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Author: Rev. Eutiquio B. Belizar, Jr., SThD

Prophetic engagement: the Church’s calisthenics

Napoleon Bonaparte:“(Venomous tirade)…I shall crush the (Roman) Catholic Church…” Ercole Cardinal Consalvi (Pius VII’s Secretary of State): “If in 1,800 years we the clergy have failed to destroy the Church, do you really think that you’ll be able to do it?” Philippine President:(Extremely venomous tirade) “In 30 years the (Roman Catholic) Church will be passé especially when all the abuses of the clergy are exposed.” Some Catholic Bishops:“That is your wish. But be more powerful than Satan first, because Jesus Christ promised that ‘even the gates of hell shall not prevail against it (Church)'[Mt 16:18].” THE Roman Catholic Church...

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The curse of the culture of death

By the roadside   “What have you done? Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. Now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood that your hand has shed” (Gen 4:10-11). The March for Life proves that there is such a thing as a culture of death and that its evil shadow is very much alive right here in the Philippines. But it also shows that there is a growing awareness of its presence and the mayhem it has been causing on the Filipino psyche and on Filipino...

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Standing up for life in a “Country shrouded in the darkness of vice and death”

By the roadside   That is how I see the CBCP in its latest pastoral letter on the EJKs, the drug war and other anti-life efforts at work in our islands. As of this writing official administration sources have, predictably, dismissed it as “out of touch” and “hypocritical”, coming from “a bunch of hypocrites with no moral ascendancy”. I take it to mean that they have not really read the whole letter and are not interested in what it says. First off, it is a sad commentary of our current government’s leaders that they rarely show the ability to receive even a constructive criticism. The chief executive and his allies appear to have chosen to see every critic as an enemy. Instead of listening, they take the feedback as a put down and respond in kind. Verbal abuse has been heaped on a previous American president, local political opponents, the United Nations, Amnesty International, the European Union and, many times, the Catholic Church. They seem to hope every abuse will drive critics away. Or justify the status quo. They may have made a mistake. To quote the letter: “We in the Church will continue to speak out against evil…even if it will bring persecution upon us because we are all brothers and sisters responsible for each other.” The Catholic bishops have put on notice that doing the prophetic ministry...

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