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Battle for RH Law still not over

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The Supreme Court finally handed down its decision on the Reproductive Health Law, and it made both sides happy. The law was declared “not unconstitutional.” At the same time, the high court struck down eight provisions that the anti-RH camp had questioned, including those that would penalize health workers and religious facilities who refuse to enforce the law. It was a win-win solution for all, with the two camps claiming victory.

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Heart of the matter

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It’s one of those fortitude-challenging predicaments in this country that you don’t just have to win once, you have to win them again and again. Reproductive Health (RH) is one of them.

Posted: April 1st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The bishops and poverty

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People who are engaged in work with the poor were happy that the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines devoted its Lenten message to the subject of poverty under the title “Poverty that Dehumanizes, Poverty that Sanctifies.” The bishops are inviting people to reflect on poverty following the lead of Pope Francis, whose own Lenten message takes its inspiration from St. Paul writing about Jesus Christ: “He became poor, so that by his poverty you may become rich.” (2 Cor 8-9)

Posted: March 24th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Filipinos’ innate humanity shining through on world stage

The innate humanity, in its compassionate essence, of the Filipino—man or woman—has once again been resoundingly validated on world stage through a revelation in a book titled “Empty Mansions” by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell Jr.

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

The faith, not the structure

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“Church or no church, dawn Masses go on,” goes the headline of a story in yesterday’s issue of the Inquirer about the first day of the nine-day “Simbang Gabi” or dawn Mass, one of the most beloved and enduring traditions of the Filipino Christmas celebration.

Posted: December 16th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Comments

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A slew of comments, from caustic to enthusiastic, flooded in as Inquirer readers reacted to the Nov. 30 column titled “Slow suicide.” This “Viewpoint” essay tried to place Pope Francis’ letter Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) in Philippine context.

Posted: December 2nd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘New evangelization’ and plunder

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I can bet my month’s earnings that most of the suspected, accused and guilty (the guilty know they are guilty even before they are proven guilty or innocent in court) in the blockbuster multibillion-peso plunder case under investigation are Catholic Christians by affiliation, or profess to be.

Posted: October 9th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Life and death

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Socrates Villegas is the new head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines. He marked the event by saying the Church would continue to pursue its role of critical collaboration with government.

Posted: July 10th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Contraception is not corruption

To mobilize the opposition to the controversial reproductive health (RH) bill on the eve of two more crucial votes in Congress, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) issued a strongly worded pastoral letter on Saturday. Sadly, the statement—written by Archbishop Socrates Villegas, and read in churches on Sunday—was based on a lie.

Posted: December 16th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The church of Joaquin Bernas

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On Aug. 31, 2012, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines published an advertisement in this newspaper arguing the CBCP’s stance against the Reproductive Health bill. Signed by the Most Reverend Gabriel V. Reyes, DD, Bishop of Antipolo, the “Defense of the Stand of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines on the House Bill 4244,” referred to an unnamed “columnist in one of our newspapers” who wrote that “the state should not prevent people from practicing responsible parenthood according to their beliefs nor may churchmen compel President Aquino, by whatever means, to prevent people from acting according to their religious belief.”

Posted: September 1st, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Gridlock

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The administration-backed reproductive health (RH) bill is caught in a gridlock of filibustering privilege speeches in the House of Representatives, casting doubts on its passage in the current session of the 15th Congress. President Aquino’s allies in the House majority voted viva voce on Aug. 6 to end interpellation on the measure, cutting short the [...]

Posted: August 21st, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The dictator

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We are told we are on the verge of open war. The generals are mounting their cavalry; the defenders of the faith are mustering their troops. This war did not spring from the deaths of the 11 members of the New People’s Army killed in a June encounter with the Army’s 85th Infantry Battalion. Neither was it a result of the hostilities in Basilan, whose terrorists shattered the bodies of the 10 soldiers whose coffins arrived yesterday at the Villamor Air Base. The war does not involve the Chinese garrison at Scarborough, or the families of the victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre, or even the millions whose lives we are told are at stake at the center of Edwin Lacierda’s metaphorical war against poverty. The battle of 2012, we are told, was declared on July 23.

Posted: July 28th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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