Author: Abp. Oscar Cruz

“You shall not kill”

(Ex. 20:13; Dt. 5:17) HUMAN life is sacred from its very beginning whereas from God it originally comes through His procreative gift to one’s parents and to God it eventually returns for salvation or condemnation in the realm of the eternal.  So it is that as God is the Giver of life, it belongs to God to take life away for one reason or another in the realm of Divine Providence.  But the said sacred rule in general accepts the particularity of defending one’s own life.  So it is that the act of self-defense has a double effect, viz.,...

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Public servants as public lords

Views and Points   It is becoming progressively more pronounced, definitely more manifest as time goes by. There are more and more public servants in this country who think and speak like public lords, who act and behave as masters of the general public. They do not only consider themselves as omniscient but also think of themselves as omnipotent. They behave like master generals such that they love and admire themselves so much that they come to believe that what they say is always right, what they want they must get. Everybody else: Shut up! Stay still! Do as...

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Producing. Banking. Gambling

Oscar V. Cruz, DD Views and Points   The standing fact that the Philippines is inundated with prohibited drugs thus making these a social scourge readily known and felt all over the country in terms of thousands if not millions of drug addicts, distinctly proffers the living reality of the following abominable pyramidal illegal drugs structure—from top to bottom: Drug users. Drug peddlers. Drug distributors. Drug producers. Local and foreign drug production Capitalists. The more simple and immediate conclusion that can be readily drawn from such an illegal drug pyramidal structure is the following: Get rid of the local...

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“Mater et Magistra”

Oscar V. Cruz, DD Views and Points   The above quoted and often invoked phrase in Latin is in fact a profound understanding, a sublime proclamation, a signal appreciation of what the Church is, viz., what she really is, what she is for and actually does, what is her role for humanity and what is her relevance in the world. In plain and simple words, the Church is a Mother “Mater” and Teacher “Magistra” to the people, to the world. A mother loves and cares for her children. A teacher makes her children think and learn. So it is...

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