One beautiful outcome of the 2018 CBCP-sponsored youth conference was “An Open Letter of the Filipino Youth to the Catholic Church in the Philippines.” The document provides pivotal insights into today’s youth, their heartfelt concerns, as well as orientations for youth ministry.
We are familiar with this group of leading Jews in the times of Christ. They could not believe that Christ was the promised Messiah, and they did their best to discredit him, always finding fault in him, setting traps for him, until they managed, with their instigation, to put Christ to death.
Scandals involving priests are opportunities for self-reflection for Catholics. They prod us to re-examine our attitudes towards the priesthood and where we have been lacking in our prayers and support for priests.
It is almost a month since the midterm election of May 13. The COMELEC is still silent on very valid questions about the conduct of that election. We seek answers.
I recall a question articulated by our former Vice President Emmanuel Pelaez many years ago.
When I visited the Cairo Museum two years ago, I found myself looking at the huge statue of Pharaoh Rameses II sitting proudly at the main door.
THE Year of the Youth has just run smack against the corrupt ways of their elders in the recent election realities in the Philippines. Not a few voters or politicians had sold and/ or bought votes.
The mid-term elections was done. The votes had been canvassed. The official results had been released. In the local level, the result was immediately known.
We are children of God, and not his puppets or robots. The freedom he gives us is real freedom because it can even enable us to go against the true nature, source, meaning and purpose of freedom itself. We can use it—or better said, misuse or abuse it—to go against God himself.
In preparing for the 2019 “Year of the Youth,” a three-day conference was sponsored by the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Youth.
Visita Ad Limina Apostolorum. This is the visit of the Catholic Bishops to the See of St. Peter in Rome. It is supposed to be done every five years
Election day – May 13 – is a few days from now. Not only the COMELEC is to prepare for that big day, nor only the candidates. Every voter should also be prepared. What are they to prepare?