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This refers to Asuncion David Maramba’s commentary ( “How will the CBCP handle this?” Opinion, 12/2/13) on the Vatican’s instruction to “national bishops’ conferences around the world to conduct a wide-ranging poll of Catholics asking their opinions on Church teachings.” To appreciate better the Church’s stand on moral issues such as the use of contraceptives [...]
By Dr. Antonio J. Montalvan II
Jacinto Mandal, the police chief of Loon, Bohol, was at work at the police station when the temblor struck. Rushing outside, he saw people spilling out of their homes onto the streets, screaming.
By Antonio Montalvan II
“If we let ourselves be drawn into these discussions, the Church is then identified with certain commandments or prohibitions; we give the impression that we are moralists with a few somewhat antiquated convictions, and not even a hint of the true greatness of the faith appears. I therefore consider it essential always to highlight the greatness of our faith—a commitment from which we must not allow such situations to divert us.”
By John J. Carroll S.J.
DON’T EXPECT Pope Francis to soften the Church’s teaching on abortion anytime soon. In a talk last Sept. 20 to gynecologists, he insisted: “Every unborn child, condemned unjustly to being aborted, has the face of the Lord, who before being born, and then when he was just born, experienced the rejection of the world.”
By Denis Murphy
Most people I talked with appreciated Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle’s impassioned critique of the pork barrel scam and his low-key presence at the Aug. 26 Luneta rally. His actions raise once again the question of how the Catholic Church should address the problems facing people in society today, especially the problems of social justice.
By Conrado de Quiros
The battle lines are being drawn in Congress. That’s between Church and State, and that’s over divorce.
I congratulate Carmelita Roxas Natividad for being a faithful follower of the Roman Catholic Church (“A new spirituality,” Opinion, 6/20/13).
By Carmelita Roxas Natividad
The article of Asuncion David Maramba, “Spiritual but not religious” (Opinion, 4/26/13), set me to thinking about what I am.
The picture in the Inquirer (Across the Nation, 4/27/13) showing Team PNoy senatorial candidate Sonny Angara bowing and kissing the hand of Catholic Archbishop Paciano Aniceto, while pledging not to support a divorce bill in Congress, shows why the Philippines is among the social and economic laggards in Asia and the world.
By Carmelita Roxas Natividad
If cavemen did not venture outside their caves at night to gaze at the stars and ponder the what and why of what they were seeing, we would probably still be living in caves today. The history of humankind tells of the evolution of humans from cave dwellers to hunters and nomads, to settlers, to communities, countries and nations. Alongside the progress of civilization is an evolvement of humans’ intelligence from instincts to consciousness to an awareness of the self (they know that they know).
Asuncion David Maramba served us a different kind of menu last April 7 (Opinion, “What do you think of Pope Francis?”).
By Red Tani
The most common defense for the “Team Patay” tarpaulins is that the San Sebastian Cathedral is private property. This is not exactly the case. Because the Diocese of Bacolod is registered as a religious organization, it does not pay property taxes. The public actually subsidizes the façade on which the tarpaulins are posted. The [...]