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A listening Church?

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Part of being a Church is being willing to listen, even to the most humble and simple of people. And this is the hopeful direction indicated by a recent Vatican move, as reported in the US-based National Catholic Reporter (NCR), asking national bishops’ conferences around the world “to conduct a wide-ranging poll of Catholics asking for their opinions on church teachings on contraception, same-sex marriage and divorce.”

Posted: November 4th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Tearing of the veil

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It’s almost unbelievable that Pope Francis became pope only less than half a year ago. The changes he has ushered, or rammed, into the Catholic Church in that short time have been so sweeping you’re hard put to recognize it as the same Church it was a year or so ago. Especially given what his predecessor, Pope Benedict, had made of it, which lent the most ironic meanings to the phrase “the Rock.”

Posted: September 25th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

What man has put together

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The battle lines are being drawn in Congress. That’s between Church and State, and that’s over divorce.

Posted: July 8th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Why PH is backward economically, mentally

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.

Posted: April 28th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Yes to divorce

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Congress is to be commended for passing some very important bills despite strong opposition to them, but bills with flaws that must have been obvious during the debates.

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

Filipino hesitation for divorce

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My last piece, “The popularity of legalizing divorce,” (Inquirer, 12/22/2012) showed that national sentiments on allowing legal divorce and remarriage for spouses already separated and irreconcilable had shifted from an even division in 2005 to favoring it in 2011 by a score of 50-33. It was not about facilitating escapes of those with troubled but nominally intact marriages, but about giving another chance for those with marriages already broken.

Posted: December 28th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The popularity of legalizing divorce

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In my view, what the narrow 113-104-3 second-reading vote for the reproductive health bill in the House reflected was the initial division of the legislators, and not the general division of the Filipino people.

Posted: December 21st, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Dissolution is not the solution

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The story is told about a wife who frantically called her husband: “Joe, come home quickly. I don’t know what to do! Your children and my children are fighting our children!”

Posted: October 6th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Incomplete transition

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“He looks like (a) severe Renaissance pope: tall, elegant and bony, with grey hair combed smoothly back, a beak of a nose and piercing blue eyes,” the Economist wrote in April 1998. “(Carlo Maria Martini) might have stepped out of a canvas by Raphael. But looks can mislead.”

Posted: September 3rd, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Love, death and property

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Complications arising from the absence of a divorce law in the Philippines (we are the lone holdout in the world) have shown themselves in two instances involving prominent personalities.

Posted: January 31st, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

What will happen to marriage vows?

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Divorce talk sucks. Everything about it smacks of failure. The door to hell on earth opens wide. Destroyed families, traumatized children, defaulted commitment, devastated parents and relatives. Sociologically, divorce weakens society’s moral fibers. Psychologically divorce promotes skepticism among the youth. The jargons of divorce mean self-destruction. Psychological incapacity is the euphemism for total disaster. It [...]

Posted: July 31st, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Why follow the flight of the ‘Maltese sparrow’?

In her June 5 column, Rina Jimenez-David talks about divorce. She touches on the “Malta case,” where a majority of the 98-percent Catholic population voted for divorce. Now comes our Pinoy gaya-gaya bandwagon mentality. David asks, “If Malta can fall in step with the rest of the world, why can’t the Philippines? And what is [...]

Posted: June 13th, 2011 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

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