamed for you.
news to the poor… bringing liberty to Lord can invite us to work and soil when within our communities the happiness, not the happiness of Not tomorrow, now, for wherever
the captives and recovering of sight our hands with him in his Kingdom Gospel seeks to be lived concretely. today, of what is concrete, of love. your treasure is now, there will your
to the blind, setting at liberty those in that simple and blunt a way. It is We begin to say: But these young And so, with this “make-believe” heart also be (cf. Mt 6:21). Whatever
who are oppressed, announcing the hard to accept that “God’s love can people, aren’t they the children happiness, we “tranquilize” you, you fall in love with, it will win over
year of the Lord’s favour” (Lk 4:18- become concrete and can almost be of Mary, Joseph, aren’t they the we numb you into keeping quiet, so not only your imagination, it will
19). This is the now of God. It experienced in history with all its brothers and sisters of… related that you don’t make too much of a affect everything. It will be what
becomes present with Jesus: it has painful and glorious vicissitudes” to…? Are these not the youngsters nuisance, so that you don’t question makes you get up in the morning,
a face, it is flesh. It is a merciful love (BENEDICT XVI, General Audience, we saw grow up? They should keep yourselves or question us; and in what keeps you going at times of
that does not wait for ideal or perfect 28 September 2005). quiet; how can we believe them? that “meantime” your dreams lose fatigue, what will break open your
situations to show itself, nor does it Often we too behave like the That one over there, wasn’t he the their buoyancy, they seem to move hearts and fill you with wonder,
accept excuses for its appearance. neighbors in Nazareth: we prefer one who kept breaking windows slowly, they begin to become flat and joy and gratitude. Realize that you
It is God’s time, that makes every a distant God: nice, good, generous, with his ball? What was born as dreary, petty and plaintive (cf. Palm have a mission and fall in love;
situation and place both right and well depicted, yet far-off, and above prophecy and proclamation of the Sunday Homily, 25 March 2018). that will decide everything (cf.
proper. In Jesus, the promised all a God who does not inconvenience kingdom of God gets domesticated Only because we think, or you think, PEDRO ARRUPE, S.J., Nada es
future begins and becomes life. us, a “domesticated” God. Because a and impoverished. Wanting to that your now has not yet come, that más práctico). We may possess
When? Now. Yet not everyone who close and everyday God, a God who domesticate the word of God is a you are too young to be involved in everything, but, dear young friends,
was listening felt invited or called. is friend and brother, demands daily temptation. dreaming about and working for if we lack the passion of love, we
Not all the residents of Nazareth that we be concerned with our You too, dear young people, can the future. And that’s how we keep will have nothing. The passion of
were prepared to believe in someone surroundings, everyday affairs and experience this whenever you think procrastinating… And do you know love today! Let us allow the Lord to
they knew and had seen grow up, above all fraternity. God chose not that your mission, your vocation, something? A lot of young people make us fall in love and let him take
and who was now inviting them to to reveal himself as an angel or in even your life itself, is a promise far like this. Please let us help them to us into the future!
realize a long-awaited dream. Not some spectacular way, but to give us off in the future, having nothing to do not like this, to rebel, and to want to For Jesus, there is no “meantime”,
only that, but they said, “Is not this a face that is fraternal and friendly, with the present. As if being young live the “now” of God. but only a merciful love that wants
Joseph’s son?” (Lk 4:22). concrete and familiar. God is real were a kind of waiting room, where One of the fruits of the last Synod to enter into and win over our
The same thing can also happen because love is real; God is concrete we sit around until we are called. was the enrichment that came hearts. He wants to be our treasure,
with us. We do not always believe because love is concrete. Indeed, And in the “meantime”, we adults or from being able to meet and above because Jesus is not a “meantime”,
that God can be that concrete and this “concrete manifestation of love you yourselves invent a hygienically all to listen to one another. The an interval in life or a passing fad;
commonplace, that close and real, is one of the essential elements in sealed future, without consequences, enrichment of intergenerational he is generous love that invites us to
and much less that he can become so the life of Christians” (BENEDICT where everything is safe, secure dialogue, the enrichment of entrust ourselves.
present and work through somebody XVI, Homily, 1 March 2006). and “well insured”. We don’t want exchange and the value of realizing He is concrete, close, real love,
like a neighbor, a friend, a relative. We can also run the same risks to offer you a laboratory kind of that we need one another, that we Future / B7

Consecrated life is not about survival, it’s about new life

Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis on the occasion of the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord,
the 23rd World Day for Consecrated Life; at the Vatican, February 2, 2019
of a believing people, alongside with Anna the prophetess, who faithfulness to concrete things—God
many brothers and sisters, at precise was inspired to give thanks to God is always encountered in concrete
times and places.  The Gospel tells (cf. v. 38).  Two young people run things: daily prayer, Holy Mass,
us this, showing how the encounter to the temple, called by the law; Confession, real charity, the daily
takes place within the people of two elderly people moved by the word of God, closeness, especially
God, in its concrete history, in its Spirit.  What does this twofold to those most in need spiritually or
living traditions: in the temple, call, by the law and by the Spirit, physically.  Concrete things, such as
according to the law, in the context mean for our spiritual life and our obedience to one’s superior and to
of prophecy, in young and old consecrated life?  It means that we the rule in the consecrated life.  If we
together (cf Lk  2:25-28, 34).  It is are all called to a twofold obedience: put this law into practice with love
like this too in the consecrated life: to the law – in the sense of what – with love! – then the Spirit will
it blossoms and flourishes in the gives order to our lives – and to come and bring God’s surprise, just
Church; if it is isolated, it withers.  the Spirit, who does new things in as in the temple and at Cana.  Thus
It matures when the young and our lives.  And so the encounter the water of daily life is transformed
elderly walk together, when the with the Lord is born: the Spirit into the wine of newness, and our
young rediscover their roots and the reveals the Lord, but to welcome life, which seems to be more bound,
elderly welcome those fruits.  When him we need to persevere every in reality becomes more free.  This
we walk alone, however, when we day.  Even the greatest charisms, if reminds me now of a humble sister
remain fixated on the past or jump lacking an ordered life, cannot bear who really had the charism of being
ahead in trying to survive, then the fruit.  On the other hand, even the close to priests and seminarians. 
consecrated life stagnates.  Today, best rules are not sufficient without The other day the cause for her
on the feast day of encounter, we ask the freshness of the Spirit: the law beatification was introduced here
Pope Francis celebrates Mass during the World Day for Consecrated Life in St. Peter’s Basilica at the for the grace to rediscover the living and the Spirit go together. in the Diocese [of Rome].  She was
Vatican Feb. 2, 2019. VATICAN MEDIA Lord amid a believing people, and to To better understand this call, a simple sister, not well known, but
allow the charism we have received seen today in the temple in the first she had the virtue of obedience, of
TODAY’S Liturgy shows Jesus who the centre and the beating heart of to encounter today’s graces. days of Jesus’ life, we should move to faithfulness and of not being afraid
goes out to meet his people.  It is the everything, then he is alive and lives The Gospel also tells us that the first days of his public ministry, of new things.  We ask the Lord,
feast day of encounter: the newness anew in us.  And what happened God’s encounter with his people at Cana, where he transforms water through the intercession of Sister
of the Child encounters the tradition in the temple also happens to us: has both a starting point and a into wine.  There too there is a call to Bernardetta, to give all of us the
of the temple; the promise finds around him everything meets, and destination point.  It begins with obedience, with Mary, who says: “Do grace to walk on this path.
fulfillment; young Mary and Joseph life becomes harmonious.  With the  call in the temple and arrives whatever he tells you” (Jn 2:5).  Do The encounter which is born
encounter the elderly Simeon and Jesus we find again the courage to at the vision in the temple.  It is whatever.  And Jesus asks for of the call culminates in vision. 
Anna.  Everything, therefore, meets carry on and the strength to remain a call that is twofold.  There is a first something particular; he does not Simeon says: “My eyes have seen
as Jesus arrives. firm.  The encounter with the Lord call “according to the law” (v. 22).  It suddenly do something new, does your salvation” (Lk 2:30).  He sees
What does this mean for us?  is the source.  It is important then is the call of Joseph and Mary, who not produce the missing wine out of the Child and he sees salvation.  He
Above all, that we too are called to to return to the source: to retrace in go to the temple to fulfill what the nothing – he could have done so – does not see the Messiah who works
welcome Jesus who comes to meet our mind the decisive moments of law prescribes.  The text emphasizes but he asks for something concrete miracles, but a small child.  He does
us.  To encounter him: the God of encounter with him, to renew our this almost as a refrain, even four and demanding.  He asks them to not see something extraordinary, but
life is to be encountered every day first love, perhaps writing down times (cf. vv. 22, 23, 24, 27).  This is fill six great stone water jars for the Jesus with his parents, who bring a
of our lives; not now and then, but our love story with the Lord.  This not something forced: Jesus’ parents ritual purification, which recalls the pair of turtledoves or two pigeons
every day.  To follow Jesus is not a would be good for our consecrated are not constrained to go or merely law.  That means pouring around to the temple, which is the most
decision taken once and for all, it is life, so that it does not become a time to perform an external duty.  They six hundred litres of water from the humble offering (cf. v. 24).  Simeon
a daily choice.  And we do not meet that passes by, but rather a time of go in response to God’s call.  Then well: time and effort, which seemed sees God’s simplicity and welcomes
the Lord virtually, but directly, we encounter. there is a second call, according to pointless, because what was missing his presence.  He is not looking
encounter him in our lives, in the If we call to mind our original the Spirit.  It is the call of Simeon was not water but wine!  And yet, for anything else, is not asking or
concreteness of life.  Otherwise, meeting with the Lord, we become and Anna.  This too is stressed with precisely from those jars filled “up wanting for something more; it is
Jesus becomes only a nice memory aware that it did not arise as insistence: three times, in the case of to the brim” (v. 7), Jesus draws forth enough to see the Child and take
of the past.  When we welcome something private between us and Simeon, it refers to the Holy Spirit new wine.  And so it is for us: God him in his arms: “nunc dimittis,
him as the Lord of life, however, as God.  No, it blossomed in the context (cf. vv. 25, 26, 27) and it concludes calls us to encounter him through Consecrated / B7
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“You received without payment; give without payment” (Mt. 10:8)

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the 27th world Day of the Sick 2019
DEAR Brothers and Sisters, reflection of God’s love, which her voice heard before the powers
“You received without payment; culminates in the incarnation of of this world, so that they might
give without payment” (Mt 10:8). the Son and the outpouring of the recognize their guilt for the crime—
These are the words spoken by Jesus Holy Spirit. the crimes!—of poverty they created.
when sending forth his apostles Each of us is poor, needy and For Mother Teresa, mercy was the
to spread the Gospel, so that his destitute. When we are born, we ‘salt’ which gave flavour to her work;
Kingdom might grow through acts require the care of our parents it was the ‘light’ that shone in the
of gratuitous love. to survive, and at every stage darkness of the many who no longer
On the XXVII World Day of the of life we remain in some way had tears to shed for their poverty and
Sick, to be solemnly celebrated dependent on the help of others. suffering. Her mission to the urban
on 11 February 2019 in Calcutta, We will always be conscious of our and existential peripheries remains
India, the Church—as a Mother limitations, as “creatures”, before for us today an eloquent witness to
to all her children, especially the other individuals and situations. God’s closeness to the poorest of the
infirm—reminds us that generous A frank acknowledgement of this poor” (Homily, 4 September 2016).
gestures like that of the Good truth keeps us humble and spurs us Saint Mother Teresa helps us
Samaritan are the most credible to practice solidarity as an essential understand that our only criterion of
means of evangelization. Caring for virtue in life. action must be selfless love for every
the sick requires professionalism, Such an acknowledgement leads human being, without distinction
tenderness, straightforward and us to act responsibly to promote of language, culture, ethnicity or
simple gestures freely given, like a a good that is both personal and religion. Her example continues to
caress that makes others feel loved. communal. Only if we see ourselves, guide us by opening up horizons of
Pope Francis visits poor, sick people at a center run by the CasAmica Onlus organization on the outskirts of
Life is a gift from God. Saint Paul not as a world apart, but in a fraternal joy and hope for all those in need of Rome Dec. 7, 2018. The visit continued the pope’s tradition of doing Friday works of mercy. VATICAN MEDIA
asks: “What do you have that you did relationship with others, can we understanding and tender love, and
not receive?” (1 Cor 4:7). Precisely develop a social practice of solidarity especially for those who suffer. world. A volunteer is a good friend and waste. Catholic healthcare
because it is a gift, human life cannot aimed at the common good. We Generosity inspires and sustains with whom one can share personal institutions must not fall into the trap
be reduced to a personal possession should not be afraid to regard the work of the many volunteers thoughts and emotions; by their of simply running a business; they
or private property, especially in the ourselves as needy or reliant on who are so important in health care patient listening, volunteers make must be concerned with personal
light of medical and biotechnological others, because individually and by and who eloquently embody the it possible for the sick to pass from care more than profit. We know that
advances that could tempt us to our own efforts we cannot overcome spirituality of the Good Samaritan. being passive recipients of care health is relational, dependent on
manipulate the “tree of life” (cf. Gen our limitations. So we should not I express my gratitude and offer to being active participants in a interaction with others, and requiring
3:24). fear, then, to acknowledge those my encouragement to all those relationship that can restore hope trust, friendship and solidarity. It is
Amid today’s culture of waste and limitations, for God himself, in Jesus, associations of volunteers committed and inspire openness to further a treasure that can be enjoyed fully
indifference, I would point out that has humbly stooped down to us (cf. to the transport and assistance of treatment. Volunteer work passes on only when it is shared. The joy of
“gift” is the category best suited to Phil 2:8) and continues to do so; in patients, and all those that organize values, behaviors and ways of living generous giving is a barometer of the
challenging today’s individualism our poverty, he comes to our aid and the donation of blood, tissues and born of a deep desire to be generous. health of a Christian.
and social fragmentation, while grants us gifts beyond our imagining. organs. One particular area in which It is also a means of making health I entrust all of you to Mary, Salus
at the same time promoting In light of the solemn celebration your presence expresses the Church’s care more humane. Infirmorum. May she help us to
new relationships and means of in India, I would like to recall, with care and concern is that of advocacy A spirit of generosity ought share the gifts we have received in
cooperation between peoples and joy and admiration, the figure of for the rights of the sick, especially especially to inspire Catholic the spirit of dialogue and mutual
cultures. Dialogue—the premise of Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta—a those affected by pathologies healthcare institutions, whether in acceptance, to live as brothers and
gift—creates possibilities for human model of charity who made visible requiring special assistance. I would the more developed or the poorer sisters attentive to each other’s
growth and development capable of God’s love for the poor and sick. As also mention the many efforts made areas of our world, since they carry needs, to give from a generous heart,
breaking through established ways I noted at her canonization, “Mother to raise awareness and encourage out their activity in the light of the and to learn the joy of selfless service
of exercising power in society. “Gift” Teresa, in all aspects of her life, prevention. Your volunteer work Gospel. Catholic facilities are called to others. With great affection, I
means more than simply giving was a generous dispenser of divine in medical facilities and in homes, to give an example of self-giving, assure you of my closeness in prayer,
presents: it involves the giving of mercy, making herself available which ranges from providing health generosity and solidarity in response and to all I cordially impart my
oneself, and not simply a transfer for everyone through her welcome care to offering spiritual support, is to the mentality of profit at any price, Apostolic Blessing.
of property or objects. “Gift” differs and defense of human life, of those of primary importance. Countless of giving for the sake of getting, and of
from gift-giving because it entails unborn and those abandoned and persons who are ill, alone, elderly exploitation over concern for people. Vatican City, 25 November 2018
the free gift of self and the desire discarded… She bowed down before or frail in mind or body benefit I urge everyone, at every level, to Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ,
to build a relationship. It is the those who were spent, left to die on from these services. I urge you promote the culture of generosity King of the Universe.
acknowledgement of others, which the side of the road, seeing in them to continue to be a sign of the and of gift, which is indispensable
is the basis of society. “Gift” is a their God-given dignity; she made Church’s presence in a secularized for overcoming the culture of profit FRANCIS

Pastoral Letter on Vaccination

(To be read in all Masses on Saturday afternoon and Sunday,
Feb. 16-17,2019)
Memo to: The University Community
Ateneo de Manila University
13 February 2019

IN my statement of 13 October covering different areas of a chilling effect on legitimate

Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona of Caceres 2017, I had occasion to “call our national life, contributing opposition and criticism.
Dear Parishioners, Parents and LGU us that: on everyone in the community immeasurably to the wealth
officials, “The measles vaccines that we are to defend our democratic and value of our country. Too As a university, we are committed
Peace of Jesus be with you all! using have been around since 2010 institutions” and to state that “[t] often these days, it is they who to using our resources as
The measles outbreak in our country and there have been no reported his call to defend our democratic wage daily battles against fake educators to make the truth
is the breaking news of our tri- deaths from the vaccines ever institutions is not even a matter news, expose corruption and come to light. As citizens, it is
media. Everyday we read in the since. We urge the parents to trust of political partisanship or bring to light illegal practices our obligation to defend the
newspapers, watch on TV and listen the DOH because we review our persuasion. It is a call that is and wrongdoing by those who truth. In an atmosphere of fear
to the radio the disturbing gradual medicines thoroughly to ensure that borne out of our conviction lead us. and silence, we are obliged to
spread of the measle virus in our they are safe.” about what is right and just and speak when we see things which
provinces, municipalities, barangays The Archdiocese of Caceres joins the truly democratic.” We all say we want the truth. It are not right, even if doing
and sitios. DOH BICOL in appealing to parents is easy to say we want the whole so can bring individuals and
We see shocking images of many to have their children vaccinated by While such pronouncements truth, but we easily forget how institutions to peril. Speaking
affected children in crowded going to the barangay health centers. then pertained to government difficult it is to find and convey truth can be daunting but the
hospitals and clinics. Likewise rhe Archdiocese of institutions in particular, the the truth and we do little to greater imperative is to stand our
We are saddened by the many Caceres enjoins cooperation of all same should be said with defend those of us who put their ground against those who sow
reported deaths of our children, government agencies, NGOs , Civil regard to freedom of speech, careers, reputations and lives on fear when the truth is spoken.
mostly from poor families and society, and Churches to work hand of expression and of the press. the line to give us truth.
communities. in hand for the success of the fight No less than the Philippine In 2015, Maria Ressa was our
As reported by Sec of Health, Dr to contain and eventually eradicate Constitution recognizes “the Thus, the University expresses Loyola Schools commencement
Francisco Duque , the registered the measles outbreak in the Bicol vital role of communication and alarm over both, on the one speaker. She reminded our
deaths as of Feb 12, is NCR :18; area in particular. information in nation-building” hand, the filing of tax evasion graduates that, “Power does
Calabarzon:25; Central Luzon: Let not the unfounded fear of (Constitution, Art. II. Sec. 24) charges against Rappler and corrupt, and the way we hold it
3; Western Visayas: 4; Northern the vaccine affect the lives of our and “the freedom of speech, the concomitant process of accountable is to shine the light.
Mindanao:5. children. of expression, or of the press” the need to arrest her (without We need to see the way things
In a press release of DOH-CHD We commend the Provincial DOH (Constitution, Art. III, Sec. 4). prejudice to securing liberty really work, the corrupted values
Bicol, February 8,2019 it states that: Office of Camarines Sur, and the through bail), and on the other, that make wrong seem right…
“As of January 1 to February 2, DOH-CHD Bicol with the health There are several rights and the filing of cyber libel charges Do not accept the world you see
2019, records from Bicol Region workers in all levels for their freedoms necessary for a against her and a researcher today.”
revealed 54 new cases of measles tenacious and dedicated service democratic society to function. and their being actually
with 2 laboratory confirmed cases. in this fight against the measles The right to life, the right to due arrested. The tax charge stems “Do not accept the world you see
Reports show that Sorsogon has the outbreak in Camarines Sur. process, the sweet freedoms from a complicated legal theory today.” The University shares
highest number of measles cases Jesus says:”Let the children come to of speech and of the press—all that Rappler is not a news Maria’s challenge to shine the
at 21 cases, followed by Masbate me.” Let our children come to our of these were once considered organization and is instead a light on power and be brave in
– 12, Camarines Sur – 12, Albay – health centers for protection and sacred, inviolable. But as of dealer in securities. In turn, witnessing to the truth. Veritas
5, and Camarines Norte – 3, and medical attention. late these have been called into the cyber libel charge is for liberabit vos. As God is our
Catanduanes – 0.” O DIVINO ROSTRO and Our Lady question; mocked, attacked, an article that was published witness, we believe that the truth
We commend the tireless and strong of Penafrancia, our INA, protect us degraded. before the passage of the law does lead to freedom. The lies
efforts of our DOH-CHD Bicol in and our children from the measles which punishes the act charged and false promises of unbridled
informing and raising awareness of outbreak! Rappler, and its brave leader against them. Beyond the legal power, when met with silence,
our fellow Bicolanos on the growing God bless you all! Maria Ressa, have consistently arguments is government’s will only make us a nation of
number of measle cases in the held the line against the erosion troubling practice of silencing slaves.
region, and its campaign to parents In Jesus, of these liberties. It is journalists critics through the filing of
to have their children immunized as like her who keep us all informed questionable cases. The pattern JOSE RAMON T. VILLARIN, SJ
soon as possible. +ROLANDO J. TRIA TIRONA, OCD about the state of our nation, of political persecution casts President
The Bicol, DOH OIC - Regional Archbishop of Caceres
Director, Dr. Ernie V. Vera assures Naga City, Cam Sur
B6 REFLECTIONS February 18 - March 3, 2019 Vol. 23 No. 4 CBCP Monitor

Challenged to love even What makes us what

we are
the unlovable
7th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, (Luke 6:27-38)
8th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, (Luke 6:39-45)
March 3, 2019

February 24, 2019 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB

WHAT makes us what we are is not all its misery.

By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB our income, our physical strength, People can lie also through their
our success in business, and not actions. They do certain things in
even our IQ or our EQ. What makes order to appear to be good, while
us what we are is our “heart” – the their hearts are full of evil intents.
“core” of our personality, the inner Jesus called these people frauds
sanctuary where we decide what and hypocrites, for their good ac-
sort of person we want to become. tions are only a pretense that has no
This means: our value system, our corresponding disposition in their
deep dispositions, our ideals, and hearts. Their external good actions
our priorities in life. are like beautiful masks used to hide
But how do we know what is in- a disfigured face. Their hypocrisy,
side the “heart” of a person? How too, cannot conceal for ever their
can we know whether our “heart” spiritual misery and corruption.
is fully part of the Kingdom of God God cannot be cheated. His looks
or has been already laid waste by penetrate deep beyond appearances
the hordes of the evil one? The and clever pretenses. What He
first means to ascertain this is our wants is not just “nice words” and
WORDS. Whether spoken or writ- “seemingly good actions.” He wants
ten, our words are what enables us that these be rooted in a “heart” that
to express our internal feelings, our is imbibed with the VALUES that
intentions, or needs, our plans and those words and actions are meant
aspirations . . . . to manifest externally. God wants
But it is especially our ACTIONS “substance” and reality, rather than
that reveal what is deep inside us. a vain show.
Just as each tree is known by its This is why our main concern
yield, so is every person known by should be not so much to say good
his or her actions. That is why Jesus words and perform good actions, but
stated that “a good man produces to have a “good heart”—A HEART
JESUS does not seem tired of shock- the simple answer is: Because the tempted to do is “to sever our dip-
goodness from the good in his heart; that is constantly set on seeking the
ing his disciples. He has already command to love one’s neighbor lomatic ties,” and learn to live as if
while an evil man produces evil out Kingdom of God and its demands.
jolted them with the “beatification” includes also one’s enemies. Every that person did not exist.
of his store of evil.” (See today’s This is the basic condition to become
of the poor, the hungry, the despised human being, in fact, and not just Jesus is not satisfied with our
Gospel, v. 45.) a “good person”—to be a “good tree”
and the persecuted, and the four my friends, or the members of my refraining from belligerent actions,
Our experience, however, teaches that will constantly bear “good fruit.”
“woes” addressed to the rich, the club, or my team or my race . . . , is for a “cold treatment” fails to meet
us that there are people who use Once the right foundation is in
well-fed, the satisfied and those my “neighbor.” We are expected to the demands of love. “Do good to
their words to hide the truth rather place, we will be well on our way to-
who enjoy the favor of the people. love all human beings, for they are those who hate you,” he presses us.
than to manifest it. We call these ward attaining a good resemblance
Now his shocking power reaches all children of God and our brothers “Bless those who curse you and pray
people liars and cheaters. Their lack with our Teacher-Jesus Christ! Hav-
its climax, as he demands that his or sisters in Christ. for those who maltreat you.” Herein
of sincerity in speech is a sign that ing removed the big “plank” from
disciples love their enemies and do “Do to others what you would is the challenge to be heroic by lov-
their heart is no longer close to the our eyes, we will be able to lead the
good to those who hate them. have them do to you,” continues ing in a practical manner even the
truth—no longer close to God. But “blind” and attempt in all honesty
This injunction is far more de- Jesus in his “Sermon on the Plain” “unlovable.”
sooner or later the truth is going to remove the “speck” that is in the
manding than the well-established thereby proclaiming the “Golden This is the challenge to follow in
to come out and the ugliness of the eye of our neighbor. Then will we
commandment to love one’s neigh- Rule” which covers all aspects of our the footsteps of our Model, Jesus
reality of what is nested in liars and be able to make the world a better
bor as oneself. No leader has ever relationship with our neighbor. (See himself, “the New Man” and “the
cheaters hearts will be revealed in place to live in.
asked so much of his followers. Jesus Lk 6:31.) And since everybody wants life-giving spirit.” (See today’s Sec-

Lent: an opportunity
did. And his whole life (and not just to be treated with respect, honor, ond Reading.) Being new creatures
his praying for those who were insult- care, understanding, and love, the in him, we must love the way he did.
ing him on Calvary) was a constant conclusion is that we should treat In so doing, we will be learning to

to set our priorities

living out of the command to love everybody—including those who live and love in a God-like manner,
one’s enemies and do good to them have deliberately hurt us—not the for our common Father is always
for, as the Son of God, he had become way they treat us, but the way we compassionate and continues to love
a human being exactly to give his life would like to be treated. even those who offend and reject
for his very enemies—all sinners!
But now this command to love
one’s enemies is addressed by him
to frail human beings who already
This, as well all know very well, is
not a spontaneous reaction. Instinc-
tively, when we have been hurt, we
tend to retaliate and get even, or at
Him. (See v. 35.)
This is a tall order, indeed, but
if we really want to go to heaven,
we do not have any alternative, for
find it hard to constantly love even least to withhold from those who “the measure with which we mea- Ash Wednesday, Year C, (Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18)
their own relatives and friends! . have offended us those signs of love sure,” says Jesus, “will in return be Beginning of the Lenten Season
. . Hence the question: How can that we used to have for them. If we measured out to us.” (See today’s March 6, 2019
Jesus make such a demand? And do not go to war, the least we are Gospel, v. 38.)
By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB

Some Aphorisms of
the Lord
8th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, (Luke 6:39-45)
March 3, 2019
By Msgr. Joseph A. Pellegrino

THIS is the Eighth Sunday of exist among the hierarchy. It also decayed tree produces good fruit.
Ordinary Time. Usually, Lent would exists in the home among the Each tree is known by its yield.”
have begun by now, but this year confirmed. Those who have received The final aphorism is that each
it is late. Also, when we return to the sacrament of confirmation have tree is known by its fruit. When
THERE is in each of us a potential Many of the Pharisees in the time
ordinary time in June, we usually received the gift of the Holy Spirit a person does good things, we
“actor” who can transform our lives of Jesus had become victims of the
begin with the 9th or 10th Sunday to grow in their understanding know this is a good person. When
into a show of vanity and hypocrisy. temptation to become hypocritical
of the year, so poor number 8 rarely of the faith. When, as all human a person is continually stirring up
Though in different degrees, we all and ostentations. Much of their re-
is celebrated. beings, we have times of doubt, trouble, we know that this person
experience the desire for praise and ligious practices were just an empty
The readings for today are full or times that we have difficulty is troubled. The fruit reveals the
approval from as many people as show. Jesus called those people
of aphorisms. An aphorism is understanding what we believe or person. In the same way, it is not
possible . . . . “frauds” and “whitewashed tombs.”
an adage, or a tersely phrased why we believe, we have to go to enough for us to say we are saved
If this yearning is not checked on (See Mt 23:27.)
statement of the truth. Let’s look at books and knowledgeable people and then live as pagans. In fact, it
time, soon it may turn into an insa- At the very beginning of his min-
three of the aphorisms found in t he in the area. We also have to go to is not enough to say we are saved.
tiable craving which will reduce us istry, he warned his disciples not
Gospel of Luke. our knees and pray to Holy Spirit What we need to say is that we are
to a situation of moral slavery. For a to commit a similar error. (See Mt
“Can a blind man act as a guide to help us grow in faith. The blind being saved, in the process of being
time, we may still like to believe that 6:2.5.16.) His warning is ever-valid
to a blind man. Will they not both cannot lead the blind. That is why saved. Our actions must reflect
we are “free” and can do all that we and applies to us, too. Jesus wants
fall into a ditch?” we have been gifted with the Holy God’s gift to us. If they don’t,
like. The sad reality, though, is that all his disciples to be honest and
People cannot teach until they Spirit. That is why we have the then we are in fact rejecting his
we have become “compulsive exhi- sincere, single-minded and eager
have learned. This is true in every magisterium. salvation. Yes, we always depend
bitionists” who act to please the eyes to please God, rather than crave for
aspect of life, but particularly in the “Why look at the speck in your upon the mercy of God, but we have
and arouse applauses, but suffer the praises of people.
Church. In the Catholic Church we brother’s eye when you miss the to respond to this mercy by doing
painful frustration if people do not Lent is, for us, a unique op-
are blessed with a teaching authority. plank in your own?” our best to live the Christian life. If
seem to notice our “good deeds,” our portunity to mount a campaign
This authority is often given the Psychologist might restate this we don’t than our fruits, our actions
“generosity,” our “achievements”. . against any form of self-exaltation
Latin word for teacher and called second aphorisms in these terms: will demonstrate the insincerity of
. . All this shows that we no longer or praise-seeking. Through his
the magisterium. The magisterium we tend to transfer our irritation our conversion.
enjoy that internal freedom which example, Jesus himself teaches us
consists in the Pope, the Bishops, over our own failings to others. So This Wednesday Lent begins. I
is the fruit of authenticity, sincerity, how to achieve the splendid result
theologians and consultants. The we decry another person’s faults need this Lent. Perhaps you do too.
consistency . . . . of seeking only God’s glory in all
duty of the magisterium is to set the as a way of hiding our own. The Lent is a time for us to grow in our
“Good deeds,” such as acts of re- we do. It is a matter of living in His
course for us to relate our faith and Lord was quite a psychologist when faith life, let the magisterium and
ligious piety and ritual penance are presence every minute of our life
morals to the evolving times. We he said, “First deal with your own Holy Spirit guide us. Lent is a time
not free from the risk of hypocrisy and of doing our duty with the clear
take this for granted because most faults.” When we go through those for us to look into ourselves. How
and ostentation. Actually, they con- intention of pleasing Him—a mat-
of us have always been Catholic and negative days when everything other is the upset we have with others a
stitute an even more subtle danger, ter of not just “doing good” but of
have always had the body of our faith people do irritates us, we have to reflection of our own faults? Lent
for these actions are good in them- “becoming good,” rather than just
presented in a rather neat package. take a step back and consider what is a time to consider our living of
selves. As such, they are supposed to appearing to be such. It is a matter
But dogmatic statements didn’t just we are doing that upsets others, and, the Christian life. Do our actions
be done in order to please God and of setting our priorities right and
happen. They evolved over many even more, what we are doing that demonstrate Christ’s continuing
not in order to elicit the applause of acting accordingly. Then will the
centuries as the Church continues upsets ourselves. conversion in our lives?
the people. God does not want that Lenten season begin in the right
to grow in its understanding of itself. “A good tree does not produce May you and I allow God to take
we make a show of our good deeds, way and the Lord will show us his
The magisterium does not just decayed fruit any more than a control of every aspect of our lives.
and religious observances. merciful countenance.
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The beaches of San Antonio, Zambales

By Msgr. Bernie Pantin escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. reach. It was indeed serenely
I wanted to go camping in Nagsasa Cove beautiful. It had a wide expanse
A NATURAL disaster has a way of reshaping having read in blogs that the place is much of white sand made from lahar.
a landscape which may in the beginning There were several pine trees
cause so much havoc and suffering but on the beach and the mountains
later on would be a source of blessing and surrounding the cove were already
abundance. This is the case of the eruption of covered with cogon grasses.
Mt. Pinatubo in 1991. The eruption caused so We pitched our tent near the
much disaster and suffering to many towns of end of the cove where our boatmen
Pampanga, some of them being submerged in docked. I learned the following day
the ensuing lahar flow. However, the lahar has that the cottages where we stayed
belonged to the owner of the boat.
Being quite far from Pundaquit,
an hour and a half away by boat,
there were few campers. About
a half kilometer long, the other Anawangin Cove camp site
Capones Island
campers were just far from our
place. There was a videoke for rent walk far in order to swim. The Aeta said that
better than Anawangin. Being farther, one in one of the cottages and a sari-sari store in before the Pinatubo eruption, that place was
passes by Anawangin and other islands in the middle part of the cove. At the back of the deep. They would spear fish in that area. There
going to Nagsasa thus one can visit all the cove near the foot of the mountain, we were was no sandy shore for that matter.
others in just one trip. My decision was told that there was a settlement of the Aetas. The clouds were forming as
justified when we found the day after, passing One of the workers in the next cottage where we left Nagsasa cove that morning. It was
by Anawangin on our way back that it was we were was an Aeta, but the wife was from drizzling when we passed by Anawangin cove.
The beach area in Pundaquit. Just across are the Camara and jampacked with campers who, just like us, Manila who settled there. After we had our There were indeed plenty of people there
the Capones Islands. wanted to get away from the traffic in Manila. camping. The front of the
We had a rather glorious and quiet night in beach and the campsite
now become a primary source of income to the Anawangin amidst the serenity and beauty at the back across the
province. Although found in the province of of the place. stream was filled with tents.
Zambales, Mt. Pinatubo did not cause much Brgy. Pundaquit in San Antonio is the Anawangin cove is smaller
damage in the province as it did in Pampanga. jump off point to the islands and coves of than Nagsasa. Since it is
The thick ashfall which covered the mountains Zambales. After having our lunch in one of the nearer to Pundaquit, it is
of Zambales, after several years flowed down resorts in Pundaquit we took off for our island the more popular besides
the hills and down to the seacoasts giving birth hopping. We first visited the island of Camara having a cheaper boat fare.
to new beaches out which was just across For a small boat for four
of rugged coastlines Pundaquit. Then we persons, the round trip fare
especially in the visited the island of for the boat to Anawangin
town of San Antonio. Capones. Capones is 1,000, add another 500
Anawangin and has a lighthouse in if it includes a trip to the
Nagsasa coves were the other end of the Camara and Capones
never heard before. island, but we did islands. We were asked
Ten years after the not have time for it. 2,400 for Nagsasa cove and
eruption of Mt. We just contended in that included the side trip
Pinatubo, Anawangin Nagsasa Cove
swimming in its white to Camara, Capones and
has gained notice and sand beach. Then off dinner with tuba for drinks which still came Anawangin cove. The boat owner provided free
has become a good we went to Nagsasa from Leyte, I spent the night stargazing. I saw for us materials for cooking our meals from
camping ground for Just behind the beach was a stream which led to another camping cove which took us plenty of shooting stars that night. It was low the kalan, kaldero, thermos and other utensils.
those who like to area more than an hour to tide the following morning and one had to (Visit:

Religions / B1

that the laws of the current market, meet, continues to be an important event recalled a message issued great works erected in the desert, “war”. Let us return it to its miserable
demanding everything immediately, crossroads between the West and a year before in Rome during an but also the image of a nation that crudeness. Its fateful consequences
do not benefit encounter, dialogue, East, between the North and South international congress on the same includes and embraces all. are before our eyes. I am thinking
family—essential dimensions of of the planet: a place of development, theme, a congress to which I had It is with this spirit that I look in particular of Yemen, Syria, Iraq
life that need time and patience. where once inhospitable spaces given my complete support and forward to concrete opportunities and Libya. Together, as brothers
Religions should be the voice of supply jobs for people of various encouragement. I thank, therefore, for meeting, not only here but in and sisters in the one human
the least, who are not statistics but nations. all the leaders who are engaged in the entire beloved region, a focal family willed by God, let us commit
brothers and sisters, and should Nonetheless, development, too, this field, and I assure them of my point of the Middle East. I look ourselves against the logic of armed
stand on the side of the poor. They has its adversaries. If the enemy support, solidarity and participation forward to societies where people of power, against the monetization of
should keep watch as sentinels of of fraternity is the individualism and that of the Catholic Church, in different beliefs have the same right relations, the arming of borders,
fraternity in the night of conflict. referred to above, I want to point this very important cause of the of citizenship and where only in the the raising of walls, the gagging of
They should be vigilant warnings to to indifference as an obstacle to protection of minors in all its forms. case of violence in any of its forms the poor; let us oppose all this with
humanity not to close our eyes in the development, an indifference which Here, in the desert, a way of is that right removed. the sweet power of prayer and daily
face of injustice and never to resign ends up converting flourishing fruitful development has been A fraternal living together, commitment to dialogue. Our being
ourselves to the many tragedies in realities into desert lands. In fact, opened which, beginning from founded on education and justice; together today is a message of trust,
the world. a purely utilitarian development the creation of jobs, offers hope a human development built upon an encouragement to all people
cannot provide real and lasting to many persons from a variety a welcoming inclusion and on the of good will, so that they may not
The desert that flourishes progress. Only an integral and of nations, cultures and beliefs. rights of all: these are the seeds of surrender to the floods of violence
Having spoken of fraternity as an cohesive development provides a Among them, many Christians peace which the world’s religions and the desertification of altruism.
ark of peace, I now want to take future worthy of the human person. too, whose presence in the region are called to help flourish. For God is with those who seek peace.
inspiration from a second image, Indifference prevents us from seeing dates back centuries, have found them, perhaps as never before, in From heaven he blesses every step
that of the desert which surrounds the human community beyond opportunities and made a significant this delicate historical situation, which, on this path, is accomplished
us. its earnings and our brothers and contribution to the growth and well- it is a task that can no longer be on earth.
Here, in just a few years, with sisters beyond the work they do. being of the country. In addition postponed: to contribute actively
farsightedness and wisdom, the Indifference, in fact, does not look to professional skills, they bring to demilitarizing the human heart. [1] Benedict XVI, Address to the New Ambassadors to
the Holy See, 16 December 2010.
desert has been transformed into to the future; it does not care about you the genuineness of their faith. The arms race, the extension of its [2]  Message for the Celebration of the World Day of
a prosperous and hospitable place. the future of creation, it does not The respect and tolerance they zones of influence, the aggressive Peace, 1 January 2015, 2.
From being an unapproachable and care about the dignity of the stranger encounter, as well as the necessary policies to the detriment of others [3]  Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, Declaration
inaccessible obstacle, the desert has and the future of children. places of worship where they pray, will never bring stability. War on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian
Religions Nostra Aetate, 5.
become a meeting place between In this context I am delighted that allow them a spiritual maturity cannot create anything but misery, [4]  Cf.  Address to Participants at the International
cultures and religions. Here the here in Abu Dhabi last November which then benefits society as a weapons bring nothing but death! Conference for Peace, Al-Azhar Conference Centre, Cairo,
desert has flourished, not just for the first Forum of the Interreligious whole. I encourage you to continue Human fraternity requires of us, 28 April 2017.
[5] F. M. Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov, II, 2.
a few days in the year, but for Alliance for Safer Communities on this path, so that those who either as representatives of the world’s [6] Interreligious General Audience, 28 October 2015.
many years to come. This country, took place, whose theme was child live here or are passing through may religions, the duty to reject every [7]  Cf. Terence,  Heautontimorumenos (The Self-
in which sand and skyscrapers dignity in the digital world. This preserve not only the image of the nuance of approval from the word Tormentor) I, 1, 25.

Future / B4 Consecrated / B4

today. He is festive joy, born of Dear young friends, do you want prayers, and who have helped by now let me depart” (cf. v. 29).  God, her like this, the woman next door.
opting for and taking part in the to live out your love in a practical their efforts and hard work to make as he, is enough for him.  In God he This then is the consecrated
miraculous draught of hope and way? May your “yes” continue to this World Youth Day dream come finds the ultimate meaning of his life: praise which gives joy to
charity, solidarity and fraternity, be the gateway for the Holy Spirit true in this country. life.  This is the vision of consecrated God’s people, prophetic vision
despite the paralyzed and paralyzing to give us a new Pentecost for the And to you, dear young people, life, a vision that is simple and that reveals what counts.  When
gaze born of fear and exclusion, Church and for the world. a big “thank you”. Your faith and prophetic in its simplicity, where it is like this, then it flowers and
speculation and manipulation. joy have made Panama, America we keep the Lord before our eyes becomes a summons for all of us
Brothers and sisters, the Lord and Farewell and the entire world shake! As we and between our hands, and not to counter mediocrity: to counter a
his mission are not a “meantime” At the conclusion of this have heard so many times in these to serve anything else.  He is our devaluation of our spiritual life, to
in our life, something temporary, celebration, I thank God for days in the song of this World life, he is our hope, he is our future.  counter the temptation to reduce
they are not only a World Day of having given us the opportunity Youth Day: “As your pilgrim people Consecrated life consists in this God’s importance, to counter an
Youth, they are our life today, our to share these days together and to we are gathered here today from prophetic vision in the Church: it is accommodation to a comfortable and
life of journeying ahead! experience once more this World every continent and city”. We are a gaze that sees God present in the worldly life, to counter complaints—
In a special way throughout Youth Day. on a journey, keep walking, keep world, even if many do not notice complaints!—dissatisfaction and
these days, Mary’s fiat has been In particular, I want to thank the living the faith and sharing the him; it is a voice that says: “God is self-pity, to counter a mentality of
whispering like a kind of music President of Panama, Juan Carlos faith. Do not forget that you are enough, the rest passes away”; it resignation and “we have always
in the background. She not Varela Rodríguez, the Presidents not the tomorrow, you are not the is praise that gushes forth in spite of done it this way”: this is not God’s
only believed in God and in his of other nations and the other “meantime”; you are the now of everything, as the prophetess Anna way.  Consecrated life is not about
promises as something possible, political and civil authorities for God. shows.  She was a woman of great survival, it is not about preparing
she believed God himself and their presence at this celebration. The venue for the next World age, who had lived for many years ourselves for ars bene moriendi:
dared to say “yes” to taking part in I thank Bishop José Domingo Youth Day has already been as a widow, but was not gloomy, this is the temptation of our days, in
this now of the Lord. She felt she Ulloa Mendieta, Archbishop of announced. I ask you not to let nostalgic or withdrawn into herself; the face of declining vocations.  No,
had a mission; she fell in love and Panama, for his generosity and the fervor of these days grow cold. on the contrary, she arises, she it is not about survival, but new
that decided everything. May you hard work in hosting this World Go back to your parishes and praises God and speaks only of him life.  “But… there are only a few
feel that you have a mission, may Youth Day in his diocese, as well communities, to your families (cf. v. 38).  I would like to think that of us…”—it’s about new life.  It is
you fall in love; the Lord will decide as the other bishops of this and the and your friends, and share what this woman knew how to “talk in a a living encounter with the Lord
everything. neighboring countries, for all they you have lived, so that others can good way”, and she could be a good in his people.  It is a call to the
As in the synagogue of Nazareth, have done in their communities resonate with the strength and patroness to call us to conversion faithful obedience of daily life and
the Lord stands up again among to provide accommodation and concrete enthusiasm that is yours. from the evil of gossip, because to the unexpected surprises from the
us his friends and acquaintances; assistance to the great numbers of And with Mary, keep saying “yes” to she went from one place to another Spirit.  It is a vision of what we need
he takes the book and says to us young people. the dream that God has sown in you. saying only: “That’s him!  That’s the to embrace in order to experience
“Today this Scripture has been My thanks also go to all those And, please, do not forget to pray baby! Go and see him!”  I imagine joy: Jesus.
fulfilled in your hearing” (Lk 4:21). who have supported us with their for me.
B8 ENTERTAINMENT February 18 - March 3, 2019 Vol. 23 No. 4 CBCP Monitor

Buhay San Miguel Brothers Matias

Mary Poppins Returns TERIBOL OG Bladimer Usi

Buhay Parokya

DIRECTOR: Rob Marshall the use of excessive CGI,

CAST: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel director Rob Marshall (Oscar
Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Best Picture Chicago) clev-
Mortimer, Colin Firth, Julie Walters, erly combines live action with
Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury, Dick
“old-fahioned” hand-drawn
Van Dyk STORY‎: David Magee‎,
‎ ob Marshall‎, John DeLuca, based
animation for some sequenc-
on Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers es, resulting in a nostalgic bit
SCREENPLAY: David Magee for parents and a “novelty”
PRODUCERS: Rob Marshall, John for the younger set. Technical
DeLuca, Marc Platt details are carefully attended
GENRE: Musical Fantasy to so that color, lighting, mu-
MUSIC: Marc Shaiman sic, lyrics, action, and others
EDITING: Wyatt Smith work together to create moods
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Dion Beebe and reveal meanings as the
story unfolds. Blunt has been
Walt Disney Pictures, Lucamar
Productions, Marc Platt Productions
known to be an actor of wide
DISTRIBUTORS: Walt Disney range, yet she still comes
Studios Motion Pictures as a delightful surprise as a
COUNTRY: United States singing, dancing wonder of a
LANGUAGE: English nanny. The child actors stand
RUNNING TIME: 2 hours 10 shoulder to shoulder with
minutes the cast, too, that includes
Technical assessment: 4.0 big names like Meryl Streep,
Moral assessment: 4.0 Colin Firth, etc.
CINEMA rating: VA
Mary Poppins Returns
Twenty five years after the makes it very easy for chil-
enigmatic nanny Mary Pop- dren  —   a nd all viewers  —   t o
pins (Emily Blunt) left her see the difference between
wards, siblings Jane and Mi- right and wrong by its simple
chael Banks, she returns, story told clearly, and its
literally from out of the elementary lesson taught
blue — kite in one hand, lug- unequivocally. Even the lyr-
gage in the other. Jane and ics (particularly of the songs
Michael (Emily Mortimer Trip a Little Light Fantastic,
and Ben Whishaw), are now The Cover is Not the Book,
grown, and in danger of los- The Place Where Lost Things
ing to foreclosure the family Go, and Nowhere to Go But
home where they reside with Up) brimming over with op-
Michael’s children Annabelle, timism and childlike faith in
John and Georgie (Pixie Da- the benevolence of life. If you
vies, Nathanel Saleh, and Joel read between the lines you’ll
Dawson) and their house- spot references to the impor-
keeper Ellen (Julie Walters). tance of clarity of one’s vision,
And now Mary Poppins must of a naked belief that nothing
be their nanny —  a heaven- is impossible, of being free
sent fairy godmother doing and pure in heart always, of
the impossible with the co- remaining a child at whatever
operation of lamplighter Jack age. Even the villain — for all
(Lin-Manuel Miranda). his greed and duplicity — is
Baby boomers who grew dealt with justly but not cru-
up singing “Supercalifra- elly: his balloon won’t take off
gilisticexpialidotious” may while others are having the Vera). Aakalain ni Zyra na nagampanan ni Chiu dahil Ano nga ba talaga ang pamilya ay kaloob ng Diyos
be tempted to compare Mary time of their life going up, up, malulubos ang kaligayahan may mga kinilig, natuwa, tanging dakilang pag-ibig o na maaring gawing sandigan
Poppins 1964 to Mary Pop- up. (Is it telling him that bad sa pasya niyang ito subalit naawa at nainis sa karakter one great love, at meron ba sa panahon ng pagkalito at
pins 2019, but there is really boys don’t go to heaven?) In masusumpungan niya nya. Subalit ang lalong talaga nito? Sinagot naman ito pasakit. Ang isang tunay
no need to. The latter could the end, Mary Poppins returns ang sarili na puno na pag- epektibo sa naging pagganap ng pelikula sa pamamagitan na kaibigan ay naglalaan
easily be a stand-alone story to where she came from — um- aalinlangan kung tama o ay si Trillo; sadyang nararapat ng karakter na buong husay ng oras para makinig nang
that’s both a fantastic treat brella in one hand, luggage in mali ba ang mga desisyon siyang tanghaling Best Actor na ginampanan ni Trillo. walang paghuhusga sa halip
for children and a caution- the other. Definitely a most ginawa niya sa kanyang buhay dahil sa kanyang pagganap Ang Dakilang Pag-ibig ay ay hahangarin ang kabutihan
ary tale for adults. Chucking enjoyable family movie. katulad ng pakikipagbalikan dito. Mahusay niyang naihatid tunay na pagmamahal dahil para sa kaibigan. Sa kabuuan
sa dating nobyo. Sa gitna ang karakter ni Ian bilang nagpaparaya, nagpapaubaya, ay simple man ang kwento
One Great Love na pagkagulumihanan ay nabigong asawa, maunawaing nagsasakripisyo, umaako ng One Great Love ay may
magiging confidante ni kaibigan, at mapagparayang sa lahat ng kasalanan, malalim itong mensahe
DIRECTOR: Enrico S. Quizon Zyra ang dating asawa at nagmamahal. Magaling ang nananatiling tapat, tungkol sa pagmamahal
LEAD CAST: Dennis Trillo, Kim
Chiu, JC de Vera, Eric Quizon matalik na kaibigang doctor pagkakadirehe ni Quizon nagpapalaya, nagpapatawad at pakikipagrelasyon.
STORY and SCREENWRITER: na si Ian Arcano (Dennis at mainam na naipabatid at patuloy na tumatanggap Gayunpaman, tumalakay din
Gina Marisa Tagasa Trillo). Dito siya magsasabi ang mensahe ng pelikula sa minamahal. Pinakita ito ng mga nakababahalang
PRODUCER: Lily Monteverde ng kanyang mga saloobin sa kabila ng kapayakan ng din ng pelikula ang tema katulad ng casual pre-
MUSIC: Miguel Mendoza at nararamdaman niya sa kuwento. Nakapaghatid din dakilang pagmamahalan marital sex sa mga kabataan
EDITING: Chrisel Galeno- sarili at sa relasyon niya ilang makabuluhang linya na sa pamilya kung saan at ng pangangalunya
Desuasido kay Carl. Samantala higit posibleng tumatak sa mga may pagmamalasakit, ng taong may-asawa.
GENRE: Drama, Romance sa pagkakaibigan ay may manonood bilang mga hugot pagpapatawad, pagtanggap, Samakatwiran mas akma
DISTRIBUTOR: Regal Films nararamdaman pa din si tungkol sa kahulugan ng “one pagtutulungan, kahandaang ang panoorin ito sa mga
RUNNING TIME: 115 minutes Ian para kay Zyra na lalong great love”. Tama lamang magsakripisyo at paglalaan ng taong may hinog na kaisipan.
Technical assessment: 3.0 magdudulot ng kalituhan ang mga kuha ng kamera at panahon kung kinakailangan. Mapanganib panoorin ito ng
Moral assessment: 2.5 dito. nakakagiliw panoorin ang Ito ay sa pagitan ng magulang mga kabataan nang walang
CINEMA rating: A14 Bagamat simple ay kapani- ilang detalye ng food and at anak, stepmother at gumagabay, pagkat maaaring
MTRCB rating: PG13
paniwala ang daloy ng organic gardening business stepchildren, sa magkapatid, tularan nila ang asawang
Mula sa failed marriage ang sarili na tanggapin muli kwento ng One Great Love nina Zyra. Samantala walang at kahit sa magkaibigan. Ang nagtaksil sa pag-aakalang
ay bibigyan ni Zyra Paez ang dating kasintahan na na nakasentro sa karakter ng lumutang na iba pang pagkakaroon ng matapat at patatawarin naman sila ng
(Kim Chiu) ng pagkakataon si Carl Mauricio (J.C. De ni Zyra. Maayos itong aspetong teknikal ng pelikula. mabuting kaibigan katulad ng kanilang asawa.
A Supplement Publication of the Order of the Knights of Columbus and KCFAPI
CBCP Monitor Vol. 23, No. 04 February 18 - March 3, 2019

Philippine State Deputies receive

Council of Honor Awards
ONCE again, the Philippine
State Deputies were given
the prestigious Supreme
Knight’s Pinnacle Award.
As a tribute to them, they
were feted to join the other
State Deputies as guests of
SK Carl A. Anderson at the
Renaissance Indian Wells
Resort and Spa in California,
USA. This happened last
February 3-8, 2019. Other
Philippine State Officers
specifically Membership
Directors joined the trip for
the awardees as they were
very instrumental in over-
achieving their targets.
During the 136th
Supreme Convention
held last August 7-9,
2019 held in Baltimore,
Maryland, the Philippine
State Deputies were
already recognized for
their contribution in the
growth of membership of
the Order of the Knights In Photo (L-R): Membership Director Luzon North Jose Cuaresma, Mindanao State Deputy Gerry Eutemio T. Mission, Luzon North Deputy Jose C. Reyes, Jr, Visayas State Deputy Anthony P. Nazario, Senior VP for Membership
of Columbus. Mark McMullen, Former Mindanao Membership Director Rogelio Tadura, Former Visayas Membership Director Antonio Bunda and Luzon South Membership Director Conrado Dator, Jr. during the Council of Honor Awards.

KC Philippines Update:
Luzon South District Deputies hold
Mid-Year Meeting
WITH the theme “Faith in Action”,
the Luzon South Jurisdiction led
by its State Deputy and Knights of
Columbus Fraternal Association
of the Philippines, Inc.’s (KCFAPI)
President Ramoncito A. Ocampo
held its Mid-Year Meeting of District
Deputies last January 26 to 27, 2019
at the Bellevue Manila, Northgate
Ave, Alabang, Muntinlupa, Metro
Participated by the District
Deputies from the jurisdiction, the
two-day seminar was started with
the celebration of the Holy Eucharist From L to R: Bro. Arthur Balmes, Family Director, Bro. James Layaoen, State Auditor, Sis. Ma. Theresa
Curia, EVP of KCFAPI, Hon. Justice Jose Reyes, Jr., Luzon North Deputy, Bro. Pascual Carbero,
offered by Rev. Fr. Stephen C. State Secretary, Bro. Armando Gonzales, State Membership/Retention Chairman and Bro. Alex
Villanueva. On the other hand, Alvaira, Ways and Means Chairman during the Luzon North 2nd Raffle draw last February 18, 2019.
as its State Deputy, Bro. Ocampo
gave the Welcome Remarks &
Introduction to the State Officers
and distinguished guests. He also
made a report about the projects of
the jurisdiction. In the afternoon, Luzon South State Deputy and KCFAPI President Ramoncito A. Ocampo during the Luzon South Midyear
DD’s meeting held at the Bellevue Manila, Northgate Ave, Alabang, Muntinlupa, Metro Manila last January
being KCFAPI’s President, he gave 26 to 27, 2019.
the insurance and benefits report.
He also encouraged everyone to foundations of KCFAPI. Also given and KCFAPI Spiritual Director,
promote the Association and be a on the first day were the reports of was celebrated. Bro. Ocampo then
part of it by means of having their the different State Officers. recognized the awardees of the
own personal protection. Parts of During the second day a Fraternal Founder Award. After series of talks
his reports are the wholly-owned Mass led by Rev. Msgr. Pedro C. from other officers, he adjourned the
and majority-owned companies and Quitorio III, Assistant State Chaplain meeting. (JSServiento)

KC Foundations:
FR. GLENN P. CANTOS Prior to his current roles, he Visayas State Deputy Anthony P. Nazario during the Visayas Midyear DD’s meeting held at the Diamond
Suites and Residences Cebu City last January 26 to 27, 2019
was appointed as new Board served as Assistant Parish Priest
of Trustee of the Knights of of St. John the Evangelist Parish
Columbus Fr. George J. Willmann in Tanauan City from 1993 to
Charities, Inc. (KCFGJWCI) 1995 and Parish Priest of Sr.
for Columbian Year 2018 to Nicholas of Tolentine Parish,
2019. He hails from Lipa City, San Nicolas, Batangas. He was
Batangas and graduated his AB appointed as the Director of the
Philosophy from St. Francis de Archdiocesan Youth Commission
Sales Major Seminary in 1988. for the Archdiocese of Lipa from
He finished his Bachelor of 1995 to 2005 wherein he authored
Sacred Theology in St. Alphonsus a formation module for the youth
Regional Seminary, Lucena City, called “Parable of the Pencil”
in 1992 as a Knights of Columbus which was adopted and promoted
Seminarian Scholar. Currently, by the Episcopal Commission on
he is a taking up his Master of the Youth – National Secretariat
Educational Leadership and for Youth Apostolate. He also
Management at the De La Salle became the Rector of St. Francis
University, Manila. De Sales Minor Seminary, Lipa
At present, he the Parish Priest City from 2005 to 2008. From
of the Queen of All Saints Parish in 2012 to 2016, he served as Rev. Fr. Glenn P. Cantos
Tanauan City, Batangas and is the Executive Secretary at the Lipa
incumbent AD HOC Committee Archdiocesan Pastoral Council
Chairman on Year of the Youth. (LAPC). (JDPALAFOX)
Mindanao State Deputy Gerry Eutemio T. Mission during the Mindanao DDs meeting held at Hotel Oazis,
Butuan City last January 26 to 27, 2019.
C2 February 18 - March 3, 2019, Vol 23, No. 04 THE CROSS
Ramoncito A. Ocampo Jose C. Reyes, Jr.

President’s Chairman’s Message

Love in a Christ-like manner

2019: Year of the Youth THE title of my article might seem to criterion is what we have done for others. among many other qualified applicants.
be more appropriate for Easter. But What is referred to here are those acts My brothers and sisters in the Knights
AS we look forward to 2021, which marks the 500th anniversary actually, loving in a Christ-like manner done to help people in need out of love, of Columbus, among other communities
of Christianity in the Philippines, Catholic Bishops’ Conference is a command that we should be doing and not those done to get something in I serve, prayed long and hard for my
of the Philippines (CBCP) has declared 2019 as Year of the every day. In the material world we live return. And when we help people, we appointment. Religious congregations
Youth, with the theme “Filipino Youth in Mission: Beloved, in, people automatically think of love should as Jesus will do, help people in granted my request for prayers and they
Gifted, Empowered” It started last December 2, 2018 the first and in fact, have labelled February as need without any discrimination. Jesus obliged untiringly even if they did not
Sunday of the Advent and will end November 24, 2019, the the month of love. This is not a bad loves to help people from all walks of know me personally. My family and
Feast of Christ the King. idea or practice, because early on, we life, from different religions, races, relatives all prayed relentlessly, inspite of
Activities both in the national and diocesan levels are can be guided and reminded that loving and beliefs, so long as they are humble occasional moments of discouragement.
aimed on at least four objectives: youth in formation, youth is not confined to dating your wife and enough to ask for help. But God saw what was in my heart –
in community, Church and society, youth in mission, and giving her flowers, or for sweethearts to In doing good, let us not forget that how sincerely I wanted to be back in the
youth ministry and youth ministers according to CBCP News, spend the day in a special way – see a God will always be ready to give us the Supreme Court where I started as a legal
November 15, 2018. movie, go to the park and indulge on fine grace to do wonders such as helping researcher and where I eventually came
That the youth of today needs guidance and inspiration so chocolates, make a personalized card to people who have hurt us in the past, close enough to dream being one of the
they could respond and serve God in the years to come. That, say “I love you” to our parents, or simply forgiving people who are too proud to ask SC Justices. God rewarded my patience
despite them being “chaotic” or “messy” in their own ways, we wear a bright red dress or shirt and greet for forgiveness, praying for people who and humility, and how I continued serving
can and we will walk with them as they, as well, are children everybody “Happy Valentine’s Day.” have done injustice to our family, and the Church faithfully without expecting
of God. “My friends, Jesus is the Lord of risk, he is the Lord of After doing any or all of these things, other situations that we need the grace reward and quick answers to my prayers.
the eternal “more”. Jesus is not the Lord of comfort, security it would be good to go deeper into the of God to succeed. God pours graces to In His time, after nine nominations to two
and ease. Following Jesus demands a good dose of courage, a meaning of LOVE beyond Valentine’s everybody because He loves everybody, Presidents, I got appointed.
readiness to trade in the sofa for a pair of walking shoes and day. Being conscious about God’s sinner or saint. All we have to do is to ask That is why up to this time, I wear
to set out on new and uncharted paths. To blaze trails that commandment to love every day is the with humility and patience. the cross of Christ around my neck as a
open up new horizons capable of spreading joy, born of God’s way to salvation. Life is like a journey I myself can testify on God’s goodness witness of Christ’s victory over evil-doers
love and wells up in your hearts with every act of mercy. To and that journey here on earth will and generosity during my pursuit for a and Christ’s justice and compassion to
take the path of the “craziness” of our God, who teaches us to determine where we will spend life seat in the highest Court of the land – those like me who remain faithful. The
encounter him in the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the sick, eternally. Love for people in need is the the Supreme Court, where I am now an real symbol of love of Christ is the cross,
the friend in trouble, the prisoner, the refugee and the migrant, criterion on which we will be judged. It is Associate Justice since my appointment who died to save us and will continue to
and our neighbours who feel abandoned. To take the path of not enough to give glory to God through last August 9, 2018. God sent me loyal give his life for us.
our God, who encourages us to be politicians, thinkers, social worship and prayer. The ultimate friends who sincerely helped me shine Viva’t Jesus!
activists.”- Pope Francis, World Youth Day Vigil with Young
People, 30 July 2016. Ma. Theresa G. Curia
Youth, as vital members of the Church, are beloved, gifted,
empowered and are in a mission which was profoundly
discussed in an excerpts from the official pastoral letter of the
Curia Settings
CBCP through His Excellency, Most Rev. Romulo G. Valles, DD
(CBCP President) addressed to the Youth of the Philippines. The Youth Needs Exposure To Real Love
As one of the major fraternal religious organizations here in
the Philippines—the Knights of Columbus is pleased to state
that through our Councils and Squires we are able to reach the
youth of today and guide them towards the core and beliefs of
the Knights of Columbus. Safe environment, which is a must,
is also guaranteed with the instigation of the Supreme Office. I am sure that this article they know that these are the friends, even your co-workers must be experienced by the
on Love and the Youth will people who can honestly tell at the office. They must see young people and they must
Arsenio Isidro G. Yap not be read by young people. them their mistakes and still the people you hung out see their parents experiencing
So, although the topic is love them. These are the with, what kind of friends that connectedness and
about them and for them, people who will give them you keep, and how enriching relationships and rootedness.
A Brother’s Insight I think my suggestions are second chances, third and they can be. These connections will fill the
really primarily directed more. 4. Initiate them to vacuum in their hearts that
to parents. I think that 3. Expose them to wider community realities and constantly need assurance
for young people to situate family and clan. Introduce involvement in church, in that they are not alone. In the
their understanding of love them to the wider clan the barangay, in the street absence of these relatedness,
at a plane beyond mutual connections and interactions where they live, in national they will be longing to know
attraction with another during holidays. Attend issues and even during who they are and where they
Right to Life of The Unborn person, or beyond physical clan reunions, fiestas, calamities. Make families stand in the world. In such a
magnetic energy that draws weekend and summer visits. save money together for state of neediness, they can
LAST January 23, 2019, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo them towards each other, Christmases and All saints outreach program. If they be misled by the shower of
signed into Law NY State Senate Bill S240 also known as the they need to have a broad Days are huge traditions that set a time when they will attention by those who lure
“Reproductive Health Act”. This law pertains to removing all exposure to Love in general. children must feel and smell share to a common fund their them to a false love.
restrictions to have an abortion. Their previous law limits the I refer to an exposure that and taste. Go to funerals, savings for the less fortunate, 2. It will teach them that
“Choice” up to twenty four weeks of pregnancy and a whole goes beyond knowing love weddings, baptisms and the the kids at a young age get to love is not merely an ecstatic
lot of limitations that having an abortion then is a complicated as an intellectual knowledge like so that at a very young be part of something bigger kind of physical joy. If the
and a tedious process. Now all of these were removed. and beyond an awareness age they know that they than themselves, bigger than kids know the expanse of
In the new law all “Health Care Practitioners” or “Health of the reality on an abstract are known and accepted. the family. Watch news their beings, they will have
Care Providers” can perform an abortion if this is “Within the level. Make them go to the relatives together, discuss needy areas wide interests and concerns.
Scope of their Practice”. Other than Medical Doctors, Nurses, not only in times of joy and and people. Pray the Rosary They will not be merely
Midwives and Physician Assistants can perform an abortion. True love needs a prepa- celebrations, but also in grief or light candles together for obsessed with personal
The worst thing about this murderous law, all who performs ratory exposure. and in necessity. Lead them the victims of calamities. needs and satisfaction. They
them can no longer be held criminally liable if they acted in 1. Expose the kids to you, to help relatives in need Set aside used clothes and will not be mesmerized by
“Good Faith”. parents, as you shower them for shelter, share extra food supplies for fire and a person or two who show
Murder (Abortion) can be done even after twenty four with enough love in terms of food, clothes, educational flood victims in nearby affection for selfish and even
weeks if the baby (fetus) is “Not Viable” (I don’t know what bonding, holding, and having possibilities. communities. Regularly go to evil motives. If they have
that means) or if the baby is not likely to live. The mother can quality time with each other. Trace family trees. Roots the same church, at the same been exposed to various
commit Murder with the aid of the so called “Health Care 2. Initiate them to tight are important for a sense time, to meet regular church sentiments, emotions, and
Providers”. She does not need the consent of her parents nor family bonding that gives of identity. The youth mates. Volunteer in church affection from and among
of the biological father. She does not have to have time to them a sense of security and will surely discover their activities, go as a family. many relatives, they will
think it over, a “Cooling Off” period required before to weigh belonging. It is basic to every wings over a wide spread of know what is genuine and
the consequences. She can now commit murder at anytime of human person to know who relatives across towns and What will this exposure which is not. Since they know
course with the aid of the so called “Health Care Providers”. It belong to them and to whom continents. It will always to connection with family the depth of the love of their
is also now legal without any criminal liability for the mother they belong. They should put smiles on their faces and community teach the parents, their filial love of
to take drugs or medicines that will induce a miscarriage. know who are the people who when they see distant cousins young? their olds, and their fraternal
The Democrat proposed Bill had passed on several occasions accept them unconditionally, bearing resemblance to their 1. This exposure to bonding, they will not be
the Democrat controlled congress of the New York State for the who will love them despite facial features, body builds, people from whom they can easily carried away by selfish
last ten years or so. However it was always stymied on every their imperfections, and mannerisms and tone of experience caring, bonding, offer of companionship. They
occasion by the Republican controlled senate. who even find their mistakes voices. These are reasons that interaction, common roots, can judge when a genuine
Now that the Democrats are in control of the New York State cute. It is only when siblings make the heart grow fonder mutual attention and offer of friendship comes
Senate, the bill was finally passed into law. The sad thing about huddle and cuddle each other and warmer. Soon they will appreciation will expand the along and they will not be
it is that the bill was hastily passed not out of necessity but that they feel a very deep trust start to feel the love that horizon of the young people. deceived because they have
because the Democrats felt that the US Supreme Court would and even commitment to flows through generations They will see that close family a wider range of sources of
overturn entirely or in greater part the Roe vs. Wade ruling each other. In fact even when and horizontal relations. ties create waves of love love and affection. Their
which paved the way for the right to kill an unborn child which they fight and argue and Let them meet your friends, and care, but this cannot be family experience will give
they termed as abortion. throw pillows at each other, your high school and college merely told in stories. This Curia Settings / C3
The next step they are taking is the right of the mother
to terminate the life of an unwanted baby born alive or Karlo Serviento
Brother’s Insight / C3

Pondering the Words

A Supplement Publication of the Love the Needy
Order of the Knights of Columbus and KCFAPI

Editorial Board
ANOTHER season in the liturgical year let me rephrase the word “enemies” to Him. Despite all of this, our Lord gave us
Jose C. Reyes, Jr. Ramoncito A. Ocampo is about to start. This March 2019, Ash “needy”, thus, “love the needy.” The the teaching of forgiveness and humility.
Chairman President Wednesday falls on its 6th day, marking very reason is that I believe that those Those two are the greatest challenges
the beginning of Lenten Season for us people who live a life of hatred, curse, of our times, to forgive and to be
Ma. Theresa G. Curia Msgr. Pedro C. Quitorio III
Catholic Faithful. The season gives us false judgement and mistreated are humble. How can you forgive those who
Executive Vice President Spiritual Director
the time/reason to stop, look back and those who are really in need. They are in hurt you, those who curse you, those you
Mary Magdalene G. Flores reflect on how our lives had been for need of love that comes from the Lord. judge falsely and those who mistreat
Editor-in-Chief the past days, weeks or even year. After We go back to the time of Jesus when you? How can a person keep silent out
the exultation of the Christmastide, we the whole town plotted against His of all these tribulations? The human
Jhon Lyndon D. Palafox, Juan Karlo S. Serviento are now about to ponder on the Glory death. They are all in need of a Messiah, nature is to retaliate what has been given
Associate Editors
of Lent. the one who will be a beacon on their and shown to us but to forgive and to be
Jerome P. De Guzman, Erwin John B. Mallari, Kris Jay Rolex A. Yngco The Gospel account of Luke states dark days and nights in which they live humble is divine.
Contributors an instance on Jesus’ public ministry in mischief. Jesus was. But the time He In silence, our Saviour becomes one
in which He taught the people about was not able to meet their expectation with us in our own sufferings and pain.
The Cross is published monthly with its business at KCFAPI, General Luna cor. Sta.
“loving your enemies”. As Jesus said to be an earthly king and ruler, after As Catholics, we are always under the
Potenciana Sts., Intramuros, Manila with tel. no. (02) 527-22-23 to 27 (trunk line) local to His disciples (Lk 6:38): Be merciful, all what He had done, they all became throne of Jesus, and His throne is the
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We Do Not Stand Alone

A message from Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson about the Order’s history of charity and opposition to religious prejudice
the Knights of Columbus administrations — and both around the world. Our charity of human sexuality.” violates those constitutional
worked to counter such sides of the aisle in Congress helped typhoon victims in And our positions on life are guarantees.
prejudice. — to help Christians, Yazidis the Philippines rebuild not new. My two predecessors Let us continue to express
Sadly, it seems that in and Shi‛a Muslims targeted their lives and livelihoods; as supreme knight spoke our love of God and neighbor
some quarters this prejudice for genocide by ISIS. it brought prosthetics and out forcefully to defend the by helping those in need
remains.[i] First, in 2017, a From our very beginning, rehabilitation to thousands rights of the unborn. In and by standing with our
Notre Dame law professor the Knights of Columbus of Haitian youth after the 1973, Supreme Knight John Church, regardless of the
was deemed unfit for a federal has been an organization earthquake there; it puts coats McDevitt wrote that Roe v. popularity of doing so. Let us
judgeship by a U.S. senator adhering to the teachings on children in some of our Wade was “a mortal blow to remember that our “Christian
who feared that “the dogma of the Catholic Church. As country‛s most impoverished all who consider human life witness is to be considered a
lives loudly within you.” with the Church, our primary neighborhoods each winter; sacred.” He urged the Order fundamental obligation.”[iii]
Now, two more senators have motivation in everything is it gives wheelchairs to those to “to initiate or increase Let us also remember that,
questioned a brother Knight‛s Christ‛s great commandment who otherwise could not efforts to offset the harmful from our founding, we have
fitness for the federal bench — that we love God completely afford them in countries like effects of this lamentable embodied the truth that a
precisely because our Order and our neighbor as ourselves. Vietnam and Mexico; and it decision.” good Catholic is a good citizen
holds firm to the Church‛s As the Compendium of the provides education, housing My immediate predecessor, who shows civility and dignity
teachings on the sanctity of Social Doctrine of the Church and medical care to AIDS Virgil Dechant, said in 1977: even in the face of prejudice.
life and marriage. explains, “Jesus Christ reveals orphans in Africa. “With some 1.2 million As we begin 2019, Dorian
by Supreme Knight Such attacks on the basis of to us that ‘God is love‛ (1 This love also motivates unborn babies being killed and I wish you a new year
Carl A. Anderson our Catholic faith are hardly Jn 4:8) and he teaches us us to stand with the Church by abortion each year in the filled with the joy and wonders
new. The Knights of Columbus that ‘the fundamental on the important issues of United States alone, we are of His love. Thank you as well
Dear Brother Knight: was formed amid a period of law of human perfection, life and marriage, precisely confronted with an outrage for all the many ways in which
There have been times anti-Catholic bigotry. We and consequently of the because the Church‛s teaching against human life paralleled you have brought joy into the
in our country‛s past when stood against that then, and transformation of the world, is based on and reflects that only by the ravages of a bloody lives of millions around the
uninformed or prejudiced we do so now. We have spoken is the new commandment of love. We stand with our war.” world. May the inspiration
people questioned whether out against persecution love.‛”[ii] Church because we believe Simply put, our positions of our founder prompt us to
Catholics could be good around the world for nearly This love impels us to our that what our faith teaches are now, and have always greater confidence in that
citizens or honest public a century. At the same time, great charitable endeavors on is consistent with reason, is been, Catholic positions. love and encourage us to even
servants. That‛s why Father here at home we stood against behalf of those in need. From timeless and transcends the We must remember greater works of charity.
McGivney chose the name the Ku Klux Klan, including inner cities in the United changing sentiments of any that Article 6 of the U.S.
“Columbus” for our Order its attempts to ban Catholic States to refugee camps in particular time or place. Constitution forbids a Fraternally,
— the discoverer was the education, and we published the Middle East, our Order‛s We do not stand alone. religious test for public office, Carl A. Anderson
Catholic figure from American books on the black and Jewish donations over the last decade In his first message to our and the First Amendment
history most admired and contributions to American — more than $1 billion and international convention, guarantees our free exercise [i] See the excellent study by historian Philip

accepted at the time. In fact, history decades before the hundreds of millions of hours Pope Francis asked “each of religion, freedom of Jenkins, The New Anti-Catholicism: The Last
Acceptable Prejudice, (Oxford University Press,
from our founding in 1882 Civil Rights movement. More in volunteer work — are the Knight, and every Council, to association and freedom of 2003).
until the election of Brother recently, we stood with the result of this faith. bear witness to the authentic speech. Any suggestion that
Knight John F. Kennedy in Little Sisters of the Poor These works of charity nature of marriage and the the Order‛s adherence to the [ii] Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace,
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church,
1960, many still held that in their fight for religious have practical impacts that family, the sanctity and beliefs of the Catholic Church (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2005), no. 54.
Catholics were unfit for public liberty and have worked with transform lives as we help inviolable dignity of human makes a brother Knight unfit
office. Throughout that time, both the Obama and Trump people here at home and life, and the beauty and truth for public office blatantly [iii] Ibid., no. 570.

The Gentle Warrior An INVITATION to become a

By James B. Reuter, SJ FELLOW
THE “Fr. George J. Willmann Fellows” was launched by the Knights of
CHAPTER FOUR Columbus Father George J. Willmann Charities, Inc. last June 29, 1997
during the Centennial Birth Anniversary celebration of Rev. Fr. George
J. Willmann, S.J. This fund-raising campaign finances the theological
The War Years of sanitation. Row of tires, the flour that research expenses necessary to possibly raise Fr. Willmann to the honors
row of bodies, row of tires, they could of the altar. Last December 7, 2015, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio
G. Cardinal Tagle has officially opened the Archdiocesan Process for
This was the occasion for row of bodies. Soaked with load onto the
the Causes of Beatification and Canonization of Fr. George J. Willmann.
much passionate oratory from gasoline, or kerosene, and truck. Membership to the Fr. Willmann Fellows is open to all Knights of
the Philippine newscasters. burned. The pillars of black This was Columbus councils, members, their families, friends and even to business
One announcer said: “The smoke went up for days. a m a z i n g institutions. As of December 2018, more than 1,100 individuals and 36
Japanese claim that they There was a pall over the city. foresight! institutions all over the country have already joined this fellowship. Father
are bombing only military The American Armed M a n y Willmann Fellows serve as co-sponsors in the work of spreading the
objectives. Bombs fell on Forces decided to evacuate. people were good news about Fr. Willmann’s life, works and holiness. Their donation
Santo Domingo Church! Is They burned the oil tanks. prophesying is a lifetime subscription to the initiative of the Knights of Columbus of
promoting awareness on Father Willmann in order that authentic devotion
Santo Domingo Church a They threw open their a short war.
to him may be encouraged among the faithful, especially those who need
military objective? One bomb bodegas to the people. When It would his intercession for God’s grace.
landed on the high altar, the the oil burned, it billowed be all over We therefore cordially invite you and your loved ones to join the Fr.
altar of the Blessed Virgin over the city in great black soon. They Willmann Fellows. Aside from being an advocate in spreading the sanctity
Mary! Is the Blessed Virgin clouds, and it rained oil on were saying: of Father Willmann and the graces that come with it, each Fellow is
Mary a military objective?” the people in the streets. “Apple pie, by entitled to receive the following items as memorabilia: (1) a Certificate
George was philosophical George was wearing a white the fourth of of Membership, (2) a lapel pin and (3) a pamphlet entitled “A Quest for a
about this. He said: “We soutana. It was stained with July!” But the Cause of Fr. George J. Willmann, S.J.”. We further urge you to fervently
seek Fr. Willmann’s intercession in all your petitions for God’s graces and
should not get excited about oil. And the oil would not Jesuits had
to report to the Foundation all blessings you may have received with the
a near miss. At least they are come out, when the soutana the terrible intercession of Fr. Willmann.
not trying to bomb innocent was washed. premonition
civilians!” The poor of Manila that it would KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
But many innocent civilians rushed to the storehouses be a long war. FR. GEORGE J. WILLMANN CHARITIES, INC.
were killed, even though the of the Americans, when T h e Gen. Luna cor. Sta. Potenciana Sts., Intramuros, Manila
chalice with an eye dropper. Tel. Nos. 527-2223 local 221 & 527-2244 (Fax)
bombing was controlled. they heard that the excursion they made, in Seven drops of wine. And
Trucks went around the military was giving away the truck, to the American then the water with another APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP
city. Bodies were piled on everything, free! What storehouse, was providential. eye dropper. Two drops of to FATHER GEORGE J. WILLMANN, S.J. FELLOW
street corners. The trucks the people wanted most They were able to supply water. But the hosts and 1. Name of Applicant (individual or institution):
took them away. George was food — turkeys, sides hosts and wine for Mass to the wine lasted through the _________________________________________________
went with the trucks to give of beef, canned goods, priests and religious — to long years of concentration, 2. Address: _________________________________________
conditional absolution, to cereals. all who came and asked – Tel. Nos. ______________________________________
through the days of starvation 3. Office Name & Address: ______________________________
look for the living among the The Jesuits went to the for the next three years and in the prison camp, until Tel. Nos. __________________________________________
dead. store houses also, in a truck. three months. The Jesuits the paratroopers jumped on 4. K of C Council Number and Location: ____________________
The heaviest destruction But they wanted only two themselves, rationed the the American Jesuits in the 5. Enclosure: _________________________________________
was in the shipping yards, at things: wine and flour. The flour. The priests said Mass [ ] Cash P ____________ [ ] PMO/check No.___________
prison camp at Los Banos, (Note: Please make check payable to KC Fr. George J. Willmann Charities,
Cavite. There were so many soldiers offered them the with a small host. The people and they were liberated from Inc.)
dead, and so few able to take turkeys and the beef, but received a fragment of a small the Japanese.
care of the bodies, that they they preferred the wine, in host, in Communion. The (to be continued on the Date: ______________________________________________
Signature: __________________________________________
burned them, for the sake huge wooden barrels. And all altar boy put the wine into the next issue)
Brother’s Insight / C2
Curia Settings / C2
survives an abortion. This is there are people who would
them tools for discernment and for people of varied interests. I have this theory that at a young very disheartening to say the promote abortion and have
judging which offers of friendships are 4. Hopefully, they will see that love is age, they should not be left alone with least. What kind of mother no qualms whatsoever on how
liberating and which are dangerously not about me –and- you exclusively. Not the nannies, with television, with would allow her unborn baby despicable their stand is.
selfish, lustful and enslaving. of the present sensation and immediate gadgets. They must feel the presence, to be dismembered while still “Reproductive Health Act”,
3. They will realize that love begins gratification that does not take into the cuddles, the laughter of the parents alive in her womb? Yes, you “Health Care Practitioners”
with rootedness and connection with consideration their responsibilities to and family. read it right, dismembered. or “Health Care Providers”,
something bigger than themselves. a wider reality and the future. My final thoughts are these: The limbs of the baby are torn “Within the Scope of their
That love is not measured by being So before our children come to a Make them discover that good apart from their body and Practice”, “Choice”, “Good
fixated on the present sensation point of falling in love with another relationships need investment of time, the head is crushed before Faith” and “Not Viable”
and with people who just want to person, they should be exposed by the resources and care. Make them see being delivered in bits and are terms they are using to
chill without being connected at parents to the other and more basic that you provide them the time to build pieces. What cruelty. It is not camouflage their hideous
a deep level. They will see what love realities even from a young age. such relationships. These do not happen only a cold blooded murder intent to murder an unborn
their connectedness to relatives at They must experience being important overnight, or magically without any but a very cruel and painful baby. And like Pilate, they
a level which spans generations can to many people so that their world does effort and some sacrifice. death an unborn child would washed their hands of guilt
do for them. They will long for a not get tiny and focused on themselves Friends and deep connections are have to suffer. What is their by passing into law NY State
connectedness with a wide range of and their selfish interests alone. made, not born. crime to suffer such a horrific Senate Bill S240 also known
death, with the consent of as the “Reproductive Health
the mother who is protected Act”. It frees all parties
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by a law? The poor, hapless, concern of any liability on
cross of suffering. There He offers. Let us not make our affliction. In time, tears will those persons in need, that defenseless baby mutilated to the death of an unborn child.
is, wounded, bleeding indeed own selves the lords of our become joy. In God’s perfect we become instruments of death by a heartless and cruel And yet we call ourselves
and slowly dilapidating. As lives. Let us not use our own time. With the gifts of the Your mercy as You alone society. “Humans” and our ways
the Gospel tells us, whatever measures, let the Divine use Holy Spirit, in forgiveness is merciful as we enter the We have laws to protect the “Humane”. Could their
we give, we will also receive. His own. Let us be slaves and humility, the mercy of Lenten Season to be worthy rights of animals from cruelty conscience be really free of
When we give forgiveness of the Gospel. The Lord God remains. partakers of the fruits of the but we don’t have laws to any liability with themselves,
and humility, we receive knows how we are hurt. He Heavenly Father, may resurrection of Our Lord and protect the rights of a baby to with their families and with
the honour only our Lord knows our pains. He feels our we always see Your face to Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. be born. It is sad to note that God?
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KCFAPI welcomes
new officers
Rev. Fr. Arc Ryll C. Bureres of Leyte visited the KCFAPI office. He is just one of the many Benefit
Certificate Holders of KCFAPI who are priests. In photo are the BRO Assistant Manager Gloria
Alegre (left) and the VP for Treasury, BRO & HRCC Magdalene G. Flores (right). The background
is the Sto. Nino Exhibit held annually at the KCFAPI office at Intramuros.

From L to R: Alvin S. Rino, Financial Management and Accounting Manager, Jhon Lyndon D. Palafox, Human Resources and Corporate Communications Manager
and Gloria A. Alegre, BC Relations Officer Assistant Manager

WE would like to welcome Mr. Alvin Lyndon D. Palafox. He is a graduate Relations Office. Ms. Glo is an
S. Rino, the Financial Management of the University of Sto. Tomas with Accounting graduate from Bicol
and Accounting Services Department a degree in BS Psychology with over University. She has been with
Manager. Alvin is a Certified Public 12 years HR practice across different KCFAPI since 1994 and has handled
Accountant (CPA) and is a graduate industries including Banking, the BC Relations Office as Supervisor
of Polytechnic University of the Financial Services, Information for 15 years. Prior to her current
Philippines. He is married to Mefly, Technology, Retail, Engineering role she also held various positions
also a CPA. He is a licensed real and Real Estate. He is married with within the Association such as
estate broker. He is also a Knights three lovely children. He is a former Assistant Cashier, Investment Fraternal Service Training held last February 12 to 13, 2019 at the KCFAPI Centre, Intramuros Manila
joined by new Fraternal Counselors.
of Columbus member. Columbian Squire and is currently an and Budget Assistant, Accounting
Next is our new Human Resources active Knights of Columbus member. Assistant and Internal Auditor. She
and Corporate Communications The other is Ms. Gloria O. Alegre is a Fellow, Life Office Management
Department Manager, Mr. Jhon the new Assistant Manager of BC and Professional, Customer Service.

KCFAPI joins the K of C Prayer

Triduum for Persecuted Christians
IN solidarity with the K of bible service and reading Our Lady of Persecuted of the church as part of
C Order in the Philippines of the Catechesis of Christians. This prayer its mission as soldiers
and in the entire world, Pope John Paull II, Pope triduum was a response of Christ to put our faith
The KCFAPI employees Benedict XVI and Pope of the Order against Jolo into action. The entire
joined the Prayer Triduum Francis who all talked bombings and persecution liturgy revolved around
for Persecuted Christians about the persecution of of all Christians in the one of eight beatitudes,
around the world which Christians in the older Middle East and around “Blessed are those who are
started last February 16, times and in the modern the world. As a catholic persecuted for the sake of
2019 and culminated on era. The recitation of the order, the Knights of righteousness, for theirs
February 18, 2019. The Holy Rosary was also done Columbus are very active is the kingdom of heaven.
liturgy included a short followed by the prayer to in responding to the call (Mt 5:10)”.