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Listening to the laity: toward Synod 2015

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Our studies show that families in all their variety are both victims and strivers, assailed by problems while simultaneously taking action.

Posted: December 13th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Oyez! Oyez! The Supreme Court and RH

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“Oyez! Oyez! Rise! All persons having business before the Honorable, the Supreme Court of the Philippines, are admonished to draw near and give their attention, for the Court is now sitting!”

Posted: February 27th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Seeking justice from the justices: RH again

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Having been defeated on the approval of the reproductive health bill in both the legislative and executive branches of government, the lay allies of the Catholic bishops have now turned their sights on the judiciary. The 15 petitions filed at the Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of Republic Act 10354 identify contraception, in particular, as mocking the nation’s values on life, motherhood and family life, fostering genocide, and denying freedom of religion, speech and more.

Posted: July 28th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Vatican II at 50: Laity speak out on RH

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Are Catholics who disagree with the Philippine bishops’ condemnation of the reproductive health bill bad Catholics? The bishops’ statements would have the public believe so. Yet Vatican II documents will affirm that in advocating passage of the RH bill, the laity are indeed playing their proper roles in Church reform.

Posted: December 14th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A listening Church?

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The other Sunday just before Mass, the congregation in our village chapel was called upon yet again to recite a prayer calling on God to have our legislators defeat the reproductive health (RH) bill pending in Congress.

Posted: July 2nd, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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