The misery of the poor

THE bishops’ pastoral exhortation issued after their 117 plenary assembly held this July is replete with biblical references.  In its 73 years of existence, this maybe the pastoral statement of the CBCP that has the most biblical quotations. 

Freedom and responsibility

THESE are inseparable twins, like the two sides of a coin. One cannot be without the other. To be truly free, one has to be responsible. And to be truly responsible, one has to be free.

Stick to the real issues

CARDINAL Tagle is right. We should not be distracted from the real issues and the prevailing problems that are deeply hurting people especially the masses.

Truth has many layers

THERE’S an interesting episode in the gospel that tells us that truth indeed has many layers and we just have to be careful with our assertions especially when done as if we already know everything.


THEY are killing our flock. They are killing us the shepherds. They are killing our faith. They are cursing our Church. They are killing God again as they did in Calvary.

The battle in public opinion

It used to be that the ‘war zone’ is quite far and remote from us. But now with the new technologies which have made the world smaller and more tightly interconnected, the ‘war zone’ has spread out quite widely and is now quite near to all us, irrespective of where we are. And many times too close for comfort.

A prolife awakening for Catholic Ireland

What happened in Ireland few days ago was unimaginable two decades ago.  In a May 25 referendum, voters decided by a margin of 66.4 percent to 33.6 percent to remove the right to life of the unborn from the constitution.   It repealed the Eight Amendment of the Irish Constitution that for ages protected the unborn.

Peaceful elections

THE recently concluded Barangay and Sanguniang Kabataan Election have been generally peaceful.

Beware of Pelagianism

ANOTHER form of fake holiness mentioned in Pope Francis’ “Gaudete et exsultate” is what is known as Pelagianism that also includes its mitigated but still erroneous idea of holiness that is labeled as semi-Pelagianism.