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Gloom, doom and Holy Week’s meaning

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Palm Sunday, was, for me, always a day of anticipation. First, the gathering of the faithful in churches, carrying palm fronds folded, bent, decorated in fanciful shapes. Then, waiting for the priest to arrive, followed by acolytes bearing at times a small silver urn filled with holy water, with a ball-tipped rod with which to sprinkle the palms and the people. (Nowadays, a squeezable plastic bottle will also do.)

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Irreplaceable

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The story is told about a woman whose boyfriend whom she loved very much just died. Then her rich suitor of many years called her up and said: “Now that your boyfriend is dead, I would like to express my condolences and my intention to take his place.” The woman answered: “Thank you. I will now call the funeral home and tell them of your intention to take his place.”

Posted: March 23rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A special ‘ninong’

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The original purpose of a Christian godparent was to have someone to coparent (thus, compadre and comadre in Spanish) with the biological parents for both the spiritual and material needs of the child.

Posted: December 20th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Beyond the deadwood

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The secret is “busting out all over,” as a 1956 Broadway tune puts it. The Vatican isn’t talking. Neither is the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

Posted: May 31st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Mixed smoke’

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“Mamma mia!” cried Sister Walburga, a polyglot nun from Germany as lights went on in the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica. “Habemus Papam.” People massed in the piazza cheered as the new Pontiff, clad in simple white cassock, stepped forward. “Buona serra,” he began. “Good evening…”

Posted: March 15th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

My favorite priest

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My favorite priest is also a storyteller. I strongly recommend his works of fiction as the most enjoyable way to understand the message of Jesus, and to learn about Christianity and Catholicism—which are not the same—in the world today. I am referring to the fantastically prolific (66 novels), earthy, funny, romantic, and saintly Irish-American priest, Andrew M. Greeley.

Posted: March 15th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Crossroads

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The most poignant, and ironic, commentary on Pope Benedict XVI resigning was not how it shocked the world. It was how it did not.   If you belong to the faithful, of course, which most of the people of this country do, it was the most shocking thing in the world. At the very least [...]

Posted: February 13th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Modernity and Benedict

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Joseph Ratzinger’s rise to the papacy in 2005 was preceded by a reputation for die-hard conservatism.  This was no doubt in part due to his having headed for more than two decades the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the powerful Vatican body that draws the orthodox line on doctrinal matters. Yet, as Pope, [...]

Posted: February 13th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Realities and possibilities

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The story is told about two old friends, a Jewish rabbi and a Catholic priest, who were having dinner together. “This baked ham is delicious! I know it is against your religion, but you are missing a lot!” said the priest, teasing his friend. The rabbi looked at the priest with a big grin, and said: “OK. I will eat pork, on the day you get married!”

Posted: December 1st, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Unveiled

The hijab case has been simmering for some time.

Posted: August 9th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

At the service of Christ the King

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The story is told about a husband who was boasting to his friends: “You know, in my house I am the king, and whenever my wife and I have a quarrel, my wife does the kneeling!” Upon overhearing this, the wife said: “You know why I kneel down? I kneel down to look for him under our bed where he is hiding!”

Posted: November 19th, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Calungsod deserves greater public recognition

This is a rejoinder to the letter “Editorial hailed Catholicism in the Philippines as it should be” (Inquirer, 11/7/11), where the writer, Charito Maranan-Montecillo, said she was “glad that the Inquirer took the initiative to explain to our readers the processes of beatification and canonization in the wake of the forthcoming canonization of Blessed Pedro Calungsod.”

Posted: November 12th, 2011 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

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