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CBCP releases new primer on HIV/AIDS
TO help stem the growing tide of new HIV/ AIDS cases, the Catholic hierarchy has come up with a primer on the dreaded disease. “Love Casts Out Fear” is a 43-page booklet made by the National Secretariat for Social Action (Nassa) of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines. Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Nassa chairman, said the primer is primarily intended to raise awareness and strengthen the church’s fight against HIV/AIDS. “Awareness is very important because
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Bishop calls for new environment commitment
By Roy Lagarde
November 21 - December 4, 2011
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Bishop to gov’t: Prioritize resolution of Maguindanao massacre
A CATHOLIC bishop urged the Aquino administration to exert similar effort in resolving the high profile Maguindanao massacre case, as to what it did to former president Gloria Arroyo. Cotabato Auxiliary Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo said the government’s handling of Arroyo’s electoral sabotage case only show that it can expedite things if there is a will. “If they can have a speedy resolution on GMA’s case in a matter of overnight,
Amid heat of the sun, around 3,500 young people from different dioceses joined the Marian procession along Roxas Boulevard during the last day of the National Youth Day 2011, Nov. 18. From the Philippine International Convention Center grounds, the procession ended at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City, where the closing Mass and the Grand Festival Night, the highlight events of the NYD celebration, were held.
Recently, Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma pointed out the central role of people in the conservation, sustainable management and development of the country’s forests. “We need to renew our commitment in protecting our environment because this is the basis for building peace,” said Ledesma, former vice president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). “This is all our responsibility so more intense participation is needed in fighting climate change, not just more on mitigation,” he added. While other Church leaders are busy dealing with the different social issues like illegal gambling and the reproductive health (RH) bill, Ledesma is known for his campaign in addressing the issue on climate change. In fact, climate change adaptation has been placed on top of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro’s development agenda which look at the farmers’ very vital role of not just helping feed the people but also bringing about food security. In December 2009, Ledesma was the lead convenor of the Climate Change Congress of the Philippines which called for “inter-generational justice” and a stronger global and Philippine response to the challenge of climate change.
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In this file photo, members of civil society groups light candles during an indignation rally held in Cebu City for the victims of Maguindanao massacre.
they can also do it for the Maguindanao massacre,” Bagaforo told Catholic Church-run RadyoVeritas. “If the government is serious and give top most priority on the resolution of the case, I think they
have all the resources for that and they can do it,” he said. But the way it appears right now, the bishop lamented that there seems to be no sense of urgency being shown by the national leadership.
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Women deserve truth about the Pill's dangers, says doctor
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Dr. Rene Josef Bullecer
WOMEN’S lives are worth disclosing the truth for, so they should be informed of the dangerous consequences of contraceptive use, said a Cebu-based physician. The risk of cancer, blood clotting, stroke, heart attack, diabetes and other diseases is often downplayed as a side effect of artificial contraceptives, but “the health of women is being sacrificed,” said Dr. Rene Josef BulPills / A6
Prelate bans SSPX priests from exercising ministry in archdiocese
A CATHOLIC prelate has forbidden a group of priests belonging to a schismatic community to exercise their ministry in his ecclesiastical territory. Davao Archbishop Fernando Capalla prohibited the priests of the Society of St. Pius X from exercising their ministry in the archdiocese saying they lack the canonical status to do so. In an open letter to the SSPX local superior Fr. Francois Laisney, Capalla said that SSPX priests cannot exercise their ministry in the archdiocese “without genuine authorization or approval from [him] as archbishop and local ordinary.” “…You cannot exercise legitimately your priestly right to minister in our Church territory or Diocese. And the reason— which perhaps you failed to explain to our people— is the grave error in doctrine committed by your Society against the authority of the Pope and the Vatican Council, a serious offense and crime against the unity of the Church, our unfortunate schism,” Capalla said. The religious community of the SSPX was organized by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in 1969. It has rejected the ordinary form of the Mass as approved by the Second Vatican Council and continued to celebrate the liturgy in the
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CBCP exec backs hospital arrest for Arroyo
IF only for ‘humanitarian reasons,’ a prison ministry official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines backs the idea of hospital arrest for former president Gloria Arroyo. Rodolfo Diamante, executive secretary of the CBCP’s Commission on Prison Pastoral Care said the current jail system in the country is not fit for those who are sick. “For humanitarian reasons, it should be provided. They can’t confine her in our jails,” said Diamante. “I think it should be looked into not because she is a very important person but I think health wise, that should be the number one consideration,” he said. But the CBCP official stressed that such “special treatment” should not be limited to Arroyo but must also be accorded to inmates with medical conditions. “There are many prisoners who have medical conditions… it should be the same treatment to all prisoners with the same condition,” said Diamante. The Commission on Elections filed an electoral sabotage against Arroyo before the Pasay City Regional Trial Court, which issued a warrant of arrest against Arroyo five hours later. On November 21, the court allowed Arroyo to stay at the St. Luke’s Medical Center while waiting for her doctors to submit a report about her medical condition. Similarly, the police has also prepared an air-conditioned room inside the SPD headquarters that may serve as the detention facility of Arroyo in case the Pasay RTC orders her transfer from the hospital. The former president is suffering from hyperparathyroidism as well as a “rare bone disease” and had been seeking medical treatment abroad. Arroyo was confined at the said hospital since after she and her husband attempted to leave the country, but was barred by the government from doing so. (CBCPNews)
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Prelate urges action against profanity on FM radio
SORSOGON Bishop Arturo Bastes is bothered over the use of profane languages on the radio and urged concerned agencies to act against it. Bastes said there is a necessity to curb the use of obscene languages, which according to him, can be heard over some FM radio stations. “Dapat talagang i-monitor at parusahan ng KBP (Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas) ang mga anchor-DJ’s (disc jockeys) sa radio na malaswa magsalita,” said Bastes. “Nakakahiya ‘yan. We should use good words on air na makakatualong upang maiangat ang pagkatao at moralidad ng mga Filipino,” he said. The bishop specifically noted that profanity is common among some late night FM radio programs. He was referring to some radio programs that accept calls from the public, wherein they give them relationship, personal and even sexual advices. “Some of the DJ’s, especially in midnight programs, are using indecent language and vulgar language, which is not good,” said Bastes. Other programs discuss sexually-oriented topics with some DJs using “double-meaning” words. (CBCPNews)
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AT a time when the impact of climate change remains a major concern, Catholic bishops are calling for a renewed commitment toward environment.
November 21 - December 4, 2011
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Pope to African leaders: have the courage to do what is right 6 nations benefit
COTONOU, Benin, Nov. 19, 2011—Pope Benedict XVI has called upon the political leadership of Africa to govern with wisdom and integrity. “Adopt a courageous ethical approach to your responsibilities and, if you are believers, ask God to grant you wisdom! This wisdom will help you to understand that, as promoters of your peoples’ future, you must become true servants of hope,” the Pope told a gathering of political and religious leaders in Benin’s Presidential Palace in the city of Cotonou, Nov. 19. Alluding to the continent’s history of corruption and cronyism amongst its elites, the Pope recognized that it is “not easy to live the life of a servant, to remain consistent amid the currents of opinion and powerful interests.” Power, he warned, “easily blinds,” especially when private, family, ethnic or religious interests are at stake. The event was the Pope’s first public engagement on the second day of his visit to Benin. His audience included Benin president Thomas Boni Yayi along with members of the country’s government and diplomatic corps. The presidential palace in Cotonou was constructed in 1960 to mark Benin’s independence from France. Despite its troubled past, the Pope contended that Africa is “a continent of hope.” He added that he was not “indulging in mere rhetoric,” but was “simply expressing a personal conviction which is also that of the Church.” This hope is to be found both in the continent’s economic life and in interreligious dialogue. The Pope reflected upon recent events across Africa. He said many of its people have shown their desire for liberty, their need for material security, and their wish to “live in harmony according to their different ethnic groups and religions.” In the north of the continent many dictatorial regimes have recently been swept away as part of the “Arab Spring,” while the people of South Sudan have gained their independence. In charting a new socio-economic way forward for Africa, the Pope said, “the Church does not propose any technical solution and does not impose any political solution,” given that “we know that no political regime is ideal and that no economic choice is neutral.” What the Church can provide, however, is “a message of hope,” which “generates energy, which stimulates the intellect and gives the will all its dynamism.” For while despair is individualistic, he said, hope is communion. He quoted Cardinal Jules-Géraud Saliège, the mid-twentieth century Archbishop of Toulouse in France, who said that “to hope is never to abandon; it is to redouble one’s activity.” “The Church accompanies the State and its mission; she wishes to be like the soul of our body untiringly pointing to what is essential: God and man,” explained the Pope. So while Catholicism takes on great works in education and care across Africa “above all,” he said, the Church is “she” who “prays without ceasing, who points to God and to where the authentic man is to be found.” Turning to the issue of interreligious dialogue, the Pope rejected intolerance and violence between religions. “Aggression is an outmoded relational form which appeals to superficial and ignoble instincts.” The starting point of dialogue, he suggested, is a greater knowledge and practice of one’s own faith. Someone cannot love unless he loves himself, and this love “can only begin by sincere personal prayer on the part of the one who desires to dialogue.” In this prayer the believer should ask God
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“for the gift to see in the other a brother to be loved and, within his tradition, a reflection of the truth which illumines all people.” The Pope rejected “muddled thinking” and “syncretism,” saying these can result from “interreligious dialogue when badly understood.” He charted practical ways in which religions can work together, such as cooperation in social or cultural areas. This collaboration can advance mutual understanding and help people “live together serenely.” In ordinary life in Africa, he said, many families have members who profess different beliefs, and yet remain united. He concluded by using the image of a hand to explain himself. “There are five fingers on it and each one is quite different,” yet “each one is also essential and their unity makes a hand.” There is a “vital duty,” he said, to have good understanding between cultures, consideration for each other that is not condescending, and respect for the rights of each person. “This is my wish for the whole of Africa, which is so dear to me! Africa, be confident and rise up! The Lord is calling you.” After his address, Pope Benedict held a brief private meeting with President Yayi Boni where he met the president’s family and exchanged gifts. (CNA)
EN ROUTE TO BENIN, Nov. 18, 2011—Though they only had Benedict XVI visiting for brief moments ― and then, only from the air ― six African countries received the assurance of papal prayers as the Holy Father flew over them on his way to Benin today. As is customary, the Pope sent his best wishes to the leaders of the countries the papal plane passed over as he headed for his three-day trip to Benin, his second apostolic journey to Africa. The flight, stretching more than 4,000 kilometers (2,500 miles) gave the Pontiff an opportunity to express his wishes for peace and stability in Tunisia. He sent his best wishes to Algeria and invoked upon the whole country “the benefits of the Almighty.” “May the Most High bless Mali and grant to all its inhabitants prosperity and happiness,” stated the telegram for this country. To Niger, the Holy Father expressed the hope that it will “live in prosperity and progress unceasingly in concord and peace.” For Burkina Faso the Pope voiced his hope that it would “live always in peace and fraternity” and that God would grant it prosperity and happiness. For Ghana he prayed for “God’s blessings of peace and social harmony.” (Zenit)
Unemployment can lead to identity crisis, says Pope
Since work brings man to experience his role as a participant in God’s creative plan, a lack of work ― or precarious employment situations ― can lead to identity crises, said Benedict XVI to Ecuador’s 2nd National Conference on the Family Nov. 11. In his message, the pope spoke of work, through which, “man experiences himself as subject, a participant in the creative plan of God.” “This explains,” he said, “why the lack of work or precarious work undermines man’s dignity, creating not only situations of injustice and poverty, which frequently degenerate into despair, criminality and violence, but also into an identity crisis in persons.” (Zenit)
Polish academic prize goes to Benedict XVI
Spanish diocese petitions for 2015 to be year of St. Teresa
AVILA, Spain, Nov. 18, 2011—The Diocese of Avila in Spain has begun collecting signatures for a petition declaring 2015, the 500th anniversary of St. Teresa of Jesus’ birth, as a “Year of Prayer.” St. Teresa was a “master of prayer” who “left the testimony of her personal experience of prayer in her writings,” said campaign organizers. Local Church leaders expressed hope that Pope Benedict will declare 2015 as a “Year of Prayer” and make St. Teresa the patroness for the celebration. The campaign is being organized by the Carmelite Fathers, with the support of Bishop Jesus Garcia Burillo of Avila, who has written to all the pastors of the diocese inviting them to participate. Signatures are being collected at parishes, religious communities and at the diocesan chancery. They will be sent along with a special letter to Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. “In time, St. Teresa became a master of prayer, not only for her spiritual sons and daughters, but for the entire Church,” organizers said. (CNA)
Benedict XVI was selected to receive a Polish honor recognizing his contribution in the fields of theology and culture. The Pope expressed his gratitude for the “Laurel” academic prize during a Polish-language greeting at the end of Wednesday’s general audience. He thanked the university rectors of the athenaeums of Wroclaw, Opole, Czestochowa and Zielona Gora. The award was granted to Benedict XVI in the context of the bicentenary of the University of Wroclaw. Pope John Paul II was the first recipient of the prize in 2003. (Zenit)
Vatican publishes book on Latin America’s zeal for Gospel
Catholics take to the streets in Hanoi demanding justice
HANOI, Vietnam, Nov. 18, 2011―Thousands of Catholics took to the streets this morning in Hanoi (pictured), demanding justice for Thai Ha Parish and the nearby Redemptorist monastery. They waved banners: one stated, “Do not trespass on religious land and property”, another called on the government to “return what you borrow”, and a third said, “We protest Hanoi TV’s defamation and distortion of the truth about Thai Ha parish”. The protest was provoked by a decision taken by the Dong Da District People’s Committee to seize the limited land that is left to the local Catholic community in order to build a sewage treatment system for a nearby hospital. Bought in 1928 by the Redemptorists, the original property covered an area of 61.455 sq m. Now only some 2,700, sq m are left. The conflict reached its peak in 2008 and 2009 when days of protest by thousands of Catholics ended in the trial and conviction of eight of them for disturbing the public order. The dispute’s latest round began on 8 October when the local parish priest, Fr. Joseph Nguyen Van Phuong, was summoned to appear before the Dong Da District People’s Committee to be informed that they had decided on how to dispose of the parish’s land. Men and women religious as well as parishioners reacted by staging protests. This was followed on 3 November by an assault carried out by hundreds of police agents and soldiers using dogs and truncheons, taped by a TV crew. Using loudspeakers, the attackers hurled insults and stones at the convent, breaking its main door. Only the quick intervention of faithful from neighbouring parishes brought in by tolling bells stopped the attack. On Wednesday, 500 riot police and security forces escorted dozens of bulldozers to start building the hospital sewage treatment system, just a few metres from the existing church. At the same time, despite threats of retaliation by the authorities, people began their
The Vatican Publishing House released a book by the Pontifical Commission for Latin America on religious fervor in the continent and how it has contributed to the spread of the Gospel. “Blessed John Paul II learned to appreciate and encourage this popular piety of Latin America very positively, especially during all of his untiring pilgrimages to the Marian shrines of all the countries of Latin America, which are the true spiritual capitals of those nations,” Cardinal Marc Ouellet, president of the commission, said on Nov. 17. The new book is titled “Popular Piety in the Evangelization Process of Latin America,” and contains information from the commission’s recent plenary meeting at the Vatican in April of this year. (CNA)
Pope will use iPad to light up world’s largest Christmas tree
protest in front of the People’s Committee headquarters, whilst plainclothes police officers take pictures and videotape the protesters. “I’m not scared,” Peter Tuan Nguyen told AsiaNews. “We need to lift the veil from the injustices committed in Vietnam.” “Why I came here? Well, to protest before the international community [against] the ongoing persecutions we have suffered for almost seven decades,” said Maria Thanh Tran. (AsiaNews)
Pope Benedict XVI will light up the largest Christmas tree in the world on Dec. 7 located in the Italian city of Gubbio in the region of Umbria. Vatican Radio reported that the Pope will use an iPad to turn on the tree’s lights from his residence in the Papal Apartments. Built in 1981, the Christmas tree stretches more than 2,000 feet up the face of Mount Igino outside Gubbio. It contains hundreds of lights and more than 25,000 feet of electrical cables and is considered the largest electric tree in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Before turning the lights on using a special iPad application, Pope Benedict will deliver a video message to the residents of Gubbio and the surrounding towns. (CNA)
Pope asks African Catholics to be ‘apostles of reconciliation’
Catholic laity conducts mission in Indonesia’s far east
JAKARTA, Indonesia, Nov. 18, 2011—The Kelompok Bakti Kasih Kemanusiaan (KBKK), a lay Catholic humanitarian group, carried out a two-week mission among indigenous communities in Agats, eastern Indonesia. Twenty-four lay people with a mixed professional background performed pastoral and humanitarian work in one of the country’s remotest and most neglected dioceses, Agats-Timika, some nine hours by plane from Jakarta, plus an hour by small boat. Ingrid Barata headed the mission. Speaking to AsiaNews, she said the group included people from different provinces. The trip to Agats was a tense one. Timika, the town closest to Agats, and its only point of access, was recently racked by mass demonstrations by miners working for the Freeport Company. Unknown gunmen fired on protesters, killing a number of them. “We were held back at the airport for security reasons until things quieted down. They eventually flew us to our destination on small planes,” said former Jesuit Abdi Susanto, who also took part in the mission. The situation was still tense because of political unrest in Timika and Jayapura. The group was forced to split up, stopping at different airports for security reasons and because of fuel shortages. After 24 hours, they all made it to their destination, in the heart of the Papuan jungle, a place where people lead a simple life, based on fishing, hunting and gathering. Because the land is swampy and has no drinking water, rainwater must be collected in big tanks for human consumption. The humanitarian mission focused on four different areas, far from Agats. “At least three or four hours of navigation on small boats were needed to reach our destination,” Suparman Surjadi, from Bogor, told AsiaNews. In the two-week period, natives were provided with necessities, as well as medical and health care, Msgr. Aloysius Murwito, OFM, said as he praised the group for its work. “I am grateful to God that in Indonesia the Church has the KBKK, which is committed to serving others.” To date, the KBKK has carried out missions in 24 Indonesian dioceses, offering aid to areas affected by natural disasters. (AsiaNews)
In a wide-ranging document on the church’s future in Africa, Pope Benedict XVI urged Catholics to become “apostles of reconciliation, justice and peace” across the troubled continent. The key to the church’s mission in Africa, the pope said, is for all Catholics to know the faith and the church’s social doctrine well, then witness it in daily life. The pope signed the apostolic exhortation titled “Africae Munus” on Nov. 19 during a ceremony in Ouidah, Benin, a slave trade city on the Atlantic coast. He was making a three-day visit to Benin, where he met with bishops from the African continent. (CNS)
French-based Catholic movement says founder was sex abuser
A Catholic movement based in France has acknowledged with “humility and repentance” that acts of sexual abuse were committed by its founder and other important members of the organization. The Community of the Beatitudes, in a statement posted on its French website Nov. 16, said that under the oversight of a commissioner appointed last year by the Vatican, it was undergoing a process of “purification, restructuring and re-founding.” The detailed statement came two weeks ahead of the scheduled start of a criminal trial of Brother Pierre-Etienne Albert, a top member of the community, who has been accused of dozens of acts of sexual abuse of minors over a period of 15 years. (CNS)
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Embryos cannot be destroyed even for important research, says pope
VATICAN City, Nov. 14, 2011—In rejecting research using embryonic stem cells, the Catholic Church is not trying to impede science or delay treatment that can save lives, Pope Benedict XVI said. The church’s opposition to the use and destruction of embryos flows from the conviction that all human life is sacred and that destroying the most defenseless will never lead to a true benefit for humanity, the pope said Nov. 12 to participants in a Vaticansponsored conference on research using adult stem cells. “When the end in view is so eminently desirable as the discovery of a cure for degenerative illnesses, it is tempting for scientists and policy-makers to brush aside ethical objections and to press ahead with whatever research seems to offer the prospect of a breakthrough,” the pope said. However, “the destruction of even one human life can never be justified in terms of the benefit that it might conceivably bring to another,” he said. The Pontifical Council for Culture partnered with NeoStem Inc., a U.S. company researching and marketing adult stem-cell therapies, to sponsor the conference, “Adult Stem Cells: Science and the Future of Man and Culture.” The 30 speakers, along with patients who had been treated with stem cells, looked not only at the scientific progress being made with adult stem cells, but also at the cultural, ethical and political issues surrounding the research, its use and its availability. Pope Benedict told conference participants that “in drawing attention to the needs of the defenseless, the church thinks not only of the unborn, but also of those without easy access to expensive medical treatment.” “Illness is no respecter of persons, and justice demands that every effort be made to place the fruits of scientific research at the disposal of all who stand to benefit from them, irrespective of their means,” he said. The pope said the church supports research with adult stem cells, which have the possibility of developing into a variety of specialized cells and can alleviate degenerative illnesses by repairing damaged tissues. Adult stem cells are obtained not from fertilizing and destroying human embryos, but from “the tissues of an adult organism, from the blood of the umbilical cord at the moment of birth or from fetuses who have died of natural causes,” he said. By calling for respect for the ethical limits of biomedical research, the pope said, the church does not seek “to impede scientific progress, but on the contrary to guide it in a direction that is truly fruitful and beneficial to humanity.” (CNS)
RH bill is about State Vatican takes legal action against clothing powers, illusion of ‘choice’ company over Pope ad
CEBU City, Nov. 17, 2011—Legislation that promotes reproductive health (RH) is not about recognizing the rights of women and of couples but about giving the State powers beyond its jurisdiction, said former Senator Francisco “Kit” Tatad at the National “Philippines for Life” Congress in Cebu City. “It was never the purpose to give women and men [the right to use contraception and avail of sterilization,] a ‘right’ they already have. The real purpose of the [RH] bill has always been what is written in the bill now, namely, to give the State a power, a right, and a duty it does not have – namely, to require married couples to practice birth control as a necessary precondition and an essential component of marriage,” Tatad asserted, starting off the three-day event with a rousing message on the most vital issue about the pro-life crusade. Tatad pointed out that intimate matters between spouses cannot be made the subject of legislation, as “the right and duty to procreate is not conferred by law or local ordinance upon the citizens of a town, a city or a state. It belongs to our nature, bestowed upon us by God. It belongs to every man as man, even before he becomes a citizen, or even if he does not get to become a citizen at all.” “It precedes the existence of the State, and is not subject to the approval or disapproval of the local Sanggunian, Congress or the President. It is not and cannot be made the subject of any statute passed by even all of the members of Congress,” Tatad further explained, adding that it is “the most important point that must be very clear to us, so we can communicate it to [the people on] the other side.” He enjoined the more than 200 attendees at the event organized by Human Life International (HLI) Pilipinas to help make “our pro-RH friends in Congress” understand that there are “certain areas of human activity where the State may not intrude. The intimate union between man and wife is one such activity, and everything else that naturally flows from it.” “This is so clear to anyone who knows the distinction between man and God, between the creature and his Creator, that, no responsible government has found it necessary to put this down in any legal or constitutional document. It is a meta legal right, something written in our very nature as men and women, as fundamental and inviolable as our right to breathe,” he said. ‘Illusion of choice’ While the RH bill’s proponents have been claiming that their aim in crafting the measure is to give women and couples the chance to make their own choices as regards family planning, Tatad revealed how the bill gives the illusion that it gives people the power to choose what family planning methods to use. While the bill mentions natural family planning as an option, “nothing is said about how the government will promote natural family planning, and make sure those who need it would get it. In contrast, the bill is a virtual manual on how contraceptives and sterilization agents are to be distributed by clinics and hospitals as essential medicines.” “It’s not just you are given a bogus choice,” the former senator continued. “The graver offense is that while you are given the illusion of choosing what contraceptives to use, the decision that you must use contraceptives in one form or another has already been made for you by the authors of the bill, claiming to speak for the State, but in violation of the Constitutional duties of the State.” The “Philippines for Life” congress, focused on the theme “Surrender is not an option, compromise is not the solution,” aptly described what ought to be the mindset of every pro-life crusader, according to Tatad. “It is the only correct position to take. That is to say, if we truly believe the sanctity of human life, marriage and the family is worth fighting for; or even dying for,” he stressed. The HLI event on its first day also featured Msgr. Cris E. Garcia, SAP, H.P., Chair of the Cebu Archdiocesan Committee on Liturgy and Worship and Rev. Fr. Ervy Davy Lajarra, HLI-Asia & Oceania Spiritual Director. A Holy Mass celebrated by Cebu Archbishop and incoming president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Most Rev. Jose S. Palma, DD capped the afternoon talks. (CBCPforLife) VATICAN City, Nov. 17, 2011—The Vatican will take legal action against Italian clothing company Benetton to prevent the circulation of an ad featuring Pope Benedict XVI kissing a Muslim imam. The move on Nov. 17 comes a day after Benetton hastily withdrew the image from a new advertising campaign following protests from both religions. “The Secretariat of State has authorized its lawyers to initiate actions, in Italy and elsewhere, to prevent the circulation, via the mass media and in other ways, of a photomontage used in a Benetton advertising campaign in which the Holy Father appears in a way considered to be harmful, not only to the dignity of the Pope and the Catholic Church, but also to the sensibility of believers,” read the Vatican’s Nov. 17 statement. The image was used as part of a new advertising campaign by Benetton titled “UNHATE” which was launched yesterday at a press conference in Paris. It was immediately followed by the unveiling of a new poster campaign at various locations around the globe. The posters feature various religious and political leaders kissing each other on the mouth including a mock-up of Pope Benedict XVI kissing Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayeb, the Imam of the Al-Azhar mosque in Cairo. A large banner bearing the image was unfurled from a bridge over the River Tiber in Rome. Within a few hours, however, the image had been withdrawn. “We are so sorry that the use of the image of the Pope and the Imam has so offended the sensibilities of the faithful in this way,” said a spokesman for Benetton Nov. 16. “In confirmation of our feelings we have decided, with immediate effect, to withdraw this image from every publication.” The Islamic religious authorities in Rome are also threatening to take legal action against Benetton for defamation. “It is a serious lack of respect for the Pope, an affront to the feelings of the faithful and an evident demonstration of how, in the field of advertising, the most elemental rules of respect for others can be broken in order to attract attention by provocation,” said Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. Nov. 16. Other posters include U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese leader Hu Jintao and the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Benetton is an Italian based fashion company with around 6000 stores in 120 countries. Their main clothing brand, the United Colors of Benetton, has become known in recent decades for the shock value of their
Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ
publicity stunts. In 1991, the company ran a poster campaign featuring a young priest in black cassock about to kiss a nun. Catholic groups subsequently failed in legal attempts to have the image removed from over 1300 billboard sites across the United States. Other images used in recent years by Benetton have included a young man dying from AIDS, a bloodied newborn baby with uncut umbilical cord, a colorful mix of condoms, the blood stained uniform of a dead Bosnian soldier and pictures of inmates on death row. (CNA/EWTN News)
Christian volunteers are signs of God’s love, pope says
charitable mission throughout the world.” As he wrote in his first encyclical, “Deus Caritas Est” (“God Is Love”), the pope said Catholic charitable activity isn’t simply philanthropy, it’s a reflection of Christian faith and the obligation to love others as Christ loved. “His grace perfects, strengthens and elevates” the basic human vocation to love others and “enables us to serve others without reward, satisfaction or any recompense,” the pope said. At the same time, through volunteering “we also become visible instruments of his love in a world that still profoundly yearns for that love amid the poverty, loneliness, marginalization and ignorance that we see all around us,” he said. Pope Benedict also asked the meeting participants to step up efforts to involve young Catholics in volunteer work as “a way to grow in the self-giving love which gives life its deepest meaning.” “We must not be afraid to set before them a radical and lifechanging challenge, helping them to learn that our hearts are made to love and be loved. It is in self-giving that we come to live life in all its fullness,” he said. Kristalina Georgieva, the European commissioner for international cooperation, humanitarian aid and crisis response, was one of the speakers at the meeting. She told Vatican Radio Nov. 10 that volunteering is “extremely strong” in Europe, with about 100 million people formally volunteering on the continent or abroad each year. While volunteers meet many of the needs a government probably should, volunteers are essential because the needs are overwhelming and emergency situations are increasing, she said. For example, she said, “in 1975 there were 78 natural disasters” officially categorized as such in the world, but in 2010 they had risen to 385. “Unfortunately, the impact of these disasters has increased because the global population has increased,” particularly in urban areas. When an earthquake or flooding hits a major city, there are more victims, more damage, and a need for more volunteers to help, she said. (CNS)
File photo shows officials of the Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines distribute relief goods to typhoon victims.
VATICAN City, Nov. 11, 2011—Through volunteer work, Christians become signs of God’s love in the world, Pope Benedict XVI said. Especially at a time of serious economic crisis, moral uncertainty and social tension, Christian volunteers show “that goodness exists and that it is growing in our midst,” the pope said Nov. 11 in a speech to participants at a Vatican meeting on Catholic volunteer activity in Europe.
The two-day meeting, sponsored by the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, which promotes and coordinates Catholic charity, was held in conjunction with the European Year of Volunteering. It brought together about 160 bishops and representatives of charitable organizations from 25 countries. The pope thanked the European volunteers and “the millions of Catholic volunteers who contribute, regularly and generously, to the church’s
Human rights groups pay tribute to environmental martyrs
MANILA, Nov. 12, 2011―Church and human rights organizations paid tribute to martyrs who lost their lives protecting rural communities and the environment in a prayer and candlelighting ceremony held in various key cities nationwide. The activity was part of the observance of the Global Day of Remembrance of the Heroes, Heroines and Martyrs of the Resistance against Mining, Oil and Gas on November 10. In Manila, around 100 human rights advocates gathered at the Pope Pius XII Center in UN Avenue, to pay honor their fallen comrades in prayer and songs. Church groups and human rights organizations delivered solidarity messages and urged for the repeal of Mining Act of 1995 and the enactment of an Alternative Mining Bill. Simultaneous with the activity in Manila was a prayer gathering in Palawan, Cebu and another in Cagayan de Oro that drew more than 30 participants from human rights groups, civil society and government. Human rights advocate Judy Pasimio from Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center – Kasama sa Kalikasan (LRC-KsK) urged for justice for killed environmental martyrs. “We seek justice for these martyrs. People and the government must bring their assailants to justice, for true peace to be achieved,” she said. “The Philippine government must not put the interests of the mining companies over the welfare of the community and the whole nation, by serving the greed of these large mining transnational corporations,” she added. Human rights groups had earlier criticized the Aquino government’s decision to allow mining companies to form militias to defend its interests from rebels’ attacks. Pasimio said Aquino’s decision to permit mining corporations to have its own paramilitary units can be construed that “he is for mining and against those who opposed it.” She lamented that mining has become “synonymous to violence” as many advocates have lost their lives because of their anti-mining stance. Italian priest Fr. Fausto Tentorio was the latest of a string of environmentalists who were killed this year, when he was gunned down in Cotabato last month. Another outspoken anti-mining activist, Datu Roy Gallego, was also killed in Surigao del Sur last October 14. Early this year, Dr. Gerry Ortega, a broadcaster and anti-mining advocate, was killed in Puerto Princesa. Other documented killings related to mining include Councilor Armin Rios Marin from Sibuyan Island who was killed by a mining security guard last 2007 right in front of a rally against mining; Gensun Agustin from Cagayan Valley, gunned down in a highway last 2009, on his way from an anti-mining forum he organized; and Rudy Segovia, shot and killed at a barricade set-up in Zamboanga del Norte to prevent the entry of mining equipment in their ancestral domains. The tribute to environmental heroes was part of the global solidarity actions organized in Nigeria, Indonesia, Guatemala and Australia to mark the anniversary of the murder of Nigerian writer Ken Saro-Wiwa. Together with eight other Ogoni leaders, Saro-Wiwa was executed in 1995 for speaking out against the impact of Shell and other oil companies in the Niger Delta. (CBCPNews)
Symbols of overpopulation
November 21 - December 4, 2011
Vol. 15 No. 24
THE powers behind the RH Bill, the prime movers of all possible ways and means of contraception, including the multinational pharmaceuticals wallowing in corporate greed through the unlimited manufacture and wanton sale of all kinds of contraceptives, recently came up with another well-funded media spin. With no qualms whatsoever in using the very symbol that they supposedly but deceptively uphold and protect, key representatives of said anti-natalist agents went to a hospital. There they waited for a baby to be born at the strike of the midnight clock. Immediately thereafter they used the tiny, innocent and helpless creature as a symbol of the 7-billionpopulation bomb. To somehow blur their base agenda, they heaped gifts upon the baby who was precisely supposed to stand as a bad omen for the Philippines and for the world as a whole. This was synchronized with other countries using the same portent symbol of a helpless baby regarded as the harbinger of the catastrophe of global overpopulation. Of course, they saw to it though that the mother was “plugged” as a matter of course to prevent her from further conceiving. If these anti-people characters are really convinced that hunger and misery merely depend on the quantitative growth of demographics, how do they explain the fact that there are under-populated nations that are in want while there are other much populated countries that have enough? Why is it that there are people in different parts of the earth with supposedly well-controlled population, but now are staging escalating rallies on account of economic imbalance and deprivation—such as at Wall Street? There must be something else that makes nations affluent or miserable other than simplistically finger-pointing at demography. Population can either be the backbone of an economy or the curse of development. Quite glaringly, there must be something else that makes the difference between the affluence and misery of people. To claim that the number of population alone is blessing or damnation, is too naïve a conviction to take intelligently. Why is it that much populated China is an economic giant while there are scarcely populated areas in Africa that have been long suffering from grave and lasting want? Specifically in the Philippines, why is it that there are certain families that are wallowing in wealth while a big number of Filipinos are drowning in misery? Why is it that public officials are synonymous with luxury while the common citizens are burdened by scarcity? Why is it the political dynasties are so rich that they no longer know where to hide their money while the electorate that make them making pitifully remain impoverished? There is something in these questions that demolish the myth that socio-economic development—or absence thereof—merely depends on material population count. But using a baby-symbol to drive home the message of a supposedly impending population bomb is already anachronistic—and wrong.
Bp. Leonardo Y. Medroso, JCD, DD
THERE has been for some time now an activity of the youth in the Cathedral Parish of Tagbilaran that has particularly caught my attention. It is the jamming session that they put up every last Friday of the month. It is curious because they hold it in the Cathedral square just in front of the Bishop’s residence, a place set aside for many other religious and social activities but not for this kind of program. It is just too secular, too mundane to merit the place for their merry making. We know that the activities that have sprung up from this jovial creation of the young to take it easy on a weekend are light merry making, a celebration of being released from the tension of so much work in the classrooms, the school activities, home works and other related assignments. There is nothing objectionable to be at ease on a Friday, to relax, to unwind, to shake oneself off from the drudgery of the classroom. To say “Thank God it’s Friday” means to throw the books away and hit the bar, disco or
‘Thank God It’s Friday’: A weekend spirituality
remain sane in the midst of so much work in the classrooms and at home, they like all the other kids around are searching for a place to unwind, just to be at ease, and they find it in the cathedral parish program called “Thank God It’s Friday” - TGIF. The songs, the percussions, the inputs, the dramatization of the characters of the Bible, the catechetical teaching consciously done in active dialogue with the listeners, the singing, the cadenced clapping of hands and the rhythmic stomping of feet on the ground, and the smooth swaying of the bodies in response to the discoveries and new insights of the Word proclaimed, the spontaneous reaction and the interpersonal communications that came out of it, the whole atmosphere is soaked not only with the message of Jesus but also with His person encountered somehow along the whole celebration. TGIF has its way of transforming everything and everyone into a prayer, urging each one to make
Tidbits / A7
A Question of Development Models?
ECONOMIC recovery will be slow and more painful than is yet popularly perceived. Not only is this a currency and banking crisis or a property bubble that must be weathered. More profoundly, the present economic situation, replicated in many other parts of Asia, has raised serious questions about the viability of development models. Already in 1995 questions were raised in Malaysia about a so-called “Asian” development model that has as core elements high economic growth sustained indefinitely, managed and/or guided by omnipresent government officials, financed by foreign debt and implemented by cheap labor. Moreover, Westerners denounced “Asian” values that they associate today with crony capitalism, widespread corruption, banking irregularities, and lack of transparency. On the other hand, the dominant “Western” model emphasizes free trade and encourages competition, especially under the umbrella of globalization. The idea is to produce higher and better quality returns than one’s competitors, to be open to foreign investments, protect property rights, liberalize regulations, privatize government business corporations and have minimal government intervention. Unfortunately, those countries that had rushed to embrace this model have suffered most in the crisis. Yet it is clear that the best examples of the Asian model, Hong Kong and Singapore, topped the world in the 1997 Index of Economic Freedom by the Heritage Foundation and Wall Street. There is indeed an “East Asian miracle” which got the “basics” right. These include low inflation, high levels of domestic saving, heavy investment in education and openness to foreign technology. Experts tell us that East Asian economies have been mixing the formula of Asian values and market capitalism and have been reaping considerable success. Still, many economists claim that development models be they Western or Asian, with their variants and combinations, tend to produce the same inequality of income, growth disproportionately against the poor, persistence of poverty and increased possibilities of social conflict. “Trickle down economics”, another name for “growth economics” inevitably creates inequality of income and wealth. We have yet to see a version of what some economists call “trickle up economics” where the fruits of economic growth are universally and equally shared. In the final analysis present development models are based on a vision of society that remains materialistic if not consumerist. ―Pastoral Exhortation on the Philippine Economy, 1998
movie houses, to take out the latest video games, pore nonstop into internet surfing, to sing, to dance, to celebrate. All these are activities that are spontaneous and natural to the young of today. They need them so they say, for they need to be recharged and to ease up for their sanity’s sake. On the other hand, they could easily go awry, resorting for example to heavy alcohol drinking, or, to the taking of drugs, that could in time drive them to violent acts, untoward incidents, even sexual revelry. These latter apprehensions may sound prudish, but definitely not unfounded. Hence, the question remains: are our youth jamming their hearts out in the Cathedral ground on a weekend doing things improper? A cursory look into the matter at bar, however, has brought me to a happy disclosure. Our young have found in this activity Jesus Christ as the source of their joy. For sure, they too are young and need the relaxation of their body and their emotions, they want to
Buying pills, injectables ‘easy, no questions asked’
A COLLEGE student said that contraceptives being sold in drug stores were “easy access,” enabling her and her peers to walk right up to the counter, ask for injectable contraceptives, and walk out with the purchase. All this information was disclosed to Diana, one of our pro-life writers who came to speak with the clients of Welcome House one day. “I thought injectables were not over-the-counter, meaning you’ll need a prescription to be able to buy them. But what surprised me was that it was so easy to buy them. They don’t even ask for prescriptions. That’s how I got mine,” Pia, a nursing student, recalled. The 20-year-old student ended up taking injectables for several cycles. She was aware of some of the side effects of the different contraceptives, owing to her classes as a nursing student, “but they don’t discuss the major side effects. Part of the curriculum of our school is reproductive health.” The student lamented that so much resources are being poured into marketing the use of condoms and other birth control drugs and devices, and that a lot of the advertising has been targeting the youth. She dwelt on the unfortunate combination of such marketing and a more “loose” present generation. One consequence of her being on birth control was putting up with side effects. “I was super short-tempered, had headaches and I gained weight. I tolerated the side effects rather than get pregnant. When you’re young, you don’t really think about the side effects. When you’re young, it’s all fun, fun!” related Pia, who was 17 when she got into her first sexual relationship. The accessibility of pills, condoms, and injectables—plus misinformation on “safe sex” going around and the media’s trashing of notions like chastity and selfcontrol—made a sexually active lifestyle more attractive to her and her peers since these supplies, in their eyes, provided a
Sr. Mary Pilar Verzosa, RGS
way to enjoy the fun without the undesired consequences. Pia, who had gone through the use of condoms and pills before turning to injectables, was familiar with the Reproductive Health (RH) bill’s mandate to make birth control drugs and devices more easily accessible to the people. She gave a wan smile and talked of the unfortunate consequences that such a measure would lead to. “Just imagine what goes on in the head of a teenager. All you want to do is have a good time. And then you give them easy access to contraceptives—it’s a disaster waiting to happen.” The nursing student had spent several months at Welcome House, a halfway house in Paco, Manila run by the Good Shepherd Sisters for girls in various crisis situations. She was brought there by her family to sort things out and get herself together after letting college life get off to a bad start by prioritizing the wrong things—a sexual relationship, relentless partying, substance abuse, bad company. “I was digging my own grave,” she remarked on hindsight, adding that she didn’t really find what she was looking for in any of the things and relationships that ended up being destructive. Partly, when I entered college I had too much freedom, and I didn’t have enough maturity to handle the freedom. But I’m happier now, definitely.” She said she learned a lot during her stay at Welcome House. She had words for other girls who may be having doubts about this: “I’d tell them to love and respect themselves ’cause if they don’t know how to love and respect themselves, how can they expect others to love and respect them? And if and when they have a boyfriend, to think that they have to give in to sex is such a lie. If he really loves you, he will wait. And that I believe now. I was so scared before that he will leave me. But now I am firm. I no longer want to be treated as an object of pleasure to anyone.”
Fr. Roy Cimagala
Pedro C. Quitorio
Dignity of labor
than clerks, some prefer to till the land than handle computers, etc.—truth is all of us need to work, and any kind of work would just be fine. I would even venture to say that he who discriminates against the simple, ordinary work like the household chores would already be handicapped to tackle the bigger, extraordinary tasks we can encounter in life. Remember our Lord saying: “He who is faithful in little is also faithful in much.” We need to digest the wisdom of these words well. I think this point is crucial especially these days when we are experiencing rapid developments that often cause changes and
Candidly Speaking / A7
Ronalyn R. Regino
Pinky Barrientos, FSP
Roy Q. Lagarde
Ernani M. Ramos
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I FEEL that we have to resurrect from the grave the dignity of labor. For long, it has fallen into such disrepute that our young generation today often thinks of it as a curse, a compulsory evil, or a plague to be avoided at all costs. Even those who may be considered as intelligent and well-motivated, going to schools, training programs and all that, often succumb to the wrong notion that their high education can take them away from some work they consider lowly. That is not just right. Work and labor, whether manual or intellectual, in the fields and farms or in offices, is always part of our human nature, part of God’s design for us to make us image and likeness of his, and even children of his.
Any kind of work, as long as it is honest work, affirms our humanity. It actualizes whatever potentials we have. It is the way we contribute to the common good, the main means to earn our living. Work and labor just make us legitimately proud and happy. More than these, it enables us to share in God’s providence over us, a way to reach our spiritual and supernatural goal. We need to highlight this truth, because the prevalent understanding of work detaches it from its objective divine context. Indeed, it can be our path to be with God right in the middle of the world. While it’s true that we can have different aptitudes toward different kinds of work— some are meant more for white-collar jobs than the blue ones, others better as managers
lustration by Bladimer Usi
Vol. 15 No. 24
November 21 - December 4, 2011
Why is this so imperative? What has it to do with the immense wealth of some vis-à-vis the big want to so many? In a nutshell, Social Justice is the composite of both the enactment and observance of “Commutative Justice” among individuals, of “Legal Justice” between individual citizens and their government and the citizens as a whole. In other words, Social Justice is individual citizens rendering to giving what is due and proper to their government plus the government returning back to the citizens what is fair and square in terms of their common good or public welfare. Although it is a glaring truth that Social Justice in the country appears to be sadly unknown and pitifully unobserved, it is the right through gradual solution to the previously cited “terrible contradiction” in the world – the Philippines well included – between very few much moneyed dynasties and very many destitute people. Again: It is not population control, neither a contraceptive law, nor the RH Bill but Social Justice that ultimately eradicates the said contradiction. How? Implement the Constitution particularly in its salient provision on Social Justice – a “highest priority” indeed. Is this too hard to understand?
Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, SJ
Oscar V. Cruz, DD
Views and Points
“Congress shall give highest priority to the enactment of measures that protect and enhance the right of all the people to human dignity, reduce social, economic, and political inequalities, and remove cultural inequities by equitably diffusing wealth and political power for the common good. To this end, the State shall regulate the acquisition, ownership, use and disposition of property and its increment.” (Phil. Constitution, Art. XIII, Section 1) IT is worth noting that the above inherently significant and highly relevant constitutional provision is directly under the overall title of “Social Justice and Human Rights.” Among other things, there is the marked indication that the above cited stipulation in the Philippine Constitution is not only mandatory but also urgent. It would be good to take note of the following facts. First, that the Philippine Constitution has been inspired by no less than the maternal origin of the incumbent president. Second, that the same Constitution became the Fundamental Law of the Land since 1986. Third, the said constitutional provision is now some two decade and a half years old – and the Filipinos in general have yet to live and savor the advent of Social Justice in the Country as a whole. But what is Social Justice?
Pastoral Companion Cracow, Auschwitz, and Warsaw — Facets of Divine Mercy
UPON invitation of the Marian Fathers, spiritual custodians of the Divine Mercy Shrine of Cagayan de Oro Archdiocese, I joined the Second World Apostolic Congress on Mercy (WACOM II) held in Cracow, Poland, on October 1 -5, 2011. 1. Cracow Cracow is the capital of the Divine Mercy devotion. Located in Lagiewniki, a district of modern-day Cracow, is the newly– built Sanctuary of Divine Mercy. Nearby is the convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy where Saint Sr. Faustina Kowalska became the “Apostle of Jesus’ mercy.” Cracow was also the city where the young Karol Wojtyla studied and prepared for the priesthood under war-time conditions and eventually became its Cardinal Archbishop before his election as Pope in 1979. It was Pope John Paul II who then pursued the re-examination of Sister Faustina’s diary and eventually raised her to the altar of the saints during the Jubilee Year and proclaimed the second Sunday of Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday. In his inaugural address, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, Archbishop of Cracow (and former private secretary of Pope John Paul), welcomed the 2,000 plus delegates coming from 69 countries. Among these were about 150 Filipino delegates, including 18 priests and six arch/bishops. From Cagayan de Oro, Mrs. Paquita Adaza, President of the Divine Mercy Foundation, headed a group of pilgrims, including spiritual advisers Msgrs. Rey Monsanto and Elmer Abacahin, and Vice-Rector Fr. Medallo Valmores of the CDO Divine Mercy Shrine. I was with Shrine Rector Fr. Valerian Pozniak, MIC, and MIC Assistant General Fr. Joseph Roesch. “Mercy as the Source of Hope” was the overriding theme of the Congress. In one of his first encyclicals, Dives in misericordia, Pope (now Blessed) John Paul II made the message of mercy the focal point of his teachings. Foreshadowing the Congress theme, the pope had said in an earlier visit to the sanctuary that “apart from the mercy of God there is no other source of hope for mankind.” He quotes St. Faustina’s Diary: “Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy” (Diary 300). For Pope John Paul, this “light of divine mercy will illumine the way for the men and women of the third millennium.” In his encyclical, Blessed John Paul points out that “Mercy is love’s second name manifesting its deepest aspect, i.e. the boundless ability to forgive” (cf. DM 7). In outlining the history of the World Apostolic Congress on Mercy, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna, who acted as Moderator of the Congress, again cited John Paul II’s language as a universal call to Divine Mercy: “Divine Mercy needs to fill hearts with hope and to become the spark of a new civilization of love.” Thus, Cardinal Schönborn continues, the objective of the Apostolic Congress since 2002 at the diocesan, national, regional, or world levels, is “to focus on the life of parishes, congregations and movements on Mercy and its radiance.” In exercising the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, parishes can become “a visible sign of God’s love.” “Mercy allows the Church to become what She is . . . a sacrament and parable of Divine Mercy.” “Christians rediscover themselves in their missionary identity as prophets of mercy, as priests of mercy, and as kings of mercy through their baptism and the Eucharist.” By courageously uttering the word “mercy” before modern man, the Church can help people discover “the true face of God and the true face of their brethren.” II. Auschwitz Perhaps at no other place has “the true face of God and of their brethren” been so obscured as at Auschwitz, the Nazi concentration camp located an hour’s drive away from Cracow. The stark contrast between the fullness of Divine Mercy and man’s inhumanity to fellow human beings could not be missed by the congress delegates as we walked in prayerful pilgrimage alongside the final kilometer of railway tracks that ended inside the camp. The rows of barracks that housed over the war years an estimated 4 million detainees – Jewish families, Polish intellectuals, gypsies, and other “undesirables” – provided a silent witness to the enormity of a totalitarian regime’s diabolical designs at genocide and mass murder of innocent individuals and deported communities. Displayed on some of the outdoor museum walls were photographs of storage rooms filled with emptied suitcases, abandoned shoes, and, most chilling of all, human hair (to be processed for industrial purposes). It was here in Auschwitz – Birkenau that St. Maximilian Kolbe, a Franciscan priest, offered his life in exchange for the life of a family man. The Carmelite nun, St. Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) also perished in one of these concentration camps. In all, an estimated six million detainees, mostly Jews, died in the Holocaust in Central Europe. “We are standing at a place,” remarked John Paul II in his papal visit to the largest execution site in the world, “in which we would like to think of every nation and every man as if it was our brother.” He adds in his encyclical, “Mercy is the power that puts a limit to evil in history.” Other highlights of the World Congress were the language group sessions in six of the old churches of Krakow; a Credo theatre portrayal of the life of Jesus Christ by the Cenacolo Community in the Main Market Square; and an Ecumenical Prayer Service on the market square of Wadowice, Blessed John Paul’s hometown. Among the testimonies shared at the congress were those of an Anglican priest who shared the message of Divine Mercy for his own church community and of Sr. Marie Simon-Pierre of France, whose miraculous cure from Parkinson’s disease paved the way for Pope John Paul’s beatification. III. Warsaw A few days before and after the congress, the Marian Fathers hosted me in Warsaw, Poland’s capital city, now a modern metropolis with its spacious parks and multi-story buildings. Visits to three museums – of the city, of military chaplains, and of the Rising in Warsaw – brought to light Poland’s recent turbulent history of valor and nationalist aspirations against Nazi and Soviet occupation. Because of the defiance of the city’s populace during the closing months of the German occupation, Warsaw was reduced to rubble and became the most devastated city of the Second World War. On the other hand, because Catholic priests and bishops remained in solidarity with the Polish people during their periods of oppression by foreign powers, the Catholic faith has been closely identified with Polish culture and nationalism. The present–day image of Blessed John Paul II and St. Faustina displayed at the Basilica of Divine Mercy are reminders of this Catholic fervor.
Pastoral Companion / A7
Stop the culture of death and violence!
ON October 17, 2011, Rev. Fr. Fausto “Pops” Tentorio of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME), was brutally killed, shot 10 times at close range by a motorcycle riding assassin, as he was about to get into his car in front of the parish church. Fr. Pops was going to a diocesan meeting in Kidapawan, North Cotabato. At the time of his assassination, Fr. Pops was a great advocate of the Lumads of Arakan Valley. He caused the building of schools for Lumad youth and the Manobos. Several priests in the rural areas had fallen victims to brutal murder, but up to now, their killers are not yet apprehended. The Church cries justice! The citizens appeal to the authorities to stop the brazen killings of the clergy. *** One of our office staff was held-up recently while walking in the sidewalk, by motorcycle riding tandem; they poked a gun on her, took her bags, wallet, everything. She appealed to them to give back the medicine of her recently-hospitalized child; the robbers instead clicked the gun to her head, she thought it was her end so she just closed her eyes, prayed and wait for the shot. Because of her faith, she was saved, the robbers left her but still pointing the gun at her. Not yet satisfied, the robber went after another lady who was also in the sidewalk a few meters away; the robbers also pointed their gun at the lady, got her bag and took off. Some CBCP staff also fell victims to these bad elements, the latest of whom was a lady staff who was pushed from the jeep, fell on the road, got injured and hospitalized for three days. Holdup incidents happened any-
Atty. Aurora A. Santiago
Duc in Altum
balloting, the position is already filled up, as what happened this year to some office, especially that of the President. What is remarkable is that all officers got elected by majority vote of the trustees, not just by plurality which could be below majority vote. It would be wonderful if run-off election is adopted in the Philippines. *** November 14-19, 2011 is declared by the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Youth (ECY) as the National Youth Day (NYD) with the theme: “Planted and built up in Jesus Christ, firm in the faith.” It is celebrated in the CBCP Year of the Youth on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of ECY. The youth from 86 ecclesiastical territories in the country and from 21 Federation of National Youth Organization are the participants in NYD. Some 4,000 youths are participating. *** Our family is blessed with a new member in the person of baby boy Charleroi Guillaume Castro or C-2, the son of our niece Mary Gretchen (daughter of our Ate Violy and Kuya Cel Rosales) and her husband Charlie Castro. Birthday greetings to my sister Victoria Santiago and my sister-in-law Ma. Loreto G. Santiago, wife of our youngest brother Bobby; also to Fr. Rey Amante, Fr. Tabs Bartiana, Fr. Luis Alambra and Fr. Ildefonso de Guzman of the Diocese of Kalookan; Rolando David, Kathy de Leon and Janet Reyes of Kalookan Diocese Chancery; and the Special Ministers of the Word from San Ildefonso de Navotas Parish, Joy Nario and Caren San Pedro and PPC Vice Chair Noemi Santiago.
time, anywhere, everywhere. Some victims were killed, some are injured, and yet the culprits are still free to do their rounds of extorting money from innocent people. We request the authorities for more police visibility, lighted streets, and alertness on the part of the citizenry so that they will not fall prey to these bad elements. Let us put a stop to this culture of death, violence and crime wave in the country. *** Many thanks to the delegates to the recently concluded 17th Biennial National Convention of Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas (Laiko) for electing me to the Board of Trustees. Many thanks also to my co-trustees for giving me their trust and confidence in electing me as Laiko’s National President. Laiko Election is unique; nominees must have the endorsement of his/her Bishop or Spiritual Director of his/her organization, association or community. Campaigning is prohibited, lest the nominees will be disqualified. The delegates must write 15 names in the ballot, no more no less, otherwise, the ballot will be declared invalid. The top 15 will seat in the Board of Trustees. Thereafter, the 15 trustees will elect among themselves, by secret balloting, the Laiko officers, no nominations allowed. Each trustee will choose the person he wants to the position. The first to be filled up is the position of President; he/ she must get the majority vote, that is, he/ she must get at least 8 votes, otherwise, there will be a run-off election until the 8 votes are garnered. The same process applies to the other positions. There were times when 3 run-off elections happened just to fill up a position. There were also times when at first
Fr. Carmelo O. Diola
Spaces of Hope
I RECENTLY got tagged in my facebook account with a video on the Fun Theory. The latter argues that fun “is the easiest way to change people’s behavior for the better.” The video shows an experiment inducing people to take the stairs in a subway station in Stockholm, Sweden, rather than the escalator. A video clip initially shows significantly more people, as expected, taking the convenient escalator. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator is obviously a health dictum that is more theory than lived experience for most people. The clip then shows a group of technicians working at night to install tailor-made large replicas of piano keys that fit into the stairs and which emit musical sounds corresponding to the piano key. The following day people curiously try the stairs and discover that going up and down the stairs can be melodious. Soon a change in people’s behavior is noticeable with significantly more people now taking the stairs. Eventually, 66% more people than normal choose the stairs over the escalator. Although a subtle brand campaign of Volkswagen, the fun theory is indeed eye-catching and thought provoking. This is not my first time to encounter the theory. I do recall my professor in the Hebrew language in seminary. His daily quizzes always included two questions: “Hebrew is (blank) and (blank)” with the correct answers being “fun and easy.” Whether one agrees with him or not, he certainly knew that the fun element is needed to facilitate learning. Yes, every good teacher knows the importance of fun for creating a positive space where learning occurs and sustained in a non-threatening environment. *** During the 30-day VLS (Values and Leadership School) of the PNP, overweight police officers underwent a daily regimen of runs and nutritious food. How to induce the trainees to personally adopt a fitness rhythm was a challenge. Besides leadership by example, the trainer recognized the need for fun. He started one by getting measurements on the height, weight, blood pressure, and other bodily signs of the trainees. He then publicly displayed the data to get the members of the group to create an atmosphere of friendly banter and even some healthy teasing. The approach worked. The choice of running as gateway to physical fitness recognizes that running is simple, cheap, and it is fun particularly when there are others involved. There is something about waking up early in the morning – or winding the day down – for a run with family or friends. We meet diverse people along the way, see new sights, and share jokes along the way. It can be fun when the rhythms of breathing and running make room for the rhythm of prayer. The fun theory, it seems, was operative when Gen. Sam decided to break down the arduous straight 10-kilometer run we started with in Takbo Maharlika into a pattern more doable by many: 2-kilometer walk, 5-kilometer run, one-kilometer walk, three-kilometer run, and ending with a one-kilometer walk. With a more relaxed pace, the pattern provides more time for talking and appreciating the scenery. And there is no judgment on those who walk or run only a particular stretch.
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Fun is also how Takbo Maharlika solidarity runners can monitor their progress. Any form of exercise, from going to the office or school on foot, to joining fun runs, and even taking the stairs could be included as solidarity running. *** Can we use the fun theory to change people’s criteria of judgment and behavior during elections and to promote good governance? During the May 2010 elections, some local churches adopted the so-called LASER test to help emerge credible candidates and discerning voters in a nonpartisan fashion. Each letter in LASER stands for an election or good governance concern. L, for instance, stands for Lifestyle. Each concern issues in a specific question or two, like lifestyle: “Does he or she have unexplained wealth?” With very limited time, the Diocese of Novaliches, for instance, organized candidates’ or voters’ fora wherein LASER was promoted. Although barely scratching the surface due to time constraints and a technology that was still being developed, those who adopted LASER report a very positive reception from end users who appreciated the simple but very practical framework acting as a doable first-base in discerning the many election issues. LASER was also used in 15 recollections for candidates conducted in about 10 different local churches. A common feedback was: “Why are we being told only now?” or “Candidates should be given a chance to attend a recollection to prepare them for elections.” Inspired by these comments, we ask ourselves: Why not prepare early for the 2013 elections and make our approach to the LASER test more fun? *** A LASER mascot would be a step in the right direction. Mascots have universal appeal. The most endearing and funny characters have a way of creeping into our everyday life. The likes of Panday, Captain Barbell, Agimat, Krystala, Lastikman, Nardong Putik, Super Inggo, and Darna have become part of the Pinoy culture. In their own ways, they have left some valuable lessons about life and living. Then, there are the characters of Asyong Aksaya, My Little Pupung, and Ikabod that were associated with nationbuilding. Mascots can be fun. With this in mind, a LASER mascot design contest was launched. The ‘LASER’ mascot could become every God-fearing Filipino’s alter-ego when choosing the right leaders for our beloved country. Post elections, the ‘Laser’ mascot will further accompany every Pinoy towards ensuring continued good governance, responsible leadership and citizenship. Yes, why indeed should we not introduce the element of fun into our advocacies? If virtue is formed through habits and if God embedded human nature with certain predispositions – attraction to what is fun, being one of them – then shouldn’t we exert effort so that the good we promote would also be fun? Just a thought. (For further information on how to participate in the LASER Mascot Design Contest log on to www.facebook.com/lasermascot or call 09335376161).
November 21 - December 4, 2011
Vol. 15 No. 24
NYD theme song performer urges fellow youth to ‘make a stand’
THE singer who sang the theme song of the National Youth Day “Make A Stand” said the song is a reminder to all young people of their responsibility to speak out on issues hounding the country. “The celebration reminds [all of us] that the youth has a duty for the country and this time is the best time to ponder about things, about HOW TO MAKE A STAND,” singer Daryl Leong said. The Cebuano singer performed the song at the closing night of the National Youth Day celebration last Nov. 18 at the Cuneta Astrodome. For Leong, to sing before thousands of enthusiastic youth was an emotional moment for him. “It was very emotional and you can see the youth, the delegates who are animating during the mass and they are really firm in their faith,” he said. He stated that he feels happy to perform when the audience feels the same way as he did. Leong revealed that his favorite part from the song, “Make a Stand” is the whole second stanza which is ‘stand firm, be a guiding light to the nation. Stand proud let’s unite in one celebration’. “Because it’s very… meaningful,” he added. “Believe in yourself and in everything you do, make sure that you have the guidance from up above,” he told his fellow youth. Meanwhile, composer Jude Gitamondoc revealed that the NYD theme song “Make a Stand” was not really intended for the celebration of CBCP-Year of the Youth. He said it was composed y e a r s a go o r i g i n a l l y f or a play titled “Zephyrin: The Musicale,” which featured the life of one of the young Salesian, Blessed CeferinoNamuncura. “When I was ask for songs I gave some of the songs, like of the cast of the Zephyrin musicale but he said Leong’s voice was perfectly suited for the new recording of the song for the CBCP-Year of the Youth. “We also recorded a new version for the CBCP album. In the new updated Make a Stand, it has a duet and rap part already. So you better watch out for it,” he said. Gitamondoc said he has a Salesian background and that’s the reason why young people are close to his heart. “I believe that the best time for [a person] to hone his skills and to become a better person [is when he is young]. It is an age of possibilities and so a lot can happen. It is either you choose good or bad and that can drastically change your life,” he stressed. Challenging the young, he said: “You make a stand. You stand firm for what you believe in, in spite of all the odds and what your peers are saying. And that is a way for you achieve your goals. Choose right from the start.” Born in MangagoyBislig, Surigao del Sur, Gitamondoc started his love for music at the age of six. He took his studies at Don Bosco Mission Seminary in Lawaan, Cebu, hoping to become a priest. He later went to UP Diliman’s Conservatory of Music but quit a year later as he felt his kind of music did not suit that of the conservatory. Aside from his songs being performed by Gary Valenciano, he has also written songs for other renowned Filipino artists like Toni Gonzaga, PioloPascual, Chad Peralta, Raki Vega, KC Concepcion and recently, Ariel Rivera. He has also written some musicales and won a few songwriting and jinglewriting contests. One of these is Pinoy Dream Academy’s songwriting contest which he won for his song Not Today. (Ira Yu/Mark Vertido/JandelPosion)
National Youth Day participants sing the NYD theme song “Make A Stand” during the Grand Festival Night marking the end of the gathering at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City, 18 Nov. 2011.
five to six songs and they chose ‘Make a Stand’ because it perfectly fit the theme, ‘Stand firm in the faith,’” he said. “It just so happened that the values that are in the song, in
the musical was also the intent that the National Youth Day [CBCP-Year of the Youth] intend to achieve,” he said. Gitamondoc also disclosed that Daryl Leong was not part
Wage increase, land reform can wipe away poverty, hunger in PH
ONLY genuine land reform and substantial wage increase can wipe out poverty and hunger incidence in the country. This was the statement of the Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) as the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey shows that self-rated poor in the country rose from 49 percent in June, to 52 percent this month, while those who suffered from hunger rose by 5 percent―from 36 percent in the quarter 3 of this year, to 41 percent. The bulk of poor Filipinos, the aforementioned survey said, is in the countryside—62 percent, a nine points higher than the
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Cebu solon calls on other districts' reps to make a pro-life stand
REPRESENTATIVE Rachel Marguerite del Mar (Cebu, 1st district) called on other district solons of Cebu to make a stand and oppose the Reproductive Health (RH) bill being debated on in congress. “Lucky for us, most of our legislators from Cebu City and its province are against RH. As for those in the other districts, I hope they get enlightened soon,” del Mar enthused. Dropping by during the National “Philippines for Life” Congress organized by Human Life International – Pilipinas, the congresswoman also enjoined solons to be part of 9YL or the nine young prolife legislators who have declared their pro-life position and released an official statement against the RH bill. “Anybody who wants to join, we welcome them,” she said, adding that the group is working to talk with people who may not yet see the piece of legislation for what it really is. “We want to show them that [the bill] is a lot more than what they think,… They don’t really know what they are standing for,” del Mar added. (CBCP for Life)
previous record. “If every farmer has a decent parcel of land, with a harvest enough to feed his family, earn for a living and still have some savings for his family’s other needs and for emergency purposes, not a single family will go hungry and consider themselves as poor. The same is true if our workers in the urban centers receive enough wages from their employers,” Kadamay Secretary General Gloria Arellano said in a statement. Arellano also assailed the alleged callousness of the Chief Executive (President Benigno C. Aquino III) on the plight of the poor, especially the
farm-workers in their own Hacienda Luisita, saying that since the President did not experience involuntary hunger in his life, he could not feel the necessity of doing some necessary reforms in the Philippine economy. “The Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms (CARPER) and the PantawidPamilyang Pilipino Program have already done their functions, just to show that the government cares for its citizens. But no paying of lip-service can calm the social unrest in the rural and the urban that is propelled by the widespread poverty and hunger,” she said. (Noel Sales Barcelona/CBCPNews)
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“We are not satisfied. We are not pleased with the progress of the case… the way it looks, the speedy resolution of the case is not a government priority,” Bagaforo said. A total of 57 people, including 32 journalists, were killed in the Nov. 23, 2009 massacre blamed on the Ampatuan clan, a prominent family in Central Mindanao. Currently, the court trial is being conducted by the Quezon City Regional Trial Court under Judge Jocelyn Solis—Reyes twice a week, or every Wednesday and Thursday. An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) also called on the public to keep the “fire” alive in seeking justice for the victims of the carnage. “Sana lang ay huwag kalimutan na may mahahalaga ring kaso gaya ng Maguindanao Massacre ang higit na nangangailangan ng tulong
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at katarungan,” said Fr. Edu Gariguez of the CBCP’s National Secretariat for Social Action. “Sana kung gaano kasigasig ang administrasyon ni President Aquino kay Gloria para siya ay maparusahan, sana ganun din kasigasig na panagutin ang mga may kasalanan sa massacre,” Gariguez said. Meanwhile, Jaro Auxiliary Bi sh op G e r ar do Al min a za called on the Aquino government, the Department of Justice and other government instrumentalities to speed up prosecution of those responsible for the Maguindanao massacre. The Visayas Clergy Group convenor lamented that after two years since the mass murders happened no one has been indicted yet. President Aquino must be true to his reform agenda and must urgently deliver justice to the victims of massacre, Alminaza said. (CBCPNews)
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Climate Change Week Ledesma made the statement as the country marks the Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness Week on November 19 to 25. On Nov. 22, more than 200 Filipino children and youths from all over the Philippines gathered for a national forum on climate change organized by the Climate Change Commission at the SMX Mall of Asia Convention Centre in Pasay City. In a message sent for the national gathering, Nobel Laureate and former United States Vice President Al Gore said that ‘it is events like yours today that will empower our youth to reach new heights and take on the challenge of climate change.’ ‘As you know very well, climate change will have significant impact on the Philippines. It’s important for young people to learn about the science and prepare to action. As an island nation, you are vulnerable to rising seas,
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intense storms, and the loss of ocean resources that provide food and economic opportunities to all Filipinos,’ explained Gore who also heads the global climate campaign The Climate Reality Project. The climate youth workshop dubbed as Pinoy+Youth+Power in a Changing Climate is part of the National Climate Change Consciousness Week with the theme ‘Creating Convergence on Climate Change’, aims to mainstream the participation of Filipino young people and children in addressing the challenges of the climate crisis. “Engaging with the young people is a priority of the Commission as they are more vulnerable to the effects of climate change in which they face today making their future at stake,” said Commissioner Lucille Sering, vice-chairperson of the Climate Change Commission. Sering claimed that it is necessary to let the young people
discuss within themselves the hazards and challenges they are facing due to the inconsistencies of climate. Through a series of workshops and interactive inputs, the young delegates are able to understand the basics of climate science, simple solutions and advocacies to secure their future. A national youth climate change agenda had been discussed and approved by the delegates to mainstream their significant participation in implementing the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP). The Climate Reality Project’s presenter and international environment youth speaker Alec Loorz of Kids vs. Global Warming and Hamzah Ramadhan of Inconvenient Youth Indonesia shared their climate crisis advocacies through less-carbon video messaging and online video conference. “Indeed, the young people are vulnerable to the effects of
climate crisis which may burn their future. It is their future which is at stake and together through this event, they would be able to mold this future and make the world a better place to live in,” said Rodne Galicha, The Climate Reality Project’s Philippine district manager. Mining On the other hand, Puerto Princesa Bishop Pedro Arigo lamented the government’s continued promotion of mining in the country. “The government is really after its economic benefits at the expense of the people,” he said. He also called on the government to reject all mining applications within the vicinities of Palawan’s underground river which was recently named as among the world’s new seven wonders of nature. “Mining would ultimately destroy the beauty of the said tourist spot,” Arigo said.
traditional form. Capalla’s letter was in response to an earlier open letter sent by the SSPX and published by a local daily criticizing the prelate for forbidding the priests from exercising their priestly ministry in the archdiocese. “No amount of reasoning, like the perceived necessity, the appeal to the people, the “salvation of souls,” the Good Samaritan metaphor, can confer ordinary jurisdiction or grant authorization to you except the local bishop. And you cannot apply one canonical provision and violate another in your argumentation,” Capalla’s letter further said. The priests have been administering baptisms and solemnizing marriages without permission, according to Capalla. He said he was also told that some of the faithful who have attended the Mass celebrated by the SSPX are confused and asked why the priest is not facing the people. Capalla told Laisney that
their illegitimate ministry is misleading the local community. “As official shepherd of the local flock I cannot help saying that you are trespassing our private domain, sneaking into our fold and snatching away like wolves in sheep’s clothing our innocent sheep (Mt 7:15),” the letter stated. Acknowledging the “lapses and questionable practices and behavior in the liturgical, pastoral, and moral lives” of the clergy and lay faithful in the Catholic Church, Capalla said the archdiocese is doing its best to correct them. “We are not ignoring them. They make us humble and conscious of God’s mercy and forgiveness, and encourage us to struggle for authenticity and credibility,” he said. He further stated that the Archdiocesan Liturgical Center of Davao, in proper time will organize the faithful “to celebrate the Missa Extraordinaria in Latin with propriety and dignity when needed.” (CBCPNews)
lecer, director of Human Life International (HLI) Pilipinas during the “Philippines for Life” national congress. The convention held in Cebu was attended by around 200 pro-life delegates from all over the country. After explaining the ingredients and the mechanisms of action of oral contraceptives, and the threats that these drugs posed to those who used them, Bullecer reiterated that birth control pills have been declared a Class 1 carcinogen by the World Health Organization (WHO). “They are on the same level as asbestos and tobacco. So, if warnings are placed on the labels of cigarette packs, like ‘Cigarette smoking is dangerous to your health,’ or that it causes cancer, or to use them at your own risk, why not also put in contraceptive [packaging] the same message?” the doctor asked. Disrupts the woman’s rhythm Bullecer, who was also event organizer of the recently concluded congress, has spent more than a decade educating women about the workings of the body and the disruption caused by artificial contraceptives, saying that women need to be helped to realize the implications of putting chemicals unnecessarily into the body. “I always tell the women, many of them
simple folks: ‘Mayroon ba kayong hormones sa katawan ninyo? Mayroon ba kayong estrogen?’ They say, ‘Yes, sir.’ ‘Progestin, mayroon ba sa katawan ninyo?’ ‘Yes, sir.’ ‘So bakit pa kayo iinom ng mayroon na pala kayo sa katawan ninyo? And you are taking it [in artificial form]—hindi totoo. These [synthetic hormones] are just trying to mimic what’s in your body,” he related the conversations he had had with numerous groups of women. The physician explained further that when a woman takes contraceptive pills, not only does she break the feminine cycle, but the brain receives conflicting messages about her fertility as well. “Why do you women take artificial estrogen and progestin when you naturally produce those? You are confusing your body— ‘fertile, not fertile, fertile, not fertile…’” Women are not told either that even though one goes on oral contraceptives for only a few years, some of the effects remain for life, Bullecer lamented. In a separate interview, Bullecer encouraged women and appealed to a more pro-active approach to protecting their health. Body the most important ecology to protect “We don’t want trash, dirt in our rivers
because they ruin the ecology. First and foremost you have to think this over – the most important ecology is the woman’s body, and the number one pollutants are the artificial contraceptives,” he said. “Maybe your midwife never told you about it, maybe the barangay health worker never told you about it. But I am speaking as a doctor of medicine, research has shown and in fact the International Agency for Research on Cancer in July 2005 revealed, through WHO, that oral contraceptive pills, including Depo-Provera and IUDs, not only are abortifacient, but are Class  carcinogenic. Class 1 means, it may trigger cancer just like cigarettes.” The HLI country director went further and made an appeal to government authorities tasked with formulating and enforcing policies regarding consumer products: “That’s why I’m asking the proper authorities in the government, whether it’s BFAD, DTI or Department of Health – dapat lang, if you put labels on cigarette packaging that state ‘Smoking causes cancer,’ ‘Smoking is dangerous to your health, ‘Smoking kills,’ please naman, paki-label ang lahat ng brands ng artificial contraceptives whether they are being sold over the counter, in the market or ibinibigay ng libre… that this product is hazardous to your health.” (CBCPforLife)
Vol. 15 No. 24
November 21 - December 4, 2011
CEBU City―The country’s prolife movement got a boost from Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia who assailed government policymakers for hyping on overpopulation” as scapegoat for their failure to provide basic services to our people”. The Governor said the country’s economic problems and scarcity of resources have been conveniently blamed on the “usual suspect”―overpopulation. Garcia was speaking before a gathering of some 200 prolife leaders nationwide at the Philippines for Life Congress of the Human Life InternationalPhilippines at Cebu Summit Hotel in Cebu City, November 16. “People do not cause the scarcity of resources,” she said, stressing that “people are resources that [if] tapped well and led faithfully, are the solution rather than the problem to whatever ills the world.” “I do not take this lazy pedestrian view that the less people we have, the better it will be for all of us,” Garcia said. She cited China and Europe which are now having an aging population that threatens the very gains that population control had promised to usher in. Garcia pointed out that government has a tendency to devalue the true worth of human life, reducing humanity into the less human term “population”, as mere statistics that economic planners factor into their infallible equations. She emphasized that to sur-
render to this line of reasoning is not an option, and to compromise on human life is not the solution. Garcia said there is a need to rethink and foster the value of human life and people. Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma officiated the mass along with Antipolo Bishop Gabriel Reyes and Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos of Butuan. HLI Philippines country director Dr. Rene Josef Bullecer is the conference Director and moderator. (George Dee)
Cebu governor assails govt’s overpopulation hype
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5 dioceses join youth ministry confab
BACOLOD City―Delegates from five dioceses in the Philippines participated in a youth ministry meeting aimed at helping youth ministers acquired basic skills for a more effective ministry to young people. The participants formulated a program to “create awareness and understanding of the significance of the youth ministry in the Philippines, to provide a common vision and framework on youth ministry to Filipino youth ministers, to equip ministers with basic skills in helping them respond the needs of young people and to professionalize programs, activities and youth ministers in all settings.” The conference and activities were held from October 20 to 28 at the CICM Maryshore Bukal ng Tipan Mission Center in Talisay City and Don Bosco Retreat House in Granada, Bacolod City. Speakers were Bishop Patricio Buzon, of Kabankalan Diocese and member of the Episcopal Commission on Youth of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the PhilipPastoral Companion / A5
3rd Mindanao Region Catechists’ Convention held in Cagayan de Oro
CAGAYAN DE ORO City— Some 238 participants made up of Diocesan Directors and Coordinators, and catechists from the different ecclesiastical jurisdictions in Mindanao participated in the 3rd Mindanao Region Catechists Convention held in Cagayan de Oro on October 24-27. The convention aimed to underscore the lights and shadows of Renewed Catechesis in Mindanao, to improve more the Catechesis as envisioned by PCP II and to strengthen the bond among Catechetical Ministers in the Churches of Mindanao. During a concelebrated Mass at the opening of the convention, Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma pointed out in his homily the significant role of catechists in sharing the good news to the children and families of today in view of tomorrow’s church. Quoting the pastoral exhortation of Pope Benedict XVI’s “Verbum Domini,” he re-echoed the importance of the Bible in teaching catechesis. He said the catechists are also the voices of the Word as they teach in classrooms and homes. They draw inspiration from Jesus, the persona of the Word and the saints who incarnated Jesus through their life and witness. Catechists have also the big responsibility to give the right interpretation of the Word whose source is the Church. And catechists give the Word a way in homes, in church and the world. Their life and witness is the strongest pathway of the Bible. Meanwhile, ECCCE Executive Secretary Sr. Jesusa Enginco, OP, stressed in a keynote speech that genuine renewal concerning catechesis according to PCP II must affect all three areas in their interrelationships: Renewed Catechesis, Re-
pines, Commissioner Earl Saavedra of National Youth Commission, Dr. Rowena Banes of the University of St. La Salle-Bacolod, Fr. Jimmy Carmona, SDB, Tinnah de la Rosa of AILM, Jana Dacobar of BUC-MTYC and Vincent Rivera of Gawad Kalinga. The topics discussed were “Roadmaps and Vision of Filipino Youth”, “The Filipino Youth Profile, Issues and Concerns”, “Youth Ministry in Action”, “Youth Spirituality”, “Youth Formation and Youth Social Action and Leadership”. The participants had a day of recollection and exposure to different youth settings in MMHC Campus Ministry, San Diego Parish Youth Ministry, CICL/Orphanages and a day of recollection. The Action Program formulated included youth profiling for future activities and linkages to the different commissions in the participant’s dioceses and the different non-governmental and government organizations. (Annabee Magbanua/Modesto Sa-onoy)
CABUSTAM (Cagayan Butuan Surigao Tandag Malaybalay) clergy and catechists with Digos Bishop Guillermo Afable.
While in Warsaw, we also visited the shrines of two Polish Jesuit saints of an earlier era – Sts. Andrew Bobola and Stanislaus Kostka. But an earlier and more venerable icon continues to draw pilgrims from all parts of Poland – that of the Shrine of Our Lady of Jasna Gora in Czestochowa. The scarred face of the Madonna (suffered by a sacrilegious attack on the image in the 15th century)
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perhaps best depicts the sufferings of the Polish people as well as the endearing presence of Our Lady throughout the nation’s periods of adversity. Cracow, Auschwitz, and Warsaw – Poland’s past and present history are thus inextricably bound with a nation’s Christian faith and experience of God’s gracious mercy extending to the whole world.
newed Social Apostolate, and Renewed Worship, all centered on Jesus Christ. For his part, Digos Bishop Guillermo Afable has noted that in the process of revisiting the development of catechesis based on the groups’ report, he has seen much growth in catechesis, in that, it became more Christo-centric, inculturated, rooted in the word of God and communitarian. Putting emphasis on communitarian, the bishop further said that catechists should slowly start to move away from student and school catechesis to family and community centered catechesis so as to make the Christian family and communities mature and grow in Christian faith. After much discussion on the lights and shadows of the catechetical ministry throughout the region, proposals were made that include the establishment of a Mindanao-wide catechetical institute for standardized training and formation and to make catechesis a
primarily paid profession. The group also came out with a Statement of Solidarity expressing their sympathy on the killing of Fr. Fausto Tentorio, PIME who was gunned down on October 17. The statement called for a just and lasting peace in Mindanao, a situation which Fr. Fausto had been working for in his 33 years of mission in the Philippines. Themed “Revisiting the Development of Catechesis in Mindanao in the Light of PCP II after 20 years”, the MRCC 2011 was organized by Bishop Guillermo Afable, DD, as Bishop in-charge; Sr. Vilma Esmael, OND, MRCCM Coordinator; Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, SJ, DD; Fr. Eddie Magtrayo, Director of Catechetical Ministry, Archdiocese of CDO; Sr. Josie Alabado, TMM, CoordinatorCDO chapter; Sub-regional Coordinators, Diocesan Catechetical Ministry Directors and Coordinators. (Sr. Anne Padilla, FSP/Louise Dumas)
that attempt, tentative sometimes it may be, to reach out to Jesus who once had made this avowal: “I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete... It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you: love one another” (Jn:15: 11; 16-17). TGIF, however, is not finished with that temporary joy. Its creativity lies in the follow up that is done in the Facebook. The organizers instructed the participants to always check their Facebook for the insightful questions and thought provoking queries regarding the TGIF experiences. It is surprising to note that the youth eagerly access this part of their computer to react to the posted questions and queries. This forms an essential part of the TGIF activity. The responses of the youth participants are encouraging to the organizers of the
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TGIF. Judging from the responses, they know that the Good News have again been proclaimed, no matter the unorthodox way that it is being done. Joy is a state we all seek. A drab world is a place not worth living in. Our young, having a claim to that joy, is however exposed to the world of virtual realities created by the computer set; action pact pictures and other marvellous illusions in video games marvellously displayed in the monitor; the ephemeral things of the tube and the movies, the thrill, the glitz and sheer excitement of the entertainment world. Everything is virtual, passing illusions, good for the here and now. Nothing is absolute anymore; everything is ephemeral, passing shadows, to stimulate and to tease the heart of the young hungry for thrills in life but cannot fully satisfy the deep longing of his young and adventurous soul. For the spirit of man is made for the absolute; his purpose goes beyond himself. He is made for the
eternal good, the summum bonum, endowed with that power to reach out for the Truth that is clothed in pure Beauty, ever ancient and ever new. Such is human nature that deprived of that, he remains for ever a restless being. It is along this line that a French philosopher of our age observed that a man exposed to an empty world eventually withdraws into himself; his action is no longer perceived as a gift of self but an uninhibited seeking of personal satisfaction in the fear of losing something (cf. Nault: “Acedia: Enemy of Spiritual Joy”, 2006). Man becomes a living dead. TGIF is a youth program that aims “to provide an alternative experience of fun, freedom, fellowship, and catechesis.” It tries to reach our youth to tell them that life is worth living, that God is truly concerned about him, knows him, loves him, watches over him, and is close to him; that joy is just around the corner. Jesus Christ is there too on a weekend.
Christian, Muslim religious teachers gather for interfaith dialogue
DAVAO City— In an effort to further promote interfaith dialogue among Muslims and Christians in Mindanao, a gathering of Catechists and Madaris gurus was organized by Silsilah Forum Davao on Nov. 11-13. Some 43 Madaris and Catechists, most of whom were women, attended the gathering. Madaris (plural of Madrasa School) provide basic education on Arabic and Islamic teachers. Just as Christian catechists guide and teach young Christian students on the basic tenets of the Christian faith, Madaris gurus also play a significant role in forming the hearts and minds of young Muslim students. (CBCPNews)
Bacolod hosts Visayas Social Action General Assembly
disruptions. We have to learn to be flexible—to retrain ourselves when it is requisite given a situation, and to be ready to take on whatever job is necessary or convenient at the moment. We need to be upbeat about these challenges, and avoid falling into passivity, waiting for the so-called ‘right job’ to come to us. The ideal attitude should enable us to be a CEO of a conglomerate one day, and a gardener the next day without suffering any crisis. We have to reinforce the attitude that was expressed one time by our Lord when he said: “I came to serve and
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not to be served.” At another instance, he recommended that we should always remind ourselves that we are simply “unprofitable servants,” doing only what we are supposed to do. We should not mind whether, in our unavoidable human rankings, we are on top or at the bottom, in front or at the back, the main actor or just an extra. We should be happy where we are placed at the moment, as long as we are working. We have to avoid a culture of privileges and entitlements, though some fair remuneration for our work is always neces-
sary. But we need to take extra care to avoid taking our work out of its primordial nature and reason. Our problem is that we tend to take our duty to work out of its original context in the plan of God, and spin a merely human culture around it that distorts its nature, character and purpose. And so our labor easily becomes an instrument of pride, vanity, greed, deceit, envy, hatred, etc. And from these, what can we expect but injustice and inequality in society, and later on, spreading social disturbances until
things reach a flashpoint for collapse? Early on in life, when people are still children in their respective homes, we should be taught clearly about this objective dignity of work and labor. Everyone needs to be shown how to love work, acquire the proper attitudes and habits. I once met a young man who was a successful yuppie with a top position in the corporate world, but who remained simple and humble, willing and eager to do household chores like cooking and washing dishes. I pray there be more of him.
BACOLOD City―Various social action directors gathered in Bacolod City for the Visayas Social Action General Assembly held from November 15 to 17. With the theme “Towards a Faith-based and Love-driven commitment to social transformation,” speakers for the assembly are Ms. Gina Lopez of ABS-CBN on “Mining Campaign Situationer and Opportunities”; Secretary on the Peace Process Ging Deles on “Peace Building Program under President Aquino”; Christian Monsod of Sulong CARPER on “Social Reform Agenda and the Role of the Church”; and Agrarian Reform Sec. Gil de los Reyes on “CARPER Implementation: Problems and Challenges.” The assembly launched the Island-wide Agrarian Reform Network and the signing of a covenant. (Modesto Sa-onoy)
Massive education for OAV needed—Migrante
ANTIPOLO City—Migrant workers’ watchdog, Migrante-Middle East has reiterated the need for an extensive and massive campaign for the overseas absentee voting as the problem of low registration turnout persists. The group also said that it is a necessity to revise the registration certificate that the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is using. John Leonard Monterona, Migrante-ME regional coordinator in a statement, said the current form for the OAV is difficult to use as the boxes and lined needed to be ticked and filled up are too small. (Noel Sales Barcelona)
Bishop urges genuine commitment to social ministry
HIV/AIDS is a big problem for us and also for the people to be more careful and avoid behaviors that cause it,” said Pabillo. “At the same time, we want to solve the AIDS stigma which continue to grip our country and for us to be able to take care of the victims,” he said. AIDS stigma, he cited, includes ostracism, rejection, discrimination and avoidance of HIV infected people. Among the worst cases, he added,
is violence against HIV infected individuals which prevent them from seeking HIV testing or securing treatment and perpetuating the spread of HIV. But unlike other anti-AIDS campaign, the Church’s maintains that the use condom is not the key to solving the spread of the disease. He stressed that the basic change to decrease HIV prevalence is precisely change of attitude and behavior like teaching youth about faithfulness within the mar-
riage and abstinence for those who are not married yet. He added that condom promotion only reinforces an attitude and behavior towards sex which is already irresponsible. “The use of condom is not part of our AIDS prevention campaign but awareness and at the same time behavioral change,” added Pabillo. The primer, he said, will be distributed to various parishes and Catholic schools across the country. (CBCPNews)
BACOLOD City―Bishop Vicente Navarra has challenged delegates to the Visayas Social Action General Assembly to “personally commit themselves in social ministry that will eventually lead to social transformation that is faith-based and love-driven.” In his homily at San Sebastian Cathedral for the opening of the assembly on Nov. 14, he encouraged delegates to reflect more profoundly on what “commitment” demands from those working in social ministry. “Commitment,” he said “leads to self-donation; selfdonation leads to indwelling and fulfillment. It leads to wholeness and happiness.” (Modesto Sa-onoy)
RH Bill held in Calapan
CALAPAN, Oriental Mindoro― The Divine Word College of Calapan in cooperation with the Apostolic Vicariate of Calapan and Calapan Cable Center Inc. held a forum on the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill last Nov. 18 at the DWCC Gymnasium. Dubbed “Ang Dalawang Mukha ng RH Bill”, the forum focused on the medico-legal aspects of the controversial measure with four speakers from both anti-RH and pro-RH camps. An open forum highlighted the program, allowing the audience composed of students, government employees, health officers, church organizations and members of non-government organizations to ask questions to the guest speakers. (John Rey Rodriguez)
People, Facts & Places
November 21 - December 4, 2011
Vol. 15 No. 24
Bishops, Church leaders learn social media tools for ministry
MORE than 30 bishops, priests, religious and lay people from 10 Asian countries learned different social media tools during the 16th annual FABC-OSC Bishops’ Meet in Hualien, Taiwan Nov 14-19. In a two-day training workshop Nov 15-16, the participants understood better the workings of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and others through multi-media presentations and hands-on sessions facilitated by Manila-based Fr. Stephen Cuyos. The participants learned visual storytelling and how to translate Biblical narratives into the language of digital communications. The delegates also engaged in virtual interaction and connected with “digital citizens” using Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). They also learned first-hand that online games can be used to teach human and Christian values. Cuyos, a Missionary of the Sacred Heart (MSC), who oriented the participants to social networking realities in Asia and beyond, is a production and training specialist for Communications Foundation for Asia (CFA). He said young people are now engaged in chatting and blogging, sharing photos, sharing videos, playing games as well as sharing software. For the so-called “online culture,” the consequences are many-fold. They flatten organizations and dissolve hierarchies because “all of us, regardless of race, culture and position, can be friends in social networks,” the priest said. The shift from “control to collaboration” is also a reality in the social media sphere along with the immediacy of feedback, good or bad. The tendency for today’s youth is to think “entertainment as king!” and “if it is popular, then it must be true!” Evangelization efforts may be included in social media activities. But it is necessary, Cuyos said, to, first, “friend” people (include in one’s friends list). “Friend” is a verb in social media conversations, the priest said, likewise, the term “favorite.” It is “imperative to use popular media” like Facebook and Twitter, and to “entertain” using videos and images which speak more than do plain text. The Church should also launch evangelization efforts that are “collaborative,” by having partners who may share different forms of expertise in online activities. In the end, Cuyos encouraged the participants to learn more
Photo Courtesy of Anthony Roman
Asian bishops in charge of social communication commission in their respective countries learn the intricacies and challenges of social media in pastoral ministry during their annual meeting in Taipei, Nov. 14-19.
about social media. Wherever possible, the Church should strive to devise her own content or applications in order to truly share in the worldwide dialogue offered by social media tools.
The participants are bishops responsible for social communications, their national secretaries, as well as religious and lay collaborators from India, Myanmar, Mongolia, Malaysia, Korea, Singapore, Brunei, Taiwan, Thai-
land and Philippines. The 16th annual “Bishops’ Meet” was organized by the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences – Office of Social Communication (FABC-OSC). (Anthony Roman)
A pipe organ concert to welcome new Manila archbishop
THE Manila Cathedral-Basilica has organized a pipe organ concert to welcome the new Manila archbishop in music. The 6th MCB Pipe Organ Concert which takes place on Nov. 29, 7 p.m., is the cathedral’s way of bidding goodbye and paying tribute to Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, who has recently retired. Monsignor Nestor Cerbo, rector of Manila Cathedral said the concert will run until December 31. Archbishop-elect Luis Antonio Tagle will be installed as Manila archbishop on December 12. The classical concert will offer a variety of music celebrating also the 30 years of Manila Cathedral as a minor basilica. It will feature homegrown talents from the MCB Institute of Liturgical Music together with the noted Pipe Organist, Prof. Armando Salarza, and selected instrumentalists. Jose Mari Chan, a famous singer and songwriter, and Myramae Meneses, a National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA) winner 2010 will be the featured performers. The cultural event also continues its tradition of promoting Church music through the launching of new liturgical compositions, by MCBILM’s pillar, Mr. Ferdinand Bautista. This year’s MCB Pipe Organ Concert will launch his new Wedding Mass Songs and new Christmas song. (CBCPNews)
APPOINTED. Pope Benedict XVI has appointed a Filipino nuncio as the next papal envoy in the Republic of Tanzania. On November 10, the pope named Archbishop Francisco Montecillo Padilla, currently apostolic nuncio in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, as nuncio to the East African nation. He will take over the post left vacant by Archbishop Joseph Chennoth who was named apostolic nuncio to Japan last August 2011. Padilla has been papal envoy to Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands since May 2006. The 58 year old nuncio from Cebu has another brother serving in the diplomatic service of the Holy See. Older brother Archbishop Osvaldo Padilla is currently the apostolic nuncio in South Korea and Mongolia. APPOINTED. Pope Benedict XVI has named Bishop Jose Advincula of San Carlos in Negros Occidental as the new head of the Archdiocese of Capiz. The 59-year old archbishopelect replaced Archbishop Onesimo Gordoncillo who will now be referred to as archbishop emeritus of Capiz after 25 years of service. Gordoncillo submitted his retirement papers to the Pope in February 2010 when he turned 75 years old. Canon law requires that Catholic bishops tender their resignation on their 75th birthday. Gordoncillo will continue to head Capiz archdiocese as apostolic administrator with powers of an ordinary bishop until Advincula’s installation. A native of Dumalag, Capiz, Advincula was ordained priest in 1976 and appointed bishop of San Carlos in 2001. Advincula is the fourth prelate to head the pastoral jurisdiction but the third archbishop after Capiz was elevated into an archdiocese in 1976. APPOINTED. The Holy Father has appointed Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of San Fernando, which was left vacant by the death of Bishop Artemio Rillera on November 13. Archbishop Villegas will serve as apostolic administrator concurrently as Archbishop Lingayen until a new bishop for La Union is appointed. The Code of Canon Law mandates that an interim diocesan administrator must be appointed to oversee the affairs of the diocese when it becomes vacant whenever the diocesan bishop dies, resigns, or is transferred from or deprived of his see by the Holy Father. ORDAINED. Rev. Dominic Derramas y Mospa, Rev. Jess Elmer Ebro y Jurilla and Rev. Norman Egay y Silverio to the Sacred Order of Deacons, at San Sebastian Cathedral, Bacolod City, November 15, 2011. Most Reverend Vicente M. Navarra, DD presided the solemn Eucharistic celebration. DIED. San Fernando, La Union Bishop Artemio Rillera, a missionary from the Society of the Divine Word (SVD). He was 69. Rillera succumbed to severe asthma attack after holding a Mass at the Seminary of the Sacred Heart in San Fernando City, La Union. The prelate was immediately rushed to Bethany Hospital, also in the city, but he was pronounced dead on arrival at around 10:40am. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has expressed sorrow at the death of Rillera who had been an active member of the CBCP for 18 years. Rillera was a known advocate against illegal drugs in La Union and led several street demonstrations for the authorities to act against it. Last February, the prelate led people to the streets in protest over a court order allowing one of the suspects in the operation of a drug laboratory in Naguilian, La Union in 2008 to post a P1 million bail. The bishop questioned why the Municipal Trial Court in Bauang, La Union allowed former Dagupan City chief of Police Dionicio Borromeo to file a bail bond for his temporary liberty. In 2009, Rillera was conferred the Saranay Award, the highest recognition given by the provincial government to a resident of La Union, for his fearless fight against illegal drugs and other advocacies. Bishop Rillera was born in Naguilian town. He was ordained and installed Bishop of Bangued on August 28, 1993.He was later on appointed as Bishop of San Fernando de La Union on April 1, 2005 and installed as its fourth bishop on June 14, 2005. DIED. Sr. Josephine Sumobay, PDDM; November 12, 2011, at Divine Master Convent, Antipolo City.
Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle
Dutch anthropologist honored for preserving Mangyan heritage
A DUTCH anthropologist was awarded for his invaluable contribution in the preservation of the Mangyan culture at a launching of a heritage museum in Mindoro. Antoon Postma, linguist and missionary to the Mangyans for the past 50 years was conferred with the Alay Katutubo Award for his important role in the preservation, protection and promotion of the Mangyan culture and Mindoro heritage. Postma first came to Mindoro as a missionary of the Society of the Divine Word among the Mangyans in 1958. Intrigued by the richness and beauty of the Mangyan culture, he learned and documented their way of life, their languages, and other aspects of Mangyan heritage. The Mangyans’ languages, the Hanunuo and Buhid Surat Mangyan, are two of the only three ancient existing scripts in the country today. The Mangyans also have chanted poetry called the Ambahan. For over half a century, Postma wrote and published books and numerous articles on the Mangyan culture. In 1989, he left the priesthood and married Yam-ay Insik, a member of the Hanunuo group. He currently lives in Panaytayan, Mansalay with his wife, four children and three adopted kids. Postma’s other accomplishments include deciphering the Laguna Copperplate that dates back to 900 A.D., considered the oldest written document found in the Philippines. He also edited an old SpanishTagalog dictionary. He made the Surat Mangyan easier to understand to younger generations of Mangyans and even among non-Mangyans by adding ‘pamudpud,’ a symbol that removes the last vowel in a syllable, to the Surat Mangyan. The Mangyans and the people of Mindoro have adopted Postma as one of their own, calling him Bapa, which means ‘uncle’ in Hanunuo Mangyan language. Alay Katutubo is a joint program of the Southfields Educational Foundation Phils., Inc. (SEFPI) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts – National Committee on Museums (NCCANCOM) which aims to preserve, protect and promote the culture and heritage of Mindoro. The conferment of awards was held during the formal launching of the Mindoro Heritage Museum on November 14 in Oriental Mindoro. The Mindoro Heritage Museum is a joint project of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA); National Museum; the Provincial Government of Oriental Mindoro; the University of the Philippines, Archeological Studies Program; and Southfield Foundation. It will feature a permanent gallery and special exhibit showcasing artifacts from the Mindoro Excavation Projects of UP and other materials from various sources; an audiovisual room for lectures and fora; and a Mangyan village for interactive activities. (CBCPNews)
Veritas holds Marian exhibit
DEVOTIONS to the Virgin Mary as mother of God are portrayed in a unique exhibit of life size images from different parts of the National Capital Region. A number of canonicallycrowned and miraculous images of Mary and other saints are currently on display until Nov. 29 at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. Organized by the Church-run Radyo Veritas, also included in the “Marian and Saints Exhibit” are relics of Blessed Pope John Paul II who is known as the “Marian pope.” Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco urged the faithful to strengthen their Marian devotion as he encouraged them to visit and witness the exhibit with the theme “Miracles and Healing Grace.” “See for yourself, visit the Radio Veritas Marian and Saints exhibit. Experience miracles and healing grace,” Ongtioco said. The bishop also noted Pope Benedict XVI’s declaration of 2012 as the “Year of Faith” aimed at strengthening faith in
God and the devotion to Mary. Radio Veritas president Fr. Anton Pascual and other church
officials led the launching of the exhibit last November 7. (CBCPNews)
Symposium marks 40 years of Vatican media document
IN a bid to broaden the public’s knowledge and understanding on one of the most important documents of the Church on social communication, the St. Joseph Freinademetz Communication Center (JFCC) held a symposium to commemorate its’ 40th year of publication. The impact of Vatican’s Pastoral Instruction on Social Communication or “Communio et Progressio” in the Church and in today’s digital world was discussed in a forum at the UST Graduate School’s Thomas Aquinas Research Center (TARC) in Manila on November 12. Around 100 participants attended the whole day seminar. Themed “40 Years of Communio et progressio”, the seminar had a panel of speakers who shed light on the significance of the document in today’s technological era. One of the speakers, Msgr. Pedro Quitorio III, media director of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines Media Office discussed various endeavors of the CBCP Media Office in the field of communication, through his topic “Communio et Progressio and Bishops Conferences”. Other resource speakers include Fr. Franz-Josef Eilers, SVD, who spoke on “Communio et Progressio: History, Background, Concerns”; Fr. Anh Vu Ta (UST), on “Contribution to Theology”; Prof. Christian Esguerra (UST) on “Contribution to Journalism Ethics”; and Prof. Anthony Roman (UST), on the topic “In the Digital World”. A panel of Asian Communication Bishops that include Bishop Chacko Thottumarickal of Indore, India, Bishop Joseph Prathan Sriduransil of Surat Thani, Thailand, and Bishop Bernardino Cortez, auxiliary of Manila archdiocese, tackled the topic “Communio et Progressio in Asia”. Considered the magna carta of church communication, the pastoral instruction “Communio et Progressio” was prepared and published by the Pontifical Commission on Social Communication as mandated by the Second Vatican Council. The pastoral instruction highlights, among other things, the responsibility of Church’s leaders to learn the intricacies of social communication for the purpose of evangelization and the duty of Catholics to contribute in the good use of the media. (CBCPNews)
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B1 Pastoral Concerns Church response to the challenge of climate change in Asia: Towards a new creation
Vol. 15 No. 24
November 21 - December 4, 2011
Photo courtesy of Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro
REPRESENTING various Bishops’ conferences in Asia, their Episcopal commissions for human development, social action and Caritas, and the Offices of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC), we [55 participants from 16 episcopal conferences and 2 Associate Members—14 Lay Persons, 4 Sisters, 14 Priests, 21 Bishops and 2 Cardinals] have come together to participate in a very significant seminar in Bangkok, 19-20 October 2011. Assisted by international experts, we sharpened our knowledge and shared our experiences on the theme: “Climate Change and its Impact of Asia - Challenges and the Response of the Church in Asia.” With the greatest concern for the peoples of Asia and for future generations, we have committed ourselves to help defend and promote the integrity of God’s creation in Asia. 1. The pastoral situation of climate change Our continent of Asia is God’s gift for all. It is incredibly rich in people, in ancient cultures, religious and philosophical traditions. It is here where Jesus our Lord was born, where he lived, proclaimed the Reign of God and went about doing good. But tragically ours is a continent of massive poverty, where the few enjoy great progress and prosperity while the many suffer in abject deprivation. And it is the poor and the needy who suffer most from the consequences of climate change. We are experiencing dramatic changes of season, extreme changes of weather, more frequently recurring and stronger typhoons, destructive flooding, drying up of whole areas, decrease in food production, the spread of climate-change related diseases. We have reports of glacial melting in the Himalayas, of threats to life because of floods in lowlying river basins, even the loss of small islands because of rising sea levels. All these will surely and drastically worsen the lives of the poor. Recurring emergency situations, displacement of populations, increasing number of environmental refugees, the widening scandalous gap between rich and poor, and increasing conflicts regarding resource allocation can lead to grave social, political and economic instabilities. The mode of production and the ideologies of development that industrial countries have implemented have substantively contributed, many experts say, to global warming and climate change. Yet tragically the mode of production that is a substantial reason for climate change is extended to Asia by the corruptive collusion between local and international developers. They
pillage Asia’s virgin forests and operate destructive extractive industries such as various forms of large-scale mining for the sake of short term economic gains while sacrificing the common good of all. In this continent of contradictions, of richness and deprivation, our demand is for just human living conditions for all of the peoples of Asia and for the survival of species. It is likewise a demand for justice for generations not yet born. This requires the living of solidarity and a fundamental orientation to the common good. 2. Faith-reflection on climate change As Church we are deeply concerned for victims and for those who cause their suffering, present and future, of the dire consequences of climate change. For from the optic of faith we see the moral and religious dimensions of this pastoral situation in Asia. Creation, Sinfulness and Broken Harmony We believe that at the beginning God created a world of harmony and beauty (Gen.1:1-31). But sinfulness in the form of human pride, selfishness and greed disrupted this harmony (see Gen. 3:1-7; 4:1-16; 6:5-8; 11:1-9). Relationships between humanity, the world, and God were broken. It was God’s plan that at the fullness of time he would restore that pristine harmony and peace that had been there at the beginning. Jesus, the Reign of God, Healing Brokenness Due to Sin That appointed time finally came. God sent his Divine Son Jesus to be born of a humble virgin, named Mary (Lk. 2:1-7) It was his mission to heal all broken relationships that are the fruits of sin. He proclaimed the Reign of God (Mk. I:15) and the wholeness and fullness of life that he came to give (Jn 10:10). The power of God’s Reign showed itself in the new relationships and fellowship that Jesus established, with the outcasts of society, the poor and marginalized, the sick -- everyone who needed the compassion of God. He reminded people of the original harmony and beauty of natural creation by explaining the Reign of God in terms of seeds, vineyards and trees, soil, birds of the sky, lilies of the field, fish, sheep and other animals, signs in the sky, darkness and light (e.g. Lk. 8:4-8; Mt. 13:31-32; Lk8:22-29; Mt. 13:24-30). In all these Jesus demonstrated His and his Father’s love and providence for nature and humanity The Cross, Reconciliation, Justice and Peace The ultimate act of Jesus to fulfill God’s plan was his Passion, Death and Resurrection, the definitive event of salvation and reconciliation by which He drew everything to himself. The glorious Cross is the power and the wisdom of
God achieving the reconciliation of total humanity and the whole of the cosmos with God. The extraordinary suffering and death of Jesus remind us of the words of Paul telling us of the groaning of creation while awaiting redemption and reconciliation in Jesus (Rom. 8:19-22). Jesus and the New Creation But God reveals to us even more in our Sacred Scriptures -- an even more stupendous and profound mystery. This Jesus who dies in powerlessness and ignominy is the eternal Word of God. From all eternity He is God (Jn. 1:1-2), the only begotten Son of God who in the appointed time was born in the flesh to dwell among us (Jn. 1:14). He is the divine and supreme sovereign of all, through whom and by whom every created being exists (Jn. 1:3; Col. 1:15-19), to whom the whole cosmos is restored and by whose Spirit it is renewed. Seas and skies, rain and sunshine, seasons and climates belong to him. By the Cross he has made all things new. A creation that was groaning in travail has become a new creation through His blood (2 Cor. 5:17-21). Jesus is our peace, the peace and harmony of the world. He has restored justice and reconciled all things to himself (Col. 1:20). It is in this understanding of creation, redemption and human history illumined by our faith in Jesus the Lord and Savior that we discern the deeper dimensions of climate change, the sinfulness from which it originates, the religious and ethical dimensions that it involves and the grave threat that it poses to all humanity. 3. Pastoral imperatives Hence we believe that all the peoples of Asia, regardless of culture, religious or philosophical belief and economic status has the mission to defend and promote the integrity of creation. And we as Church stand for global climate justice today and for future generations with preferential option for the poor. A fundamental task of the Church in Asia is to call for radical conversion, promote an alternative lifestyle, a new culture of respect for nature, of simplicity and sobriety, of hope and joy. Guided by her social teachings as principles and directives of action the Church has to promote technologies with much less gas emissions that damage the environment, promote organic and eco-friendly production, responsible consumption and recycling, thus contributing to intergenerational justice. Urgent Appeals In the light of the above we collectively appeal to the FABC to establish an agency/desk on climate protection whose tasks would include: * Doing theological reflection on the
mystery and truth of God’s creation, on our moral and ethical responsibility with regard to the environment; * Promoting initiatives at the FABC level and assisting the initiatives of local churches for climate protection; * Establishing practical and effective linkage with SECAM, CELAM, FCBCO, the US and Canadian Bishops’ Conferences, and the CCEE as well as with UN conferences in order to address the global challenge of climate change. * Further we: * Appeal to Bishops’ Conferences in Asia to develop action plans or intensify programs against climate change; * Appeal to the FABC to hold in 2013 a second seminar on climate change in order to evaluate the steps already taken by then as well as to define the FABC commitment for the future. * Appeal to all local churches and to everyone to live a lifestyle that is in accord with the principle of faithful stewardship of God’s creation such as in the use of transports, the design of church and religious buildings; * We make an urgent: * Appeal to all who carry political responsibilities to hold climate protection as a core guiding principle in decision decision-making; * Appeal to all who bear economic responsibilities and to all industrial countries to share with us in Asia the knowhow of sustainable technologies for climate protection, mitigation and adaptation as a service for future generations; * Appeal to all governments to decide in limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees C; * Appeal to all governments for a climate friendly model of development and for a binding enlargement of climate protection commitments on emerging countries; * Appeal to all governments to lead the Kyoto Protocol to a second commitment period as of 2012 and thereby to preserve the only legally binding instrument of the UN for climate protection. * Appeal to all industrial countries to acknowledge their historical responsibility for climate change and their obligation to protect the people affected by climate change; * Appeal for a just, fair and transparent governance of the Green Climate Fund and
its programs to ensure the decoupling of growth and development from carbon emissions in developing and fast growing economies; * Appeal to decision makers at all levels to consider the eco-wisdom of local peoples and the right of people to participate actively. * Finally we propose to the FABC to suggest to the appropriate Church agency the holding of a Synod of Bishops on the theme of Creation and Climate Change. Such a Synod would demonstrate the effective concern that Pope Benedict XVI has declared: “The Church has a responsibility towards creation” (Caritas in Veritate, no. 51). Conclusion Our stance is one of courage and hope. Blessed Pope John Paul once famously said: “Look to the future with hope, and set out with renewed vigor to make this new millennium a time of solidarity and peace, of love for life and respect for God’s creation” (Bl. John Paul II, Pilgrimage to Malta, May 8, 2001). In this task for the world our inspiration and driving force is the mystery and truth of Jesus in his mission of saving, liberating, healing, and reconciling a broken world. In discipleship of Jesus, this mission to restore all things in Christ is for us a gift and task. We cooperate with the Spirit of Jesus who “renews the face of the earth.” May God the loving Creator bless our efforts for the integrity and renewal of his creation. May Mary the humble Virgin Mother who conceived Jesus the divine reconciler of all creation accompany us in living his gift and continuing his task. For and on behalf of the seminar participants: +ORLANDO B. QUEVEDO, O.M.I. Archbishop of Cotabato Secretary General, FABC MSGR. JOSEF SAYER President, MISEREOR Germany October 20, 2011
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Vol. 15 No. 24
The Sacraments of Christian Initiation The Juridic Dimension of the Sacrament of Baptism (Part II)
By Fr. Jaime Blanco Achacoso, J.C.D.
1. THE MINISTER OF BAPTISM The fundamental physiognomy in the intervention of the minister is the same in all the sacraments: he acts in persona Christi and the effect is always a grace of Christ, not of the minister who applies the sacramental sign. Thus, his role is purely instrumental. a. Requirements for validity For validity, the minister of Baptism is any human person who: 1) carries out the sacramental sign in its essential elements; 2) with the due intention of doing what the Church wants in this regard. Thus, the norms regulating the different kinds of ministers affect only the licitud of the administration of the sacrament. b. Requirements for licitud 1) The ordinary ministers of Baptism. The Code establishes the following: a) Any cleric—Bishop, priest or deacon (c.861, §1)—who is not suffering from any canonical penalty restricting him from exercising such function. b) Especially entrusted to the Parish Priest. In the old Code, Baptism was reserved to the parish priest, bound up with the so-called right of the stole. In the present discipline, it is only especially entrusted, and this for reasons of good administration—i.e., for the pastoral and record-keeping aspects of the administration of the sacrament (c.530, 1º). In any case, c.862 emphasizes this special connection of the administration of Baptism to the parish priest: Outside the case of necessity, it is not lawful for anyone, without the required permission, to confer baptism in the territory of another, not even upon his own subjects. It would seem, however, that such permission should not be denied without serious reason. c) Special prerogative of the Bishop over adult baptism. The baptism of adults, at least those who have completed godparents, the following canonical dispositions relative to them apply. 2) Choice. The choice of godparents corresponds to the adult to be baptized, to the parents of the child to be baptized or to whoever takes their place, and—in as a last resort—to the parish priest or minister.3 3) Limits. Only one male or one female godparent or one of each sex is to be employed (c.873). Thus, other persons actively involved in the Baptismal rite (other than the parents) can only be witnesses. Furthermore, a baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may not be admitted except as a witness to baptism and together with a Catholic godparent (c.874, §2).. 4) Canonical Commitments. Aside from the general function to help the baptized to lead a Christian life in harmony with Baptism and to fulfill the obligations connected with it (c.872), the Code distinguishes between the cases of Baptism of infants and that of adults for the additional functions of the godparents as follows: a) In the case of an adult, they assist him in Christian initiation. b) In the case of an infant, they, together with the parents, present an infant at Baptism. b. Canonical Requirements for Godparents 1) General requirements. These are laid down in c.874, §1 as follows: To be admitted to the role of godparent, a person must: 1º be designated by the one to be baptized, by the parents or the one who takes their place or, in their absence, by the parish priest or minister and is to have the qualifications and intentions of performing this role; 2º have completed the sixteenth year, unless a different age has been established by the diocesan bishop or it seems to the parish priest or minister that an exception is to be made for a just cause; 3º be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has already received the sacrament of the
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fourteen years of age, is to be referred to the Bishop so that it may be conferred by him, if he judges it expedient (c.863). This is consistent with the fact that all the process of Christian initiation of adults has been placed in a particular way within the context of the power of the diocesan Bishop. 2) The extraordinary ministers of Baptism in normal circumstances. Can.861, §2 states: If the ordinary minister is absent or impeded, a catechist or other person deputed for this function by the local ordinary confers baptism licitly…. Three clarifications have to be made: a) Absence of ordinary minister. The concept of absence is not delimited by the legislator, but two data clarify the concept: i) An analogical application of the norm for the qualified witness for marriage (c.1116, §1, 2º): If the presence or access to a person who is competent […] in accord with the norm of law is impossible without serious inconvenience [and] it is prudently foreseen that such circumstances will continue for a month. ii) Exclusion of workload,
non-residency in the parish, or non-availability on desired date. The Instruction Ecclesia de Mysteriis categorically stated that “absence or the impediment of a sacred minister …cannot be defined in terms of the ordinary minister’s excessive workload, or his non-residence in the territory of the parish, nor his non-availability on the day on which the parents wish the Baptism to take place. Such reasons are insufficient for the delegation of the non ordained faithful to act as extraordinary ministers of Baptism.”1 Otherwise, we would fall into the case of outright supply (c.230, §2), which is licit only in the case of necessity, which is a different legal scenario taken up in 3) below. b) A catechist or other person deputed for this function. At first glance, the canon seems to imply a stable ministry— equivalent to those of lector and acolyte—according to the faculty granted by the Motu Proprio Ministeria quaedam (15.VIII.1972) to the Episcopal Conferences to establish other ministries (among them that
of catechist) when deemed necessary or useful. However, the Instruction Ecclesia de Mysteriis categorically excluded this: “Care should be taken however to avoid too extensive an interpretation of this provision and such a faculty should not be conceded in a habitual form.”2 c) The Rite of Baptism must be performed. These extraordinary ministers are not deputed for cases of urgent necessity, but cases which are in a certain sense normal. Thus, except in danger of death, the baptism must be administered according to the full rite established for the case (and not just the essential matter and formula). 3) Extraordinary minister of Baptism in case of necessity. This is a scenario which is distinct from the cases when the ordinary minister is simply absent or impeded. By this is understood not only the danger of death, but also—by extrapolation—the prolonged situation of absence of the ordinary minister. In this case, the extraordinary minister is any person with the right
intention (c.861, §2). The absolute necessity of baptism for salvation is the justification for this criterion that the Church has always maintained. 4. GODPARENTS OR SPONSORS IN BAPTISM It is probable that the institution of godparents arose for practical reasons, since in the early Church, when non-Christian wanted to convert, he had to be presented to the Church elders by a known Christian who could be the guarantor of his good dispositions. Without going into the details—more proper of a theological treatise—here, suffice it to say that the concept of spiritual paternity was developed by St. Augustine, such that the role of the godparent was identified with some sort of a new spiritual generation. The canonical regulation can be summarized as follows. a. General Norms 1) Desirability. Insofar as possible one to be baptized is to be given a godparent… (c.872). Thus, it is not a requirement, not even just for licitud. But once the option is taken to have
Which Ordinary to mention at Mass
(Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum university, answers the following query.) Q: When a priest is celebrating the liturgy of one rite in a church or institution of another rite, which ordinary has primacy of remembrance in the commemorations: the bishop of the rite being celebrated or the bishop whose diocese the church or institution is in? Similarly, I belong to an Easternrite religious community. But, because of our evangelical ministries — for example, Teen Encounter and Cursillo — in our community’s spiritual center, we have biritual faculties in the Roman rite as well. The majority of our attendees belong to the Roman rite. Therefore, this question: When we celebrate Mass in the Roman rite, which ordinary ought to have primacy of remembrance, the ordinary of our institution or the local Roman-rite ordinary? Finally, I took over the ministry at a local assistedliving facility. The priest who did it faithfully for several years returned to Lebanon and the social director ask me to continue. Since he had been celebrating the Maronite liturgy (in English, of course) for the residents, I am doing the same. The majority of the tiny congregation, however, is Roman rite. Again the question: Which ordinary has the primacy of remembrance, the Maronite ordinary or that of the local diocese? (The facility is not a Catholic one.) — J.T., Methuen, Massachusetts A: This is not an easy question and there may be no clear-cut answer as the situations can vary widely. The purpose of mentioning the Pope, the local ordinary and in some cases the patriarch or major archbishop in the Eucharistic Prayer is not a question of honor or respect but of communion. As the Roman Canon says, we pray “una cum,” “together with,” the Pope and the local bishop. In a way this mention renders each local assembly a true manifestation of the universal Church. In the Latin rite the criterion for mentioning the local bishop is based on territorial jurisdiction. Only a bishop who has present jurisdiction over the There are some special cases in which territorial jurisdictions do not coincide with diocesan borders. For example, a military ordinary usually exercises his territorial jurisdiction over military bases around the country and it is his name which is mentioned when Mass is celebrated in those bases or on navy ships. The recently appointed Anglican never their own ordinary, even if they are celebrating for groups from their own diocese. This is the case of the Latin rite. With respect to the Eastern Catholic Churches, my knowledge does not extend to the particular laws and customs on each and every one of them. I believe that they follow the same basic rule of territorial serves exclusively the members of the Knanaya community which traces its origin from a group of 72 JudeoChristian families who arrived in India from Mesopotamia in A.D. 345. If a member of this diocese marries outside of the community, he or she ceases to pertain to the archeparchy and is incorporated into the eparchy of residence. Thus the variety of the venerable Eastern Churches precludes a definitive answer for all cases. At the same time, I believe it is safe to say that when celebrating according to an Eastern liturgy the question of which bishop should be named should be resolved according to the laws and customs of the specific Eastern Church and not those of the Latin rite. With this in mind I would say the following with respect to the specific questions. If Mass is celebrated in a church or monastery which falls under the territorial jurisdiction of an Eastern bishop, then he should be mentioned even in those cases where the Mass happens to be celebrated according to the Latin rite. The local Latin-rite bishop would still have authority over the celebration of the Roman Mass at the church, and any norms he has given regarding liturgical practice for his diocese should be followed. When, as mentioned above, an Eastern priest celebrates Mass according to his own rite outside of a place under the territorial jurisdiction of his own eparch, the mention of the bishop will be based on the laws and customs of the rite itself. If those laws allow for the mention of the local Latin ordinary, well and good; if not, then the priest follows his own tradition. The fact that most of the people assisting at an Eastern Mass might belong to the Latin rite would not determine which bishop was named.
territory or place where the Mass is celebrated is mentioned. The priest may optionally mention the auxiliary bishop by name; or do so collectively if there is more than one auxiliary. Not mentioned are bishops emeritus or bishops who preside over a celebration outside of their diocese.
ordinary will exercise his jurisdiction over the churches and other institutions that pertain to the ordinariate and his name is mentioned when Mass is celebrated in those churches. When priests are traveling, they only mention the bishop of the place where they happen to be celebrating Mass, and
jurisdiction, but some might also have other special forms of jurisdiction. For example, jurisdiction in India’s Syro-Malabar Church is basically territorial, although the jurisdiction of the Archeparchy of Kottayam is coextensive with that of the territory of the Syro-Malabar Church. This eparchy
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November 21 - December 4, 2011
Year of the Youth
25 youth ministers conferred with John Paul II awards at NYD celebration
TWENTY-Five youth ministers from all over the Philippines were awarded with the Blessed John Paul II youth ministry awards last Nov. 18 at the National Youth Day’s Grand Festival Night in Cuneta Astrodome. The youth ministers were awarded for their service in the youth ministry and for being an inspiration and model to the next generation of Catholic youth leaders and ministers. The awarding ceremony was dedicated to the Episcopal Commission on Youth (ECY) of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year in time for the declaration of the CBCP Year of the Youth. Called “the pioneers”, the first batch of awardees was the spark that led to the creation of Youth Ministries which took place in their own particular fields. Sr. Maria Victoria Artoz Del Rosario, OND, was at the forefront in the Creation of the Mindanao-Sulu Pastoral Conference-Youth Council in 1985, after which she became the Archdiocesan Youth Coordinator of Cotabato. Fr. Danilo Tolentino Imperial of the Archdiocese of Caceres, known to be the Father of Campus Ministry in Bicolandia, was also one of the fiveperson committee which proposed the ECY. Today, he serves as Program Director of Religious Education in Ateneo de Naga. Most Rev. Jose Crisologo Sorra, Bishop-emeritus of Legazpi, became the first Bishop-Chair of the Commission while Ordinary of the Diocese of Virac. It was during his time that it was instituted that the National Youth Day will be held every December 16 and Youth Councils were established in Dioceses. The Youth Encounter was born during his helm. The next awardee was someone special for many have benefited from what he had done. Msgr. Jose “Ping” Borja Molina of the Diocese of Virac is the Father of Youth
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Bishop Patricio Buzon
Build your life plans in Christ, prelate urges youth
BE like the wise man who builds his house upon the rock, not the foolish one who builds his house upon the sand. This was what Legazpi Bishop Joel Baylon urged the youth as he reiterated the meaning of the theme of the National Youth Day (NYD), “Planted in Christ, firm in the Faith.” In his parting message to the participants of the NYD, Baylon likened centering one’s life in Christ and shaping one’s life goals based on his faith to building one’s house upon the rock, which stands still even if the rain falls, the flood comes and the winds blow. Baylon, the chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Youth of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), said it is important for the NYD participants to apply the meaning of the NYD theme in their practical lives. “Your plans of being happy and successful, getting married and building a family or even serving God through a religious vocation, all have to be established in Christ, just like the house that the wise man built upon the rock,” he said. Because if one’s plans are only centered on the short-lived pleasure and temporary bliss, Baylon said the rain, flood and winds will overturn it like what happened to the house that
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SPEAKING to delegates of the National Youth Day at the Miraculous Medal Shrine festival site, Kabankalan Bishop Patricio Buzon told the young people how social networking accounts can actually connect the youth to something spiritual. Log In, Tweet, Plurk, reblog, keep your friends UPDATED, did you know how these could actually lead us to holiness, he told NYD delegates during his first session with them, Nov. 15. Bishop Buzon discussed the first part of the NYD theme, “PLANTED” where he talked about the BASIC steps to become a saint. “For us to easily remember about it, I will put it in this way: Log In, celebrate the Eucharist every Sunday. It is like a portal where we not only let God enter our hearts, but us also entering and exploring God’s infinite goodness,” explained Buzon. “Another is Post, keep HIM updated. Pray
Youth told: Social media can be used to enhance spiritual life
Encounter. The next awardees were two lay people who may look old, but their hearts burn for the young. Jose Socito Tacorda, from the Military Ordinariate of the Philippines (MOP), fondly called Bro. Joe or Tatay Joe, became the first Diocesan Youth Coordinator, and was responsible for the MOP to be recognized as part of regions of the ECY, while Maria Teresita Rita Elvina Nitorreda of the Student Catholic Action of the Philippines had served the Student Catholic Action of the Philippines (SCAP) since the 50’s. She still continues today as the SCAP Executive Director. “At this point, what can I say? I can say to God be the glory. This is very life giving to me. You see, I gave my age, 80-1… this isn’t a matter of age
but service in the youth ministry is in the heart. It makes you live more, love more,” said Tita Tet (as she is commonly called) in her message after receiving the award. “At first I refused because I am not worthy for an award, but I was persuaded because this is for you. This is for the glory of God. This is inspiring to me. This should serve as force to move you forward and upward to serve God and country,” she added. The next batch of awardees called the “prime movers” was responsible in making the youth ministry move in their respective dioceses. Most Rev. Leo Murphy Drona SDB, Bishop of the Diocese of San Pablo was bishop of San Jose de Nueva Ecija, when he became the second chairman of ECY. It was during his time when the
biggest ever delegation to WYD was sent. Fr. Jose Thor Rondillo Villacarlos, from the Diocese of San Pablo initiated formation programs when he was the Diocesan Youth Coordinator from 2001 to 2008 and as QUEMARLABARO Regional Youth Director from 2004 to 2006. Ronnel Pineda Dela Cruz of the Archdiocese of San Fernando, Pampanga was once the National Coordinator of SCAP, currently the Regional Youth Coordinator of Central Luzon while being the Executive Assistant at the Municipal Office in his hometown in Porac, Pampanga. Ellen Castillo Batisan, from the Diocese of Cabanatuan is a notable cancer survivor. Victoria Estoque Anghag, from the Archdiocese of Davao was conferred the prestigious award of Papal Award Pro Ecclesia Et Pontifice
during the celebration of Diamond Jubilee Year of the Archdiocese in 2009. Charlito Zamora Manlupig of the Archdiocese of Cotabato was the first leader of the MSPC Youth Council and today the President of the Balay Group, an NGO based in Cagayan de Oro City. Fr. Laure Tipay Helar of the Diocese of Ipil never let his physical limitations hindered him from ministering to the young. He formally organized the BALIAKAG (Batan-ong Lihok Alang sa Kaangayan ug Gugma/ Youth Movement Towards Justice and Love). Joel Torres Cruz, from the Archdiocese of Zamboanga is an “honorable kagawad” who in life was a model of Church and community leadership in his own city of Zamboanga. Danny Boy Ramos Villanueva, from the
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Church must give importance to youth, prelate says
KALOOKAN Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez lauded the activities being done at the National Youth Day as these help in promoting awareness to everyone that there are young people and they must be given importance in the Church. “The youth are the majority population in our society. They are very alive and to them we can see the idealism of living a truthful and good life,” he said. “And so hopefully what we are doing in the NYD will become a challenge not only for the young but for all of us that the youth must be given importance because they constitute a very important part of our society and community,” added Iñiguez. Ending the second day of the NYD in Claret Festival Site November 15, Iñiguez explained in his homily the relationship of being planted in the faith with the baptism of a person. The bishop stressed on the 524 pilgrims that baptism is the threshold of our relationship with the Lord, and that baptism is rising to new life. “Though there are different symbols used during baptism, all of these are in virtue of our faith and we accept Jesus as the one who will bring change to our lives, he added. “Zacchaeus is a great picture of our baptism. Zacchaeus said to himself when he accepted Jesus, I am a changed person and so I must give back to God and to others. This is a beautiful picture of baptism,” he further said. Challenging the pilgrims, he said “we enter into faith because God loves us and he wants us to live in that love for one another.” The pilgrims renewed their baptismal vows to deepen their awareness of the reality of their initiation to Christian life. (Mark Vertido/YouthPinoy)
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God is the only source of genuine joy, bishop tells youth
SAN Fernando Pampanga Auxiliary Bishop Pablo Virgilio David told delegates of the National Youth Day that there is only one source of genuine joy that will surely never fade. “People and possessions may come and go, but God will stay with you until the end,” David said. He was responding to the question raised by one of the delegates from Tarlac who asked his advice for having too much aspirations and possessions in life. The bishop comforted the youth, saying that it is not a sin to reap what he has sown, for having much belongings, but still he has to set his priorities right. “The secret to authentic happiness is, ‘wag kang kakapit sa anuman o sinuman dito sa mundo na parang iyon na ang lahat sa’yo,” David added. During plenary session, David focused on the aspect of taking the fall and die to be able to rise. He explained that the Pauline passage “Planted and built up in Jesus Christ, firm in the faith” (cf. Col 2:7) has an upward and downward movement. “Dying to our earthly nature means putting to death all that enslaves us and losing ourselves to pave the way for us to put on the new nature inspired by Christ; falling is usually connoted with sin,” David said. But this fall just like that of Adam and Eve, becomes an opportunity to be humble and become more human, David added. (Jandel Posion/Michelle Padilla)
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Youth urged to believe and be transformed in God
A YOUTH speaker at the National Youth Day’s plenary session rallied fellow youth to believe, understand, inspire, love and be transformed in God. Jeremy Quinto of CFC-Youth for Christ discussed the qualities of being “Built up in Christ” during the plenary session at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. Quinto stressed that all people are Built up in Christ, but in order to be built up stronger, young people must “believe, understand, inspire, love and most important is to be transformed. “To be built up with Christ, we must have these common characteristics. Why?” he asked. Quinto explained that we must believe that we are loved by God. “We don’t need to read the Bible to prove God’s Love. The fact that we are living is itself a proof of God’s love for all of us,” he said. Understanding is the other characteristic, he said. Each of us has a purpose why we are here. But we all have one purpose in common, to spread and proclaim God’s love. We need to pray in order to understand our purpose, he added. Next is ‘inspire’, we are inspired by Christ, he continued. “The fact that we are all called Christians proves how we are inspired by Him. If Nora’s fans are called ‘Noranians’ and Vilma’s fans are called ‘Vilmanians, we are with Christ’s fans or called CHRISTians.” Another is LOVE; “If you have love for one another, this is how they will know that you are my disciples, for it is in love that we are gathered and we are here,” he also added. The last attribute, according to Quinto is TRANSFORMation. We, have our own imperfections, our own mistakes. Don’t use being humans as an excuse, but be aware that we need transformation in order to be able to live a life for HIM. Transformation is a step by step process and it all goes a long way, he said. If we Believe, Understand, Inspire, Love and Transform, then surely God would be proud of us and say, “I BUILT THEM!” said Quinto. (Jandel Posion/Ira Yu)
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(A talk given at the Second National Laity Congress held on October 21, 2011 at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center, Manila.)
By Most Rev. Jesse E. Mercado, DD
true power and wealth of the Church. Today, ten years before the fifth centenary of the first Eucharist and THE First National Laity the first Baptism on Congress (NLC1) was held Philippine soil, we shall in 2001 to celebrate the fifty glean lessons from the five years of Catholic Action of centuries of Christianity the Philippines (which would in the Philippines. We evolve into the Council of the shall then look forward Laity of the Philippines): and explore catechesis in - 36 years after the Second public schools; mass media, Vatican Council’s Decree the Internet and social Apostolicam actuositatem on the networks as new areopagi; Apostolate of the Laity, and Christian citizenship - 29 years after the in the Philippines today. imposition of martial law in We do this for and with the Philippines, the youth, fully aware that - 20 years after the the youth are not only the beatification of St. LORENZO future of the nation, they RUIZ by Pope – now Blessed are the forgotten laity! By – JOHN PAUL II at the listening to the youth today, Luneta, by journeying with and - 15 years after the EDSA sharing the Gospel with the Revolution, youth, we are evangelizing - 10 years after the Second the future Church today. Plenary Council of the If we truly wish to assure Philippines, and technological progress, - one year after the stable political institutions beatification of Blessed and a habitable planet for PEDRO CALUNGSOD during our children, we have to the Great Jubilee of the Year enable them to welcome 2000. God as their true and most Chairman of Episcopal Commission on the Laity and Parañaque Bishop Jesse Mercado addresses participants to 17th Biennial Convention held a day after the Second National precious heritage. Pope Since then, the euphoric Laity Congress. BENEDICT XVI said it best: promise of a new millennium woGottist, da istZukunft PIME only a few days ago, we are of peace was shaken by the We see three shifts in the iter from is less about joining the ecclesiastical terrorist attacks on the United States of reminded that evangelization—whether NLC1 to NLC2: from identity to mission, hierarchy and more about hearing (where God is, there is a future).3 In summary: while the first NLC was America on 11 September 2001, and the by proclaiming the Gospel, educating from structure to grace, from power to the Word of God, daily conversion, world woke up to a jihadist distortion of the young, serving the human family, charism. authentic Christian living, serving the a congress about the laity, the second is a peaceful Islam. In 2010, the Philippines promoting respect for human life and 1. From identity to mission: While NLC1 human family, witnessing to the Gospel congress of the laity. Welcome, therefore, to the Second National Laity Congress, experienced computerized and fair dignity, caring for the earth or dialoguing was focused on the identity of the lay in the world even unto martyrdom. elections, but added to its claim to infamy with other believers and even with non- members of Christ’s faithful, NLC2 seeks 3. From power to charism: Laypersons are the National Congress of the Laity. not only graft and corruption but also believers—is not without its risks nor to build on this identity and discuss the aware that it is within their competence the aggressive and cynical manipulation its blessings: “Blessed are the poor in mission of the Philippine laity today. This to make use of political power, social NOTES of good Filipinos – especially the spirit… the meek… those who hunger is a salutary correction to the tendency to structures, economic enterprise and the 1 cf. Mt 5:3-12. youth – to suffer the culture of death: and thirst for justice… the merciful… clericalize the laity and to laicize the clergy, mass means of social communication in 2 Cf. Pope PAUL VI, Apostolic Exhortation Evandivorce, euthanasia, abortion, total the peacemakers… those who are where we find laymen substituting instead order to witness to Jesus. But, as it is in population control and homosexuality persecuted for the sake of justice… the of collaborating with the priest and priests the Spirit of Christ “the very first and geliinuntiandi, 7. masquerading as “reproductive health”, Kingdom of heaven is theirs”.1 greatest evangelizer”2 that the Gospel 3Pope BENEDICT XVI, Homily for the Eucharist running for public office. anniversary of the foundation of It is in this context that we celebrate “tolerance” and “compassion”, even 2. From structure to grace: Lay persons is proclaimed and welcomed, the Holy on the 850th Mariazell. This became the theme the Shrine of usurping the term “human rights”! With the Second National Laity Congress are realizing that participation in the Spirit endows the faithful with various of his third apostolic journey to Germany (22-25 the death of Fr. FAUSTO TENTORIO, (NLC2). evangelizing mission of the Church charisms. These charisms constitute the September 2011).
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Vol. 15 No. 24
Alangan-Mangyan Christian Dialogue
By Sr. Lilia J. Frondoza, MIC
Entry to Mangyan community In 1990 I taught at the West Mindoro Academy in Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro, as the coordinator and religion teacher of the high school students. In 1992, I was assigned for exposure in Sipuyo with the Alangan Mangyans. Because my formal training as a school teacher made me helpless in the new job, I decided to join the UNICEFfunded Office of Southern Cultural Communities which sponsored a non-formal training for Mangyan para-teachers. At first, I was a member of the staff. After the training, I supervised twenty Mangyan graduates who were fielded to different areas of Occidental Mindoro, namely; Abra de Ilog, Paluan, Mamburao and Sta. Cruz. These Mangyan para-teachers received allowances from the office of the governor, Mrs. Josephine Ramirez Sato. In 1994, I replaced a Sister in Calamintao, Sta. Cruz, where I worked for two years with the Iraya Mangyans. In 1997, I again replaced another Sister in Siapo, Pinagturilan, Sta. Cruz, Occidental Mindoro. To work with the Alangan Mangyans entailed programs and projects, especially the acquisition of their ancestral land. I did not learn much of the Mangyan dialect because we often communicated in Tagalog. They had been in contact with the lowlanders when I came. I only knew some common Mangyan expressions. Most of the time, I held meetings with men rather than with women and children. The women often stayed away from problems about projects. Their role was just to take care of their children and to look for food for the family. Tribal religion I have observed that the Mangyans live in the past, similar to the Old Testament way of life. For example, the Jewish Passover has a counterpart in the Mangyan practice of Pamago. It is a thanksgiving ritual where they gather as a community and even invite Mangyans in other places to share the celebration. Families contribute palay or unhusked rice. And from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. they would pound the palay while the women cook and other men butcher a black pig. At midnight the elders gather around the butchered pig to read the spread out intestines at the back of the butchered pig the future of the community, whether there would be calamities or sickness or abundant harvest and good health. They also prayed to Mamang sa Ugbos or Father in heaven for divine forgiveness and mutual forgiveness for what they have done during the past year. At early dawn they gather again and thank God for the good harvest. This is followed by sharing a meal facing where the sun rises. Even if they have no knowledge of Jesus, they are faithful to their Mamang sa Ugbos who takes care of their needs and protect them from harm. They speak through their ancestors who for the Mangyans show power through sickness and natural calamities. They also ask forgiveness from each other. If they fail Him, they have to make reparations by offering sacrifices and rituals. God is present in all instances of their life and He shows His presence through signs and symbols. I cannot measure how far our Catholic faith has enriched them. But they have accepted wholeheartedly our Catholic faith by joining the parish of Sta. Cruz. As of 2007, there were more or less 300 baptized Mangyans both children and adults. Five makeshift chapels were constructed by them: with 9 lay ministers from the community trained to celebrate the liturgy of the Word. The Mangyans have enriched me by their simplicity in calling God as Father who always hears their prayers. Prayer is very natural to them. They do not have sets of formula for prayers, at times, prayers are chanted. Ministry Our presence in their midst poses a question to them. What is our purpose in living and helping protective of their culture. Most of the Irayas have lost almost 60% of their traditional culture. Their children can no longer even speak their own language. They also assimilated the vices of lowlanders like drinking liquor and smoking cigarettes. They also look up to the lowlanders’ life as cultural progress. On the other hand, the Alangans have kept their culture, especially their dialect, faith, and political structures. I have been with the Alangans for ten years since 1997 up to and sanitation, and community organizing. As soon as the ancestral domain was scheduled for formal survey together with intensification of community organizing, and documentation with the National Commission On Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), everything went quite fast. The Mangyans themselves came out with initiatives to fight for their rights and to protect their land. Once again, the community of elders and chieftains became active in implementing their political structures, laws, and T r i b a l Culture. Mangyan leaders b e c a m e active in preserving their natural resources from illegal loggers and land grabbers. It led to the organization of Mangyan B a n t a y G u b a t or Forest G u a r d s w h o s e members came from different Mangyan a r e a s . They were deputized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The number of students in school became stable and increased from 35 to 120 in 2010. They were able to express their ideas and aspirations to government authorities. They unanimously decided as a group and enhanced their demands by their unity and strength in numbers.
them? They presumed that we are also like all other missionaries of other religions, who want to convert them. After seven years of dialogue of presence and sharing our faith’s experiences, they asked for baptism to become followers of Jesus Christ who is the Son of Mamang sa Ugbos. We made them realized that to accept the Catholic faith means commitment for life and they will be united with the universal church in our practices. Since I accepted to work with the Mangyans in 1993, I have worked with two tribes, the Iraya and the Alangans. The Irayans are more exposed to the lowlanders while the Alangans are more
2007, but after three years, I was sent back in 2010 and stayed until 2011. In the beginning, I encountered difficulties in understanding their culture. Because I wanted to introduce my way of thinking and doing things, I felt frustrated if I failed in my goals. I found them too slow to the kind of progress that I intended to introduce. Experience taught me to listen to their aspirations and longings, which was my stepping stone to understand them. This approach was the beginning of my conversion. I put my focus on their aspiration for the acquisition of their ancestral domain not forgetting literacy, formal schooling of children, health
spoke to me of God who is the creator and protector. I felt a close affinity with nature. This brought me to gain courage to fight against illegal loggers who triggered the burning of our house in Siapo. Instead of retreating, I returned to Siapo and encouraged the Mangyans in their struggle to protect their natural resources and their ancestral domain. I intensified the formation of elders and chieftains, community leaders and forest rangers or Bantay Gubat. In order to sustain their interest in defending their rights and gain self-confidence, I accompanied them to the different offices of the government, national and local. I taught them to formulate resolutions and letters even to the President of the Philippines, hoping that their aspirations will be heard. I exposed them to court cases and followed the judicial procedures in court. Right now, we still have two cases against illegal loggers pending in court, one is the burning of our Mangyan Center and another is arson of 1,000 coconut trees planted by the Mangyans in the forest. The Mangyans had confiscated more than 10,000 board ft. of hardwood trees like narra and mulawin. They surrendered four chainsaws to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and two guns to the police headquarters. Two more are at large with pending warrant of arrests. The Mangyans helped the police in locating an outlaw with P75,000 on his head, for which they received the reward from the Central Police Station in Laguna. Value life, justice and peace The Mangyans value life but they are willing to die for their ancestral Land. At one time, the Mangyans captured the most notorious illegal logger of Amnay river at Pag-asa, Sablayan. The Bantay Gubat, composed of eight Mangyans, confronted the suspect one evening. He had a gun to defend himself but because the Mangyans were quick enough to disarm him, he was made to lie down on the ground. They
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Environment The Mangyan’s way of looking at nature and environment influenced me. Since they are very close to nature, I learned to value the trees, plants, animals and everything around the forest. The silence of the forest
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November 21 - December 4, 2011
Today, however, two years since the mass murders, while more than 100 people led by former Maguindanao Governor Andal Ampatuan, Sr. are on trial for the massacre, no one has been indicted yet. This means that the victims and their loved ones have not found justice that is due them. President Aquino recently said that “the guilty should be made accountable” because doing otherwise means allowing anyone “to abuse our people.” We are then calling on the Aquino Government, the Department of Justice and other government instrumentalities to speed up prosecution of those who are responsible for the Maguindanao Massacre. While former President Arroyo and her partners must be tried for alleged electoral cheating, efforts of the Aquino government to give justice to victims and relatives of the Maguindanao Massacre should not result to a compromise and, worse, exoneration of those responsible, for the sake of pinning down Arroyo. President Aquino must be true to his recent declaration that, “We are all working for a new Philippines… where whoever does wrong… is punished, a country where justice rules.” Meanwhile, he also said that he expects the massacre trial to go beyond his term. To be true to his reform agenda, the Aquino government must urgently deliver justice to the victims of the massacre. BISHOP GERARDO ALMINAzA, DD Head Convenor Visayas Clergy Discernment Group November 22, 2011
THE Visayas Clergy Discernment Group (VCDG) is alarmed that while the Supreme Court swiftly handed out decisions that would allow former President Gloria Arroyo to travel out of the country and the Pasay Regional Trial Court quickly issued a warrant of arrest to her, the victims and relatives of the Maguindanao Massacre are still searching for justice. Two years ago, on November 23, 2009, armed men killed in the most barbaric and ruthless way, 58 people in a convoy of supporters of now Governor Esmael Mangudadatu who were on their way to file Mangudadatu’s certificate of candidacy. Those killed included 33 journalists who would cover the occasion. The Maguindanao Massacre is the most brutal and unparalleled event of its kind in recent history. Allegedly perpetrated by the most trusted political allies of former President Arroyo inMindanao, it was also the worst case of media killing in the world. Church’s doctrines have recognized media’s role in providing information at the service of the common good (cf. Cathechism of the Catholic Church, #2494). In the same breath, the Roman Catholic Church’s Second Plenary Council of the Philippines (PCP II) in 1991 also condemns patronage politics and political dynasties which lopsidedly concentrated power on a few established families (cf. PCP II, #24). Moreover, PCP II exhorts politicians to lead in renewing politics, to defend and promote justice, and to “put teeth to good legislation” by strictly enforcing a correct system of rewards and punishment (cf. PCP II, #350-352).
Aquino Must Swiftly Bring Justice to Victims and Families of Maguindanao Massacre
Open Letter to Fr. Francois Laisney And the priests of the Society of St. Pius X
ministers and society within the Church. No amount of reasoning, like the perceived necessity, the appeal to the people, the “salvation of souls,” the Good Samaritan metaphor, can confer ordinary jurisdiction or grant authorization to you except the local bishop. And you cannot apply one canonical provision and violate another in your argumentation. Please, pardon me for saying that the logical consequence of the above points I presented is that as illegitimate minister you are intruding without permission into our communities and misleading our people. As official shepherd of the local flock I cannot help saying that you are trespassing our private domain, sneaking into our fold and snatching away like wolves in sheep’s clothing our innocent sheep (Mt 7:15). As the chief shepherd of the local flock I am aware of my own shortcomings and limitations and those of my clergy, religious and lay faithful. Yes, there are lapses and questionable practices and behaviour in the liturgical, pastoral and moral lives of our communities. We are not ignoring them. They make us humble and conscious of God’s mercy and forgiveness, and encourage us to struggle for authenticity and credibility. Our Archdiocesan Liturgical Center under Fr. Joel Caasi will in due time prepare our people to celebrate the Missa Extraordinaria in Latin with propriety and dignity when needed. I have to say this as spiritual leader and ultimately responsible to God and the Pope for the welfare of the flock entrusted to me. I am sorry I don’t enjoy and relish this public exchange of open letters which you provoked. But I am sure our people—priests, religious, laity, especially the Latin Mass Society—will respond to your misleading statements in due time and in the appropriate manner. With every good wish and prayer, I remain Your friend and brother in Christ, +FERNANDO R. CAPALLA Archbishop of Davao November 8, 2011
Dear Father Laisney: AS the Archbishop of Davao and duly appointed shepherd of the Catholic faith of this local Church I would like to remind you again of a basic and fundamental principle from the Code of Canon Law. This principle must regulate and guide our priestly ministry. I am writing this reminder as from a friend and gentleman to another. This reminder is also directed to your Society here in Davao City and through you to some of our people who have innocently sought your ministerial services. This fundamental principle is the authentic right and authority to minister here. If you then are validly ordained as priest you have this right undoubtedly. But without genuine authorization or approval from me as Archbishop and Local Ordinary, you cannot, and are not allowed, to exercise that right within my jurisdiction and territory. You do not have the canonical faculty or permit which can only be given in writing by me. I assume that you know very well that priests not canonically incardinated in our Diocese must have the required written faculty to minister here. You also very well know that even transient priests, who are not irregular, need to present a celebret or certification from their own bishop or superior when they come here to preside in liturgical celebration or administer the Sacraments. This you do not have. And even if you ask I cannot grant it because you do not have the canonical status. The reason for this has already been given and explained by our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI in his Papal Letter on the Society of Saint Pius X dated 12 March 2009. In reference to this point he clearly stated: “The fact that the Society of Saint Pius X does not possess a canonical status in the Church is not, in the end, based on disciplinary but on doctrinal reasons. As long as the Society does not have a canonical status in the Church, its ministers do not exercise legitimate ministry in the Church.”
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‘Free Access for Believers to Their Respective Holy Sites Must Be Provided’
(Statement of the Israel Council of Religious Communities on the occasion of its meeting with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican on November 10, 2011) ON the occasion of meeting H.H. Pope Benedict XVI, this tenth day of November 2011, we the religious leaders in the State of Israel affirm our belief in the Creator of the Universe who directs His world with loving kindness and compassion and who calls upon us human beings to live with one another in peace and dignity. The Council of Religious Leaders expresses gratitude to His Holiness for this outstanding meeting, and holds in esteem His activity to bring hearts together and to bring peace throughout the world. First and foremost, we reiterate our commitment to the sanctity of human life and reject all violence, especially when this is done in the name of religion – a desecration of the sacred. In order to maintain peace and mutual respect among the
It is very clear that you cannot exercise legitimately your priestly right to minister in our Church territory or Diocese. And the reason—which perhaps you failed to explain to our people—is the grave error in doctrine committed by your Society against the authority of the Pope and the Vatican Council, a serious offense and crime against the unity of the Church, our unfortunate schism. On this point I wonder why you did not explain to others that there are two kinds of excommunication: ipso facto or automatic (latae sententiae), and sub judice or under investigation (ferendae sententiae). Of course I can understand why you could not and did not explain that because of automatic excommunication which does not need official Church declaration you still remain excommunicated in conscience because of doctrinal error. This is the reason why you and your Society do not have canonical status. To push the argument further, especially for the benefit of the lay people, this point means that you and your Society are not in the approved list of recognized
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tied him but later, released him after warning him not to come back. When asked later why they spared him, the Mangyans said “We do not want to kill anyone because we want him to change for the better.” I believe that education through experience is best for the Mangyans. They possess wisdom and good heart, and able to confront problems in life without resorting to violence. This was proven true in my encounter with the Mangyans. The process I introduced was “reflect, act, then after, reflect again” and from these, they gained knowledge of what is good and evil. Our frame of reference was the teaching of Jesus Christ in the Gospel. We all believed that the experiences of the past teach us to do better in the future.
I see the hand of God working in this people, and I have been enriched by the simplicity of their life, united with each other and with Mamang sa Ugbos. Their view of life is wholistic. God, person, neighbor, and nature are one. We either take care of one another or destroy each other. The Mangyans believe in the Spirit of God and the spirit of the ancestors. When there is a sick person they say; “Mamang sa Ugbos, we beg you remove the bad spirit in this man because he is good. If he has sinned, we ask you forgiveness for him.” They serve as mediator to their neighbors who are in need and always pray anytime, any place, because God is everywhere. After my encounter with the Mangyans, I have learned to pray as they do, I am always
connected to God. Prayer is life and life is prayer. Loving the Mangyans as Jesus loves them The following are my recommendations to missionaries who have the desire to go to the indigenous communities for apostolate: give up your comfort zone in order to reach out to the poor, especially to the most underprivileged, the indigenous peoples; bear in mind that before you enter their ancestral land, God has been there as part of indigenous peoples life; discover the presence of God in their knowledge, beliefs systems and practices; do not carry baggage of knowledge coming from books but enter into their experiences; be one in their aspirations and longings in life and make these
as stepping stones to know more about them. Since they do not easily trust lowlanders including us missionaries, due to sad experiences in the past, wait patiently for the right moment. Be open to learn from them for they will teach you more about the goodness of God through experiences rather than through concepts. Disregard all expectations and be open to learn from them, what is true, good and beautiful. At this point in time, I feel very much fulfilled, not because I have introduced many things to prove my worth as a person and to accomplish my mission, but because I was able to love these Mangyans just as Jesus loves them, loved them as they are, children of God, brothers and sisters of Jesus.
different religious communities in our State, we must educate our children and congregations accordingly and prevent any offense against the feelings or beliefs of others. We inherited the Holy Sites from our forebears, and we are required to preserve their religious sanctity and cultural significance. We do this, also in the name of Israeli Law related to the protection of the Holy Sites. The unity and special character of the Holy Sites must be protected from all violence and desecration. It is the responsibility of the religious leaders to strengthen this approach and to call on their communities to ensure that the Holy Sites of other religious communities are not harmed. In accordance with the above, and in keeping with the commandments and prohibitions of each respective religion, free access for believers to their respective holy sites must be provided, and the empowered civil authorities must guarantee this. Our religious heritages teach us that peace, doing justice, and righteousness are the commandments of the Holy One Blessed Be He, and as religious leaders, we have a special duty to be attentive to the cry of the weak in our midst and to work together for a more just and fair society. We reiterate our commitment to do everything in our power to fulfill this important charge, especially in the Holy Land, which is dear to us all. Offering our prayer heavenwards, we give thanks to the Creator, who has enabled us to come together this day in order to work together to bring a blessing for all.
First Sunday of Advent – Year B (Mark 13:33-37); November 27, 2011
religion is one of hope. To be a Christian is to be in joyful hope. Which brings us to the question: Why do we continue to celebrate hope? Of course, if we look at our world and examine its history, we discover much that forces us to question the future. We ask, for instance, if peace is probable in the future, because, if history has anything to tell us, it informs us that wars have been with us since the beginning. Marx is not entirely wrong when he interpreted history in terms of struggle. The ethnic cleaning in some African countries, which recalls similar phenomenon in the former Yugoslavia, the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Cold War, the Second World War—the list seems endless. One wonders whether man can achieve peace. If this is what one feels about the world, what does a believer feel about his hope that evil will come to an end? In the First Reading, we read from Isaiah who articulates the
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Vol. 15 No. 24
Our hope will not leave us disappointed
By Msgr. Lope Rodredillo, SThD
FROM time to time, we read news items about people who commit suicide—a jilted lover, a bankrupt businessman, or a problem-laden woman. But these are exceptions. We, the majority, go on living despite frequent ups and downs in life. And why do we go on? The reasons are varied, but the most common denominators are future and hope. One person may commit suicide because, in his perception, there is no hope of getting rid of the pain and conflicts save by getting rid of oneself. He longs for rest from conflicts, but he feels he cannot get this in the future. Thus, one takes a dive. However, there is always the desire to go on living as long as there is hope. Hope gives power and strength to life. As long as there is hope and future, no situation is unbearable. Today, we begin the season of Advent, which is a time of hope. It is a reminder that our
What is the Good News? It’s Jesus Christ Himself
Second Sunday of Advent - Year B (Mark 1:1-8): December 4, 2011
By Msgr. Lope C. Rodredillo, SThD
IF there is anything that we always welcome with joy, it is good news! Did not Fidel Ramos jump with joy when the news spread that the Marcoses had been transported to Hawaii? One can just imagine how happy a woman is after being told by her doctor that her cancer has been cured. That is certainly good news that can make her face glow! For a person accused of murder, the good news is none other than the pronouncement of the judge that he is not guilty! These examples illustrate to us what good news signifies—it means liberation, justification, vindication to someone who, in one way or another, is undergoing negative experiences. These experiences are transformed into something positive that gives liberation, freedom and healing. The First Reading (Isa 40:1-5; 9-11) provides us with an example of what good news means to God’s people in the Old Testament. Sometime in 697 BC, Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, attacked Jerusalem and besieged the city. As a result, he took captive the King of Judah, together with the ministers and government functionaries, the officers and men of the army, craftsmen, smith, and “none was left among the people of the land except the poor” (2 Kings 24:11-17). According to the prophets, this happened because of the perversion of Israel (Jer 16:10-13; Isa 1:21-23; 10:1). The exile suppressed the national identity of the Jews, destroyed their spirit, and humiliated them—“we today are flushed with shame” (Baruch 1:15). It was to this situation that Isaiah, 59 years later, proclaimed the reading today: “Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her service is at an end. Go up on a high mountain, Zion, herald of good tidings, cry out at the top of your voice, Jerusalem, herald of the good news! Here comes with power the Lord God, who rules by his strong arm” (Isa 40:2a.9). To hear that God would finally put an end to their servitude and exile—that was certainly good news! It was the answer to their prayer and confession of sins (Dan 9:18-19). One can just imagine the joy of the Jews, who have been living in exile for a number of years in a land foreign to their culture and life, at hearing this news of liberation! They must have been dancing on the streets and highways! This brings us to the Gospel reading (Mark 1:1-8). Mark opens his work with a proclamation that it is a gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God (Mark 1:1). By gospel he does not refer to his work, the book which we read and which is divided into 16 chapters. Gospel—which originally denoted good news of victory in battle—means “good news”! And
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Only God can bring real happiness to mankind
Reflections on the First Sunday of Advent (Nov 27, 2011)
another and happier. Such was the dream and the expectation of all. But it has not become a reality. Unfortunately, the greed of a clique of tycoons and profiteers, the lust for power and the crave to dominate and exploit others have led us to our present sad situation: an apparently unstoppable global warming is threatening to wipe out entire regions; the desert is advancing at a frightening pace; deforestation is denuding our mountains and plains, thus exposing the earth to an increasing number of various forms of natural calamities such as floods and landslides. As if these tragedies were not enough, many scientists want to play God and experiment with life and human embryos the way children play with sand. We live in the terror that certain scientific tampering with life may produce monsters beyond the control of those who have created them . . . . We live in the constant terror of
By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB
PERHAPS never before in its long history has humankind attained so much scientific and technological progress in such a short span of time as we have witnessed in the past fifty years or so. The computers, the Internet and Social Media have transformed our lives. We have reached the moon and sent space probes to Mars and even to the remotest planet of the solar system. We have discovered the DNA, and completed the genome . . . . The list becomes longer by the day and there seems to be no end in sight. These wonderful discoveries and achievements should have brought a much better life to all human beings. They should have led to the elimination of mass poverty and hunger. By now we should have better health, education, and housing conditions for all. People should be closer to one
a nuclear annihilation, if ever war should break out among nuclear powers, or if a nuclear arsenal ends up in the hands of some radical groups or terrorists. In this way, the dream of a happier and better humanity has often turned into a nightmare; the expectation, into a deep disillusionment and general pessimism in many. Although we all appreciate the value of science and the contribution it has made and can still make to the creation of a more efficient society, it has become ever more obvious that science and more money, if not guided by sound moral principles, can cause more harm than good. It is obvious, as Pope Benedict XVI says in his encyclical “Spe Salvi,” that “science cannot save man.” (SpeSalvi, #26.) We need to be saved by Someone who is both immensely intelligent but also equally wise, Someone who is both thoroughly merciful and just. This “Someone” cannot be a
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Reflections on the Second Sunday of Advent (December 4, 2011)
By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB
WHENEVER man experiences the bites of suffering, he raises his voice to God asking Him to “show His kindness and grant salvation.” Such has always been the attitude and prayer of the people of Israel, especially in the long period of their exile in Babylon and at other moments in their history when they were harassed by aggressive neighbors. The prophet Isaiah reassured his own countrymen that their loving God was not insensitive to the cries of His repentant, suffering people. The Lord was about to “turn His face” to them in mercy and loving concern. He Himself, actually, would go to His own people and take care of them, especially the weak and the defenseless, as a shepherd does with his flock. (See Is 40:11.) The forgiving and consoling love of the Lord, who was going to “turn” toward His people would make them experience a rebirth after the long pangs of the Exile. But for this wonder to happen, they had to do their share—i.e., they had to “make straight in the desert a highway for their Lord” (Is 40:3). This same proclamation was made by John the Baptist to the whole people of Israel. Fulfilling the promises of old, the Lord had turned with love toward His people and was about to manifest His mercy in the most personal way – a way that would outshine all previous manifestations. People of all times may, occasionally, feel the Lord is “late in coming”—late in fulfilling His promise of salvation. St. Peter reminds us today in the second reading that God has not forgotten His promises, nor has He reneged on them. The implementation of His plan is “on course.” Rather than questioning God’s “punctuality,” we should see whether something may not be lacking in our preparation for the “great encounter.” There are important things that we have to do, things that we may have neglected altogether or done in an unsatisfactory way. “God is patient with you,” explains Peter, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (See second reading, v. 9.) On God’s part, the promise stands: the promise of “new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (v.13). But for that promise to become a reality, our cooperation is essential. And that cooperation has a realistic, demanding, and even harsh name: repentance! This means that the people are to turn toward God with a repentant heart, and move toward Him, treading the thorny path and steep road of a sincere conversion. This call to conversion spans the centuries and reaches us today as pertinent and demanding as ever. We, too, need God and His forgiveness. We, too, yearn to see the light of His loving countenance. And we can encounter Him and enjoy His presence only in a life of righteousness in atonement for our sins. Then “Kindness and truth shall meet; justice and peace shall kiss.” Thus, the Savior and the saved shall celebrate the encounter of their converging love.
A vital message for all the people
Fr. Francis Ongkingco
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Gigapixels of Grace
began scratching his head. “Imagine what I can do with the 25 megapixels of quality images, Father?” “I can’t and besides how does one really tell the difference? My phone has 5 and the pictures seem no different from the ones you take. Moreover, they occupy less storage space.” “True, but they get pixilated when you blow them up. My photos won’t!” Jerry corrected me. “But isn’t it enough to simply see and enjoy life’s best moments? Unlessyou’reshootingforNational Geographic where you may need to zoom into some insect or microscopic plant?” I contested. “That’s precisely what I mean!” “Huh?” “Fewer pixels allow you only so much, but when you want to develop for other mediums like billboards and magazines, you will need more megapixels –even maybe gigapixels in the future– so that the quality of your ‘moments’ are not lost.” “In layman’s terms please?” I begged. “I thought you were a techie, Father?” “Yeah, sort off, but not when you treat me like a caveman,” I joked. “Okay, let’s use vocabulary you’re familiar with,” Jerry rubbed his chin. “I’m ready to swing my club!” “Remember, the other day you said that ‘a second of grace could spell a great difference in one’s life.’?” “Yeah, so what mister sapiens?” “Well, photography deals with capturing light. So I guess, in digital photography we can somehow say that the greater a camera’s capacity to capture light, then the better the quality of the shot.” “Okay, I’m beginning to evolve now…,” I grinned. “Go on!” “So, I guess like you explained before: holiness depends on the person’s openness or receptivity to God’s grace. God’s grace is like light. The lesser obstacles one places, the more He captures God’s will in his life. One’s sins, for example, lessen his capacity to ‘capture’ more of God’s grace. Is this all making some sense now?” “Yes, definitely the club that’s going to hit your head will make some sense! But I think the amoeba has now evolved into a jellyfish. Go on, some light might just knock me off and bring me back to homo sapiens mode, dude!” “It’s pretty much there is to it, Father. But before you swing your club, I could just go so far to say that our souls are like negatives that capture God’s loving grace. The lesser pixels we have –maybe like virtues or good desires– then God’s image won’t be faithfully developed in us.” “Wow! I’m finally a human being! Thanks so much dude! I think you’ve just given me a wonderful analogy on how to help people learn how to capture their best moments with God through prayer, the Sacraments and of course through their work well done for God and neighbor.” “You’re welcome, Father,” he chuckled. “Now where did I place that giga-club to hit your head with?”
JERRY excitedly showed me his brand new camera. “It’s not the top of the line, but it has all the features I need to get started with my own little photography and video business, Father!” Ever since he was a child Jerry had always been passionate with photography. A decade ago, getting into the hobby meant having to invest a lot on the equipment and developing the pictures. Today’s digital technology has changed all that. Now, one can shoot an infinite number of photos, then calmly ‘develop’ the best ones in a computer and print or upload them out in no time. “So what can this new camera do, Jerry?” I asked. “Well, Father, basically like all cameras it captures images,” he joked. “DUH! Wow, you’re talking
to a genuine Neanderthal man dude! Go on, I’m following you with my club.” “Just kidding, Father. I bought this to replace my old camera. It allows you to take sharper pictures even while you’re moving. It also has some other automatic functions that adjust more precisely to light and other variable changes.” “That makes photography child’s play. Everyone can now be an expert,” I said. “Ehem,” he cleared his throat to show his disagreement. “Not quite, if you allow me to say so, Father. The experienced photographer has an eye for the best compositions to shoot, the angles to take and of course to put the camera’s features to their maximum potential.” “Okay, I take back what I just said,” the pastoral caveman
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way to reverse the trend. The number 450 ppm is the absolute last chance. The scientists, environmentalists and other knowledgeable people who have intently studied global warming say that concentration of CO2 has to be reduced to 350 ppm for us to avert a planetary global disaster. The human race has to realize that there is environmental and climatic disaster underway as the earth heats up and global temperature edges upward to the 2% centigrade rise. This is essential to prevent reaching the point of no return. Acidification of the oceans will surely kill millions of fish and marine life and the melting of the arctic ice sheet will be irreversible and will bring on that destructive rise in sea levels. Witness the recent break off of a huge slab of the Antarctic glacier, a piece the size of Manhattan. In Bangladesh, 30 million people were displaced last year due to floods, tens of millions more will be displaced in the coming years. With the rising sea levels, it will reach one meter in the next ten to twenty years. They are forecasting catastrophic effects of climate change and the government is demanding compensation from the highest polluting countries. Australia has passed a law that compels polluting industries to pay for the pollution they cause. In the Philippines, only 9% of the original forest cover remains but this is being illegally logged and hacked-to-death by loggers that flout the law and act with impunity protected by corrupt politicians who fund their reelection with the proceeds. Hypocritically, their reelection propaganda usually says they will fight corruption, end impunity and give environmental protection top priority. Philippine environmentalists and anti-mining advocates were outraged recently when the chief of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), Leo Jasareno, announced at a mining conference that President Benigno Aquino III had given mining corporations an exemption from the strict Executive Order 23 (EO23) that forbids the cutting of trees in natural and residual forests provided that they would join the National Greening programme that aims to plants 1.5 million trees in the next six years. The Office of the President has denied the report and said that the President only announced the names of the six companies that already had exemptions. This is a troubling revelation. No exemptions ought to be given
and large scale open-pit mining must be stopped. Executive Order 23 is the only bulwark that is holding back the waiting chain-saw gangs of the loggers and insatiable desires of the mining corporations. They want to get at the minerals under the forests. That means large scale forest destruction and many more related environmental and human disasters like landslides, river and sea poisoning, dangerous dams holding back toxic mining sludge, loss for ancestral land rights, loss of farming land and natural water sources. The burning of cleared forests causes a huge release of CO2 and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, that’s a whopping 16% of all gases released worldwide and equal to all the gases released by almost every vehicle, plane or ship in the world. To make matters worse, the loss of the trees themselves will leave huge amounts of CO2 unabsorbed. Forest trees are the CO2 sponges of the planet. I am not sure if the 2000, two-meter tall, grafted fruit tree saplings that I plant annually through the Preda Fair Trade will be of any help but it will off-set the emissions I create. We can all do something to stop the deforestation and planting a tree is a good start to heal a wounded planet.
Climate change and Philippine deforestation
By Fr. Shay Cullen
THE greatest hope we have for saving our planet from catastrophe is the commitment of those dedicated environmentalists and scientists who love creation and work tirelessly to protect it from the irresponsible tycoons of industry and corrupt politicians who cause global warming. Many choose to deny the scientific evidence that climate change is underway and damaging our world. They only have to ask the people of Bangkok why they are experiencing the worst floods in living memory. Millions of people around the world are suffering severe deprivation, disease and death because of the extremes of climate change caused by prolonged droughts, intense storms, cyclones, and raging hurricanes. There is one vital number, 390, that is going to determine the future of every living creature on our planet. Like it or not, believe it or not, the concentration of CO2 in our atmosphere is increasing daily. It is now at that dangerous level of 390 parts per million CO2 (ppm). This heavy concentration is too much already and the planet is reaching a tipping point where there will be no
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Diocese of Antipolo is a young man who just recently organized their own “parangal” for their outstanding youth ministers in his diocese. Most Rev. Rolando Joven Tria Tirona, prelate of Infanta, was the third ECY chair when he was then Bishop of Malolos. In 1998, he organized a regular national gathering of young people which now became the National Youth Day. It was in his term when the National Catholic Filipino Youth Survey and the Kalakbay were made. Bro. Elmer Cobar Rodriguez, a Salesian of Don Bosco, was for many years in charge of the Training Center, the out-of-school program of the Salesians giving hope to many poor youth. He established the Ampon that cater to poor youth from the provinces who can avail of a 15-month technical course. The next awardees are pillars of their dioceses in their own right. Antonio Alex Ayo Manongdo, from the Apostolic Vicariate of Baguio is a multi-talented and anti-drug advocate and radio announcer who founded the Brevarians in 1999 with the motto, “Bring Every Soul to Christ the King”. As a youth, he got lost in faith but today, he commits his life to the young so that the next generation will not experience what he had undergone. Freddie Hernandez Bernardino, from
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the Diocese of Antipolo, is a diocesan youth coordinator who has a soft spot for children in conflict with the law. On top of that, he is a team member preparing young professionals to be firm in the faith in order to become missionaries; Nestornuevo Dubduban Lansin, from the Diocese of Surigao, is a head teacher whose forte on formation goes beyond the classroom. He has always been the adviser of the Diocesan Formation Team, organizing and facilitating programs for the youth. Rhoderick Gavero Hernandez, from the Archdiocese of Davao, is a multiawarded youth minister because of his involvement in pastoral advocacies relevant to Mindanao. He is a member of Operation Build-Up and Coordinator of Sagop Kinabuhi in his Archdiocese. The Salesian Society of St. John Bosco, whose three confreres became National Youth Directors of the NSYA, while others serve as Regional Directors in the places they were assigned. They opened their doors to national youth events like World Youth Day preparations, Taize in Manila and even during this National Youth Day. They have been running for seven years now the John Paul II Catechetics and Youth Ministry Conferences. Loreto Salvador San Juan, from the Student Catholic Actions of the Philippines, is part of the organizing
committee of this year’s NYD and of the Executive Team for this year’s double celebration. He is part of SCAP since high school days in Ramon Magsaysay High School. He rose from the rank of leader to Executive Secretary. Jessica Joy Vasquez Candelaria, started back in her parish in Las Piñas when she was invited by her parish priest. She got involved and fell in love with the ministry and has just stepped down as Executive Secretary of the Youth Desk of the Federation of Asian Bishop’s Conference’s Office of the Laity and Family. National Youth Commission Commissioner Asec. Earl Saavedra, one of the luminaries said that many criteria were set to choose the awardees. “First is the minister who initiated the best practices done in their parishes, not just practices but those that possess good initiative and that sustain. Another is that how many were affected by those practices. Finally is the involvement of the society,” he explained. Asked why he accepted the invitation to be one of the judges he said that he had the passion to be in the youth ministry because he was a former seminarian. “This activity should not be hindered for this is done by a non-payable organization. This awarding promotes a sense of volunteerism. Ideas, values
and attitudes of an ideal youth that can serve as a model will be found in those awardees-those people who serve in the Church,” Saavedra said. He also remarked that the youth minister must continue what he or she has started and become an instrument to the youth in serving the community and God. Around 70 youth ministers from different parts of the country were nominated, then shortlisted to 25 by five luminaries who were invited to choose the awardees for the John Paul II National Youth Ministry Awards last Oct. 28. The Recognition Committee was headed by Most Rev. Roberto Mallari, Auxiliary Bishop of San Fernando, Pampanga. Other members of the committee were Bishop Gerardo Alminanza, Auxiliary Bishop of Jaro, Ambassador Henrietta “Tita” de Villa, Former Philippine Ambassador to the Holy See and presently the National Chairperson for the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPC-RV); Commissioner Earl Saavedra, Commissioner for Mindanao of the National Youth Commission; and the Vice President of the Ayala Young Leaders Alumni Association, Mrs. Clarissa Geron-Riva. (Narwin Gonzales/Jandel Posion)
and thank Him every day, especially when you wake up in the morning and before you sleep at night. Faith is a relationship with God. Keep your connection alive!” he continued. Buzon also encouraged the youth to use their accounts properly and advised them to follow the 10 commandments. “And lastly, Will it or Want it. You, the Youth are hungry to become ‘saints’. You, or we, hunger for God and without that ‘willpower’ to be a saint, it won’t just happen,” he added. “Login, Update, Use your account properly, and WILL IT,” he further said. Be faithful in your relationship Leading the closing mass at the end of the day’s session, Buzon told the youth to stay faithful in their relationship with God. “Are you still faithful in your relationship?” he asked during his homily. “Faith is not just ‘believing’, but having a personal relationship with God. It is loving only one God, through all the years of your life with all your heart, mind, strength, and soul. And it is trusting God that he will never let anyone harm you, and you trusting him that he loves you so much,” said Buzon. (Jandel Posion with reports from Ira Yu and Karina Tovera)
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Most Holy Eucharist, and leads a life in harmony with the faith and the role to be undertaken; 4º not be bound by any canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared; 5º not be the father or the mother of the one to be baptized. 2) Exclusion of Non-Catholics: A baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may not be admitted except as a witness to Baptism and together with a Catholic godparent (c.874, §2). (To be concluded)
1 VV. Congregations, Instruction Ecclesia de mysteriis (15.VIII.1997), Art.11. 2 3
feelings of his people about their lot: “For you have hidden your face from me” (Isa 64:6). Do we not sometimes feel, with all the seemingly unending experience of evil, that there is no hope ever that things will change in the future? Who does not feel the seeming absence of God who, it sometimes seems, has abandoned us who believe in him? Does it not sometimes appear that the heavens are closed, that God is silent and absent? People ask God to help them overcome their problems, but it seems that their cry remains unanswered. Everyday, we pray for peace, but when will the prayer be
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heard? Despite all this, however, we continue to celebrate hope, because, according to St Paul, God in Jesus Christ has begun working among us. To the Corinthians, for example, he speaks of the rich gifts that have been bestowed on them (1 Cor 4:7). For Christians, God is at work in the good that happens in the world, in the beautiful things that happen in each person’s life. Reconciliation of quarrelling neighbors, forgiving a murderer, donation to a cause for justice, embracing an enemy, feeding the hungry, standing for the rights of the oppressed— events such as these are the work of the Spirit. And what God has
begun, he will not abandon (1 Cor 10:13), for he is faithful (1 Cor 1:9, Second Reading). Since God is at work, we cannot therefore despair. We cannot give up even the tiniest accomplishments we have with regard, for instance, to world peace and justice, despite the multitude of wars and injustices in our midst, because each accomplishment has been initiated by God. We have reason to hope that he will reveal more powerfully in our lives what “no ear has ever heard, no eye ever seen” (Isa 64:3b). Which is none other than the “fellowship with His Son, Christ our Lord” (1 Cor 1:9). As followers of Christ,
what we can do is watch for that revelation. This is the point of today’s Gospel (Mark 13:33-37). We wait for God to intervene in the world on our behalf. As we do not know when is he going to reveal to us this object of our hope—this fellowship with him and with the saints—all we need to do is to watch! “Be constantly on the watch! Stay awake! You do not know when the appointed time will come” (Mark 13:33). And how do we watch? It is by allowing God’s gift to work in our lives. “Would that [God] might meet us doing right, that we were mindful of [him] in our ways!” (Isa 64:4). The active watching is revealed in
the kind of life that we lead, which we hope to be perfected when Christ will fully reveal to us the fellowship. It is a life that proclaims that we are mouthpieces of Christ, giving witness to all. God has already begun this kind of life in us through the Holy Spirit, and we continue allowing the Spirit to work in us as we wait for the final revelation. Wars may go on, but the fact people are reconciled gives hope. Says St Paul: “The hope will not leave us disappointed, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Rom 5:5).
Ibid. Ibid., 496.
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the foolish man built upon the sand. The prelate also challenged the youth to show their firmness as Catholics by living out their faith in the open, defending the Church’s teachings and being witness of Christ to others. “Let us not be mere Catholics in private. Let us live up to our faith in public and show that we bear witness to God’s Words and follow Church teachings,” he said. At least 3,300 young Filipinos from different parishes, schools, organizations and dioceses nationwide went to Manila since last Monday to participate in the week-long celebration of the NYD, which will culminate this evening with a grand festival night at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City. (YouthPinoy)
the “good news” that Mark proclaims is a person—Jesus himself. The greatest news is Jesus himself. In Aramaic, Jesus is Yeshua, which is a late form of the Hebrew Yehoshua, meaning, “Yahweh is salvation”. In him, God reveals himself as Savior. In other words, the good news is Jesus embodies the salvation of God, which all people long for. There are two best known Jesuses in the Bible. In the Old Testament, there is Jesus or Joshua, son of Nun, successor of Moses (Num 13:16). In the
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New Testament, there is Jesus of Nazareth (Luke 2:21). Just as in the first Jesus, Joshua, God executed his plan to bring his people into the land that he swore to their fathers he would give them (Deut 31:7-8), so in the second Jesus, the man from Nazareth, God will accomplish his plan to give his people healing, liberation and salvation. This means that in Jesus, God is acting again on behalf of his people just as he did for Israel of old. In Jesus, God brings liberation and salvation to his people. In Jesus, one finds the
answer to the fundamental problem of existence. Today, we are enmeshed in many negative realities—injustice, exploitation, global greed, oppression, political and economic inequality and disenfranchisement, suppression of human rights, abuse of power, and destruction of environment, among others. All these involve separation from God and severance of common brotherhood, which are the essence of sin. But Jesus came to save his people from their sins (Matt 1:21) and its consequences. This is the good news. In Jesus
salvation, integrity, healing, new life—all this is possible, can be given to humanity. Jesus will accomplish this as Son of God (Mark 1:1), not as Son of Man, Prophet, or Son of David. What does this mean? Notice: that Jesus is the Son of God is never recognized in Mark’s account, except at the end, when a pagan soldier, seeing how he died on the cross, declared that he is the Son of God (Mark 15:19). This means that for Mark, salvation can only come from dying. Jesus will be able to give life, healing, salvation and
integrity precisely because he is able to endure suffering and give up his life. And what does this imply for Christians? Since the purpose why Mark wrote his story is to know Jesus as Son of God, and since to know him is to believe that he is the suffering Messiah who died on the cross, the evangelist therefore wishes to ask us, who are Christ’s disciples, to follow the crucified Messiah in loving service and suffering, even to the point of dying. In this way, we become good news to people in need of liberation and salvation.
simple creature, no matter how intelligent, good, powerful, and well-meaning. Only God can bring real happiness to mankind. Only LOVE—the authentic love that God is—can bring us the salvation, peace, and harmony we all yearn for. This aspiration becomes a
reality in JESUS CHRIST, God’s incarnate Son. He alone can save mankind not only by preparing for it an eternity of happiness in the world to come, but also by teaching us all to live in harmony, peace, and collaboration even here on earth.
Advent is the period of the year in which we are invited to recognize the need to receive such all-encompassing and lasting salvation, and to pray that the Lord may grant us just that. That’s why Advent is the season of honesty and the season of hope. It is the season
of the honesty that brings us to acknowledge our radical incapacity to bring about in full the good we dream of. It is the season of hope because we know that God is more than willing to do for us the wonder that we have failed to accomplish, and has the
power to do so. At the very start of Advent, we are invited to reawaken our hope that the same Jesus who was born two thousand years ago will work for us the wonders of old . . . and more. It is now up to us to do our share in the way that the following Sundays will outline.
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TITLE: Breaking Dawn (Part 1) CAST: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattison, Taylor Lautner DIRECTION: Bill Condon SCREENPLAY: Melissa Rosenberg STORY: Stephanie Meyer CINEMATOGRAPHY: Guillermo Navarro EDITING: Virginia Katz; PRODUCER: Wyck Godfrey, Karen Rosenfelt, Stephanie Meyer MUSIC: Cartner Burwell LOCATION: Seatle/Brazil GENRE: Drama Fantasy DISTRIBUTOR: Summit Entertainment RUNNING TIME: 153 minutes Technical Assessment: Moral Assessment: ½ Cinema Rating: For viewers 14 years old
BREAKING Dawn stays true to the novel and brings it to life with such intensity. The movie centers on Edward (Robert Pattison) and Bella’s (Kristen Stewart) first year’s marriage. After a dreamy wedding and honeymoon, the newly wed face the horror of Bella’s unexpected pregnancy. Unknowing what the unborn child will become, Edward decides to have the pregnancy terminate but Bella, whose motherly instincts have awakened, clings on to her child with the help of Rosalie (Nikki Reed), the only Cullen member who prefers her mortality. Bella’s pregnancy has compromised her health and nutrition much to the
consternation of Jacob (Taylor Lautner). But these are not the only issues the Cullens must deal with since Sam (Chaske Spencer) has decided that Bella’s child is more of a treat to humanity and ordered his pack to attack the Cullens. Breaking Dawn offers several breathe taking sequences: the wedding which is staged with such subtle class and poetic romance; the scenic landscapes of Isle Esme and even the Cullen’s house. One of the best scenes interpreting the book is when Jacob refuses to succumb to Sam and finally finds his Alpha voice. Storywise, it does stay true to Meyer’s work and incorporates as much details as possible. Sadly though, it lacks the factor which made Twilight, both the novel and at least the 1st and 3rd movies. For one, it had too much songs and MTVmoments for a vampire movie. Edward ‘s character lost its mystery and the conflict did not have the same intensity to deliver the needed suspense. The original indie feel was lost as it transformed into a glossy run-of-the-mill love story. Technically, Breaking Dawn delivers - with magnificent CGI effects used in Bella’s deteriorating physique, better acting from Stewart and Laurent and good editing. Still, as segue to the conclusion of the Twilight Saga, it falls short of
expectations. Breaking Dawn brings strong messages on anti-abortion, marriage and family. We see how Bella fights for the life of her unborn child despite the circumstances that dictates otherwise. How often do woman find themselves in the same predicament and readily succumb to abortion at the first sign of physical, emotional, social and financial discomfort or difficulty. Bella’s determination and sacrifice serves as an inspiration for mothers-to-be having apprehensions on their pregnancy. Family bonds are highly valued and respected in the film - the Cullens take care of each other while the Quileute tribe fight side by side to protect their people. The importance of family is mentioned several times in the dialogue. And finally, Breaking Dawn can be commended for putting premium on the sanctity of marriage and its consummation. The marriage act sequences are intense but not graphic. Although It could have been shortened as most viewers would have already read the book and are familiar with the events. Because of certain themes and delicate scenes in the story, the movie is better recommended for older teenagers with adult guidance.
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TITLE: There be Dragons CAST: Charlie Cox, Wes Bentley, Dougray Scott, Unax Ugalde,Olga Kurylenko, Pablo Lapadula, Golshifteh Farahani, Rusty Lemorande, Ana Torrent, Alfonso Bassave DIRECTOR: Roland Joffé WRITER: Roland Joffé GENRE: Drama RUNNING TIME: 117 minutes TECHNICAL ASSESSMENT: ½ MORAL ASSESSMENT: ½ Cinema Rating: For viewers 14 years old and above
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THERE be dragons is the story of London-based investigative journalist Robert Torres (Dougray Scott), who visits Spain to research a book about Josemaría Escrivá (Charlie Cox), the controversial founder of Opus Dei. But, Robert hits a wall, both professionally and personally, when his most promising source—his own father, Manolo Torres (Wes Bentley)—turns out to be his least cooperative one. Robert begins to unearth his father’s toxic secrets when he learns that Manolo was not only born in the same Spanish town as Josemaría, but that they were childhood friends and attended the same seminary. The two men take radically different paths in life, with Josemaría dedicating his life to his faith while Manolo is swept into the brutal and tumultuous Spanish Civil War. Manolo descends into a dangerous and jealous obsession when the beautiful Hungarian revolutionary Ildiko (Olga Kurylenko) doesn’t return his affections and instead gives herself to the courageous military leader, Oriol (Rodrigo Santoro). As Robert continues to unearth the secrets of Josemaría’s life and Manolo’s mysterious anger, their overlapping journeys are revealed with the truths and sorrows of their past choices, which compels Manolo to confront his own secret with one last opportunity of forgiveness. With such a star-studded cast and crew, there is no reason There be dragons cannot pull off a memorable film. It is written and directed by two-time Academy Award-nominee Roland Joffé (The Mission, The Killing Fields, City of Joy) and stars Charlie Cox (Stardust, Casanova), Wes Bentley (American Beauty, Ghost Rider), Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace, Max Payne), Emmy Award-winning actor Derek Jacobi (Gladiator, The Golden Compass), Dougray Scott (Mission Impossible II, Ever After) and Rodrigo Santoro (300, Che). Its art director is Academy Awardwinner Eugenio Zanetti (Restoration, What Dreams May Come), its costume designer is Academy Award®-winner Yvonne Blake (What Dreams May Come), and its makeup designer is Academy Award-winner Michele Burke (Quest for Fire, Dracula). It is superbly edited by no less than Academy Award-nominee Richard Nord (The Fugitive), and photodirected by Gabriel Beristain (Caravaggio). Whew! In case you are wondering if this is another kung fu movie, take heart. The title There be dragons is borrowed from the words supposedly found on medieval maps indicating unexplored territory, Hic sunt dracones, which refers to the experiences in life which cause people to suffer and to react in different ways. Only by acknowledging and dealing with those “dragons”, director Joffé suggests, can we escape the cycle of vengeance and dehumanization which so marked the twentieth century and still marks today’s world. Says Joffé: “I think that’s what Josemaría was teaching, again and again, to people going through anguishing experiences: to connect to the humanity not only of those who are suffering but also of those who are causing them to suffer. But just in case the mention of “Josemaria Escriva” scares you away, know that this is not a movie to proselytize its audience. It is a polished work of art, a professionally crafted epic tale of revolutionaries and saints in a time of civil war; a story of love and heroism amid jealousy, hatred and violence; and a heartbreaking drama about the power of forgiveness to break the chains of the past.
Find the images of Archangel Gabriel, Baptismal candle and Quiapo Church. (Illustration by Bladimer Usi)
Vol. 15 No. 24
November 21 - December 4, 2011
A Supplement Publication of KCFAPI and the Order of the Knights of Columbus
KCFAPI Officers and Supervisors during the 2012 Planning Conference held from Nov. 11-13, 2011 at the Sarrosa International Hotel and Residential Suites in Cebu.
KCFAPI holds 2012 planning conference
Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Phils., inc. (KCFAPI) officers and supervisors led by the Association’s President, Bro. Guillermo N. Hernandez and Executive Vice President, Ms. Ma. Theresa G. Curia held the 2012 Planning Conference last November 11-13, 2011 at Sarrosa International in Cebu City. During the conference, representatives from each department discussed their major programs for 2012 including their targets, budgets with action plans focusing on the theme “BLESS LIFE”. BLESS LIFE means “Bring life, Live life, Enjoy life, Share life, Support life and Leverage, Innovate, Fulfill and Excel”. According to KCFAPI President Bro. Hernandez, despite a gloomy economy, the Association remains resilient in dealing with the difficult economic conditions. Discussions focused on the revisions from the dry run preA GRAND Knight Leadership training was conducted by the Central Luzon Conquerors (CLC Area) of the Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines, Inc., (KCFAPI) last October 15-16, 2011 at the Viewdeck, Tanauan, Dingalan, Aurora Province. CLC Area Manager Manuel L. Naldoza in coordination with the Round Table of District Deputies of Nueva Ecija and Aurora headed by its Chairman Bro. Gildindo Verino pursued the leadership training among their Grand Knights (GK). Among its objectives were to gain more knowledge on how to be an effective leader, how to solve conflicts in the group, how to conduct a meeting, information about membership and insurance and orientation on SIKAP, a microfinance project of KCFAPi. Together with their Respective District Deputies and Fraternal
FBG extends nomination for Academic Excellence Award
THE Fraternal Benefits Group (FBG) of the Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines, Inc. (KCFAPI) has extended the nomination for the Fr. George J. Willmann, SJ award for Academic Excellence. According to Marketing Assistant Mike Medina, the nomination period is extended until next year and the FBG will release a formal memo before the year ends regarding the incentives and guidelines as well. Medina added that the Academic Excellence Award is conferred to select individuals to inspire the members of the Knights of Columbus family to excel academically and serve as an asset in forming a ‘strong Christian society.’ The program is divided into four divisions, namely: Elementary Level (Valedictorian of the Graduating class of 2010-2011),
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sentation held the day before at KCFAPI main office and other areas of concern that are vital to the operations of the Association. The conference ended with the contract signing for the Association’s Cebu Service Office (please see related story also on C1). (Lady Romelie M. Gatdula)
High School Level (Valedictorian of the Graduating class of 2010-2011), College Level (Cum Laude or higher honors of the Graduating class of 2010-2011) and passers of BOARD/BAR examination from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011. The awarding will take place in KofC respective councils and will be facilitated by their Area Manager. The Fr. George J. Willmann, SJ Award for Academic Excellence was sponsored by KCFAPI to recognize the members of Knights of Columbus and their immediate families who have excelled in their studies. Interested parties may download the nomination forms from the K of C website at www.kofc. org.ph. For more inquiries, please call FBG office at telephone number (02) 527-2243. (FBG News)
Bishop Perez Assembly installs new officers for Fraternal Yr 2011-2012
(Front row from left) DD Gildindo Verino, KCFAPI VP-Fraternal Benefits Group Joseph P. Teodoro, CLC Area Manager Manuel L. Naldoza. (Standing from left) FDD Rene Cruz, GK Emil Quejada, GK Rolly San Pedro, GK Sixto Valenzuela, GK Honorato Pananhon, GK Wilfredo Agsalud and PGK Jesus Baruzo.
Counselors, the said Grand Knight Leadership Training was attended by 43 GKs from three provinces—Nueva Ecija, Aurora and Pangasinan. Speakers were retired Army General and Past Grand Knight
(PGK) Reynaldo Pambid; PGK Manuel Guerrero; District Deputy Nestor Berbe; KCFAPI Vice President for Fraternal Benefits Group Joseph P. Teodoro; and KCFAPI Business Development Supervisor, Ms. Ira J. Tee.
Meanwhile, Worthy Luzon Deputy Arsenio Isidro Yap awarded certificates of appreciation to Grand Knights who participated in the Pasalubong to the State deputy membership drive. (KC News)
Cebu Service Office signs contract for renewal of lease
THE Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Phils., Inc. (KCFAPI) renewed its Contract of Lease with Visayas Columbian Foundation, Inc. for Cebu Service Office located at the 2nd Floor of VCFI Bldg., 36 Archbishop Reyes Avenue corner Molave Street, Lahug, Cebu City. The contract signing was made coinciding with the KCFAPI Planning Conference last 11.11.11 at Sarrosa International Hotel located at Ayala Access Road, Mabolo, Cebu City. Present during the contract signing were KCFAPI Officers: Mr. Guillermo N. Hernandez, President; Ms. Ma. Theresa G. Curia, Executive Vice President; Ms. Mary Magdalene G. Flores, Vice President - Finance and HRCC; Mr. Joseph P. Teodoro, Vice President - Fraternal Benefits Group; Mr. Ronulfo Antero G. Infante, Vice President - Information and BC Holders’ Services; and Mr. Angelito A. Bala, Vice President - Actuarial & Business Development. The Cebu Service Office was recently renovated following the face-lifting of the façade of the VCFI, to be at par with the buildings fronting our office, the Ayala Business Park. (Floralin C. Bohol)
KCFAPI Officers and Supervisors during the contract signing between the Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines, Inc. (KCFAPI) represented by its Executive Vice President, Ms. Ma. Theresa G. Curia (seated, extreme left) and President, Mr. Guillermo N. Hernandez (2nd to the left) and the Visayas Columbian Foundation, Inc. (VCFI) represented by Engr. Patrocinio R. Bacay, Chairman and President(seated, center); Atty. Allan Nicolas C. Ouano, Corporate Secretary (in orange polo) and Mr. Panfilo O. Pacubas, Sr. , Treasurer (seated, extreme right).
THE Knights of Columbus Bishop Felix P. Perez Assembly ACN 2357 in Cavite recently held its 18th Installation of Officers for the fraternal year 2011-2012 at the K of C Multi Purpose Hall at Molino 5, Bacoor, Cavite. Rev. Fr. George Morales celebrated Holy Mass in the morning followed by the installation of assembly officers conducted by SK Isagani B. Maghirang, Master of the 4th Degree – District 5 and assisted by SK Adolfo F. Calip, District 5 Marshall. New officers are Rustom Nueva, Sr, Faithful Navigator; James Acosta, Faithful Captain; Avelino Galutan, Faithful Admiral; Hernani Dimayuga, Faithful Comptroller; Antonio Barrientos, Faithful Pilot; Wilfredo Pabericio, Faithful Scribe; Constancio Olis, Jr., Faithful Purser; Rodolfo Losabio
and Luisito Posadas, Faithful Inner Sentinels; Eugenio Liberato, Jr and Felix Buesas, Faithful Outer Sentinels; Auxencio Joseph Clemente, Faithful Trustee for 3 years; Irineo Leyritana, Jr., Faithful Trustee for 2 years; Romulo Gapuz, Sr., Faithful Trustee for 1 year; and Rev. Fr. George Morales as Faithful Friar. Newly-elected Chairmen and their Committees are Ireneo Bosque, Sr., Program; Pascual Limcolioc, Admission; Antonio Espiritu, Membership; Ru De Asas, Welfare; Roland Ablang, Memorial; Julio Nova, Patriotic; Edwin Boneo, Public Relations; Emiliano Bernabe, Awards/Recognition; Amante Isla, Ways and Means; Romulo Gapuz, Sr., Sports and Socials; and Carlito Mape, Assembly Commander. (KC News)
Guest Priests from the Diocese of Daet accompanied by Msgr. Joselito Asis of CBCP, paid a visit and concelebrated a Eucharistic celebration at the KCFAPI main office in Intramuros, Manila last November 21, 2011. Also in photo are the KCFAPI officers led by its Executive Vice President, Ma. Theresa G. Curia and President, Guillermo N. Hernandez.
Mindanao Deputy, Balbino Fauni talks about Council Membership Growth to Grand Knights and Financial Secretaries during the Membership Program Directors’ Conference held in Valdia Garden, Dipolog City.
Hilario G. Davide, Jr.
November 21 - December 4, 2011
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WITH special sentiments, I greet all my brothers in the Knights of Columbus in the Philippines and the members of their families on the occasion of our celebration this year of Christmas to recall the birth two thousand and eleven years ago of a Child, who was born in a manger as a covenant of the people and a light for all nations (Isaiah 42.6); a great light seen by the people who sit in darkness and who dwell in a land overshadowed by death (Matthew 4:5-16); to proclaim the message of Peace; to die on the Cross for our redemption and salvation; and to teach us live a life of faith, hope and love, and of selfless service to our neighbors. We in our generation are confronted by crises and adversities never imagined before. Hunger, poverty, diseases, wars, terrorism, intolerance and calamities brought about by climate change – the proximate cause of which is the injustice committed against Mother Earth by a greedy civilization – are everywhere. There is even a crisis in faith and in religion as evidenced by our defiance of God’s laws. All of these and many more must bring us together to reflect on the authentic meaning and message of Christmas – our Saviour Jesus Christ Himself. May He lift up our hearts, strengthen our will, illumine our way, and give us grace and courage to overcome these passing crises, miseries and adversities and lead us through the path to a New Year of genuine peace, happiness, and joy, progress and prosperity. Merry Christmas! VIVAT JESUS!
KCFAPI Christmas Party 2011
THE Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines, Inc. (KCFAPI) Group of Companies will be having its Christmas party on December 16, 2011 at the Bayleaf Hotel in Intramuros, Manila. Dubbed as “KCFAPI – Christmas in our Myths”, the theme for this year’s party is Mythology. Employees will come dressed as mythological characters like Greek or Roman gods and goddesses as well as villains such as Athena, Atlas, Zeus, hera, Achilles and a lot more. There will also be presentations, songs and dances. This year’s party will surely be as wonderful and exciting as the previous gatherings the company has held. Hence, employees are expecting to have fun, fun, fun on the upcoming Christmas Party. (Loriz Mae Sangalang)
The Cause for the Beatification of Father George J. Willmann, SJ
EMULATING the virtues that bespeak of sanctity of a person like Father George J. Willmann, is what we need today to draw us into a deeper living out of the fullest meaning of our Catholic Faith in the context of increasing secularism. Thus, we believe, is one of the most important objectives in initiating the Cause of the good Father George. As prescribed by the Congregation for Causes of Saints in Rome, a person may be elevated to the honors of the altar if he has lived up to a “heroic” degree of the supernatural virtues of faith, hope and charity, as well as the cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance. We believe that Father Willmann practiced them all to an exceptional degree. In order to establish and widen the fame of Sanctity of Father Willmann, may we call on all Brother Knights, their families and friends to respond to the following appeal: 1. Submission of testimonies on Fr. Willmann’s heroic virtues; 2. Recitation of Prayer for his Beatification in private and during K of C meetings and affairs; 3. Invocation of his intercession in our prayers; 4. Submission of Reports on answered prayers through the intercession of Father Willmann; 5. Visitation of his tomb in the Sacred Heart Novitiate Cemetery, Novaliches, Quezon City. 6. Membership to Fr. George J. Willmann Fellows. This is a challenge for all of us Knights of Columbus members, who dearly love Father George J. Willmann, SJ.
KC joins inmates in observing National Correctional ‘Consciousness Week’
THE Knights of Columbus in the Philippines joined the yearly observance of the National Correctional Consciousness Week (NACOCOW) by providing some means to make the week more meaningful to the inmates. According to Manila City Jail Wardress J/Supt Esmeralda A. Azucena, the Inmates’ Welfare Development Section of the Manila City Jail had lined up activities like symposiums on stress management for the benefit and well being of their Female Dormitory Residents. The Luzon Jurisdiction led by Luzon Deputy Arsenio Isidro Yap provided a resource speaker as well as refreshments for the 200 participants and for the other 800 Female Dormitory Residents of the Manila City Jail. State Spiritual Formation Chairman Bro. Luis Adriano, Jr. tackled “How to Combat Depression” together with Luzon State Community Director Romulo Estrella and State Secretary Ramon Sanchez in front of inmates at the Manila City Jail-Female Dormitory Visiting Areas. Adriano emphasized the different ways on how to overcome depression, such as physical exercise, nurturing oneself with good nutrition, share and chat with a caring friend any situation that have contributed to one’s depression, spend more time reading books, express artistic talents thru drawing, etc, don’t lose hope, look at the brighter side of things; avoid
Guillermo N. Hernandez
in a few weeks from now, we will celebrate Christmas once again. Streets will be well lit, houses lanterned, stores filled with goods to the beams, and people doing their rounds of frantic shopping. While people from all walks of life celebrate Christmas in different ways depending on beliefs, customs, traditions and economic capacity, one thing remains certain though, it will never pass unnoticed and will never be treated as an ordinary day. Indeed, for millions of people around the world, and for non Catholics alike, Christmas is a very special day, if not the most special day of the year. Skeptics of course can readily reason out that this is largely a product of commercialism with Santa Claus, Christmas trees, mistletoes and snowmen as popular yuletide symbols. Perhaps there is some truth to the business side of it in the same manner how Halloween has evolved from all saints day. In the case of Christmas however, the spirit behind its celebration was not totally lost. I refer to the “gift – giving” aspect which is still very much around in family circles, office parties, association gatherings and the like. More than the material gift – giving though, the most important part of Christmas is still our thanksgiving and reverence to the Infant Jesus whose birthday we celebrate on that special day, and any gift – giving that we intend to do should be done as an offering to Him. Let us also not forget that what will make our Lord most happy is when we give to our less fortunate brothers, coming from our hearts and devoid of hypocrisy. After all, this is very much akin to what we in the Order of the Knights of Columbus and KCFAPI have been espousing all along, “united we are as brothers in truly helping those who have less in life in our society for the common good.” Let’s live Christmas in our hearts. Vivat Jesus!
alcohol; and the most important thing is to believe that nothing is impossible with God. the national Correctional Consciousness Week is aimed at educating society on the situations prevailing in prison and make fellow Filipinos more aware that prisoners are also persons, whose human rights must be respected. The consciousness week, with a theme “Pagbabagong Buhay Abot Kamay, Tuwid na Landas Ating Gabay” also encouraged people of various states in life to participate in the rehabilitation of the inmates. The NACOCOW was declared through Proclamation No. 551 on March 15, 1995 by then President Fidel V. Ramos. (KC News)
Pedro P. Lubenia
Good Corporate Governance
KCFAPI Board of Trustees In our previous articles on Corporate Governance, we came to know why practicing good corporate governance is essential for an effective business operation especially where the entity like KCFAPI is involved in providing fraternal benefits to its members. Moreover, the confidence of the members, particularly the Benefit Certificate Holders is very essential in sustaining the competitiveness of the Association which is consistent with its fiduciary responsibility. Our Trustees, composed of dedicated and committed volunteers of the KC Order representing Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao jurisdictions have the necessary qualifications, professional talents and years of experiences. Most of all, they have unquestionable reputations and competences in their own field of expertise. Duties and Responsibilities Trustees, having chosen and elected through the Founder Members’ Committee shall perform and observe the following: 1. Conduct fair business transaction with KCFAPI and its subsidiaries to ensure that personal interest does not bias board decisions. 2. Whenever possible, shall avoid situations that would
Duties and Responsibilities of a Trustee
give rise to a conflict of interest. If transactions with KCFAPI cannot be avoided, it should be done in the regular course of business and upon terms not less favorable to the Association than those offered to others. The basic principle to be observed is that a trustee shall not use his position to profit or to acquire benefit or advantage for himself and/or his related interests. He shall avoid situations that would compromise impartiality. 3. Act honestly, in good faith and with loyalty to the best interest of KCFAPI, its Benefit Certificate holders, investors, borrowers, other clients and the general public. A Trustee must act in good faith with care which an ordinary prudent man would exercise under similar circumstances and shall always strive to promote the interest of all stakeholders while giving due regard to the rights and interests of others. 4. Devote time and attention necessary to properly discharge their duties and responsibilities. Trustees shall devote sufficient time to familiarize themselves with KCFAPI’s business condition and be knowledgeable to contribute meaningfully to the board’s work. They must attend and actively participate in board and committee meetings, request and review meeting materials, ask questions and request explanations. If a person cannot give sufficient time and attention to the affairs of KCFAPI, he should neither accept his nomination nor run for election as member of the board. 5. Act judiciously. Before deciding on any matter brought before the Board of Trustees, every Trustee shall thoroughly evaluate the issues, ask questions and seek clarifications when necessary. 6. Exercise independent judgment. A Trustee shall view each problem/situation objectively. When disagreements with others occur, he shall carefully evaluate the situation and state his position. He shall not be afraid to take a position even though it might be unpopular but shall support plans and ideas that he thinks will be beneficial to the Association. 7. Have a working knowledge of the statutory and regulatory requirements affecting KCFAPI, including the contents of its articles of incorporation and bylaws, the requirements of the Insurance Commission, and where applicable, the requirements of other government agencies. A Trustee shall also keep himself informed of the industry developments and business trends in order to safeguard KCFAPI’s competitiveness. 8. Observe confidentiality. Trustees must observe the confidentiality of non-public information acquired by reason of their position as Trustee. They may not disclose said information to any other person without the authority of the Board. 9. Trustees shall be furnished with a copy of the specific duties and responsibilities of the Board of Trustees as well as the specific duties and responsibilities of a trustee within thirty (30) working days, in case of incumbent trustees and at the time of election in case of trustees elected after the issuance of the Manual on Corporate Governance. 10. The trustees concerned shall each be required to acknowledge receipt of the copies of such specific duties and responsibilities and shall certify that they fully understand the same. 11. Trustees should appoint a Corporate Secretary who shall be a Filipino citizen capable of carrying out the duties to which the post entails and his removal shall be a matter for the entire Board to decide. The Corporate Secretary shall include in the required report on Corporate Governance submitted to the insurance Commission the attendance of Trustees during Board meetings. For our next issue, we shall discuss the responsibilities of the Board of Trustees, board committees and other matters including evaluation of their performances as Trustees.
Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines Inc., an established mutual benefits association is currently looking for: • Marketing Staff • BC Holders’ Relations Office Staff • Actuarial Assistant • Works Engineer If you are dedicated, service-oriented, and have the promising potential to join us in our continuous drive to provide mutual aid, assistance and excellent service to our members. Kindly send your comprehensive resume’ thru fax number 527-2244 or hand-carry resume’ with a 2x2 photo and transcript of records to:
the Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines Inc., is an established and progressive mutual benefits association operating for 53 years, has been highly committed to provide mutual aid and assistance to its members and their immediate families. KCFAPI firmly believes that the continued progress and success of the association depends to a great extent on its human capital KCFAPI also believes that through training and a host of other benefits if coupled with hard work, will help employees and the association attain their goals and objectives. In our continuous drive to provide excellent service to our members, we are currently on the look-out for individuals with promising potentials. He must be dedicated, service oriented, and willing to undergo training Our compensation and employee benefits are comparable, if not better than most companies of our same size and nature of business.
KC Family . . . Our Concern KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS FRATERNAL ASSOCIATION OF THE PHILIPPINES INC. Gen. Luna cor. Sta. Potenciana Sts., Intramuros, Manila You may also call 527 – 2223 local 202 for queries and look for Ms. Kristianne.
Vol. 15 No. 24
November 21 - December 4, 2011
We look with hopeful anticipation to the opening of the Shrine of Blessed John Paul II
By Supreme Knight Carl Anderson
The Knights of Columbus began a new page in our history Oct. 1 by acquiring the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, D.C., as authorized by a unanimous resolution during the 129th Supreme Convention this past summer. The official purchaser is the Knights of Columbus Family Life Bureau, the same taxexempt entity that has for more than two decades successfully administered the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, which is now located in Father McGivney Hall at The Catholic University of America. Our action comes 33 years to the month after Cardinal Karol Wojtyła became the first non-Italian pope in nearly five centuries. Those of us who witnessed this event understood that a great change had come to the Catholic Church. But we did not realize how dramatically his papacy would change the world. Pope John Paul II inaugurated his ministry as universal pastor of the Church by confidently announcing a new evangelization. In his first homily, he said, “Be not afraid. Open wide the doors for Christ. To his saving power open the boundaries of states, economic and political systems, the vast fields of culture, civilization, and development. Be not afraid. Christ knows ‘what is in man.’ He alone knows it.” The Knights of Columbus was one of the first lay organizations to stand squarely with the new pontiff. Then-Supreme Knight Virgil Dechant, who had been serving as the head of the Knights for less than two years, quickly took up the new pope’s Marian theme — “Totus Tuus” — by expanding the Order’s devotion to the rosary and by developing a successful pilgrim icon program dedicated to the Blessed Mother. The Order later supported a wide variety of papal initiatives, including the restoration of the façade of St. Peter’s Basilica and the renovation of the Vatican’s television broadcast and transmission capabilities. And we were never closer to this great pope than during his seven visits to the United States, and his visits to Mexico, Canada, the Philippines and Cuba. Now with the purchase of the Washington center, we begin one of the great and historic initiatives of the Knights of Columbus. Following the resolution of the Supreme Convention, we will build a Shrine of Blessed John Paul II that will continue his extraordinary legacy as pope and will be a place where his saintly spirituality can be explored and transmitted to his beloved “John Paul II Generation” and to many generations to come. Already, we are grateful that Jesuit Father Marko Ivan Rupnik, the artist responsible for creating the beautiful mosaics in the Redemptoris Mater Chapel in the Vatican and the Shrine of St. Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo, has agreed to create the mosaics for our shrine’s chapel. We are also grateful to Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, archbishop of Kraków, for his recent gift to the shrine of a precious relic of Blessed John Paul’s blood. We look forward to an ongoing relationship with him and with the new John Paul II Center being built in Kraków next to the Shrine of Divine Mercy. As work continues on the Shrine of Blessed John Paul II, we will remember these words from John Paul II’s Spiritual Testament, published after his death: “I want to follow Him and I want all that is part of my earthly life to prepare me for this moment. I do not know when [my death] will come but I place this moment, like all other things, in the hands of the Mother of my Master: Totus Tuus. In these same motherly hands I leave everything and everyone with whom my life and my vocation have brought me into contact. In these hands I above all leave the Church…. “I thank everyone. I ask forgiveness of everyone. I also ask for prayers, so that God’s Mercy may prove greater than my own weakness.” Because of the Knights of Columbus, the Shrine of Blessed John Paul II will soon be a place
where people from around the world will answer this great pope’s request for prayers. Many will come to know, through
his example, that God’s mercy is greater than our own weakness. Vivat Jesus!
Angelito A. Bala
Joseph P. Teodoro
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is needs-based selling of life insurance? A. There is a saying in the life insurance industry, “Life insurance is sold, not bought.” Most people do not recognize the importance or need for the purchase of insurance, they must be motivated to do so. For the superstitious, the mere mention of insurance means that their lives are at risk and should not be discussed. Most career sales agents use the economic value of human life to appreciate the significance of human life and get them involved and ready for any exposure against premature death. We describe a crude way of estimating the economic value of a person age 25 earning 10,000 pesos a month or P130,000 a year. If he expects to work for 35 years, his working lifetime income is P4.55 million. From this amount, we subtract his personal income taxes and other living expenses. If we assume that all deductions amount to 60% of his income, P1.82 million represents that income a family would lose if the person dies now. Today’s method of selling relies on needs selling rather than attempt to indemnify for lost earnings. The needs-based purchase means life insurance is purchased based on the amount equal to the difference between the assets required to put up a financial plan and the assets available to meet those needs. A typical list of needs after death resources include: burial fund (funeral and other final expenses), an educational fund (tuition fees of undergraduate education), income fund (to cover the family’s daily expenses), loan-retirement fund (to cover housing loans, car loans, credit card bills etc.), and estate preservation fund (cost of settling an estate like court costs, attorney’s fees, estate and other taxes). From the sum of resources above a Fraternal Counselor will determine the total assets available to meet those needs: social security benefits, employee group insurance benefits, savings accounts and other cash or cash like investments, proceeds from personal individual life insurance, and other business interests.
For Brother Knights by Brother Knights
FBG Homestretch Updates
2011 FYCI Targets The October 2011 First Year Contribution Income (FYCI) actual figures ended better than expected thereby reducing the year to date unfavorable variance. This development put KCFAPI FBG back on track to its 2011 P125 Million objective. Individual Area Performance The two biggest sales areas are expected to hurdle their 2011 FYCI Target by the end of November 30, 2011. AM Efren Casupanan of the Central Luzon Believers is aiming to hit P1.5 Million in the month of November to prepare himself for the quest for individual area honor. AM Manuel L. Naldoza of the Central Luzon Conquerors is also eyeing a stalker performance this November. He, likewise, promised a P1.5 Million FYCI. Early Area Manager Qualifiers are eyeing the Asian Trip prize with a year-end 25% over target. Area Manager of the Year It is still a toss up for the AM of the Year award. There are area managers who have good chances of winning this award which includes the incumbent titleholder Conrado S. Dator, Jr. of the Southern Luzon Lakers. The others are: Salvador R. Aspuria, Sr. (CAR-B), Vimar L. Trinidad (MMA), Efren M. Casupanan (CLB), Manuel L. Naldoza (CLC), Josefino F. Valencia (NWL) and Armando C. Gonzales (NEL). Annual Awards As of this writing 14 fraternal counselors have already attained the minimum qualifying requirements for a seat in the Annual Awards. They are: 1) Danilo M. Tullao (NEL); 2) Venancio F. Capiral (SL); 3) Jocelyn G.Ravina (SWL); 4) Melissa Lourdes Z. Reyes (CLD); 5) Clodualdo R. Fernandez, Sr. (CLD); 6) Joselito C. Guzman (CLD); 7) Eduardo V. Cruz (CLB); 8) Luis F. Ferrer (CLB); 9) Diego DJ. Marquez (CLB); 10) Lauro L. Evangelista (CLB); 11) Ronando M. Rodriguez (CLB); 12) Evelyn A. Carapas (MME); 13) Maria Teresa G. dela Mota (WVB); and 14) Nazario A. Timbreza (CLC). They have to monitor their retention ratio which should not fall below 85%. About more than 50 others are expected to make the list of the most exciting incentive scheme of KCFAPi. Fathers for Good 150 nominees, 83 from Luzon, 22 from Visayas and 45 from Mindanao have qualified on the 2011 Search for Fathers for GoodPhilippines. Each nominee will be evaluated by the Board of Jurors until three winners are selected, one from each jurisdiction, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The announcement of the winners will be on the 35th Fr. George J. Willmann, SJ Annual Family Service Awards.
From the Legal Standpoint
Atty Rizal V. Katalbas, Jr.
Fire Insurance and Extension Coverage
related causes as may be seen in Section 167 of the Insurance Code which states: “As used in this Code the term “ fire insurance “ shall include insurance against loss by fire, lightning, windstorm, tornado or earthquake and other allied risk, when such are covered by extension to fire insurance policies or under separate policies.” The said provision gives a wider perspective in the term “fire insurance”. Under this provision “Fire insurance” includes loss resulting from lightning, windstorm, tornado or earthquake and other allied risk. However, the same provision adds that loss against said events must be expressly included in the policy or in another policy attached to the principal policy. The coverage for loss against lightning, windstorm, tornado or earthquake and other allied risk perils are referred to as “extended coverage” and is usually attached to the fire insurance policy in the form of an endorsement or in a separate policy and with a separate premium payment. It therefore does not follow that once you apply for a fire insurance coverage you are automatically covered for loss resulting from lightning, windstorm, tornado or earthquake. Other events that are usually covered under the extended coverage are losses as a direct result of riots, strikes, lockouts or disturbance in public places. An Extension Coverage may also cover indirect or consequential losses. As previously mentioned, the purpose of the fire insurance is to indemnify the insured for the loss incurred directly from hostile fire. Such loss is referred to as direct loss. However, the insured may also incur other damages as a consequence of the direct loss such as, loss of income due to cessation of operations by the company as a result of the fire. This kind of loss is also known as indirect or consequential loss. An indirect loss may also be in the form of physical damages or additional expenses incurred to continue operations of the company. To make sure that your property is secure from loss due to fire, calamity and allied risks, it is best to check on your policy if they are covered from these risks.
KC Council 11519, BJMP launch joint project for detainees
THE Our Lady of Fatima Council 11519 of District 1-38, joined hands with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) – Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in launching a program aimed to help detainees acquire entrepreneurial skills. The joint project dubbed “Entrepreneurship Skills and Development of Detainees on Hotel and Restaurant Services” was initiated in celebration of the Prison Awareness Week. Skills training were recently conducted for detainees at the Bacoor, Municipal Jail, Molino, Bacoor, Cavite, with the special participation of Luzon Deputy Arsenio Isidro Yap who served as inspirational speaker. Other K of C members who attended the occasion were Council 11519 Grand Knight Nelson De Castro and District Deputy Larry Mahilum. Government officials who were around to celebrate the event with the detainees were SJ01 Jarivic Ramoso, BMJ, Bacoor Municipal Jail Warden J/CINP. Bernabe Ruiz, and Bacoor Municipal Jail Deputy for Operation J/ INSP Edgardo Torrecamada, JMP. As one of the five pillars of the Criminal Justice System, the BJMP was created to address the growing concern of jail management and penology problem. The Jail Bureau is mandated to take operational and administrative control over all city, district and municipal jails as provided for under R.A. No. 6975. Meanwhile, in observance of the Prison Awareness Week last October 24-30, the Church called on generous individuals and groups to donate food and items that promote proper hygiene for the inmate community. (KC News)
IF you are contemplating on getting a fire insurance coverage here are some things that might be helpful in deciding what coverage to get. Fire insurance is basically a contract of indemnity wherein the insurer, for a consideration agrees to indemnify the insured against loss or damage of property by fire. “Fire” as described in Sec. 3 of P.D. No. 1185 (Fire Code of the Phils.) is the active principle of burning, characterized by the heat and light combustion. In the field of insurance, the hazard contemplated in fire insurance is known as “hostile fire”. (This refers to a fire which breaks out in place not anticipated or escapes in an area not expected.) The term “fire insurance” does not confine itself to loss from fire
Luzon Jurisdiction conducts relief operations
THE Luzon Jurisdiction of the Knights of Columbus in the Philippines has recently conducted relief operations for the victims of Typhoons Pedring and Quiel. KC Luzon visited the areas of Malolos, Paombong and Hagonoy which were submerged in deep floodwaters due to the typhoons. Some 400 packs of relief goods were prepared and distributed to the typhoon victims. The distribution was led by State Disaster Relief Operation Chairman Nicanor Jimenez; State Community Director Romulo Estrella; Faithful Navigator Senen Mangalile of Fr. Gregorio Crisostomo Assembly; and M-28 District Deputy Enrico Capule. (KC News)
November 21 - December 4, 2011
Vol. 15 No. 24
150 nominees, 83 from Luzon, 22 from Visayas and 45 from Mindanao have qualified on the 2011 Search for Fathers for Good- Philippines. Each nominee will be evaluated by the Board of Jurors until three winners are selected, one from each jurisdiction, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The announcement of the winners will be on the 35th Fr. George J. Willmann, SJ Annual Family Service Awards.
This is a joint project of the Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines, Inc. (KCFAPI) and KC Fr. George J. Willmann Charities, Inc., which is an initiative of the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council to recognize fathers who have shown exemplary Christian fatherhood. This programme is exclusive for members of the Order of the Knights of Columbus in the Philippines who are model fathers who have lived a moral life and rendered exemplary service to his family, Council, Community and to the Catholic Church.
1. To recognize Knights of Columbus members who exemplify the inspiring characteristics, virtues and role model qualities of a Good Catholic Father thru responsible parenting. 2. To project a strong public knowledge of the mission of the Order of the Knights of Columbus as a means to attract new members. 3. To provide inspiration to all members to live up to the cardinal principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism.
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OSCAR EVANGELISTO LEVY LAMBERTO EDGAR ARTEMIO
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DEGUILMO NACAYA LAGUTIN TALIP LEGASPI MANAYAN
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CESARIO RUFINO REX WILFREDO EDGARDO MARC OLIVER JOSE, FRANCISCO WILSON PRECIOUS JOSE ANTONIO
J. L. P. P. A. O. L. S. B. P. I F.
JUELE JR. DESUYO JR. TAMBANILLO TINGZON PALENCIA MANSUETO CALVO, SR. GUZMAN DORDAS PANDONGON RICAFUENTE PARAGUYA
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ROGELIO ALEXANDER REYNALDO EDWIN CARLOS EDWIN
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TADURA RAMOS TRINIDAD MAYORMITA JOMEN PELOSAS
3289 14672 11048 6512 6974 10059
AVELINO REYNALDO REINFRIDO ENOFRE TEOFILO EDUARDO ALEJANDRO MAXIMO
G. S. E. T. O. E. C. L.
DIONGSON SAAVEDRA RUSTE COHAY ESTERO JR. BONGCO NAVATO MEDADO
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CALARIAN STA. MARIA TUNGAWAN, IPIL, ZAMBALES SIBUGAY SAN JOSE DISTRICT, PAGADIAN CITY
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