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•B1 ‘The causes of

underdevelopment are
not primarily of the
•C1 The Cross
A Supplement Publication of KC •D1 Thousands of
devotees flock
Life and the Order of the Knights of to Peñafrancia
material order’ Columbus tercentenary

‘Pro-life’ advocates Comply with SC ruling

holding emergency on source code review,
meeting on RH Comelec urged
ANTI-ABORTION advocates will hold an A POLL watchdog welcomed the Supreme
emergency meeting this week, following Court decision ordering the Commission
President Benigno Aquino’s decision to pro- on Elections to reveal the source code of the
mote contraception. Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines
The most likely agenda is to discuss their used in the national and local elections last
next move now that the Aquino administra- May.
tion made official its stand on population In a statement, Kontra Daya said the complete
control. disclosure of the source code is needed for it to
Pro Life Philippines president Eric Mana- be reviewed in the wake of the many complaints
Emergency / A6 September 27 - October 10, 2010 Vol. 14 No. 20 Php 20.00 Source Code / A6

Economist debunks claim of

population explosion in RP By Pinky Barrientos, FSP

Is the Philippine population

indeed a ticking time bomb as
proponents of RH bill say so?
One of the country’s econo-
mists and academicians thinks
Dr. Bernardo Villegas, PhD, calling
himself a long-term student of de-
mography, claimed that the country’s
population data is a “statistical abra-
Debunking the claim of population
control advocates, Villegas in an article
published in this paper said, that “he
had always suspected some doctoring
of population data by birth-control
pushers”, to justify the government’s
push for artificial family planning
Villegas, a university professor and
senior vice-president of the Univer-
sity of Asia and the Pacific, said the
congested slums in Metro Manila area
could have created the illusion that the
country’s population is a “ticking time
That, coupled with the “inflated” data
© Dennis Dayao / CBCP Media

of the 2000 census, gives the wrong idea

that the population is indeed “explod-
On the contrary, he said, the National
Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB)
Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz and Department of Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Rico Puno take their oath before testifying at a Senate investigation over al-
quotes in its website that “the Philip-
legations that some ranking officials of the Aquino administration are receiving millions of monthly jueteng payola, Sept. 21, 2010. pine Population Growth Rate (PPGR)
Population / A6

Cardinal seeks radical measures to end Jueteng THE head of Manila’s Roman Catholic hopes to double their hard-earned money

Group marks `Save

Church called on the government to take by placing bets.
drastic measures against “organized extor- He discouraged the people from placing
tion” such as the illegal numbers game called bets and patronizing the illegal numbers

Sierra Madre Day`

jueteng. game in order for it to be finally stopped.
Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales said Jueteng
must be stopped because it’s the Jueteng A moral and social cancer

on Typhoon Ondoy
lords that get richer and benefit from the The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the
underground and multi-million lottery. Philippines (CBCP) in a pastoral statement
© Roy Lagarde / CBCP Media

“Jueteng is an organized extortion… on gambling has referred to Jueteng as a

extorting money from the poor in order to moral and social cancer.

become rich,” Rosales said over Church-run “Gambling exploits the poor in a particu-
Radyo Veritas. lar way. Fleecing the poor of the little they
According to the cardinal, many of those have, some 85% of gambling profits return
victimized by jueteng operators belong to to the pockets of gambling operators. With
the marginalized sector of the society who Jueteng / A6 A NETWORK of Church held annually on September
and non-government orga- 26, the anniversary of Ty-

Church alarmed over successive nizations committed to the

preservation of Sierra Madre
Mountains commemorated
phoon Ondoy.
With the observance of
Save Sierra Madre Day, the

discovery of fetuses
the anniversary of Typhoon group wanted to create pub-
Ondoy by rallying the public lic awareness that would
to protect the mountains and serve as a catalyst to move
forest cover. people to action to protect
GAUDENCIO Cardinal Rosales the frequency of aborted fetuses symptomatic of a grave moral Church of the Black Nazarene in The Save Sierra Madre the environment.
expressed alarm on Sept. 16, is publicly exposed. decadence and irresponsible Quiapo. Network (SSMN), a group Member organizations
days after human fetuses were “The placing and exhibiting behavior that now seriously Authorities said the fetus de- of more than 30 organi- will initiate various activities
found in the cities of Manila and of aborted human fetuses in threaten the country.” scribed as about seven to nine zations dedicated to the in the provinces of the Sierra
Malabon that week. public places are not favored On Sept. 14, a 5-to 7-month- months old, was in a red shoe conservation of the Sierra Madre Mountains, including
In a statement, Rosales con- in other cultures, and decent old fetus, wrapped in a green box when found by a church- Madre Mountains, marked Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vis-
demned the incidents as he reit- people refuse to do the same,” plastic bag, was found inside the goer. September 26 as “Save Sierra caya, Nueva
erated the stand of the Catholic said Rosales. Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, The following day, a 7-month Madre Day”. Ecija, Auro-
Church against abortion. “If the expositions of discard- Manila at around 5 p.m. old fetus, wrapped in plastic In a statement, SSMN said ra, Quirino,
With “possible malicious in- ed human fetuses are not done An hour later, devotees were and then stuffed into a sack, was the observance of “Save Sierra
tent” the ugly part of life, he said, with evil intent, then the practice shocked when another fetus found in Catmon district. Sierra Madre Day” will be Madre / A6
is again gaining the limelight as alone of rampant abortion is was found at the doorstep of the Fetuses / A6

Priest slams US ‘meddling’ in Aquino birth control stance

A CATHOLIC priest has accused the government for a more aggressive birth principles and morality,” Castro said.
United States of meddling in the Philip- control program. He said if the Obama administration
pines after President Benigno Aquino One example, he said, is the granting is sincere in helping the Filipinos, it
III revealed his plan to promote con- of huge foreign funding for the govern- should give aid with “no strings at-
traception. ment’s development projects, but it all tached” and pre-conditions.
“I’m certain that the US government comes with a price. “The assistance should be selfless and
had a hand over Aquino’s abrupt deci- On Monday, Aquino, in town- have no strings attached,” the CBCP
sion to support population control,” hall-style meeting in the US, said his official said.
said Fr. Melvin Castro, a priest of the government would provide contracep- President Aquino arrived in Manila
diocese of Tarlac and executive sec- tives such as condoms and pills to poor early Tuesday after his week-long
retary of the bishops’ Commission on couples, to curb the Philippines’ high working visit to the US where he met
Family and Life. birth rate. with President Barack Obama and at-
The church official said it’s no secret “This is clearly a form of colonization tended the UN General Assembly.
that the US and other foreign nations of morality. They are imposing their The bishops have previously con-
have tried to pressure the Philippine morals on us, disrespecting our own
Illustration by Bladimer Usi
Birth Control / A6

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Sex abuse lawsuit involving Wisconsin

priest names Pope Benedict as defendant
MILWAUKEE, Wis., Sept. 24, 2010—A because he was allegedly “protected” son is one of the leading attorneys in
lawsuit filed by a man sexually abused by the Congregation for the Doctrine sex abuse lawsuits and has claimed that
decades ago by a Wisconsin priest has of the Faith (CDF) headed by Cardinal Pope Benedict was “the mastermind,
named Pope Benedict XVI as a de- Joseph Ratzinger, who is now Pope head, of an international conspiracy
fendant. However, two authors have Benedict XVI. to cover up their own crimes and keep
claimed the latest charges against the Clergyman such as current CDF head them above the law.”
Pope repeat “widely debunked” inac- Cardinal William Levada and former According to CNN, Anderson is the
curacies. judicial vicar of the Archdiocese of Mil- lead lawyer in Kohut’s lawsuit. The suit
The suit has been brought by 60-year- waukee Fr. Thomas Brundage have said alleges that through a policy of secrecy
old deaf abuse victim Terry Kohut, who the CDF only suspended canonical pro- the Holy See “knowingly allowed, per-
says he was abused by Fr. Lawrence C. ceedings against Fr. Murphy because mitted and encouraged child sex abuse
Murphy while he was a priest and prin- he was dying. A lack of records in the by its priests, including Murphy.”
cipal at St. John’s School for the Deaf in archdiocesan archives also impeded the Gregory Erlandson and Dr. Matthew
Milwaukee, Wisconsin. canonical case, which was opened in the Bunson, authors of the Our Sunday
According to CNN, Kohut said mid-1990s after advocacy by Murphy’s Visitor book “Pope Benedict XVI and
through an interpreter that the abuse victims. the Sexual Abuse Crisis: Working for
first took place in the priest’s office Until 2001, the CDF had limited juris- Reform and Renewal,” have claimed
when he was in his early teens. The diction over sex abuse cases. Generally that the latest allegations concerning the
abuse continued for years. it was only involved in cases concerning Pope’s involvement in the Fr. Murphy
About 200 former students have said allegations of abuse which took place in case rehash discredited charges.
they were molested by Fr. Murphy, the confessional and possibly involved “While the Murphy case is a glaring
sometimes even in the confessional. violations of the Sacrament of Penance. example of the poor oversight and in-
Victims reported abuses to the civil au- Prior to that year, most cases were adequate communication that typified
thorities in the mid-1970s, but authori- handled in the Roman Rota. many abuse cases in the U.S. dioceses
ties dropped the investigation. In its March reports on the case, the in the past 50 years, it does not show
The case came to prominence earlier New York Times relied on documents Cardinal Ratzinger in any way tolerant
this year, with media outlets such as provided by lawyers Jeff Anderson and of, or insensitive to, the actions of abus-
the Associated Press claiming that Fr. Mike Finnegan, some of which were ers,” they said in a press release from
Murphy was “spared a defrocking” poorly translated from Italian. Ander- Our Sunday Visitor. (CNA)

US bishops warn against

Say basic methodology is unsound
book on sexuality
WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 23, on a different basis.” moral legitimacy of some homosex- tradition.”
2010—The U.S. bishops are caution- Consequently, it continued, the ual acts. Their conclusion is in seri- “The Committee on Doctrine
ing about a book that claims to teach authors, Creighton University pro- ous error, and cannot be considered wishes to make it clear that neither
“Catholic anthropology” but in fact fessors Todd Salzman and Michael authentic Catholic teaching.” the methodology of ‘The Sexual Per-
goes against Church doctrine on hu- Lawler, “argue that the teaching of the son’ nor the conclusions that depart
man sexuality. magisterium is based on this flawed Clear conflict from authoritative Church teaching
The United States Conference of ‘traditional theology’ and must like- Then, in 2008, when the book, “The constitute authentic expressions of
Catholic Bishops released a statement wise be substantially changed.” Sexual Person,” was published, the Catholic theology,” it added.
from its Committee on Doctrine, The doctrine committee issued the prelate requested the aid of the doc- “Moreover,” the statement con-
headed by Archbishop Donald Wuerl statement in response to a request trine committee. tinued, “such conclusions, clearly in
of Washington, regarding the book, from the archbishop of Omaha, Ne- In its statement, dated Sept. 15, the contradiction to the authentic teach-
“The Sexual Person: Toward a Re- braska, to review the book. Creighton committee detailed some of the errors ing of the Church, cannot provide
newed Catholic Anthropology.” University is in Omaha. of this book. a true norm for moral action and in
The statement noted that the book In 2007, Archbishop Elden Cur- It asserted, “The fact that the alter- fact are harmful to one’s moral and

“does not offer minor revisions to a tiss, then archbishop of Omaha, had native moral theology of ‘The Sexual spiritual life.”
few points of Catholic sexual ethics,” already published a statement in the Person’ leads to many positions Rather, it affirmed, “In the Cat-
but rather, “the authors insist that diocesan newspaper regarding vari- in clear conflict with authoritative echism of the Catholic Church,
the moral theology of the Catholic ous articles by these professors. Church teaching is itself considerable where we find a genuine systematic
tradition dealing with sexual matters In his statement, Archbishop Cur- evidence that the basic methodology presentation of the faith, we look for
is now as a whole obsolete and inad- tiss said: “In these articles, Professors of this moral theology is unsound that wisdom that reflects the words
equate and that it must be re-founded Lawler and Salzman argue for the and incompatible with the Catholic of everlasting life.” (Zenit)

Colombian archbishop calls for authentic sex Vatican Briefing

ed to prevent teen pregnancy Pope asks youth to learn from beatified teen
Benedict XVI urged the youth to emulate Blessed Chiara
Badano’s “example of Christian consistency,” because she
BOGOTA, Colombia, Sept. 27, 2010—Arch- programs must not be focused on promot- teenage girls with contraceptive implanta- was certain of God’s love even as she was dying. “Only
bishop Ruben Salazar of Bogota stressed last ing contraception. “As long as there is no tions in order to prevent pregnancies. Love with a capital L gives true happiness,” and that’s what
week that if the root causes of teen pregnancy authentic education on the relationship “We are creating one problem to solve Blessed Badano showed her family, her friends and her fel-
are not addressed, the problem will never between sex and love, on the meaning of another,” he said. “Our teenage girls are not low members of the Focolare Movement, he said Sept. 26
be solved. marriage and the family, and while chil- animals, like cows that we sterilize on a farm. during his midday Angelus address. In Rome on Sept. 25,
“The truth is that if the root causes are dren are not taught values that encourage They are human beings with dignity. We are Archbishop Angelo Amato of the Congregation for Saints’
not attacked, we will never prevent teen responsible sexuality, we will always have turning them into objects by putting a device Causes led the beatification of Badano who succumbed to
pregnancies from happening, no matter how this problem,” he added. in them so they can’t be mothers. I agree that bone cancer just before her 19th birthday in 1990. (CNS)
many contraceptives are distributed,” the For his part, the secretary of the Colombian a girl of that age should not become a mother
archbishop said. bishops, Bishop Juan Vicente Cordoba, reject- but that is not the way to do it,” the bishop ‘Non-nuclear weapon agenda must be based on
The archbishop warned that sex-ed ed proposals by one local official to provide said. (CNA) human dignity’
Vatican’s delegate to an international conference on atomic

Vietnam remembers energy has stressed the value of human life as the central
issue in “every step” towards a nuclear weapon-free world.
“Humanity,” he said in a speech, “deserves no less than full

Cardinal Van Thuân co-operation” of the governments of the world in reaching

agreements establishing peace and security. Among the
1,400 participants in the recent 54th general conference of
ROME, Sept. 23, 2010—A gathering of some Years later, after his forced exile from the International Atomic Energy Agency is Bishop Ettore
2,000 faithful at a Mass in Ho Chi Minh Vietnam, he was appointed president of the Balestrero, the under-secretary for the Vatican Secretariat
City marked the eighth anniversary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. He of State’s department for relations with states. (CNA)
death of Cardinal François Xavier Nguyen preached spiritual exercises to Pope John
van Thuân, the prelate who became known Paul II and the Roman Curia in 2000 and the Forgiveness is foundation of real reform – pope

worldwide for his holiness in the face of next year, was made a cardinal. Forgiveness is the backbone of all true reform, both in the life
fierce persecution. His cause of beatification was opened on Sept. of an individual Christian and in the life of the whole church
Cardinal Van Thuân died Sept. 16, 2002, 16, 2007, on the fifth anniversary of his death. community, Pope Benedict XVI said. The current spiritual
in Rome. This Saturday in Italy, there will be a sym- crisis, in fact, is rooted in “obscuring the grace of forgiveness,”
During his episcopal ministry in Vietnam, posium marking the eighth anniversary of the pope said Sept. 25 as he met with a group of bishops from
he spent more than 13 years in a Communist his death at the Verona-based International Brazil. The prelates were making their “ad limina” visits to
“re-education” camp, nine of those in soli- Observatory Cardinal Van Thuân On the Rome to report on the status of their dioceses. (CNS)
Cardinal Văn Thuận tary confinement. Social Doctrine of the Church. (Zenit)
Catholics urged to reflect on impact of work, free

Chinese Academy of Social Sciences calls for a time on family

The Holy Father has called on the world’s Catholics to use
2011 as a time to reflect on the impact of their work and
rethink of religious policy towards Catholics their free-time pursuits on their family life. The reflection, he
said, should help the church prepare for the Seventh World
BEIJING, China, Sept. 27, 2010—A research- Council, roughly the equivalent of a national 1998, died in 2007. Mgr Joseph Liu Yuanren, Meeting of Families, which will be in Milan May 30-June 3,
er at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences bishops’ conference elsewhere in the world, patriotic bishop of Nanking and president of 2012. The theme of the gathering will be: “The Family: Work
(CASS) said that the Chinese government but without Holy See recognition. the Bishops’ Council, passed away in 2005. and Celebration.” (CNS)
should review its religious policy towards In the report, Wang Meixiu suggests that For one reason or another, the meeting to elect
Catholics. the two organizations ought to specialize their replacements has been postponed, because Benedict XVI says West needs to see role of faith in
In the study, she criticizes the current role according to tasks. The Bishops’ Council of an earthquake and the Olympic Games public life
played by the Chinese Patriotic Catholic As- should be left to run the Church, whilst the in 2008, the 60th anniversary of the People’s Pope Benedict XVI said his message in Great Britain about
sociation (CPCA) and the Bishops’ Council. CPCA should act as a “bridge” between Republic in 2009 and the Shanghai Expo this the enduring importance of faith-based values in public
She also raises doubts about the National Church and state. year. Still, as Wang Meixiu points out, the life is valid for the entire Western world. He said one of his
Assembly of Catholic Representatives, Currently the CPCA, whose secretaries are government is bound to convene the assembly key messages was “the importance of evangelizing culture,
the governing body if the official Catholic often atheist, runs every aspect of Church after Expo, in late October, to avoid “criticism”, especially in our age when pervasive relativism risks over-
Church in China. life, from vocations and Episcopal appoint- which is coming from various directions. shadowing the unchanging truth about the nature of man”
In the CASS annual report on religions in ments to financial matters. For Ms Wang, With the CPCA pushing for the election and about the importance of faith in the education of active,
China that was released in mid-September, clearing defining the responsibilities of each of unlawful Bishop Ma Yinglin (pictured), creative and responsible citizens. (CNS)
Wang Meixiu, a member of the Institute of organization should improve the govern- official bishops recognized by the Vatican
World Religions, a research unit at CASS, ment’s religious policy. would face a major dilemma over whether
Vatican aims for 2012 release of new marriage
noted that Chinese Catholics have increased As for the National Assembly of Catholic to participate or not. In March, the Vatican
Commission for the Church in China issued preparation document
their ties with the universal Church. A keen Representatives, she notes that it has failed to
observer of Catholic affairs in China, she said a statement in which it called on bishops The Pontifical Council for the Family is working to create a
meet since 2004 even though it is viewed as the
that China constitutes a unique case because accepted by the Pope to avoid “actions document to guide marriage preparation efforts in dioceses
governing body of the official Catholic Church.
of the existence of the National Assembly of (like sacramental ceremonies, Episcopal throughout the world. Through it, the council hopes to better
The next meeting should elect the new presi-
Catholic Representatives, whose “democrat- ordinations and meetings) that contradict inform young couples of what they are asking of the Church
dents of the CPCA and the Bishops’ Council,
ic” choices are imposed on official bishops, the communion with the Holy Father.” when they opt to receive the Sacrament of Marriage. (CNA)
both of which are vacant. Patriotic Bishop Mi-
and the CPCA, which supervises the Bishops’ chael Fu Tieshan, elected CPCA president tin (AsiaNews)
News Features
CBCP Monitor
Vol. 14 No. 20
September 27 - October 10, 2010
Pope tells British bishops they must Religious
satisfy people’s spiritual hunger leaders hail
Gov’t, NDF
to talk
MANILA, Sept. 20, 2010—The Philip-
pine Ecumenical Peace Platform hailed
the willingness between the govern-
ment and the National Democratic
Front of the Philippines to resume direct
In a statement, the organization ac-
knowledged that the road to just and
lasting peace is “complex” but said “it’s
not impossible to go through.”
“We also recognize the long arduous
work done by both parties to establish
mutually agreed principles or frame-
work upon which the peace negotia-
tions are built,” it said.
The ecumenical group particularly
commended the “spirit and intent” of
the substantive agenda of the peace
BIRMINGHAM, England, Sept. 19, generous in welcoming Anglicans who and Catholics” by promoting unity come not only from widespread public talks like the comprehensive deals on
2010—Meeting Catholic bishops at the want to enter into full communion with while accepting differences. opinion on ethical issues like biotech- the respect of human rights, social and
end of his visit to Great Britain, Pope the Roman Catholic Church. The Rev. David Richardson, director nology, abortion or homosexuality, he economic reforms, political and consti-
Benedict XVI said he had spent four The British bishops have been criti- of the Anglican Center in Rome and the said, they also come from the current tutional reforms, and the disposition
days witnessing signs of spiritual hun- cized by some conservative Catholic archbishop of Canterbury’s represen- economic crisis and people’s assump- of forces.
ger that bishops have an obligation to commentators for an apparently luke- tative to the Vatican, said the idea of tions about wealth and poverty. “We believe that these principled
help satisfy. warm reception of provisions Pope the ordinariate was initially billed as a “The specter of unemployment is agenda emerged from the crucible and
Pope Benedict urged Scottish, English Benedict made last year that would “pastoral provision” for disaffected An- casting its shadow over many people’s contain the fundamental issues that
and Welsh bishops to give people real allow for the establishment of special glicans and appears to offer benefits to lives and the long-term cost of the ill- need to be addressed by both parties if
spiritual nourishment, not just easy or church jurisdictions for former Angli- them, but “seems to contribute nothing advised investment practices of recent the road to genuine peace and justice is
popular answers to their questions and cans who want to maintain some of their to the full visible unity” of the Anglican times is becoming all too evident,” he to be pursued,” they said.
doubts. Anglican heritage and practices. and Roman Catholic communities as a said. “Even as we still have a long way
“As you proclaim the coming of the The jurisdictions, known as ordi- whole. As pastors of a Christian community, towards the ideal, at least the first
kingdom − with its promise of hope for nariates, have not yet been established Full unity can only be achieved the pope said, the British bishops must substantive agenda was accomplished.
the poor and the needy, the sick and the anywhere in the world. through formal dialogue between the encourage their flocks to be generous There is now a standard that both sides
elderly, the unborn and the neglected − Some people involved in efforts to Roman Catholic Church and the Angli- and stand in solidarity with the poor. must follow with respect to human
be sure to present in its fullness the life- promote full Anglican-Roman Catholic can Communion as a whole, Rev. Rich- Pope Benedict told the bishops he rights.”
giving message of the Gospel, including unity said the pope’s special provisions ardson told Catholic News Service. knows that the “shameful” clerical sex The faith-based formation of peace
those elements which call into question were essentially an admission that full Pope Benedict also told the bishops abuse crisis “seriously undermines the advocates, meanwhile, vowed to en-
the widespread assumptions of today’s unity was virtually impossible because that as they, like bishops in the United moral credibility of church leaders.” courage the government and the com-
culture,” the pope told the bishops Sept. of the ordination of women priests and States, prepare to begin using a new “I have spoken on many occasions munist rebels to sustain the “principled”
19 during a meeting at Oscott College in bishops and positions on homosexual- English translation of the Mass, they of the deep wounds that such behavior peace process.
Birmingham. ity in some parts of the Anglican Com- should “seize the opportunity that the causes − in the victims first and fore- “We will continue to remind all of
At the end of a trip that saw him be- munion. new translation offers for in-depth cat- most − but also in the relationships of the necessity to implement and put into
come the first pope to visit the Anglican Speaking to the Catholic bishops, echesis on the Eucharist and renewed trust that should exist between priests practice mutually agreed best practices
archbishop of Canterbury’s residence though, the pope said his provision devotion in the manner of its celebra- and people, between priests and their for just and lasting peace to flourish,”
and the first pope to pray in the Angli- “should be seen as a prophetic gesture tion.” bishops, and between the church they added.
cans’ Westminster Abbey, Pope Bene- that can contribute positively to the As the bishops seek to evangelize “in authorities and the public,” he said. The statement was signed by PEPP
dict also asked the bishops again to be developing relations between Anglicans a highly secular society,” challenges (CNS) co-chairpersons Archbishop Antonio
Ledesma, and Ms. Sharon Rose Joy

Holy Father speaks to schoolchildren,

Ruiz-Duremdes and PEPP Secretariat
head Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez, Jr.

emphasizes importance of reading Sibuyan

ROME, Italy, Sept. 24, 2010—Hundreds of kids felt the
personal “warmth” of the Pope as they met with him
in a private audience on Thursday evening. Accord-
In his message to them, the Holy Father told the
children of the importance of studying and learn-
ing to read so they can know the thought of others
said that they arrived prepared to listen to his words
and to put them into practice.
Pope Benedict XVI, she said, was visibly “so serene
local officials
ing to the children’s school principal, they received
his message to them about learning to read so they
can better know God and the world.
throughout time. One can learn about the “spiritual
continents of the world,” communicate with others
and, he said, turn to the Bible “to read what God
and so happy” also to meet with them, responding
with gratitude to the songs that were sung for him
and the gifts he received.
sign joint
The Holy Father hosted nearly 400 children from a
local Catholic school at the Apostolic Villa of Castel
Gandolfo on Thursday evening. The kindergarten
says to us.”
He emphasized the importance of going to school
“to learn all of the things necessary for life and learning
Among their gifts to the Holy Father was a picture
made by the children themselves in which “the magic
of life” was depicted through in which they incorpo-
resolution vs
and primary school students of the local Paul VI also to know God, to know Jesus and thus to know rated their handprints into the design of the world
Pontifical School, run by the Maestre Pie sisters of how to live well.” brightened by a rainbow.
the Philippines, were accompanied by their parents, Sister Anna, the principal of the Paul VI Pontifical Sr. Anna said that in the encounter also the little
grandparents, friends, brothers and sisters as they met School told CNA that the kids were “happy” with the ones felt the “warmth, this humanity, this affection”
with the Holy Father in the villa courtyard. encounter and had “received the Pope’s message.” She of the Pope towards children. (CNA)
MANILA, Sept. 17, 2010—Local offi-

Anti-mining advocates pray, light candles for

cials in Sibuyan Island’s three munici-
palities have signed a joint resolution
rejecting mining operations in the

victims of extra judicial killings

The municipalities of Magdiwang,
Cajidiocan and San Fernando issued
Joint Resolution No. 1 and 2, indicat-
ing the people’s opposition to mining
MANILA, Sept. 16, 2010— ippines because of its nega- in the island.
Anti-mining advocates held tive impact on people’s lives In Joint Resolution No. 1, the local of-
a prayer service outside the and the environment. ficials asked President Benigno Aquino
country’s premier hotel in Fr. Archie Casey, Co-Chair “to declare Sibuyan Island free of all
memory of the victims and of the JPICC-AMRSP said metallic mining (all forms of mining
martyrs of anti-mining strug- the government should stop except gravel and sand)”, while Joint
gles. making mining a priority in Resolution No. 2, addressed to DENR
Religious, seminarians and its economic policy, adding Secretary Ramon Paje asked that all
anti-mining activists gathered that there is no such thing mining permits issued in the island be
outside the Manila Hotel Sept. as a sustainable and green revoked.
14 holding lighted candles, mining. Sibuyan’s officials recently trooped to
as the International Confer- “Mining has killed a lot the office of the Department of Interior
ence on Mining, hosted by of people. It has affected and Local Government (DILG) to insist
the Chamber of Mines of the many communities and we that their autonomous decision to free
Philippines was being held. have seen this in the many the island from mining activities be
Photos of those who have tragedies that occurred in respected.
died in their struggles against mining sites in the Philip- Environmentalists and anti-mining
mining that include former pines,” he said. advocates hailed the local officials’
Councilor Armin Marin of “Today we pray for the joint resolution to reject mining to
San Fernando, Sibuyan Is- souls of the lives taken by protect and preserve the island’s rich
land in Romblon, Ricardo mining, as we also seek for ecosystem.
Ganad, ABC Chairperson of President Aquino’s action Sibuyan island, dubbed as the Galapa-
Victoria, Oriental Mindoro, upon this issue,” he added. gos of Asia, is rich in natural resources
Eliezer ‘Boy” Billones of South They also called on the and biodiversity. It is known to have the
Cotabato, Gensun Agustin of Aquino government to re- densest forest in the world.
© Danny Pata

Cagayan Province, Fernando voke EO 270-A, or the re- The island is home to a rich biodi-
Sarmiento of Compostela vitalization of mining in- versity of flora and fauna. One hun-
Valley, and Samson Rivera, dustry. dred twenty-three species of trees,
of Oriental Mindoro were presented killings and grave effects of mining to Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines The gathering was led by the Justice, 54 of which are not found anywhere
during the rally. indigenous peoples, and the degrada- (CBCP-NASSA) has led protests against Peace and Integrity of Creation Com- in the world, 700 vascular plant spe-
“We are gathered [here] not to rally tion of the environment,” said Fr. Edu mining companies in Mindoro while mission of the Association of Major cies, and 131 species of birds, and
against mining companies but to pray Gariguez. heading the Mangyan Mission in the Religious Superiors in the Philippines many mammals and rodents still
for the many lives the irresponsible Gariguez, who is Executive Secretary province. (JPICC-AMRSP) and the Seminarian yet to be catalogued, are found in
mining industry has taken. Several of the National Secretariat for Social The Catholic Church has consistently Network. Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) Mt. Guiting-guiting Natural Park.
years back, we already condemned the Action-Justice and Peace of the Catholic opposed large scale mining in the Phil- co-organized the event. (CBCPNews) (CBCPNews)
A4 Opinion CBCP Monitor
Vol. 14 No. 20
September 27 - October 10, 2010


The Jueteng agenda

AT first blush it would seem that Archbishop Oscar Cruz is a solitary

prophet crying in the wilderness yet with admirable courage and gait in
his crusade against what he calls a persistent curse that is Jueteng.
But actually he is not. He is backed up with three pastoral statements
of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines. In 2003,
the bishops issued “Eradicate Gambling: It is Moral and Social
Cancer.” In 2005, “CBCP Statement on Gambling.” And again,
in 2006, “Plea and Appeal: Stop STL, Please.” And this, not to
mention the pastoral letter on gambling issued by Northern Luzon
Bishops in 1993 titled, “Make Yourselves a New Heart and a New
Spirit: A Joint Pastoral Letter on Gambling.”
Yet all this aside, it is really his deep conviction and conscience that
give him the drive to transcend to a realm of fools where even holy
angels fear to tread. This is the kind of witnessing that erstwhile
we only read in conciliar documents and encyclicals, but now we
see incarnated in an exemplary valor of one man—a man who has
always been willing to trade off the comfort of an ivory tower with
the risk of one’s life attendant to denouncing evil, in much the same
fashion and reminiscent of John the Baptist in the holy book.
Be that as it may, but the social transformation advocated by the
present dispensation will remain a hollow slogan unless Jueteng
or the preferential option for gambling remains in tow. No social
reforms will ever be feasible if Jueteng and all its dubious variations
are on the ledge.
To drive home the point, take, for instance, electoral reforms.
While it is true that with poll automation quite a number of
electoral anomalies have been skirted, vote buying has morphed
exponentially. In the last elections, reports have it that the votes of
one household in predominantly Jueteng areas were priced from
ten to twenty thousand pesos. In such places where vote buying is
bankrolled by Jueteng, no amount of political education in parishes
will ever sink in the minds and hearts of the electorate. He who Illustration by Bladimer Usi
controls the “cabos”, controls election results.
Indeed, Jueteng or its various forms robs the country of a democratic
process and the sanctity of people’s right to suffrage. And this is Oscar V. Cruz, DD
not even saying about the other evils of gambling that fleece the
poor of the little they have. Which is why the move to legalize
Jueteng because of the government’s happy inability to stop it,
A curse that refuses to
does not even smack of defeatism, but of a self-serving agenda
that is obviously very profitable.
Views and Points die
NOTWITHSTANDING all rhet- ing truth of the matter: the matter of the determination of Destitute and ignorant people
oric and propaganda made by One: It is exactly the poor and what numbers/bets win or lose, remain needier than before.
public officials, despite all the the helpless, the miserable and there was a time when these were Meantime, the Jueteng Syndi-
Church in the Philippines—Called to Mission alleged bleeding hearts for the the ignorant that are continuously decided by tampered “tambiolo” cates amass fortunes, Protectors
poor brought to fore by civil exploited and duped every time surreptitiously held in suppos- enjoy more and more luxurious
WE as Church are called to be in our part of the globe “the universal authorities, and despite loud, re- they are enticed and duped into edly “secured” house backyards. lives, and all payola beneficiaries
sacrament of salvation”, sent out by the Lord on a mission to the peated and impressive resolves betting their hard earned money However, behold and wonder, happily have and gleefully keep
whole of the human race (Lumen Gentium 13). The Church universal by one government after anoth- into this vice. The reality is that during these times, the win- progressively big fat bank ac-
is Catholic because of this mission. But each particular or local er, the stark truth and standing for the very few bettors chosen ning numbers are conveniently counts here and abroad.
Church, being Catholic, shares in the same mission. Hence to each fact is that Jueteng continues to win by expert manipulation decided and communicated by Three: It does not take much
local Church the mandate is also given to proclaim Jesus’ message to be a disastrous, hideous and on account of their meager bets the mere use of cell phones at the thinking, much less any formal
and invitation to give living witness of God’s love in Christ Jesus, deeply rooted vice nonchalantly as “consuelo de bobo”, literally dictate and wish of operators! study why Jueteng continue to
and to share the gifts it has received from the Lord. For the Church persisting as a vibrant racket in thousands upon thousands of Two: It is concretely the so- proliferate. It is simply for the
in the Philippines, for every one of our local Churches, there is a this already too long suffering bettors are infallibly destined called “Jueteng Lords” plus their same elementary and simple rea-
new insistence and a new urgency to fulfill this mandate.
country. Specifically in conjunc- to lose in this well syndicated “Operators” plus their “Protec- son: the local public officials and
We believe that in recent years the Spirit has awakened among us a new tion with this long-lasting, dis- racket. What numbers win and tors” plus their “Revisadores” their assigned police authorities
awareness of the Church’s missionary task, and has also poured out his gusting national phenomenon, what numbers lose—all these are plus their “Pagadores” who cat- simply love and cherish to have
gifts to begin to realize it in deed and in truth. For in recent decades, it is in good order to point out at the absolute command of the egorically exploit and literally rob Jueteng in their respective ter-
a constantly increasing number of our brothers and sisters—priests, formally and categorically the jueteng syndicates operating in the poor and helpless individuals ritorial jurisdictions. And, of
religious brothers and sisters, laypeople—have left our shores to share three following solid and stand- their well assigned territories. In of the meager they have. Result: course, everybody knows why.
their Faith with peoples of other lands, in every continent on the face of
the earth. The Mission Society of Philippines has sent several priests as
missionaries in many parts of the world. Many Filipino priests, brothers Sr. Mary Pilar Verzosa, RGS
and sisters belonging to different religious congregations as well as
diocesan priests are now working in the foreign missions.
War against abortion in
Several lay missionaries, both men and women, who underwent
training through the Catholic Lay Mission Program, are also
working in the foreign missions. New movements of faith such as Quiapo Love Life
the covenant communities, initiated by the Filipino laity under the
inspiration of the Holy Spirit, have spread to particular churches
of other countries and have surely contributed to the efforts of I WAS only in high school when I first heard Many times in the past, former Mayor Lito saw the photos of the aborted babies, others
evangelization of those sister churches. Our overseas workers in whispers about the herbal vendors in Atienza would have those vendors arrested looked away, while others stared defiantly at
have in so many instances become missionaries, bringing the Quiapo where one can buy concoctions for but since the law that could be cited for their those leading the rosary. We prayed silently
Gospel and Faith where these have not been present, renewing and abortion—euphemistically identified by illegal vending is simply a misdemeanor in our hearts that the police standing around
reactivating Christian life and practice where these have been in the vendors as you pass by—“pamparegla, (non-medical professionals prescribing would face up to their responsibility and help
decline. Through Radio Veritas Asia, based in Manila, the saving Miss?” Now, as a Good Shepherd Sister drugs), they would be released from deten- once and for all in stopping the sale of the
message of Christ has reached millions of people living in many counseling pregnant girls and women who tion within a few hours then back they were abortifacient drugs in their area.
parts of the vast continent. May we not see in these events the hand have attempted abortion, I hear of how they around Quiapo Church. Then along comes Fr. Anton Pascual was the main celebrant
of the Lord, and the movement of his Providence?
tried those preparations unsuccessfully, thank Msgr. Clem Ignacio who could not tolerate in last Saturday’s Eucharistic Celebration. He
It is imperative then that we—all of us—renew our own God. However, in our Pro-life Counseling the notoriety attached to abortion happen- gave a very pointed homily on the importance
understanding of mission. We urge most especially the formators Center, I have also been counseling women ing right there in the Church premises. Sev- of defending the life of the unborn and ex-
of our seminarians, the candidates for the priesthood, to help the who aborted due to the tablets that they eral dialogues with the police (who by now plained emphatically the Church teaching on
future leaders of the Church to develop a personal and profound bought from those Quiapo herbal vendors. have been identified as part of the syndicate excommunication, not only of the mother of
understanding of mission during their priestly formation. Our Yes, those vendors have become sophisticated distributing the illegal drugs as well as the the aborted baby, but of all those involved – the
young priests should experience life in the missions either here in their offering ways and means to accom- abortion tablets) did drive away the vendors father of the baby, the grandparents, the doc-
or abroad so that they can become effective agents of renewal in
plish abortion on demand. a few streets away from the church patio for tors, “hilot” and sellers of the abortion drugs.
mission consciousness among the faithful.
The tablets they are referring to is called a couple of years. But lately, the vendors are I was very happy to hear Msgr. Clem read
Mission is the proclamation of the Good news of salvation given Cytotec, an anti-ulcer medicine that is being back. Apparently, Mayor Lim assigned a sta- the Pastoral letter of Gaudencio Cardinal
by the Father in Christ Jesus. It is about the forgiveness, the misused to induce bleeding and the eventual tion commander who is once again allowing Rosales, issued last Sept 15, Feast of the Sor-
communion, peace and hope Christ brought to us for all time, and expulsion of the fetus (unborn baby). Fifteen the vendors to do their “business”. Permits to rowful Mother, on “Abortion, a Crime against
unto everlasting life. Mission is the sharing of the promise of a new years ago, I and the Pro-life staff ran after the vend, of course, means a daily income for the the Unborn”. This was promulgated in con-
heaven and a new earth, the ultimate triumph of life over death, pharmaceutical company to stop distributing assigned collectors who will see to it that the nection with the spate of fetus being left in
of grace and glory over evil and sin in the new Jerusalem which this drug. Within a year, we were able to have cash gets to the right persons up there!
will be given to us by God. But mission does not proclaim only church premises these past few weeks.
God’s victory in the life to come, but also the redemption of time DOH/BFAD declare it as a banned drug. Msgr. Clem is waging an all out war at this We welcome the many efforts of various
and history in the cross and resurrection of Jesus. However, those tiny white hexagonal-shaped time. These past two Saturdays, he organized groups to stop abortion through prayer ral-
tablets continued to proliferate in small drug the parish organizations plus many pro-life lies, seminars and counseling centers. But the
−“Missions” and the Church in the Philippines: stores and the herbal vendors. According to groups to hold a prayer rally to stop abortion. deeper issue that must be attended to is the
A Pastoral Letter on the Church’s Mission in the New the manufacturer, those tablets are made in Before the Mass for the Unborn, they held prevention of the “need” to have an abortion
Millennium, 2000 Bangkok and Korea and enter the country a procession holding placards with pro-life by the thousands of women who find them-
illegally. Lately, young lovers are able to slogans and pictures of the unborn, both live selves in troubling pregnancy. Each one has
source them through the internet (along with and aborted. Thousands of people watched to do her/his part. Care to help? Call Pro-life
contacts to abortionists). the procession pass by, some grimaced as they office at 733-7027.
Teresa R. Tunay, OCDS

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Opinion A5
Fr. Carmelo O. Diola, SSL
Spaces of Hope Gaston Asitaki

I was upset when I was in-

formed that my flight to Cebu
each other, I realized the de-
lay in flight had been divinely
built into the human being. He
begins his attempt by studying
are not just for playing games
but where the basics of learning We need penicillin, not
condoms, in central
from Manila had been moved planned. I saw fire in Josette’s the formation of insights in begin.”
to 9 a.m. After all, I had been eyes as she explained her many mathematics and science before As she says this, I recall Lon-
up and about the wee hours works and commitments. She proceeding to other areas of hu- ergan’s definition of method: “A
of the morning just to be at the
airport for my 4:30 a.m. flight.
is truly an untiring figure with
a heart of gold.
man knowing. He died in 1984
and his influence continues to
normative pattern of recurrent
and related operations yielding Africa
However, recalling the sage ad- I then mentioned to her the grow. Lonergan is theoretical cumulative and progressive re-
vice, “When you are angry, you recent formation of a Lonergan but also very practical. sults.” Pre-schools create these EVER since it gained independence in 1960, the Democratic
are punishing yourself for the Circle in Cebu to introduce the The two ladies soon had a physical, mental, emotional, Republic of Congo (DRC) has been in chaos. By some statistics,
mistakes of others,” I decided concept of intellectual conver- lively conversation. They dis- psychological and social tem- the hinterland outside of the capital Kinshasa has suffered
to spend my time placidly at the sion in support of social trans- covered they had many things plates that prepare the young through the worst war since World War II as rival armies of
airport longue. formation. She listened intently. in common. Both are visible students to take on life itself. thugs, warlords, or surrogates of hostile neighbors battle it out
On entering the place, I saw Suddenly I saw another figure women leaders whose concern Being a nursery drop-out, I over our rich mineral resources.
a familiar figure. It was Josette enter the longue and my eyes, for others is inspired by their could not help but try to imag- The DRC is rich in people, too. It has a population of about
Biyo, a science teacher from the so to speak, nearly popped out. Christian faith. Both also enjoy ine what my life could have 70 million and by the year 2050 it will be one of the ten most
Philippine Science High School It was the honorary consul of painting as a way to relax and been had I persevered. But that populous countries in the world. Our total fertility rate is 6.3,
in Iloilo who had won interna- Russia in Cebu, Consul Armi express themselves. is another story. one of the highest in the world. Abortion is illegal here, with
tional acclaim for being the first Garcia. They also consider education Armi could not contain her some exceptions for the health of the mother.
Asian to win the prestigious Armi also happens to be the as the way to truly liberate the excitement: “I completely agree Unsurprisingly, our health care is in a mess, especially for
Intel International Excellence wife of Atty. Jesus “Sonny” poor. Josette does this through with what you are saying. I have women, and it is actually getting worse, year by year. The cur-
in Teaching Award in 2002. The Garcia, Jr. whom I had just her science teaching. Armi has actually been inviting active rent maternal mortality rate (MMR) is estimated at 2,000 per
award meant Josette was the mentioned to Josette as the lec- supported a good number of her professionals and retirees to 100,000 live births; in 1990 it was 800. (The rate in Canada is 6
best among 4,000 candidates turer and sharer in the Lonergan workers through college. consider sharing their talents in per 100,000 births.) Infant mortality in the first year is estimated
from all over the world and had Circle. I beckoned to Armi to But their interest in education setting up a pre-school in a town at 92 per 1,000. (In Canada, it is about 6 per 1,000.)
merited for her the name of an join us. She too was a bit upset converges in one more signifi- in southern Cebu.” At the moment, however, at least by the standards of the DRC,
asteroid. It is now called Planet with the delay in her flight. We cant aspect. “When people ask “What is the name of your the country is relatively calm and the thoughts of foreign aid
Biyo, a decision made by the were now taking the same flight me what I consider to be the town?” Josette asked. “Bito-on donors have turned to improving health care. And the band-aid
Massachusetts Institute of Tech- to Cebu. most important need in educa- in Barile,” Armi responded. they are offering is vigorous family planning programs.
nology’s Lincoln Laboratory. Lonergan was a Canadian tion, they usually expect my “Really?” countered Josette. Back in December, the DRC’s First Lady, Marie Olive Lembe
Josette was hoping to catch Jesuit priest who tried to do for answer to be ‘a research center.’ “You know,” she continued, Kabila, opened a National Conference to Reposition Family
an earlier flight to be able to the 20th century what Thomas They are surprised when I tell “the Philippine Science High Planning in Kinshasa. It was attended by all the nabobs of
attend to one of her students in Aquinas did for the 13th cen- them what we need are good School I teach at is located in DRC’s health bureaucracy as well as USAID, the American
Iloilo who had contracted den- tury: integrate all bodies of pre-schools. Yes, pre-schools,” Bito-on, Iloilo!” Bito-on is “star” aid agency, and UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.
gue. As we started to exchange knowledge into a single whole Josette says. in both Ilonggo and Cebuano. “This is an issue that concerns us all,” said Mme Kabila. “No
pleasantries and updates on by identifying a method that is She continues: “Pre-schools I am star-struck. one among us wants to lose a child, a loved one we waited
nine months for, and no man wants to see his wife left on the
delivery table.”
Jose B. Lugay USAID is investing US$8.4 million in family planning in the

P-Noy’s two months in

DRC. The US Ambassador to the DRC, William Garvelink, told
the conference that the unmet need for family planning is more
than 24 percent. Satisfying this unmet need could avert over
office Laiko Lampstand 18,000 maternal deaths and 850,000 child deaths.
I share the desolation of the First Lady, but this is almost
literally insane. No one can fail to weep at a stillborn child or
the death of a mother in childbirth. But it is absurd; it is crimi-
THE results of the investigation of Secre- of vacancies in government, there is also salaries of all employees, permanent and nally irresponsible, for the United States and international aid
tary of Justice Leila de Lima, who headed the abolition of eight offices reporting to contractual. Sec. Cesar V. Purisima of DOF agencies to argue that the solution to the DRC’s calamitous
the Incident Review and Investigation the President, including the Presidential now questions all overseas development maternal mortality is family planning.
Committee (IIRC) spared no one. Twelve Anti-Smuggling Group (PASG) as well as funds which need our own counterpart The real solution is quality basic health care. Not conferences
persons were found liable for the tragic the Presidential Anti-Graft and Corrup- funds and determines the sources of funds, about foreign aid. Not plans drawn up in air-conditioned of-
outcome of the August 23 hostage drama tion office (PAGC). The newly appointed local and foreign to meet budget goals. fices in New York. We need real health care. We need $8.4 mil-
broadcast all over the world. Undersec- Secretaries have been doing extremely It may take some time for a smooth take- lion worth of penicillin, not $8.4 million worth of condoms.
retary Rico Puno, Mayor Alfredo Lim, well, at least for their two months in office. off of the economy since eradicating graft A few years ago, the slogan was “Health for All by 2000”.
Vice-Mayor Isko Moreno were among the Sec. Rogelio Singson convened advocacy and corruption starts with the election of Now it is the propaganda of “Millennium Development”. We
high profile personalities recommended groups in anti-graft and corruption to help local officials including the barangay offi- even have a home-grown slogan, “the five yards of the presi-
to be charged for criminal neglect. Media, him change the corruption ridden Dept. of cials and representatives of the Sangguni- dent.” This is all pie-in-the-sky stuff. What the DRC needs is
specifically Radio Mindanao Network’s Public Works and Highways. Sec. Ramon ang Kabataang Barangay which had been not a scaled-down version of the American health care system,
Michael Rogas and TV5’s Erwin Tulfo were Page of DENR came to hear the SONA pre- disbursing internal revenue allocations but an understanding of how to deliver primary health care
also included among the list for prosecu- sentation of the Advocacy Groups belong- without control. The burden of eradicat- throughout the whole country, not just in Kinshasa and the
tion. This is the baptism of fire of our new ing to the Green Convergence and NASSA ing jueteng which impoverishes the poor provincial capitals.
President. at the Environmental Science Institute of and enriches political landlords is the In the DRC, as in most Third World countries, lack of medical
Despite the effects of this tragedy on Miriam College. He ably answered many greatest challenge to P-Noy. No less than care is the principal cause of maternal mortality—and this is
our tourism income, there is a boost in the concerns on the environment, mining, re- Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz had sounded the the case regardless of the legal status of abortion or the level
confidence of foreign investors. A record forestation, etc., creditably while maintain- alarm that officials of P-Noy’s new cabinet of family planning.
sale of $1B worth of peso denominated ing the government’s right to implement are involved! The Small Town Lottery Here are a few of the dismal statistics. The World Health Or-
bonds early this September, as well as high existing laws. Sec. Enrique T. Ona of DOH which was the past government’s solution ganisation says that medical problems linked to maternity are
interest of foreign capital for investments has invigorated the campaign on member- to the jueteng problem has now become its the cause of 19 percent of deaths amongst women and girls. Life
in the Philippines shows great confidence ship for Philhealth by declaring a day of shield for continuing the jueteng business. expectancy was 42 years in 2002, when the mean for Africa was
in the new leadership. President Aquino’s enrollment in many places including all The Archbishop’s expose’ has endangered 51 years. Access to health services is less than 26 percent.
promised fight against graft and corrup- government hospitals in the Philippines. his life. I suppose one can say that the good Throughout the country, especially in the interior, basic
tion, has given these potential investors Sec. Florencio Abad of DBM has changed Archbishop or the President himself are health care and prenatal care is inadequate or nonexistent.
the assurance that their investments in the the budgetary system which previously risking their lives to let the truth be known. There are no midwives and clinics lack minimum conditions
Philippines will not be tainted by corrup- allowed using the previous year’s budget But is this not what is demanded of us as of hygiene. Even major cities lack the infrastructure and equip-
tion scandals similar to the NBN-ZTE deal plus an increase of 10%. Now it starts from Catholics? After all, that is what our Lord ment for emergency care. Where it does exist, only a small
during the Arroyo administration. zero. This would mean itemizing all expen- Jesus Christ died for—saving mankind minority can afford it. Doctors are poorly trained. Many are
While there is delay in the filling up ditures for projects and services as well as from sin and eternal damnation! not equipped to deal with emergencies in childbirth. In large
public hospitals there are excellent physicians, but sometimes
they lack antibiotics and sterile gloves.
Fr. Russell Bantiles Malaria is widespread. Eradicated diseases such as trypano-
somiasis, leprosy and plague have reappeared. HIV/AIDS af-

ANC’s half-Truths
fects more than 4 percent of the population between the ages of
15 and 49. In the eastern provinces where fighting is still going
Cogito on, that figure rises to about 20 percent. According to recent
estimates, 750,000 children have lost at least one parent due to
sickness. During the 1997-2005 war, 3.9 million of our people
died. Most of them succumbed to infectious diseases which
ANC’s edition of Truths last sexual activity during infertile life. That is why, it is rightly and function is lawful in the they were too weak to withstand because of malnutrition and
Monday left me preoccupied. periods. Naturally, no life could called contraception (“contra” married state only, and in the the stresses of migration.
Aside from the fact that clearly come out; hence, the sexual = against; “conception” = life). service of the purposes for Although the DRC has an abundance of natural resources,
the mentality behind is a latent activity does not yield the cre- The Church’s teaching on which marriage exists”. (Pius it is one of the poorest countries in the world, with vast dis-
support for the legalization of ation of new life. But this does this aspect is quite clear. It is XII, Allocution to Midwives, parities in wealth. This is due mainly to the never-ending war
abortion in the Philippines (as not mean that the unitive and a total irresponsibility on the October 29, 1951) which scourges the country. In 2002—the last year for which
can be deduced from its argu- procreative dimensions of the part of the reporter not to have “The moral lawfulness of I have statistics—80 per cent of the population were living
ments), I am deeply troubled by sexual activity are separated. researched on this and to sim- such conduct [limiting the use below the poverty line of US$2 per day. Nearly 44% of women
the misunderstanding it feeds Why? Simply because it does ply brush aside the Church’s of the marital act to times of and about 22% of men had no income. Regional disparities
on our people regarding the not involve an anti-life mental- teaching as contradictory. To natural sterility] would be af- are very strong. In the eastern districts, people were living on
Church-backed Natural Fam- ity. Let me explain. fill-in that gap left by ANC’s firmed or denied according as $32 per year; in the southern districts, $138; and in the capital
ily Planning. As the Church The procreative dimension Truths’ half-truths, here is the to whether or not the intention Kinshasa, $323. Malnutrition affects between 30 and 50% of
ordained minister and the refers to openness in the trans- full truth. to keep constantly to these women and children. In total, 16 million people live in condi-
people’s conscience formator, mission of life or fecundity. periods is based on sufficient tions of food insecurity.
I feel the obligation to clarify In God’s design of creation, *** and reliable moral grounds. In these chaotic circumstances, how can the US ambassador
some points here. fecundity is a cycle. And there “Never is it permitted to The sole fact that the couple do seriously propose family planning as a solution? He and his
In the program, the narra- are periods wherein transmis- separate these different aspects not offend against the nature cronies in the aid agencies are living in Never-Never Land.
tor presents an interview of a sion of life is not possible. [unitive and procreative] to the of the act and that they are I firmly believe that what the DRC needs to turn around the
Catholic priest who explained Sexual activities done within point of excluding positively ei- willing to accept and bring up appalling statistics on maternal deaths is good nutrition, basic
how the two dimensions of these periods are still open ther the intention of procreation the child that is born notwith- health care, good obstetric care during pregnancy, childbirth
sexual activity—the unitive and to life; it’s just that no life yet or the conjugal relation”. (Pius standing the precautions they and postpartum. In industrialized countries, birth-related
the procreative—should not be is possible. Hence, it cannot XII, Allocution to the Members have taken, would not of itself deaths declined with the development of better obstetric tech-
separated. Immediately, the involve an anti-life mentality. of the II World Congress of alone be sufficient guarantee niques and improvements in the overall health of women. In
reporter notes that the Church’s And the couple’s desire not Fertility and Sterility, May 19, of a right intention and of the England and Wales, for example, the maternal mortality rate
teaching here involves a con- to have a baby is only second- 1956) unquestionable morality of the dropped from more than 550 pregnancy-deaths per 100,000
tradiction since the Church ary to God’s will. They simply “The husband and wife do motives themselves”. (Pius XII, births in 1931 to less than 50 in 1960, through the use of antibi-
also promotes Natural Family cooperate in God’s procreative no wrong in seeking out and Allocution to Midwives, Octo- otics, blood transfusions and the management of hypertensive
Planning which entails doing design, so to speak. enjoying this pleasure [coop- ber 29, 1951) disorders during pregnancy.
sexual activity during infertile On the contrary, in the use of erating with God in propagat- According to the World Bank’s 2006 Development Report,
periods; hence, separating the artificial methods or contracep- ing the human race]. They are *** Malaysia and Sri Lanka have managed to reduce maternal
procreative from the unitive tives, the anti-life mentality is accepting what the Creator in- Watching ANC’s Truths left mortality by enabling access to midwives and nurses in rural
dimension. The reporter could clearly manifest. Regardless of tended for them. Still, here too, me preoccupied but with anoth- areas and regularly supplying provinces with medicines and
have asked the interviewed whether the woman is fertile the husband and wife ought to er important lesson learned: not medical equipment. Severe bleeding contributes to 44 percent
priest how to explain this. But or not, the couple’s intention know how to keep within the everything that the media feed of maternal deaths in Africa, deaths which could be prevented
she did not. She simply jumped in sexual activities is to block bounds of moderation. As in us is the truth, even though they if doctors had access to clean blood.
into his conclusion. This gave the transmission of life. Hence, eating and drinking, they ought would call it Truths. Hence, we Rather revving up the engines of family planning, foreign
me reason to assume that the it intentionally separates the not to give themselves over need to be very careful and crit- aid donors should think of ways to bring modern medicine and
Truths’ edition last Monday is procreative from the unitive completely to the promptings ical. Knowing better our faith better health care to the DRC. If they don’t, it will just confirm
grossly biased in favor of the dimension. In the natural way, of their senses, so neither ought and the Church’s teachings is our suspicions that family planning is merely a Trojan horse
anti-life mentality. the couple’s desire not to have they to subject themselves un- our effective shield against the for legalizing abortion in the DRC.
a baby seconds God’s will as restrainedly to their sensual obvious ideological indoctrina-
*** manifested in nature. In the appetite. This, therefore, is the tion that is going on around us. (Gaston Asitaki is editor of the magazine Construire la famille in
In the Natural Family Plan- artificial way, the couple simply rule to be followed: the use of There’s no deadliest danger Kinshasa and a lawyer.)
ning, the couple is engaged in rejects God’s will to transmit the natural, generative instinct than being misinformed.
Local News
CBCP Monitor
A6 Vol. 14 No. 20
September 27 - October 10, 2010

Pro-life groups ask Gov’t urged to improve

prison environments
Congress to enact Citizen
Protection Act
PRO-LIFE groups renewed their call for life in professional and
on legislators to support the promotion social actions.”
of life by enacting into law the Citizen Pro-life said the filing of the
Protection Act 2010. bill on September 21 signified
Pro-Life Philippines Foundation Inc. the oneness of the group on the
together with Alyansang Bayanihan ng celebration of the International
mga Magsasaka Mangagawang-Bukid Day of Peace (September 21) and
at Mangingisda (ABA) and the Ang the Imposition of the Commission on PRISON Chaplains and jail workers sic rights as ventilation, hygiene and
Kapatiran Party (AKP) has recently Election (COMELEC) Gun Ban for the have called on the government and food because of too much congestion
filed a petition at the House of the Rep- forthcoming Barangay and Sangguniang other concerned agencies to look inside the prisons. Other concerns
resentatives to ratify Citizen Protection Kabataan (SK) Elections on October 16. into the situations of the prisoners raised are: putting young offenders
Act of 2010. According to a report, the total gun that in the country. together with adult offenders inside
Citizen Protection Act of 2010 is a ban will be effective from September advocates The group urged government au- the jails; punishment and torture;
proposed law that urge for the security 25 to November 10, 2010. for dialogue and thorities to improve prison environ- and lack of access to a good defense
of any citizen against forms of injustice, Pro-Life Philippines is a non-profit understanding with the police and ments and ensure the implementa- of the cases.
human rights violations, torture, or organization that delves with issues military forces while AKP is a political tion of the “UN Standards, Principles, “There were also corruption in the
abuse of power by the military, empha- on values, dignity and nurturance of party that promotes a pro-God, pro- Covenants and Recommendations on criminal justice system not to men-
sizing the “right to life in every human human life with corollary issues of sur- life platform as a solution to the tradi- the Treatment of Prisoners”, while tion the biases and discrimination
activity,” and calling for a firm control vival, security, sustainability. tional personality-based parties. (Kate promoting the culture of life. against vulnerable sectors of society;
over the issue of firearms, and “respect On the other hand, ABA is a party-list Laceda) They also asked Church leaders to long and life sentences; executions
address the concerns of jailed offend- and death penalty; and increase in
Source Code / A1 ers by assigning prison chaplains number of foreign prisoners due
that would administer to them. to drug trafficking and large scale
of election failure nationwide. not properly commented and several of problems in the accuracy and integrity
According to the group, “the migration trends,” they added.
“Its review will enable groups to trace the logging functions in the Smartmatic of election data.
problems of the prison situation are These issues and concerns were
back where the problem areas had been CCS project appear to omit the inclusion The failure of Comelec to open the
far more serious now than at any tackled in the recent 6th Interna-
and find evidence that will shed light on of the time and date from the logged source code to the public opened the
other time in the long history of our tional Prison Chaplains’ Association
complaints of fraud from the local to the messages. election results to possible manipula-
involvement in prison ministry.” Worldwide Conference held at the
national level,” they said. SysTest also reported that the voting tion, it added.
They noted that prisoners have Clarion Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden.
The SC said that the poll body has to machines used do not log events when The group also asked the poll body
been also deprived of their most ba- (CBCPNews)
comply with the Automated Election feeding ballots and that the reviewer to adopt the necessary operational safe-
Law which states that “Once an AES was unable to verify that identity of the guards recommended by SysTest.
(Automated Election System) technol- contacted wireless device was logged “A complete review of the source Emergency / A1
ogy is selected for implementation, the when the resident device made a con- code will reveal whether the Comelec
Commission shall promptly make the nection. took heed of the warnings and imple- lang said they also see the possible plan to provide contraceptives to the
source code of the technology available The software testing company also mented the precautionary measures passage of the controversial reproduc- poor.
and open to any interested political lamented that the certificate of canvass recommended by different groups,” tive health (RH) bill under the Aquino “We will definitely organize and
party or groups which may conduct and statement of votes documents are it said. administration. come out strongly and we will be more
their own review.” not always encrypted before transmis- “There is no reason for Comelec “A stronger force is needed now active in protest,” Manalang said. “We
A few days before the elections, soft- sion and that software inventory pro- to keep it from public scrutiny now against RH bill. President Aquino’s are not going to allow it even if we
ware testing company SysTest came vided by Smartmatic is “inadequate.” that the election season has long been support for birth control is a go signal have to lie down on the street.”
out with a report on the source code Kontra Daya, together with the Com- over.” for RH bill advocates,” he said over Expected to attend the 9:30 a.m.
and revealed several problems that the puter Professionals Union, has already “The commission’s continued resis- Church-run Radyo Veritas. meeting at the Quezon City Sports
Comelec did not admit and discuss to warned Comelec before the elections tance casts serious doubt as to whether Manalang vowed they will do Club are representatives of other
the public. that the erroneous and seemingly hasty the Comelec is hiding something everything to block the passage of “pro-life” coalitions such as the Ang
Among the problems cited in the re- programming of the PCOS machines from the public,” Kontra Daya added. the RH bill and would stage protests Kapatiran party, Buhay party list and
port include claims that source codes are as found by SysTest can lead to serious (CBCPNews) if Aquino pushed through with his Couples for Christ. (CBCPNews)

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for the year 2010 to be at the further explained. we can slow down or reverse the decrease of population provided said Castro, who is also the ex- Speaking via a satellite televi-
slowing rate of only 1.82 percent The NSCB quoted the TFR for declining PGR or TFR.” the freedom of the couple to ex- ecutive secretary of CBCP Com- sion interview from the United
per annum (vs. the 2.36 percent 2010 at 2.96 births per woman, “The government’s role is to ercise sexual and family moral- mission on Family and Life. States where he was on a 7-day
during the census year 2000, which according to Villegas, assist parents to educate and ity according to their religious The CBCP official warned they visit, President Aquino an-
which figure is often still used “represents a significant decline nurture the youth leaders so conviction are respected.” will do everything just to block nounced his plan to distribute
to justify the view that PGR is from the NSCB figure of 3.41 that they can be more productive the measure even if it means contraceptives such as condoms
“exploding”).” births per woman.” citizens in the future.” Contraceptive policy disap- going back to the streets again and pills to poor couples.
Villegas also cited the claims He said that even without points Church in protest. He stressed that the number
of former Population Commis- “aggressive population control Natural family planning President Benigno Aquino’s Castro also said he is hop- of children a couple had was a
sioner Dr. Jose Sandejas that the campaigns”, population is obvi- The Church has always main- contraceptive stand has disap- ing Aquino will not use the matter of personal choice.
NSCB “single-handedly added ously declining because young tained its stand against the use of pointed the Catholic Church and family planning issue to di- “The government is obligated
146,582 babies to the actual couples decide to have fewer contraceptives as it goes against threatened to launch protests if vert people’s attention from to inform everybody of their re-
number recorded in the 2000 children than their elders before Church teachings. he will pursue the policy. controversies hounding his sponsibilities and their choices.
census.” them. It urges couples to apply the Although “saddened” by administration. At the end of the day, govern-
The “arbitrary addition”, he “The main factors for the natural family planning methods Aquino’s support towards the “There are more pressing is- ment might provide assistance
said, increased the “population decrease in fertility are urban- in spacing out children, saying use of contraceptives in family sues that the government should to those who are without means
growth rate (PGR) and the total ization, later marriages, and natural family planning is “the planning, Fr. Melvin Castro said prioritize,” he said, referring to if they want to employ a particu-
fertility rate (TFR) by some 9 per- increased education of women,” only morally acceptable way of it did not surprise them because the Manila hostage fiasco and lar method,” he said.
cent more than the actual figure he said. practicing responsible parent- Aquino was already veering jueteng controversy involving “I believe the couple will be
measured in the 2000 census.” Villegas quoted Sandejas that hood.” towards the support of contra- some of his allies. in the best position to deter-
“The TFR for the year 2000 the country “does not need a The Catholic Bishops Confer- ceptives during the campaign He added that the government mine what is best for the family,
should have been reported as policy on family planning which ence of the Philippines (CBCP) in period. should also provide long-term how to space (the births), what
only 2.7 babies per woman, al- will tend to slow down PGR even an earlier statement, has stated “I won’t conceal the fact that solutions such as job opportuni- methods they can rely on and
ready dangerously close to zero more rapidly” instead it “can that “the Church does not forbid we are hurt… we were hoping ties to address poverty in the so forth,” said Aquino. (With
population growth rate,” he reap a demographic dividend if the advocacy of the increase or that he will be like his mother,” country. reports from Roy Lagarde)

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their hard-earned money the poor are statement for his diocese reiterating his including the politicians who control the society” and “corrupts the govern- ganun baka sakali naman maiba natin,”
daily lured by the easy money that commitment against the proliferation of the police. ment.” he furthered.
gambling vainly promises. Whatever the illegal numbers game. “I am in favor of the crusade led by According to the founder of the Kru- In the pastoral statement cited above,
little recreational value it might have The 66-year old prelate said his stand my good friend (Lingayen-Dagupan) sadang Bayan Laban sa Jueteng, it’s the bishops categorically denounced the
cannot justify the immense suffering against gambling has not changed and Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz and I about time for church leaders to fight legalization of Jueteng.
inflicted on entire families because of the CBCP has been very vocal against hope he will continue his crusade,” he and put into action their position against “We strongly denounce any attempt
the loss of money needed for the basic it. further said. the multi-million illegal lottery. to legalize it. We once again appeal to
necessities,” the bishops said in a “Gambling, legal and illegal like He said the campaign should be our political leaders, lawmakers and
2003 pastoral statement titled “Eradi- jueteng simply impoverishes poor Step up Jueteng fight more aggressive especially in teaching law enforcers to put teeth to our anti-
cate Gambling: It is Moral and Social people while gambling operators, the Bishops, priests, and the religious people against gambling and other gambling laws, ferret out the gambling
Cancer.” politicians and some law enforcement must give more for the fight against vices. lords and their protectors, and punish
In an interview with CBCPNews, people take advantage of the people’s jueteng or risk jeopardizing the morals “Ang ibig ko lang sabihin ay hindi na them with the full force of the law. We
Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes, SVD, ignorance making them hope of win- of the society, retired archbishop Oscar pwedeng malamya… hindi na pwedeng encourage and support citizen’s move-
said he fully supports the campaign of ning instead of working hard,” he Cruz said. masyadong mabait,” Cruz said over ments, such as Krusadang Bayan Laban
the Catholic Bishops Conference of the explained. He noted the seemingly lack of effort Church-run Radyo Veritas. sa Jueteng, to root out gambling from
Philippines against illegal gambling as He said it is the gambling lords who among church leaders to combat the “Kailangan po siguro meron na kon- our culture,” the bishops said. (Roy
he pledged to issue another pastoral benefit from the illegal numbers game, illegal numbers game “which destroys ting sipa yung mga pangaral natin para Lagarde/Melo Acuña)

Fetuses / A1 Sierra Madre / A1

Cardinal Rosales said that a perpetuator/s is excommunica- much needed in a country of Bulacan, NCR, Rizal, Quezon, In partnership with the Dio- Diocese of Antipolo; Fr. Ernie
deliberately procured abortion tion,” he said. disciplined people,” the Manila Camarines Norte, Camarines cese of Antipolo, SSMN ob- P. Pesimo, Diocese of San Jose,
is a moral evil and the Church Rosales added that unwanted archbishop said. Sur, Albay and Sorsogon. served the “Sierra Madre Day” Nueva Ecija; Sr. Angie Villan-
attaches the canonical penalty pregnancies could be avoided if In Churches where public Among the various issues SSMN with a Mass, Rosary, Vigil and ueva, RC, JPICC – AMRSP; Sr.
of “excommunication” on those only people are “less selfish, and exposition of fetuses occurs, spe- wanted to bring to public aware- Photo exhibit last September 26 Susan Esmile, SFIC Franciscan
who procure and helped obtain more disciplined and capable of cial prayers and acts of repara- ness through the event are forest at the Provident Village Chapel Sisters of the Immaculate Con-
it. self control, exercising a strong tion will be made, for the sins of deforestation, illegal logging and in Marikina. cepcion, Coordinator, Justice
“Abortion is a grave sin against will, and capable of making the perpetrators, at the church’s mining, and people’s active par- Other activities included a Peace and Integrity of Creation;
a defenseless life; and for this sacrifices.” Prayer and Adoration Chapels. ticipation in conservation. Memorial service and Mass, Sr. Glocar Eamiguel, FMM,
the severe canonical penalty to “These are virtues that are (CBCPNews) Last year’s tragedy brought followed by tree planting at FMM-JPIC; Ruby Ephraim M
by Typhoon Ondoy “was caused the Marikina watershed with Rubiano, MD, Agham Partylist;
Birth Control / A1 by an unusually high level of each seedling bearing a name Rogelio Buban, SAGIBIN- LN,
precipitation, aggravated by of someone who perished in the Quezon; Sr. Malou Santos, DW,
demned the US-AID, the United Foreign funding institutions also key players in pressuring anthropogenic factors including Ondoy tragedy. Daughters of Wisdom; Order
Nations Population Fund and claimed they are concerned with the lawmakers to pass the con- deforestation and destruction of SSMN members count Grace of Friars Minor-Justice, Peace
other international aid agencies the fast growth rate of the Philip- troversial reproductive health the Sierra Madre Mountains.” Padaca, former Governor, Isa- and Integrity of Creation (OFM-
for allegedly meddling in Philip- pine population. (RH) bill while linking increased The longest mountain range in bela; Tony Abuso, Episcopal JPIC); Franciscan Movement
pine government’s affairs. With this scenario, they be- aid to its passage. the Philippines, the Sierra Madre Commission for Indigenous for Justice, Peace and Integrity
The funding, Castro said, lieve that it will be difficult With Aquino’s support for wall protects a greater part of Peoples (ECIP); Donna Paz T. of Creation (FMJPIC); Haribon
goes to the maternal health and for the government to address artificial contraception, the CBCP Luzon from typhoons that visit Reyes, Ph.D. Executive Direc- Foundation, EcoWaste Coali-
population management pro- poverty and achieve sustainable official admitted being “afraid” the island every year. tor, Miriam-P.E.A.C.E. (Pub- tion, Task Force Sierra Madre,
gram, a multi-lateral program in economic growth unless an ef- over possible passage of RH bill. But with rampant illegal log- lic .Education and Awareness Task Force Kalikasan, Earth Day
several decades after the govern- fective population management “On our side, that’s how we ging, quarrying and other develop- .Campaign for the Environ- Network, COPE Infanta, Tribal
ment suspended it due to strong measure is implemented. look at the situation now,” he ment projects the mountains’ rich ment); Nina Galang, Green Center for Development. (Pinky
Church’s pressure. Castro said these agencies are said. (Roy Lagarde) bio-diversity is fast shrinking. Convergence; Fr. Bien Miguel, Barrientos, FSP)
Diocesan News
CBCP Monitor
Vol. 14 No. 20
September 27 - October 10, 2010
Clergy calls on gov’t to respect human rights
TUGUEGARAO City— The clergy of also expressed “regret that many among of human rights abuses, while reiterat-
the ecclesiastical province of Tugue- them must still cultivate a healthy re- ing the Church’s stand that large-scale
garao has called on the government spect for human rights.” mining is detrimental both for the
to respect human rights and serve the “We will do what we can to help win people and the environment.
cause of peace. the trust of our parishioners for men and They asked government leaders to
In a statement, the clergy vowed to women in uniform, but we also insist pay attention and dialogue with them
respect the fundamental rights of people that they always take up the cause of for they communicate more often with
even as they asked all others to do the justice and that they be uncompromis- the people in their parishes “whose
same. ing in their respect for human rights,” voices seldom reach the offices of the
“We invite the officials of govern- they said in the statement. government.”
ment, the men and women in uniform, They also expressed their concern on The group also stated their unwaver-
non-governmental organizations as the plight of farmers who have been ing support and help with the farmers,
well as those who have taken up arms deprived of land to till and fisher folks fisher folks, laborers and “those who
against the government to join us in whose livelihood is threatened because live by the sweat of their brow to or-
the cause of peace,” the statement of environmental abuse, “including ganize themselves in ways that will
partly read. pollution and mining in different promote their interests and the welfare
The statement was released during guises”. of the community.”
the Priests’ Congress in celebration of “We share in the struggle of indige- Signatories of the statement were
the Centennial Jubilee of the Archdio- nous peoples for the recognition of their Tuguegarao Archbishop Diosdado
cese of Tuguegarao last August 23-25, rights. And we mourn with those who Talamayan, Bayombong Bishop Ramon
2010 held at the Auditorium of the have lost their loved ones to a dreadful Villena, Ilagan Bishop Joseph Nacua,
Cagayan State University. cycle of violence and vendetta,” they Tabuk Bishop Prudencio Andaya, Jr.,
© Luis Liwanag

The priests praised the courage of said. Tuguegarao Auxiliary Bishop Ricardo
men and women in uniform who defend The clergy urged lawmakers to repeal Baccay and the priests in their arch/
freedom and the constitution but they the Mining Act of 1995, another source dioceses. (CBCPNews)

Ozamiz holds symposium on labor laws

for school heads Briefing
OZAMIZ City— The Archdiocese of Ozamiz schools in the province. A similar symposium was held two Western Visayas Catechetical Directors attend 50th
held a conference on labor laws affecting Atty. Ulpiano Sarmiento III, dean of San years ago in the ecclesiastical province of Assembly meeting
local churches and Catholic schools for the Beda College of Law, was the resource Dipolog, Ozamiz, Pagadian, Iligan and ROXAS City—The Catechetical Commissions Directors of the
clergy, school administrators and principals speaker of the one-day conference. Marawi (DOPIM) with CBCP Legal Counsel Western Visayas have participated in the 50th Assembly meet-
of the Archdiocesan Commission on Educa- Sarmiento focused on the education laws Atty. Sabino R. Padilla, Jr. as the resource ing organized by the Western Visayas Regional Association
tion (ACE). in private schools, labor code, and explained speaker. of Catechetical Commissions Training Institutes and Schools
Held on Sept. 16 at the Tudela Function regarding the security of tenure. Both confabs discussed on labor law af- (WV-RACCTIS). Highlighted during the assembly was the
Hall, Tudela, Misamis Occidental, the sym- He emphasized that employees should not fecting the Catholic schools and how to fore- approval and ratification of the Constitution and By-Laws of
posium was attended by principals and be terminated from services except for a just see potential problems in parochial schools. the Association and the formation of a committee that would
school administrators from 14 parochial cause or when authorized by law. (Wendell P. Talibong) study the Catechism for Filipino Catholics. (Kate Laceda)

Power-Coop consumers assert right to legislate

Aquino skips biggest Mindanao business confab
CAGAYAN DE ORO City—Organizers of the 19th Mindanao
Business Conference are “wondering why” President Benigno
Aquino has “snubbed” the recent and biggest gathering of
businessmen in Mindanao here. “We were left wondering why
he has prioritized the turn-over of MinDA in Davao when we
have sent him the invitation a long time ago,” said Conference
Director Ruben Vegafria of the CDP Chamber of Commerce
and Industry Foundation, Inc. (Bong D. Fabe)

Governor promotes organic agriculture as tool for

PAGADIAN City—The local chief executive of the Province of
Zamboanga del Sur is promoting organic agriculture as a tool
for peace after experiencing the benefits of such venture for his
constituents. Gov. Antonio Cerilles explained that since the
province, like most provinces of the Philippines, is basically
an agricultural province, the best tool to promote the culture
of peace is through agriculture. (Bong D. Fabe)

Consumers protest power hike

LEGAZPI City—Militant groups have staged mass protests
here opposing the power rate increase imposed by Albay Gov.
Joey Salceda to consumers of Albay Electric Cooperative. Vari-
Photo courtesy of Elmer James Bandol

ous militant organizations staged a picket at Penaranda Park

fronting Albay Capitol on Sept. 15 in protest of the P1.66 per
kilowatt hour power hike which the power cooperative has
passed on to more than 200,000 member-consumers. (Elmer
James Bandol)

Sorsogon bishop backs CBCP stand vs illegal gambling

Sorsogon City—Bishop Arturo Bastes said he fully sup-
ports the campaign of the CBCP against illegal gambling as
he pledged to issue another pastoral statement for his diocese
LEGAZPI City—Multi-stake- Legazpi diocese Social Action indebtedness of ALECO to the sumers Salceda’s imposition of reiterating his commitment against the proliferation of the
holders of the power coop- Executive Director facilitated the Philippine Electricity Market additional power rate. illegal numbers game. He said his stand against gambling
erative here have approved a meeting at the Pastoral Center Corp. (PEMC). During the assembly dubbed has not changed and the CBCP has been very vocal against
resolution mandating the Board of St. Gregory the Great Cathe- PEMC threatened a power as “Energy Consumers Forum, it. He added it is the gambling lords who benefit from the
of Directors (BOD) of the Albay dral. blackout in the entire province An Liwanag sa ALECO”, busi- illegal numbers game, including the politicians who control
Electric Cooperative (ALECO) The assembly assailed the unless the additional rate was ness sector represented by Benjie the police. (Melo M. Acuña)
to facilitate a special meeting of inability and negligence of the imposed. Santiago explained that the add-
member-consumers on October management and the board to Salceda’s formula was con- ed cost of power is unproductive Migrante Mideast asks help for sick OFW
16, to come up with solutions come up with effective solutions curred by the ALECO board and will not help their sector QUEZON City—Migrant workers’ watchdog Migrante Mid-
that will bail out the ailing and policies that will solve the without public consultation and compete with other businesses dle East (ME) called on the Philippine government to help an
power facility financial crisis experienced in clear presentation of the financial outside the province. overseas Filipino worker who was hospitalized due to stroke.
ALECO consumers asserted ALECO. status of the cooperative. Engr. Virgilio Perdigon of Migrante ME regional coordinator John Leonard Monterona
their right to call for a special as- Earlier, Albay Gov. Joey Sarte The decision created howl of Aquinas University has chal- said that Tamano Saltan Ismail, 35, and a Maguindanaon, was
sembly under Article 3, Section Salceda has imposed on con- protests from militant groups lenged local officialdom to “pro- rushed to the King Saud Medical Center on August 24, due
2 of the cooperative by-laws to sumers an added P1.66 per kilo- and the church. vincialize” the power coopera- to blood clot in his brain. Dr. Ali Bin Salamah, the attending
find a way out of the problems watt hour to the present power The protesting groups be- tive and enjoy “first” the benefits physician, said Ismail was almost unconscious when he ar-
hounding the power coopera- rate to be paid within three lieved that the announced power of the two existing geothermal rived to the hospital and suddenly fall into the state of coma.
tive. years. The generated amount cut off by PEMC to ALECO was fields in Albay. (Elmer James (Noel Sales Barcelona)
Fr. Ramoncito Segubiense, will pay off the P982 million only a “ploy” to pass on to con- Bandol)

Family Bible Encounter holds bible quiz anew

Proactive parenting seminar next month
MANILA— Parents, teachers and guidance counselors are
invited to a seminar on instilling values in the family next
month in Sampaloc, Manila on Oct. 12. Hosted by the Pro-life
Philippines Foundation, Inc., the seminar titled “Effective
MANILA—The National Catholic Family Iligan, Kidapawan, Legazpi, Lucena, Maasin, esan family participants must have won the Parenting for Peace and Nation Building” will be held at the
Bible Encounter (NCFBE) is again holding Malaybalay, Malolos, Pagadian, Romblon, eliminations in the arch/diocese. St. Joseph Retreat House from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. “This
a diocesan-based bible quiz in preparation Sorsogon, Tagum, Urdaneta, and the Apostolic Together with the NCFBE, other conve- seminar aims to help participants learn more about the culture
for a national biblical competition. Vicariates of Jolo and Puerto Princesa. nors are the Episcopal commission on Bible of life and how they could inculcate its values to their style of
Launched last February 2010, the Family Participants to the Bible quiz are coming Apostolate (ECBA) of the Catholic Bishops parenting,” organizers said. (CBCPNews)
bible quiz is a program of various bible ad- from Catholic families. To qualify for the Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), Phil-
vocates and organizations aiming to increase quiz, Couples must be married in Church ippine Bible Society (PBS) and the Power to
Ecumenical labor group launches ‘Globalization
knowledge and love for the Bible and Catho- with 2-3 children, single, 8-25 years old unite Catholic Family Bible Group, Inc.
lic faith among family members. With the theme, “The Word of God calls Lecture Series’
(elementary, high school, or college level/
Among the arch/dioceses that have already graduate), regularly attend Sunday mass us to be Caring Stewards of Creation,” the ANTIPOLO City— The Ecumenical Institute for Labor Educa-
conducted the bible quiz are the Archdioceses and must have basic knowledge of the Bible bible quiz is also in pursuit of strengthening tion and Research (Eiler), Inc., in line with its 30th Founding
of Palo, Ozamiz, Zamboanga, Tuguegarao and and Catholic Catechism. family ties and relationships and fostering Anniversary will do a series of lecture about globalization and
Pampanga; Dioceses of Antipolo, Balanga, Organizers said that to be able to compete the Eucharist and the devotion to the Blessed its effect on labor, the environment, and the local industry
Bayombong, Borongan, Daet, Dipolog, Boac, in the Regional level, the official arch/dioc- Mother. (CBCPNews) and world trade. Anna Leah Escresa-Colina, Eiler executive
director, said that the 10 lectures will enlighten the public
more on the ill-effects of globalization to the economies of

Lipa holds first National Marian Prayer Congress underdeveloped countries like the Philippines. All the lec-
tures will be done every Saturday, starting Oct. 9 to March 5,
2011. (Noel Sales Barcelona)
LIPA City—The Archdiocese of of San Seb ast ian followed ety, and author of many Marian Alfredo Obviar Center.
Lipa in coordination with the by a grand procession of the books was the keynote speaker The opening of the congress Fisherfolk group scores DENR P1-B computer project
Pueblo Amante de Maria Mario- statues of the Blessed Virgin during the congress. coincided with the feast of the MANILA, Sept. 21, 2010—Members of the Pambansang Lakas
logical Society of the Philippines Mary from the Cathedral to Lauds and praying of ro- Nativity of Our Lady and ended ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) scored
(PAMMSPhil) has convened the Carmel Church. saries as well as singing of with the commencement of the the P1-Billion computer project of the DENR, saying that it
First National Marian Prayer PAMMSPhil, headed by Lipa Marian hymns were also pre- 7th National Marian Pilgrim- is just a “brazen wasting of taxpayers’ money.” The DENR
Congress last September 8-12 Archbishop Ramon Arguelles, pared to further develop the age. proposes to buy 50,000 computer sets, software and web
at the Mt. Carmel Monastery in is tasked to openly advocate the congress. Hundreds of devotees, reli- cameras, which, according to Pamalakaya, is more than twice
Lipa City. declaration of the so-called fifth A Centennial Marian Exhibit gious and some bishops and the number of DENR personnel, citing the latest Department
The congress began with Marian dogma. showcasing various images of priests have gathered and par- of Budget and Management (DBM) staffing summary. (Noel
a Eucharistic Celebration at Dr. Manfred Hauke, president the Blessed Virgin Mary was ticipated in the Marian congress. Sales Barcelona)
the Metropolitan Cathedral of the German Mariological Soci- opened last Sept. 9 at the Bishop (Kate Laceda)
A8 People, Facts & Places CBCP Monitor
Vol. 14 No. 20
September 27 - October 10, 2010

Filipino liturgists advocate use of vernacular in liturgy

MANY of the faithful may prefer The liturgists also mentioned the
Tridentine Mass with the blessing of need for some dioceses to encourage
the Vatican but Filipino liturgists still participation of women in liturgical
advocate the use of the vernacular in ministries.
liturgy. “Some dioceses in the Philippines still
The diocesan directors of liturgy said reserve to male persons ministries like
they would rather prefer that masses serving at the altar and leading Sunday
and other liturgical celebrations in par- celebrations in the absence of a priest.
ishes and communities use the native We believe that we should encourage
language. the ministry of women where it is al-
The statement was made at the lowed by universal law,” they said in
conclusion of the National Meeting a statement.
of Diocesan Directors of Liturgy (NM- The delegates also mentioned the
DDL) held at Pope Pius XII Center, need for liturgical studies of those in-
Manila. volved in liturgy, especially the clergy.
They said that while they respect the “[They] should be sent by their bish-
option to use Latin and celebrate the Tri- ops or superiors to enroll in academic
dentine liturgy, they would recommend institutions that specialize in liturgical
the use of vernacular and “recommend studies.”
translations that faithfully reflect both The NMDDL meeting, organized by
the spiritual doctrine of the texts and the Episcopal Commission on Liturgy
the linguistic patterns of our vernacular of the Catholic Bishops Conference
languages.” of the Philippines and hosted by the

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Calling attention on “the unfinished Archdiocese of Manila, was held from
agenda of liturgical inculturation” Sept. 13-16.
which began after Vatican II, the lit- Themed “The Veneration of the
urgists noted that “our rich cultural Saints”, the meeting also coincided with
heritage has much to offer to make the Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales presides the concluding Eucharist of the National Meeting of Diocesan Directors of Liturgy last Sept. 16.
the 25th anniversary of NMDDL. (Pinky
Roman liturgy truly Filipino.” Barrientos, FSP)

Caritas Manila strengthens scholarship program

CARITAS Manila is strengthening its schol- in training scholars to become future servant YSLEP has over 3,000 scholars this year

arship program to provide more educational leaders and model citizens. with priority being given to the children of
opportunities to poor but deserving students Pascual said the country has a leadership the poorest of the poor among the urban
from elementary to college. in crisis “and it is moral in nature”. poor sector of Metro Manila.
The social action arm of the Archdiocese “We need to develop our youth to be Caritas Manila’s anniversary celebration
of Manila made the announcement on Sept educated and with the right mindset and was a two- day event. On Sept. 25, a Mass
23, four days before it celebrated its 57th moral upbringing. This is what we are and the commissioning of over 3,000 volun-
anniversary. trying to do in Caritas Manila through our teers were held at the Cuneta Astrodome
Fr. Anton Pascual, Caritas Manila execu- YSLEP,” he said. in Pasay City led by Manila Archbishop
tive director, said that this year, special fo- “We want our scholars not only to gradu- Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales.
cus is given to its flagship program, Youth ate and end up with a diploma, but to be During the event, the agency also officially
Servant Leadership and Education Program good citizens and become servant leaders welcomed its partnership with Meralco Bolts,
(YSLEP). who will serve in the various communi- the newest basketball team in the PBA.
Caritas Manila’s scholars receive financial ties.” Pascual said that with Meralco’s sports
support for their transportation allowances “And we need more funds so we can offer advocacy program in support of the
and miscellaneous expenses. more scholarships and leadership formation youth, Caritas Manila has been selected
But what makes the YSLEP unique is that it to more unfortunate students, not just schol- as the beneficiary of its basketball team.
stresses leadership and moral transformation arship but leadership,” Pascual added. (CBCPNews)

Youth cruise marks int’l Day of the Galleon

YOUNG people here and abroad
are taking a cruise dubbed as
“Viaje del Galeón,” on Oct. 8–11,
to mark the climax of the coun- AWARDED. Ozamis Archbishop Jesus Dosado, Capiz Archbishop
try’s participation in the first Onesimo Gordoncillo, Fr. James Meehan, S.J. and Fr. Hermann Gräf,
ever international commemora- SVD, and the late Bishop William Brasseur, CICM and Fr. Camilo
Marivoet, CICM, with the Sacrosanctum Concilium Awards, for their
tion of the “Día del Galeón” (Day contribution to the promotion of the Church’s teachings on liturgy.
of the Galleon). The awards were handed out at the conclusion of the annual National
Over 300 youth delegates Meeting of Diocesan Directors of Liturgy (NMDLL) held at Pope Pius
from the Philippines and other XII Center, Manila on Sept. 13-16. The recognition award was part of
the silver jubilee activities of the NMDLL.
countries are expected to board
Super Ferry 20, Aboitiz Trans- CITED. Fr. Benigno
port System Corporation’s latest Beltran, SVD as “Mil-
acquisition, to participate in the lennium Development
Goals (MDG) War-
event. Aboitiz is the main spon- rior” in simple rites
sor of the event. at Eastwood City in
Under the supervision of the Libis, Quezon City,
National Commission on Cul- Sept. 16, 2010; for
his unselfish involve-
ture and the Arts, the four-day ment and dedication
cruise from Manila to Cebu will in helping the poor
feature lectures and interactive of Smokey Mountain
events, grounding on Filipino better their lives. For-
culture and the effects of the merly pastor of the
Risen Christ Parish in
centuries-old Galleon trade to Smokey Mountain, Fr.
the Filipinos. onboard the ship. 1565 to 1815. The Philippines will be the Beltran has worked
Highlights of the event include “Día del Galeón” is being or- The arrival of Augustinian only country in Asia to of- for almost three de-
a procession of the pilgrim image ganized in accordance to the Oct. Fray Urdaneta in Mexico on- ficially partake in the month- cades rebuilding
the lives of Tondo’s
of Our Lady of Peace and Good 2009 proclamation of the United board the San Pedro Galeon is long celebration, which will scavenging commu-
Voyage, cultural exhibits and Nations Educational, Scientific noted in history to have hap- simultaneously be held in nities by providing
presentations, and the “Gabii sa and Cultural Organization in pened on Oct. 8, 1565. Historians Mexico and Spain from Sept. livelihood programs
Kapilin,” a night heritage tour in Paris, France, declaring every have attributed to this event the 15 to Oct. 15. through recycling of
waste materials, and
Cebu. The awarding ceremonies year’s eighth day of October establishment of the Manila- More information can be educating them to becoming responsible and self sufficient individuals.
for the national essay writing, as the Day of the Galleon. The Acapulco route, which led to the gleaned through the event’s sec- Among his many projects include the creation of an environmental
oratorical, and declamation event aims to give tribute to bridging of continents—Asia, retariat at 0916-2676977 or send performing arts group whose young members all came from Smokey
contests in relation with “Día the monumental Galleon Trade Americas, Europe, and Africa— an email to viajedelgaleon2010@ Mountain. Through dances and rituals, the performing group aims to
educate people on the importance of protecting the environment and
del Galeón” will also be held culture, which prospered from through trade. (Levine Lao) all of God’s creation. Beltran was born on June 5, 1946 in Kolambugan,
Lanao del Norte. Ordained in 1973, he received his Doctorate in Theol-

RP Youth joins global campaign for disarmament

ogy from Gregorian University in 1985 and was Scholar-in Residence at
Catholic Theological Union in Chicago from 1985-1986. A prolific writer,
Beltran has won the Manila Critics’ Circle National Book Award in 1988
for “The Christology of the Inarticulate.” He also wrote the book “Smokey
Mountain: Ravaged Earth and Wasted Lives.”
THE Filipino youth has joined the global Youth leaders from the Catholic Bishops’ campaign.
crusade for disarmament in the name Conference of the Philippines’ (CBCP) Episco- “Arms Down” is a campaign orga- ORDAINED. Ulysses Salgado Cabayao, SJ, Ismael Jose III Villarino
of peace by collecting 1M signatures pal Commission on Youth (ECY), Religion For nized by the youth of the worldwide Chan-Gonzaga, SJ and Richard Villacrucis Ella, SJ, to the diaconate
on September 25, 2010, at the Oratory of St. Ignatius, Loyola House of
for the “Arms Down” Campaign last Peace Interfaith Youth Network represented by Religions for Peace, the world’s largest Studies, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City. Imus Bishop Luis
September 18. Youth Desk of the National Council of Churches multi-religious organization. Antonio Tagle, DD presided the ordination rites.
Held at the Colegio De San Juan De of the Philippines (NCCP), Focolare Youth’s Through the campaign, youth from
Letran in Intramuros Manila, the event Gen/Youth for a United World Movements, various countries such as the Philippines, ELECTED. Fr. Primitivo Viray, SJ, as the new President of Ateneo
de Naga University, by the
was dubbed as “I Am For Peace, I Am The Center for Moderate Muslim Youth Kenya, Liberia, Japan, Indonesia, Latin university’s Board of Trustees,
For ARMS DOWN!” (CMMY) and the indigenous people’s youth America and other countries in the world September 22, 2010. Fr. Viray
With a pledge to shoulder 1M signa- organizations such as Tuklas Katutubo and will be able to work together for peace. will assume office at the end of
tures, the Filipino youth has linked up Katribu and student leaders from the University The campaign aimed to abolish nucle- current academic year. He will
succeed outgoing AdNU Presi-
with other youth leaders across the globe of Sto. Tomas led and joined the campaign. ar arms production; stop the spread and dent Fr. Joel E. Tabora, S.J. In
in a worldwide campaign of collecting YouthPinoy, a joint project of the Catholic misuse of conventional weapons and the a letter announcing the appoint-
50M signatures to lobby the UN General Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines allocation of the 10% of military budget ment of Fr. Viray as new AdNu
Assembly for the abolition of nuclear (CBCP) Episcopal Commission on Youth and for the millennium development goals. president, Jesuit provincial Fr.
Jose Magadia, SJ thanked Vi-
arms production. Media Office, has also joined the signature (Kate Laceda) ray for generously accepting the
responsibility of taking over the
university leadership. Magadia

Lay faithful reaffirms role in Church during Laity Week also cited Tabora’s accomplish-
ments as university head for 11
years. “In that time, AdNU has expanded in size and outreach. A new
THE lay faithful will again reaf- Laity of the Catholic Bishops tion is in honor of St. Lorenzo ristic mass, prayer meetings, campus was added for the High School; home campus infrastructure
was improved with various structures (including a new University Church
firm and revitalize their essen- Conference of the Philippines. Ruiz and Blessed Pedro Calung- seminars on the pastoral pri- and Jesuit Residence); and the University has taken on an increasingly
tial role in the life and mission With the theme, “Sharing sod, Patron Saints of the Catho- orities of the Church, exhibits significant role in social development and entrepreneurship in Bicol,”
of the Church, through active the Richness of Mother Church lic Laity of the Philippines. and outreach programs may Magadia said in his letter.
promotion of freedom, justice, for Social Transformation,” Organizers hope that the also be conducted by various
LAUNCHED. “Celebrating Milestones: 75 Years of SVD Mission at
peace, sharing and solidarity in the celebration will open on annual event further promote arch/dioceses to celebrate the USC”, a coffee table book chronicling the 415 years of existence of
a week-long celebration of the September 26, 2010 at the Lay lay involvement in social trans- laity week in their respective the University of San Carlos, Cebu. The book launching was held on
National Laity Week from Sept. Formation Center Chapel in formation. areas. September 26 at SM Cebu to mark the diamond jubilee of SVD Fathers’
26- October 2. Guadalupe, Makati City. Various conferences and The week-long event will administration of USC. The book is co-authored by Jose Eleazar Ber-
sales and Patrick John Lim with modern digital images provided by Fr.
The National Laity Week is The festivity will kick off workshops about lay vocation culminate with a Eucharistic Generoso Rebayla, Jr., SVD and Lorens Gibb Lapinid. The University of
under the auspices of Sang- with a Eucharistic Celebra- will also be organized during Mass on October 2, 2010 at the San Carlos formerly Colegio de San Carlos was under the administra-
guniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, tion and some activities and the celebration. Medicine Auditorium of the tion of the Vincentians when the SVD Fathers took over in 1935 upon
the implementing arm of the exhibits. Laiko also suggested that University of Sto. Tomas in Es- the invitation of then Cebu Archbishop Gabriel Reyes.
Episcopal Commission for the National Laity Week celebra- other activities such as Eucha- paña, Manila. (Kate Laceda)
CBCP Monitor
Vol. 14 No. 20
September 27 - October 10, 2010 Pastoral Concerns B1

‘The Causes of
are not Primarily of the
Material Order’
(Address given on September 20, 2010 to the United Nations in New York by Cardinal Peter Turkson,
president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and head of the Holy See delegation to the summit of
heads of state and government on the Millennium Development Goals.)
Mr. President, equal opportunities for work, and
I have the honour to convey the advocating responsible stewardship of
cordial greetings of His Holiness Pope the environment.
Benedict XVI to the Heads of State and Efforts to reach the Millennium Goals
Government assembled here during have involved the entire international
these days to work together towards community at global, regional and
a world free of the plague of extreme national levels, in spite of armed
poverty and to ensure that all children, conflicts, financial crises, commercial
women and men in every country of the differences, natural catastrophes, and
world have the conditions necessary to a myriad of other human and social
live their lives in freedom and dignity. problems. Progress has been made
HisHoliness,asasignoftheuniversality in various ways towards halving the
of the message of the Catholic Church, number of people living under the
desires to collaborate with men and absolute poverty line, particularly in
women from all over the world, both the area of primary education and
developed and developing countries, equal educational opportunities for
both Christian and non-Christian men and women. Encouraging signs are
cultures. So it was that Pope Benedict also noted in the area of access to basic
XVI appointed me, a son of Africa and sanitation and to safe drinking water.
of the Church, to be his assistant for However, achievements are mainly
the questions concerning justice and concentrated in the so-called “emerging”
peace among peoples. In so doing, he economies, which have succeeded
affirms that Christianity forms part of in reaching an extraordinary degree
the African culture, rich in fundamental of development in the past decade.
human values that contribute in a Unfortunately, less than half of
specific way to a “human” management the countries suffering from child
of global affairs, notwithstanding malnutrition will be able to eradicate
material setbacks suffered in the 20th this affliction before 2015. Despite rapid
and early 21st centuries. economic growth and improvement of
In the year 2000, with the unanimous the social indicators in many countries
endorsement of the Millennium of Sub-Saharan Africa, this region as
Declaration, all Heads of State at the a whole continues to face the greatest
United Nations acknowledged that the number of problems in the struggle
international struggle against poverty against poverty. As if that were not
could not be limited to the management enough, even in middle and high-
of the great economic variables, such as income countries, there are important
finances and foreign debts, commerce concentrations of poverty.
and development aid. Rather, the Therefore, much still needs to be done
Family of Nations appreciated the to maintain and strengthen political

more specifically “human” aspects mobilization, through continued

of development, such as eradicating economic and financial solidarity, in
hunger, promoting education, providing order to guarantee the availability
health care and social services, ensuring Underdevelopment / B4
B2 Updates CBCP Monitor
Vol. 14 No. 20
September 27 - October 10, 2010

Collaboration of Non-Ordained Faithful

in the Sacred Ministry of Priests (Part III)
Bowing while
(Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy at the Regina
Apostolorum university, answers the following query:)

Q: At Mass some folks are beginning to bow after the

consecration of each of the elements, although our rubrics
require that we be kneeling. Isn’t kneeling already an act of
adoration and reverence, thus making the bow superfluous?
For some reason, bows seem to be proliferating during the
liturgy like rabbits multiplying. If one is prevented from
kneeling due to circumstance or size of the congregation
it might be understandable to make some simple act of
reverence, but it seems this is simply an act of piety imposed
on the liturgy. Also, it’s my understanding that, according
to the GIRM a bow is prescribed for those in the sanctuary,
that is, those ordained: deacons or concelebrants.—A.R.,
Mishawaka, Indiana

A: This question is addressed in the Introduction of the

Roman Missal, nos. 274-275:

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“(274) A genuflection, made by bending the right knee to
the ground, signifies adoration, and therefore it is reserved
for the Most Blessed Sacrament, as well as for the Holy Cross
from the solemn adoration during the liturgical celebration
on Good Friday until the beginning of the Easter Vigil.
“During Mass, three genuflections are made by the priest
celebrant: namely, after the showing of the host, after the
By Fr. Jaime Blanco following reminders: 3) “Those chosen should It cannot, however, be regarded
showing of the chalice, and before Communion. Certain 1) “Only with constant
Achacoso, J.C.D. possess that level of formation as an ordinary occurrence or as
specific features to be observed in a concelebrated Mass are reference to the one source, the necessary for the discharge of an authentic promotion of the
noted in their proper place (cf. above, nos. 210-251). ministry of Christ, may the term the responsibilities entrusted to laity” (§4).
“If, however, the tabernacle with the Most Blessed ministry be applied to a certain
In a recent Workshop of the them”. More specifically:
Sacrament is present in the sanctuary, the priest, the deacon, extent and without ambiguity to
Executive Committee of the Canon 1° “In accordance with the Article 3: The Homily
and the other ministers genuflect when they approach the the lay faithful: that is, without it
Law Society of the Philippines, norms of particular law, they The homily is the “preeminent
altar and when they depart from it, but not during the being perceived and lived as an
a nagging question was again should perfect their knowledge form of preaching, (in which)
celebration of Mass itself. undue aspiration to the ordained
raised: What is the canonical status particularly by attending, in so the mysteries of faith and the
“Otherwise all who pass before the Most Blessed Sacrament ministry or as a progressive
of Basic Ecclesial Communities far as possible, those formation norms of Christian living are
genuflect, unless they are moving in procession. erosion of its specific nature,
(BEC)? The matter was raised by courses organized for them by the expounded from the sacred text
“Ministers carrying the processional cross or candles (because) only in virtue of sacred
the canon lawyers from Mindanao competent ecclesiastical authority throughout the course of the
bow their heads instead of genuflecting. ordination does the word obtain
(priests and a bishop), because of in the particular Churches”. liturgical year” (§1).iii Thus, the
“(275) A bow signifies reverence and honor shown to that full, univocal meaning that
the growing frictions between the It is interesting to note Instruction makes the following
the persons themselves or to the signs that represent them. tradition has attributed to it”
ecclesiastical organization and the that the Instruction hurries reminders:
There are two kinds of bows: a bow of the head and a bow (§2).
so-called basic ecclesial communities. to advert that these courses 1) “The homily must be
of the body. 2) “The non-ordained faithful
In the past, this question had always should be carried out “in reserved to the sacred minister,
“a. A bow of the head is made when the three Divine may be generically designated
been sidelined by the lack of any environments other than that of priest or deacon, to the exclusion of
Persons are named together and at the names of Jesus, of extraordinary minister when
clear theological notion of such the seminary, as this is reserved the non-ordained faithful, even if
the Blessed Virgin Mary, and of the Saint in whose honor deputed by competent authority
communities; hence—the argument solely for those preparing for the these should have responsibilities
Mass is being celebrated. to discharge, solely by way of
went—it was futile to attempt a priesthood”─thus forestalling as pastoral assistants or catechists
“b. A bow of the body, that is to say a profound bow, supply, those offices mentioned
canonical analysis of the problem. yet another tendency to erode in whatever type of community
is made to the altar; during the prayers Munda cor meum in c.230, §3 and in cc.943 & 1112”
This time, however, it was pointed the line between the ordained or group... All previous norms
(Almighty God, cleanse my heart) and In spiritu humilitatis (§3).
out that even if it might be premature and the non-ordained faithful. which may have admitted
(Lord God, we ask you to receive); in the Creed at the 3) “Temporary deputation for
to attempt a definition of the 2° “Great care must be the non-ordained faithful to
words Et incarnatus est (by the power of the Holy Spirit . liturgical purposes─mentioned
canonical status of Basic Ecclesial exercised so that these courses preaching the homily during
. . made man); in the Roman Canon at the words Supplices in c.230, §2─does not confer any
Communities, some working conform absolutely to the teaching the Holy Eucharist are to be
te rogamus (Almighty God, we pray that your angel). The special or permanent title on
guidelines might be in order, by of the ecclesiastical Magisterium considered abrogated by c.767,
same kind of bow is made by the deacon when he asks the non-ordained faithful. It is
way of delimiting the scope of and they must be imbued with a §1”(§1).
for a blessing before the proclamation of the Gospel. In unlawful for the non-ordained
pastoral action of such communities, true spirituality.” The use of the 2) “The diocesan Bishop
addition, the priest bows slightly as he speaks the words faithful to assume titles such as
in accordance with Church Law. In adverb absolutely is noteworthy: cannot validly dispense from
of the Lord at the consecration.” pastor, chaplain, coordinator,
short, even if it might not be possible it shows the concern of the (this) canonical norm, since this
And also No. 43: moderator or other such similar
to categorically state what Canon Supreme Legislator that such is not merely a disciplinary law
“In the dioceses of the United States of America, they titles which can confuse their role
Law states these communities are, formation courses not be done but one which touches upon the
should kneel beginning after the singing or recitation of and that of the Pastor, who is
it might be possible to draw from haphazardly─just to comply with closely connected functions of
the Sanctus until after the Amen of the Eucharistic Prayer, always a Bishop or priest” (§3).
existing legislation what these the letter of the law─, without teaching and sanctifying” (§1).
except when prevented on occasion by reasons of health, Article 13: Necessary Selection
communities are not. In more fulfilling the spirit of the norm. 3) “The practice, on some
lack of space, the large number of people present, or and Adequate Formation
practical terms, perhaps we can 3° “Precisely to avoid occasions, of entrusting the
some other good reason. Those who do not kneel ought “Should it become necessary
glean from Canon Law what these a functionalistic, pragmatic preaching of the homily to
to make a profound bow when the priest genuflects after to provide for supplementary
communities may and may not do. and utilitarian conception of seminarians or theology students
the consecration.” assistance in any of the cases
In fact, this is the task that the ministry in the Church─Cardinal who are not clerics is not
Some other countries and dioceses follow the same custom mentioned─i.e., in the other
Canon Law Society of the Philippines Ratzinger adds─it is essential to permitted” (§1).
for kneeling as the United States; others prescribe kneeling articles below─the competent
proposed to tackle in its National emphasize clearly the doctrine 4) “A form of instruction
only during the consecration until the “Mystery of faith.” authority is bound” by the
Convention in May 2011. As a on the nature of the ministerial designed to promote a
There is no mention here of bowing while kneeling but following criteria:
starting point for the canonical priesthood and on the unity and greater understanding of the
only of bowing when for some good reason one is unable 1) He should “select faithful
investigation, the CLSP Execom diversity of ministerial tasks in liturgy─including personal
to kneel. of sound doctrine and exemplary
identified a little-known document the service building up the Body testimonies─is lawful, if in
The practice of bowing while kneeling is not a novel moral life.” The importance of
of the Holy See, which was issued in of Christ.” harmony with liturgical norms,
custom. In the extraordinary form it is a general rule that this criterion of selection should
1997. To arouse interest in this topic, should such be considered
kneeling does not substitute a prescribed bow. But the vast be obvious: conduct reflects
we are revisiting that document in Specific Practical Provisions objectively opportune as a means
majority of the ritual gestures where this might occur refer doctrine, and the good conduct of
a 4-part series that started in the Article 2: The Ministry of the of explicating the regular homily
to ministers and clergy in choir rather than to the faithful such non-ordained faithful in the
previous two issues of the CBCP Word: Preaching in General preached by the celebrant priest...
in general. exercise of their functions would
Monitor. This ministry refers to the (and) not assume a character
In some countries the double genuflection before the depend on their intellectual pastoral preaching, catechetics which could be confused with
Blessed Sacrament exposed, which incorporates a bow comprehension of the doctrinal
The Dispositive Part of the and all forms of Christian the homily” (§2).
while kneeling, is still normative. foundations of such functions.
Instruction instruction, among which the 5) “As an expositional aide,
In the ordinary form the practice of bowing while kneeling 2) The following Catholics
The second part of the liturgical homily holds pride and provided it does not delegate
is not common except for celebrant and acolytes before and “may not be admitted to the
Instruction is entitled Practical of place (§1). The Instruction the duty of preaching to others,
after incensing the Blessed Sacrament exposed. It is not exercise of such functions”:
Provisions and consists of 13 emphasizes the following the celebrant minister may make
foreseen while incensing the sacred species during Mass. 1° Those “who do not
Articles: Two articles covering norms: prudent use of dialogue in the
I would hazard to guess that some people have acquired live worthy lives”─i.e., worthy
general provisions, and 11 articles 1) “The non-ordained faithful, homily, in accord with liturgical
the practice of bowing when the priest genuflects after of the ministry they are being
containing specific practical according to their proper norms” (§3).
showing the host as a consequence of seeing concelebrants deputed to perform, the more
provisions in as many areas character, participate in the 6 ) “ H o m i l i e s i n n o n -
bowing at this moment. This bow while kneeling is not stringent standards (logically) to
where collaboration of the lay prophetic function of Christ. Eucharistic liturgies─e.g.,
required, but I don’t think it does any harm and would be applied to the extraordinary
faithful is possible─and in fact Therefore, (they) can be invited blessings─may be preached by
likely be very hard to eliminate once someone has acquired ministers of the Holy Eucharist.
exists─in the pastoral ministry to collaborate, in lawful ways, in the non-ordained faithful only
the habit. Thus, the Pastors should make
of priests. Without reproducing the exercise of the ministry of the when expressly permitted by
The same cannot be said for those who bow during the sure that such lay ministers
that part of the Instruction, Word” (§2). law and when the prescriptions
showing so as not to look at the host. While such a gesture are habitually in the state
we can focus our attention on 2) “The use of the expression for doing so are observed” (§4).
is understandable in the light of the divine majesty, the of grace─obviously only by
the strictly dispositive parts of admitti possunt─in c.766 of 7) “In no instance may the
practice contradicts the very reason for raising the host the assiduous and frequent
the text, following the original the Codex which establishes homily be entrusted to priests or
and chalice in the first place. They are raised precisely in reception of the sacrament
numbering of the articles. the conditions under which deacons who have lost the clerical
order to be seen, contemplated and adored. of Penance─because of their non-ordained faithful may be state or who have abandoned the
These gestures entered relatively late into the Roman rite intimate contact with the Body
General Provisions invited to preach in ecclesia sacred ministry” (§5).
in the 12th century. At a time when reception of Communion of Christii.
Article 1: Care in using the vel oratorio─makes clear that
was at an all-time low, a popular movement arose among
terms Ministry and Minister 2° Those “who do not in no instance is this a right”. Article 4: Participation in the
the faithful desirous of at least beholding the sacred host.
John Paul II had emphasized enjoy good reputation”─and this Furthermore, “the terms in which Pastoral Work of the Parish
The showing of the host by the priest responded to this
the need to clarify and distinguish obviously so as to avoid scandal these conditions are expressed Priest
devotion. The parallel gesture of raising the chalice followed
the various meanings that have in the rest of the faithful. Thus, in c.766...make the exceptional The Instruction deals in this
more than a century later.
accrued to the term ministry it would not be enough that the nature of such cases clear” (§3). section with two fundamental
Finally, our reader understands that “according to the
in theological and canonical Pastor himself knows that the 3) It is up to the Conference of realities:
GIRM a bow is prescribed for those in the sanctuary, that
languagei. “For some time now, layman in question is living a Bishops to lay down the opportune 1) Participation of non-
is, those ordained: deacons or concelebrants.” Actually the
it has been customary to use the worthy life; he must also project criteria─which must receive the ordained faithful in the pastoral
bow is carried out ordinarily only by concelebrants. The
word ministries not only for the such righteousness to the rest recognitio of the Apostolic See─to care of a parish - The Instruction
deacon would normally be kneeling. However, he kneels
officia (offices) and non-ordained of the community─e.g., upright help the diocesan Bishop discern begins this article by stating
only during the consecration, even in countries where the
munera (functions) exercised by profession and professional the advisability of making use of that “the non-ordained faithful
faithful kneel for the entire Eucharistic Prayer. If, for some
Pastors in virtue of the sacrament practice. this prerogative (§3). may collaborate effectively in
just cause, the deacon is impeded from kneeling, then he
of Orders, but also for those 3° those “whose family 4) “Preaching in churches or the pastoral ministry of clerics
would also make a deep bow.
exercised by the lay faithful in situations do not conform to the oratories by the non-ordained in parishes, health-care centers,
virtue of baptismal priesthood” teaching of the Church”─e.g., faithful can be permitted only as charitable and educational
(§1). The Instruction made the irregular marriage situation. a supply for sacred ministers ... Collaboration / B4
CBCP Monitor
Vol. 14 No. 20
September 27 - October 10, 2010

Women, children, poverty…

What’s missing from the Millennium Development Goals programme?
By Carolyn Moynihan slogans like “women’s issues are human after the birth he very definitely has a and the Gates Foundation, which, hand, global mass media culture can
rights issues”, one fears that something role in providing the necessities of life, reports the Guardian, “will focus on the corrode good traditional values and
vital is being deliberately left out. including education, for his family. If dearth of family planning in developing undermine a man’s fidelity to his wife
AS th e UN summit on its Millennium only his upbringing, education and countries”. Access to contraception and and responsibility for his children.
Development Goals wound up this week Where do men come in? earning capacity equip him to do it. abortion seems to be Clinton’s idea of Women, of course, are not perfect
the global face of poverty came into Isn’t there something slightly worrying This is something that the MDGs, and “maternal health”. and have made their own contribution
sharp focus, and it was female. That is about a picture from which men are so development programmes generally, What will happen in the long term if to family breakdown in the developing
how Josette Sheeran, executive director notably absent? fail to address. They seldom speak of governments and aid agencies keep dealing world, as elsewhere.
of the U.N.’s World Food Program saw It is true that women and children husbands and fathers except in the context with women and children as though they None of these difficulties—or others
it. “We know that the most powerful are particularly vulnerable to poverty— of “gender equity” where they loom as the do not belong to families but are simply that might be raised—is a reason for
intervention we can do is ensure women giving up on men and the family unit.
have access to food so they can build a In fact, there are compelling reasons for
future for their children, for themselves building family “capacity” in developing
and for their villages.” countries, as current development-speak
It was also the vision headlined by would have it.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon,
launching his Global Strategy for Building family capacity
Women’s and Children’s Health. “In For one thing, the United Nations,
many parts of the world, women have its signatories and its agencies, are
yet to benefit from advances that made committed, by Article 16 of the Universal
childbirth much safer nearly 100 years Declaration of Human Rights, to the
ago,” Ban said. “Millions of children die recognition the family as the “natural
from malnutrition and disease which we and fundamental group unit of society
have known how to treat for decades. … entitled to protection by society and
These realities are simply unacceptable. the State”. And this founding document
The 21st century must be and will be is not talking about “families” consisting
different.” of women and children, but of families
Associated Press reports that more than founded on marriage. Nor was Article
$40 billion in financial commitments by 16 meant only for white middle class
governments and nonprofit agencies were people living in rich countries; it is a
announced for the global strategy, which fundamental principle for all societies.
aims to save the lives of 16 million mothers Secondly, marriage is a wealth
and children over the next five years. building institution, while single
“You can count on the United States and parenthood and marriage breakdown
the Obama administration for the success are major causes of poverty. This is
of this initiative,” U.S. Secretary of State true of the richer countries, as family
Hillary Rodham Clinton told Ban at the scholars have repeatedly pointed
“Every Woman, Every Child” event. out—as recently as last week—and
developing countries that want to wipe
Maternal and child mortality out poverty should take note. Steps to
Maternal and child survival/health strengthen families will deliver long-
cover just two of the eight MDGs but with term dividends long after specific aid
five years to run of the 15-year global anti- programmes have ended.
poverty programme, these are goals that Thirdly, strong families will build
seem unlikely to be reached. According democratic capacity. Committed,
to a World Health Organization Report, responsible parents will raise children
some 358,000 women died from treatable with similar strengths and such families
causes while giving birth in 2008—down will be more resistant to extreme political
from 546,000 in 1990—but the rate of agendas and corrupt government. This is
progress is “less than half of what is important because corruption continues
needed” to reach the goal’s target. to divert and waste untold amounts of
Diarrhea, a Kenyan pediatrician national budgets and aid money.
points out, kills 1.5 million children Most importantly, strong families
under five each year, and yet the are essential for the emotional health
solutions are simple: increased access to of children as well as their material
safe drinking water and basic sanitation security. It would be a sad mission to
(called for under MDG 7) rotavirus save children from death by diarrhea
vaccinations, oral rehydration therapy, only to deprive them of responsible and
exclusive breastfeeding, and zinc loving fathers.
supplements. If men in poverty-stricken countries
Against a backdrop of skepticism are not up to their role, there needs
that new pledges would be honored by to be an intensive effort to educate
recession plagued richer countries, and and support them in it. Partly this is a
calls for a shift of emphasis from aid to moral and spiritual task, one of those to
development, the UN needed something which faith-based NGOs can make an
to shame governments into keeping up important contribution—as the Holy
the momentum of the MDG programme, See’s delegate to the summit hinted
© Dennis Dayao / CBCP Media

and the plight of so many women and in his address. At government level,
children was the obvious choice. nothing could be more important to
Certainly the statistics are shameful, and building the morale of men than shaping
there is no doubt that developing the health an economy that delivers decent jobs
and other basic infrastructure which will for them, and not only for women (see
save the lives of mothers and children will MDGs 1 and 3).
benefit whole communities and countries. All the money in the world will not
These are absolute priorities. make up for social weaknesses. The
But there comes a point in the rhetoric women, because they are the ones who perpetrators of inequality and violence. classes of people whose material and social terrible mortality rates of mothers and
about women’s and children’s health give birth, often lacking the most basic For the same reason, the family unit is status needs to improve? little children in developing countries
where it begins to spin off into ideology. obstetric care, and because of their financial ignored and the word “family” is hardly Granted, there are serious obstacles to urgently need to be reduced. But the
When Ms Sheeran of the World Food dependency; and children because of their ever heard except in combination with men in developing countries fulfilling ongoing health and wellbeing of women
Programme wants to enable women physical immaturity and dependency. “planning”—in which case the context is their role in the family (as there are among and children is intimately tied up with
to “build a future for their children, It is also true, in a third world setting, not the family as such but women’s rights the poor in developed countries also): the family unit, and, whatever weakens
for themselves and for their villages”; that the man involved in begetting a and/or population policy. lack of productive land or employment, that, also needs urgent attention.
when Hillary Clinton talks about “Every child—the husband and father—can In this connection it is not encouraging sickness and disability, social conflict
woman, every child”; and when former do little by himself about ensuring that during the UN summit Hillary and wars, for a start. Traditional cultural (Carolyn Moynihan is deputy editor of
Chilean President Michele Bachelet, who a safe delivery; that is dependent on Clinton announced a new alliance attitudes can lead men to dominate MercatorNet. This article is reprinted here
will head the new, super-sized, US$500 healthcare and other infrastructure that between USAID (the official US their wives and withhold education under special publication arrangements with
million budget UN Women agency, chants is beyond his control. But before and development agency), the UK, Australia from their daughters. On the other MercatorNet)

Fair-Trade fights for justice and freedom

By Fr. Shay Cullen it. If He came to visit the to change. I started a price for the products. There is
people there he would not charity called PREDA, an no cheating or price fixing or
be happy, he would cry out organization that works corruption and the producers
BEFORE I became a missionary and weep over the cities for justice in all aspects share in the profits.
priest I thought about my life and he would say again, of life. It rescues the Fair trade is another word
during a spiritual retreat and as he did to his apostles children from the jails, for economic justice and
asked how could I best live and followers “I have been save children from the improving the lives of hundreds
usefully and worthwhile since with you a long time and human traffickers and of thousands by getting buyers
human life is so short. Would I still you do not understand sex slavery in brothels. for their produce at fair prices,
reach eternal life? No one can my message”. Today there is training to it means that they can live in
know the answer, we have to And he would tell again the youth so they could dignity and economic freedom.
die first. So I realized that since the story that we read and get jobs and we would Fair Trade is working to give life
I was not a brilliant student I heard in the gospel today. try to protect children to the hungry like Lazarus at the
would not be rich in this world How the rich man named in every possible way gate of the rich man. To save the
but I could be spiritually rich Mr. Richman had good from abusers and children from the international
by helping others in this world food every day, he dressed traffickers. The goal of criminals that abduct and sell
and that’s when I became a in expensive clothes and the charity is to make children into slavery. We rescue
missionary priest. completely ignored the justice real, and to work them and give them a new life.
It was by God’s will I was sent suffering and starving man to stop the corruption We rescue and save the child
to the Philippines on mission called Lazarus who was and wrongdoing and workers in brothels and when

to spread the message of the begging for the scraps of bring freedom to many they are pregnant save them
gospel to the Filipino people. food that fell to the floor. people. from forced abortions. We take
The Philippines was already a But even the crumbs, the The charity called legal action to bring the abusers
catholic country converted by rich man would not share. PREDA brings economic to justice and jail where they
the Spaniards who occupied the The malnutrition cause freedom and human cannot harm and abuse children.
Islands for many hundreds of sickness and sores and were begging for the scraps that I wanted to put into action dignity, and self-reliance, All this important work is
years. So why was it necessary there was no one to help, no one fell from the tables of the rich who what Jesus preached and did; he to thousands of people through supported by the earnings that
for missionaries to go there and had pity, or compassion, but it lived in palaces and made billions said the poor were the salt for the the practice of FAIR TRADE. come from the selling of fair
what more are needed to be was only the dogs that came to of money from corruption. They earth, the most important of all, This aspect of our work at trade products like dried tropical
done? Well, as I discovered there heal him and have pity. even owned the government. that innocent children were the Preda Fair Trade is to help the fruit, juice concentrates, and
was the established Catholic That was the situation that I The congress was stacked by models of sanctity that we should poor by establishing livelihood other handicraft products.
Church and people went to found in the Philippines, a vastly the relatives and friends of the imitate so we will be worthy to opportunities so the poor can Buying fairly traded products
church on Sunday for Mass rich and wealthy elite, about rich and government served enter the Kingdom of God. learn and use their skills in the is a way to fight for justice and
and participated in the rituals, 200 powerful families owned them and not the poor. But these It was a big challenge and much home and farm and produce reduce hunger and poverty.
devotions, pilgrimages and the land, the food, the factories rich people were very religious, progress together with many quality products for the market. Fair trade helps them to help
processions but this did not mean and all industry. The millions went to Mass, thanked God for other development agencies Preda fair trade gives interest free themselves and to stand on their
that the gospel was being lived of Filipino people were mired in their wealth and gave money to implementing the social teaching loans to the producers. Fair Trade own and survive and prosper in
out as Jesus Christ preached poverty, hunger, sickness and the church. of the church and society began finds buyers that pay a good fair dignity.
CBCP Monitor
B4 Vol. 14 No. 20
September 27 - October 10, 2010

The Philippine population is not exploding

September 26:
Save Sierra
Madre Day
‘Save Sierra Madre, Save

© Roy Lagarde / CBCP Media


By Dr. Bernardo M. Villegas rate of anywhere from 1.6 to 1.8 percent Equally worrisome is the Total Fertility
annually, the neo-Malthusians continued Rate (TFR), the average number of children
to report a growth rate of 2.3 percent. Only per woman, quoted by the NSCB for the year
I AM glad that Dr. Jose S. Sandejas, former when some of us insisted that the growth 2010 at 2.96 births per woman. This represents
commissioner of the Population Commission, rate had already decelerated did government a significant decline from the NSCB figure of
has a Ph.D. in engineering and is steeped demographers start to report a rate of less 3.41 births per woman.
in mathematical and statistical sciences. than 2.0 percent. This big drop in the TFR is quite palpable.
Unlike some of our ignorant journalists or That is why Dr. Sandejas has all the All around us, we see young couples having
commentators who talk about an exploding right to question the scientific validity of fewer children than their elders (even in
population, he cannot be fooled by the

the unwarranted adding of 9 percent more informal dweller areas), with many young
statistical abracadabra being performed babies to the actual data that resulted from couples saying that they plan on having no
by some people in the National Statistical the 2000 census. The net effect of the arbitrary more than two or three children (or much less
Coordination Board. He recently wrote a addition is to inflate the population growth than their elders who had four to six children
letter to the chairman of the NSCB expressing rate (PGR) and the total fertility rate (TFR) by per family). In fact, in 1975 the TFR was six
his surprise that in projecting population data some 9 percent more than the actual figure children per fertile woman. This decline in
from the 2000 census, some of the statisticians measured in the 2000 census. The TFR for the fertility has happened without aggressive
in the NSCB single-handedly added 146,582 year 2000 should have been reported as only population control campaigns. The main
By Fr. Pete Montallana, OFM babies to the actual number recorded in the 2.7 babies per woman, already dangerously factors for the decrease in fertility are
2000 census. close to zero population growth rate. The urbanization, later marriages, and increased
MEMBERS of Save Sierra Madre Network (SSMN), consisting The flimsy excuse given in a technical inflated figures that some gullible journalists education of women.
of more than 30 organizations based or with development note, hidden in very small letters, is that unwittingly accept can mislead economic Dr. Sandejas concludes that the Philippines
and conservation projects in the Sierra Madre Mountains, they assumed that the Philippine population and social planners, including legislators does not need a policy on family planning
commemorated September 26 as Save Sierra Madre Day. pyramid should continue to be “pyramid- who are pushing the Reproductive Health which will tend to slow down PGR even
On September 26, 2009, Typhoon Ondoy wrought havoc like” (instead of an inverted pyramid). In Bill and other population-control measures more rapidly. The Philippines can reap a
to the population of Metro Manila and Rizal and Bulacan. fact, if they had not added the 146,582 babies based on wrong and even deliberately demographic dividend if we can slow down
Together with Typhoon Pepeng one week after, these calamities to the data for the year 2000, the Philippine doctored data. or reverse the declining PGR or TFR. The
caused the death of several hundreds of people and loss of demographic data would no longer conform Contrary to the view that the Philippine government’s role is to assist parents to
billions of pesos’ worth of property. The Typhoon Ondoy with the classic form of a pyramid. It would population is still exploding (seemingly educate and nurture the youth leaders so
disaster was caused by an unusually high level of precipitation, start to show the makings of an inverted supported by the common sight of that they can be more productive citizens
aggravated by anthropogenic factors including deforestation pyramid which now characterizes aging overcrowded slum districts in the Metro in the future.
and destruction of the Sierra Madre Mountains. countries like Japan, Spain, Italy and South Manila area), the Philippines’ National I hope that some of our media people will
Sierra Madre, the longest mountain range in the country, is Korea. Statistical Coordination Board in its website, stop their hysterical cries about the Philippine
strategically positioned to serve as the eastern wall of Luzon As a long-term student of Philippine quotes the Philippine Population Growth “population bomb.” They have unfortunately
that protects much of the island from an average of 26 storms demography, I had always suspected some Rate (PPGR) for the year 2010 to be at the been misled by the “doctors of statistics.”
emanating from the Pacific Ocean each year. doctoring of population data by birth- slowing rate of only 1.82 percent per annum
What is disturbing is that Sierra Madre’s biodiversity-rich control pushers. When the United Nations (vs. the 2.36 percent during the census year (Dr. Bernardo M. Villegas is senior vice
rainforest and capacity to shield much of Luzon from the raging Population Commission was already 2000, which figure is often still used to justify president of the University of Asia and the Pacific.
Pacific storms is fast diminishing due to rampant logging, reporting Philippine population growth the view that PGR is “exploding”). His e-mail address is
quarrying, and other developmental aggressions, such as dam
and landfill or garbage dump projects.
Collaboration / B2
In the face of climate change and impending typhoons, it is
feared that similar if not worse floods and natural calamities institutions, prisons, Military c ) “ T h e s e f o r m s o f “ T h e s e s t r u c t u r e s ─ t h e structures.”
might happen. To turn around this hopelessness, citizens Ordinariates, etc.” (italics added). participation in the pastoral Instruction starts─have 2° “Only those faithful
have to be proactive and collectively share in the mitigation of Nevertheless, subsequent care of parishes cannot, in any produced many positive results who possess the qualities
floods, landslides and other disasters. Sierra Madre Mountains allusion to c.517, §2 makes it way, replace the office of parish and have been codified in prescribed by the canonical
needs to be conserved. Thus there is a need for more awareness clear that it is dealing not so much priest” (§1). canonical legislation.” While norms may be elected to such
and participation in rehabilitation, reforestation, protection, with a simple collaboration, the previous article dealt with responsibilities.”
conservation and natural resources management among the but with “a participation in the 2) Tenure of Parish Priest - participation in the pastoral care 3) The Parish priest presides
communities in the mountains and the downstream areas as exercise of the pastoral care of a “The parish priest is the pastor (properly speaking) of the Parish, at Parochial Councils - “Any
well as other stakeholders and support groups. parish” (c.517, §2 in medio, italics proper to the parish entrusted to this article deals more specifically deliberations entered into (or
Thus, Save Sierra Madre Day, a special event to act as a added)─i.e., a real exercise of him and remains such until his with the structures provided by decisions taken) by a parochial
catalyst for this awareness and action. SSMN agreed that Sierra the power of jurisdiction. Thus, pastoral office shall have ceased”. law for the collaboration of the council, which has not been
Madre Day will be celebrated annually on September 26, the the Instruction underscores the The following clarifications are non-ordained faithful with the presided over by the parish
anniversary of typhoon Ondoy. following points: made as regards the duration of hierarchy at the parish and at the priest or which has assembled
Save Sierra Madre Network coordinated Sierra Madre a) This is an exceptional this tenure: (§2) diocesan levels. Noteworthy are contrary to his wishes, are to be
Day 2010, with member organizations initiating activities in provision, and before employing a) “The presentation of the following reminders: considered invalid, and hence
their own localities. Events happened simultaneously in the it, “other possibilities should resignation at the age of 75 by 1 ) C o u n c i l o f P r i e s t s null and void” (§3).
provinces of the Sierra Madre Mountains: Cagayan, Isabela, be availed of, such as using a parish priest does not of itself (Presbyteral Council) - 4) Special Study Groups
Nueva Viscaya, Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Quirino, Bulacan, NCR, the services of retired priests (ipso iure) terminate his pastoral “Membership in it is reserved - “Ordinaries may avail
Rizal, Quezon, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay and still capable of such service, or office. Such takes effect only to priests alone. Deacons, non- themselves of special study
Sorsogon. Partnerships with government, NGOs, POs and the entrusting several parishes to one when the diocesan Bishop...shall ordained members of the faithful groups or of groups of experts
private sector were encouraged. People converged in the Sierra priest or to a group of priests”, have definitively accepted his even if collaborators with the to examine particular questions.
Madre, doing various activities, covered by media. keeping in mind “the preference resignation in accordance with sacred ministers─i.e., as per Such groups, however, cannot
In this way, Filipinos can become aware of the issues that that (c.517) gives to deacons” c.538, §3.” Article 4─and those priests who be constituted as structures
confront Sierra Madre such as forest deforestation, illegal logging (§1). b) “Having reached the have lost the clerical state or parallel to diocesan presbyteral
and mining, and can actively participate in conservation. b ) “ T h i s e x c e p t i o n a l age of 75 does not constitute a who have abandoned the sacred or pastoral councils”, nor to
In Metro Manila, the following activities, in partnership with provision (should) be used binding reason for the diocesan ministry do not have either an parochial pastoral or finance
the Diocese of Antipolo were held: September 25 (Saturday) only with strict adherence to Bishop to accept a parish active or a passive voice in the councils. “Neither may such a
at Provident Village chapel (Marikina City), 7:30pm - Mass, conditions contained in it” to priest’s resignation”. In fact, Council of Priests” (§1, italics group deprive these structures
Rosary, Vigil, Photo Exhibit; September 26 (Sunday) at wit: the Instruction points out that added). of their lawful authority” (§5).
Provident Village chapel (Marikina City), 8:15am, Memorial 1° it is “due to a dearth it may seem better to extend the 2) Diocesan and Parochial [To be concluded.]
Service; 8:30am, Mass; 10am, Caravan to Marikina watershed of priests and not for reasons tenure of an old but still able Pastoral Councils and Parochial
for Tree-Planting. Each seedling bore a name of someone who of convenience or ambiguous parish priest, rather than resort Finance Councils - These are the
died in the Ondoy tragedy. Cf. John Paul II, “Address to a Sympo-

advancement of the laity, etc.” to the extraordinary measure of only two structures provided by sium on Collaboration of Lay Faithful in
For those who were not able to come were encouraged 2 ° i t i s o n l y “ a allowing non-ordained faithful the Code, which may have non- the Priestly Ministry”, loc. sit.
to do parallel activities in their respective parishes and participation in the exercise of the to participate in the exercise of ordained faithful as members Joseph Ratzinger, “Unity of the church’s
communities. pastoral care, and not directing, the pastoral care of the parish, with the following conditions mission involves diversity of ministries”,
coordinating, moderating or as stated above. (§2): in L’Osservatore Romano, N. 17 (29.
(Fr. Pete Montallana, OFM, heads the Save Sierra Madre governing the parish─which are Article 5: Structures of 1° They have “a consultative
IV.1998), 18. Cf. Post-Synodal Exhora-
tion, Christifideles laici, n.23, §6.
Network) competencies of a priest alone” Collaboration at the Diocesan vote only and cannot in any iii
Cf. CIC, c.767, §1.
(§1). and Parish Levels way become deliberative

Underdevelopment / B1

of resources. In this regard, the Holy to help poor countries grow towards and sisters, with equal dignity, and Schumacher, and strongly inspired by indispensable for the true effectiveness
See emphasizes the importance of the economic independence necessary opportunity to access the same markets the Encyclicals Rerum Novarum of of international aid and for better
strengthening a global partnership to promote their socio-economic and networks. Pope Leo XIII and Mater et Magister of international financial and commercial
for development which is a necessary development. A constant sharing of The campaign for development John XXIII (cf. also Pope Benedict XVI, structures, which nevertheless continue
condition for the achievement of all other knowledge in the areas of science and carried out by international agencies Encyclical Caritas in Veritate, n. 72). to be necessary.
goals, and supports the full and integral technology has to be offered to poorer has revealed that success is not so much The struggle for development has Mr. President, although, local civil
compliance of the Monterrey Consensus countries so that they can generate, on economic assistance but rather creativity therefore stressed the importance of societies seem increasingly conscious
and the Doha Declaration of Financing a local level, the capacities necessary to and resourcefulness, commitment actively mobilizing all subjects of civil of their role as actors in their own
for Development. Furthermore, in solve effectively, by themselves, their and countless sacrifices of “small society; and in this way, has proven to development, unfortunately, most
addition to providing the financial health-care problems and their need actors.” For example, there are local be, beyond a doubt, the centrality of the of the obstacles encountered are
means to redress the problems associated to diversify agricultural and industrial governments and municipal authorities, human person, as the subject primarily imputable to bad governance and
with the international financial system, production. the myriad of subjects who make up responsible for development (Caritas irresponsible State conduct on regional
hard work is still needed to eradicate the Notwithstanding the international civil society—large and small NGOs, in Veritate, no. 47). Real men and and international levels. Therefore, to
debts of poor countries and to prevent financial crisis, an essential part of international and national trade unions, women who have formed partnership overcome definitively the obstacles
the recurrence of certain situations of a deeper and lasting solution, is cooperatives, consumer associations, and alliances to bring the north and that impede development, the positive
international usury that have marked the reinforcement of ODA (Official advocacy groups— as well as a plethora the south together are showing that experiences of civil society must become
the last decades of the 20th century. Development Assistance) pledges, so of “Faith-based Organizations.” Such it is possible to unite the immense values that guide political action.
We need constant low-cost cash flows that the commitment to allocate 0.7% local ownership constitutes a new possibilities of intelligence and human Countless innocent victims, whole
for the less developed countries, of the GDP to this kind of aid may be phenomenon, which has succeeded, will in the service of integral human populations, have been left in the wake
specifically destined to create structures quickly applied, while ensuring that almost spontaneously, in combining development. There is a vast amount of the international financial crisis. The
for sustainable local productivity these sums do in fact reach the poorest the most modern technology with so- of experience, from Africa and from unethical and irresponsible conduct of
and stable high-level employment. countries. Promotion of this effort will called “appropriate” and “intermediate other poor regions, to demonstrate large private financial operators, together
Developed countries and emerging require a renewed understanding that technology” thus giving life to the that positive change is possible. This with the lack of foresight and control by
economies should also generously keep will enable us to expand our vision expression “small is beautiful.” Indeed, involvement, at the ground level, where Governments and the international
their markets open, without excessive from the donor/recipient paradigm to this reality was predicted many years ago local communities become key actors in community, have all played a role.
demands for trade reciprocity, in order see each other for who we are: brothers by economists such as Ernest Friedrich their own development, is something Underdevelopment / B7
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September 27 - October 10, 2010

Abortion, A Crime Against Life National Meeting of Diocesan

Directors of Liturgy
Silver Jubilee Statement
September 13-16, 2010

We, the delegates to the 25th National Meeting of Diocesan
Directors of Liturgy (NMDDL), raise our hearts and voices in
thanksgiving to Jesus Christ, the Leitourgos of divine worship.
For twenty-five years, NMDDL has been a consistent instrument
of the continuing liturgical formation of diocesan directors
of liturgy. It has created closer ties among the directors and
has promoted better coordination between the Episcopal
Commission on Liturgy and the diocesan commissions in the
implementation of the liturgical reform of Vatican II.
As we look back with gratitude at what NMDDL has
accomplished, we look forward to what remains to be done so
that the liturgy will become more vibrantly the source and summit
of the Church’s life in the Philippines. Hence, we recommend
attention in the future meetings to topics like the following:
1. The Use of the Vernacular. While we respect the option to use
Latin and celebrate the Tridentine liturgy, we uphold the use of
the vernacular in our parishes and communities and recommend
translations that faithfully reflect both the spiritual doctrine of the
texts and the linguistic patterns of our vernacular languages.
2. Spirituality of Liturgy. Active participation is one of the
many blessings Vatican II has bestowed on our parishes and
communities. We wish to remind ourselves, however, that
active participation should lead to deeper spiritual encounter
with Christ and the Church. Hence our liturgical celebrations
should foster the necessary environment of prayer and awe in
the presence of the divine mysteries, excluding those expressions
that trivialize the sacred celebration.
3. Liturgical Inculturation. The interest in recent times to revive
WITH possible malicious intent the ugly part Human lives are always precious to God rights and dignity of the human person, must the Tridentine Liturgy should not draw the attention, especially
of life is again gaining the limelight in our and any violation of it will be dealt with by always be respected and defended. of the Church leaders, from the unfinished agenda of liturgical
country as the frequency of aborted fetuses is Him for He said, “Vengeance is mine... He In Churches where public exposition of inculturation. We are of the persuasion that liturgical renewal, as
publicly exposed. The placing and exhibiting will avenge the blood of his servants” (Gen. fetuses occurs, special prayers and acts of envisioned by the Constitution on Liturgy of Vatican II, entails
of aborted human fetuses in public places 4:15, Deut. 32:43). Abortion is a grave sin reparation will be made, for the sins of the liturgical inculturation and that our rich cultural heritage has
are not favored in other cultures, and decent against a defenseless life; and for this the perpetrators, at the church’s Prayer and much to offer to make the Roman liturgy truly Filipino.
people refuse to do the same. severe canonical penalty to perpetuator/s Adoration Chapels. Pray and include also 4. Liturgical Studies. Sound tradition and legitimate progress
Thou shalt not kill! A deliberately procured is Excommunication. in your prayers the special prayers to ST. are key phrases that express the program of liturgical reform. It is
abortion is a moral evil and the Catholic Unwanted pregnancies could be avoided if MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL, for the consequently necessary to study the history and theology of the
Church attaches the canonical penalty of only people are less selfish, more disciplined perpetrators and instigators of this grievous liturgy, be familiar with culture, and be imbued with liturgical
Excommunication on those who procure it and on and capable of self control, exercising a strong sin against the life of the innocent. spirituality and pastoral zeal for the Church. We, therefore,
those who help obtain abortion (Canon 1398). will, and capable of making sacrifices. These May Mary, Mother of Life, intercede for recommend that those involved in liturgy, particularly the
If the expositions of discarded human are virtues that are much needed in a country all who value the sacredness of life. clergy, should be sent by their bishops or superiors to enroll in
fetuses are not done with evil intent, then of disciplined people. academic institutions that specialize in liturgical studies.
the practice alone of rampant abortion is Short cuts to progress even by way of GAUDENCIO B. CARDINAL ROSALES 5. Lay Ministers. Our parishes and communities are blessed
symptomatic of a grave moral decadence and new laws cannot compensate for abandoned Archbishop of Manila with numerous and worthy lay liturgical ministers. However,
irresponsible behavior that now seriously values. Human life, created in the image of Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows some dioceses in the Philippines still reserve to male persons
threaten the country. its Maker, (Gen. 1:27), the very source of the 15 September 2010 ministries like serving at the altar and leading Sunday celebrations
in the absence of a priest. We believe that we should encourage

Statement of the Priests’ Congress

the ministry of women where it is allowed by universal law.
6. Liturgy Newsletter. Part of continuing liturgical formation
of diocesan directors and their collaborators is liturgical
information. We request the Episcopal Commission on Liturgy
Ecclesiastical Province of Tuguegarao; August 25, 2010 to publish and disseminate regularly through newsletter, in
print or by electronic media, recent liturgical norms, guidelines,
and other pertinent information on the liturgy.
As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of NMDDL, we recall the
WE, the assembled members of that deprive them of their Constitution, but we also regret brothers and sisters, we hope that
visionary initiative of Archbishop Jesus Dosado who, together
the clergy of the Ecclesiastical land, of fisher folks who are that many among them must our communities will experience
with Fr. Camilo Marivoet, CICM, and Fr. James Meehan, SJ,
Province of Tuguegarao, threatened by different forms of still cultivate a health respect for the presence of the Spirit that was
established and promoted the annual meeting. We are in their
consisting of the Archdiocese of environmental abuse, including human rights. We will do what poured out on us on the day of our
debt. Likewise, we remember with gratitude the dioceses that
Tuguegarao, the Diocese of Ilagan, pollution and mining in different we can to help win the trust of Ordination to bring glad tidings
have generously hosted NMDDL and the speakers that shared
the Diocese of Bayombong and guises. We share in the struggle our parishioners for men and to the poor and liberty to all who
their liturgical expertise with us. Lastly, we thank His Eminence
the Apostolic Vicariate of Tabuk, of indigenous peoples for the women in uniform, but we also are in captivity.
Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales of the Archdiocese of Manila for
humbly address our brothers recognition of their rights. And insist that they always take up the As we beg the Lord of the
hosting NMDDL at this significant year of its existence.
and sisters in these ecclesiastical we mourn with those who have cause of justice and that they be Harvest, one hundred years
That in all things God may be glorified!
jurisdictions, after having met for lost their loved ones to a dreadful uncompromising in their respect after Quae Mare Sinico, to allow
three days of discernment and cycle of violence and vendetta. for human rights. us to advance in wisdom, age
fraternal exchange. We earnestly ask our Many of our people remain and grace before God and his
In the full realization that we lawmakers to repeal the Mining poor. We, as priests, will endeavor people, we ask His Mother, and
have been ordained to be bearers
of Christ’s Peace, we pledge to
Act of 1995 and reiterate the
position of the Catholic Bishops
to live simple lives, to keep only
that which we need, so as to be
ours, who, in this ecclesiastical
province, we venerate under
Statement of the Association of
serve the cause of peace. There
will be less recrimination and
Conference of the Philippines
in 1998. “Through Agreements
more credible witnesses of that
poverty that the Lord called
the title of Our Lady of Piat, to
journey with us.
Major Religious Superiors in
more constructive effort towards arising from the Mining Act, our
land is being offered to foreign-
blessed. We consecrate ourselves
to the education of the youth + DIOSDADO TALAMAYAN, DD
the Philippines on the Hacienda
peace. We invite the officials of
government, the men and women owned companies under liberal so that they may be productive Archbishop of Tuguegarao Luisita Case
in uniform, non-governmental conditions, while our people members of the society, and so +RAMON VILLENA, DD
organizations as well as those continue to grow in poverty.” that there may be, in their own Bishop of Bayombong “Let none of you wrong his neighbor, but fear your God; I
who have taken up arms against We are not opponents of lives, the promise of flourishing. +JOSEPH NACUA, OFMCap., DD am Yahweh your God” (Lev. 25: 17)
the government to join us in government, because we are We will ceaselessly inspire Bishop of Ilagan
the cause of peace. We shall, as aware that inspired government farmers, fisher folks, laborers and +PRUDENCIO ANDAYA, JR. The Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines
priests, be more respectful of is indispensable to the well-being those who live by the sweat of CICM, DD (AMRSP) is thankful that the Highest Court of the land is setting
the fundamental rights of our of the people, but we also ask their brow to organize themselves Apostolic Vicar of Tabuk in motion the case of the Hacienda Luisita towards hopefully a
brothers and sisters so that all our government leaders to listen in ways that will promote their +RICARDO BACCAY, DD definitive resolution. After the presentation of the oral arguments
else shall show the same respect. to us, dialogue with us because interests and the welfare of the Auxiliary Bishop of of the contending parties regarding the stock distribution option
We shall be less demanding of in several ways, we touch base community, as we shall ever Tuguegarao scheme (SDO), we, the religious men and women expect that in
privilege and prerogative so that with the people in our parishes be vigilant against attempts at the soonest possible time the Supreme Court will finally issue
there will be more to share with whose voices seldom reach the exploiting them. Clergy of the Archdiocese of a resolution that will render justice to the farmers and farm
those who truly need. offices of the government. By the love we hope to be able Tuguegarao workers of Hacienda Luisita. We urge the same Court to make
We are especially concerned We are in admiration of the to show for each other, we also Clergy of the Dioceses of use of the facts based on the records of the case.
about the lot of farmers who are risk to which our gallant men pray that all will recognize that Bayombong and Ilagan We denounce the stock distribution scheme and we support
at the mercy of middlemen and and women expose their lives we are Christ’s Disciples. By the Clergy of the Apostolic the farmers and the farm workers’ petition for the revocation
fall victim to various schemes in defense of our freedoms and humble service we render our Vicariate of Tabuk of the SDO to pave the way for actual land distribution. Any
attempt to resolve this issue that deviates from the actual land
distribution will not put the case to rest but will only fuel another

An Open Letter on the Hostage Crisis

round of peasant unrest in Hacienda Luisita.
We uphold the position of the farmers and farm workers that
transforming them into stockholders will not give them better lives
than the actual land distribution. Moreover, they had suffered far
too long from the callous resistance of the landowners to maintain
To our fellow Filipinos here and abroad are peak moments in our history that must the bereaved families are beyond words. their ownership of the land, in defiance of the essence of the agrarian
To all men and women of goodwill inspire us. We are not an undisciplined We assure you, the grieving families of reform law and of the moral demands of social justice.
everywhere: nation staggering in blunder and chaos. victims as well as all men and women of good In addition, we make this stand based on our discernment that the
We are a nation with a proud heritage of will here and abroad, that the true heart of actual distribution of land of Hacienda Luisita is an issue of national
For us, Filipinos, 23 August 2010, now righteousness, of heroism and discipline. the Filipino is demonstrated not by the fatal significance and impact to our Philippine society. It is a dispute that
known all over the world as the “Philippine It is from this Filipino heritage that with inadequacies of the few, but by the great human shouldnotjustbelefttothecorporateofficersandmajoritystockholders
hostage crisis” will forever stand as a very God’s grace we shall overcome our shame and professional qualities of the many. of Hacienda Luisita Incorporated to decide upon. It is wrong to simply
dark day in our people’s history. On this and shout with pride, “Let us rise and move Kindly observe the thousands upon consider it as “intra-corporate dispute”. It is an issue of national interest
fateful day, a former police officer hijacked on.” With the Lord we must persevere and thousands of Filipinos working abroad. With considering the fact that it is a test case of the effective implementation
a tour bus in Rizal Park, Manila, carrying we shall surely “not lose heart and come to great love and sacrifice they are taking care of of the agrarian reform law in the country.
25 tourists from Hong Kong, including 5 grief” (see Heb.:12: 3). families, children, and old people in various We, therefore, call on the Filipino people to rally behind the
Canadian nationals and 1 British. At the But we have to begin with confession. parts of Asia, including Hong Kong, Macau, farmers and farm workers and to support their demand for
end of a ten hour negotiation and siege, 8 We admit with great sadness the grave Taiwan and Singapore, and in many other land distribution. We call on the landowners and management
hostages and the hijacker lay dead. Finger inadequacies in the entire process of the parts of the world. They are contributing of Hacienda Luisita to stop their obstinate opposition to land
pointing, investigations, damage control, hostage crisis, negotiating, decision-making, their professional skills towards the economic distribution so that the farmers and the farm workers can have
continue to take place even now. Blunders media role, communicating, coordinating, development of other countries. In them you the piece of land that each one of them dreamed of.
in the negotiations and in the assault have and assaulting. With transparency our will see the true heart of the Filipino. We will be vigilant and will continue to monitor every step
been pointed out and admitted. As Filipinos government must thoroughly and impartially We ask our brother bishops in other of the way until the Supreme Court, finally decides in favor
we are ashamed. It is as though we are now investigate every inadequacy to the countries to communicate this message to of the rights of the farmers and farm workers of Hacienda
afraid to face the world. satisfaction of everyone concerned. their people. Luisita. We are confident that justice will finally be served: Sa
But let us “not be taken aback at the testing We express our deep grief with the families In the Lord, matuwid na daan, lupa para sa mga magsasaka; katarungan
by fire which is taking place” among us (1Pt. of the victims. We are truly numbed by the para sa lahat na mamamayan hindi para sa iilan.
4: 12). Let us remember that we also had our tragedy that has befallen visitors in our own + NEREO P. ODCHIMAR, DD
brightest moments as a nation, when the land. Deeply tragic, indeed, was the great Bishop of Tandag SR. MARY JOHN M. MANANZAN, OSB
whole world acclaimed us for our heroism to loss, and made more so by the knowledge President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of FR. QUIRICO PEDREGOSA, JR., OP
defend our country and for our determined that it could have been avoided. Even as our the Philippines AMRSP Co-Chairpersons
courage to restore our democracy. These shame is deep, our grief and sympathy with 6 September 2010
Ref lections
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Healing and saving faith

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C (Luke 17:11-19) October 10, 2010
By Msgr. Lope C. Robredillo, a general term in the ancient world to
SThD cover a variety of skin anomalies—from
rashes, acne, boils to actual Hansen’s
disease (Lev 13). In instances of actual
WHEN the two commercial jets that Hansen’s disease, the afflicted were
terrorists had hijacked brought down ostracized from villages, although they
the historic World Trade Center in New lived near enough on the outskirts to
York, leaving in its wake thousands of receive alms. Their isolation, which
casualties and tons of debris, bringing was regulated by Lev 13:45-46 (see
havoc to the American psyche, a also Num 12:15; 2 Kings 7:3-4), was
number of people went to the nearby bridged by warning the people of
St. Patrick’s Cathedral to thank the their approach by shouting “Unclean!
Lord for having been absent in the Unclean!” Whether the ten lepers
vicinity of the twin-towers when the in the present story had Hansen’s
tragedy struck. They attended Mass disease or not, the data do not enable
in gratitude to God who saved them us to determine. At any rate, the
from the disastrous attack. But events episode seems to be a miracle story,
of course are not always as mind- in which the lepers called out for pity
boggling as the assault on the World and mercy, and Jesus answered their
Trade Center. And what is or has plea by healing them while they were
become ordinary does not normally on the way to the priests to present
make a dint. themselves for examination (Lev 13:49).
Understandably enough, when one One gets the impression that here Luke
becomes accustomed to an event, shows Jesus as a healer who meets the
however momentous it may be, it needs of those who cry for help. He
becomes so normal that he misses is portrayed as a liberator who frees
to see even its significance, still less the afflicted from the slavery to evil
perceive the meaning that has yet to be condition and restores them to the
uncovered in the long run. A sacristan, community of Israel.
for example, may tend to regard the It seems, however, that—as Luke
change of the bread and wine into the narrates it—this is not the main point
body and blood of Christ to be just an of the Gospel story. For one thing, the
ordinary part of the rite, no different narrative ends with a pronouncement:
from the making of the sign of the cross “Your faith has been your salvation”
at the beginning of the mass. Indeed, (Luke 17:19). Secondly, the Samaritan’s
sometimes it takes the inquisitive mind faith is praised, obviously in contrast
of a little boy, who wishes to have his with that of the nine other lepers, and
first communion, to make us realize the gratitude of the former is starkly
the profound significance of the ritual. set over against the ingratitude of the
At other times, it requires the touch latter. One is tempted to say, therefore,
of God’s finger to make us aware that that Luke’s point revolves around the
what is happening is far from ordinary, act of salvation that Jesus performed.
as in the miracle of the Eucharist in Let us uncover what this means. To
Lanciano, Italy. And only then are be sure, the healing of leprosy was not
we conscious that the hand of God is distinctive of Jesus. There were many
behind what is happening before our miracle workers in the Near East at
very eyes. that time, and the Greeks called them
Today’s Gospel about the healing of theios aner, divine men. Which is why
the ten lepers (Luke 17:11-19) provides one can assume that although the nine
us an example of that experience. At the Jewish lepers showed faith in Jesus, as
outset, it may be noted that leprosy was Healing / B7

Fr. Francis Ongkingco

WHATEVER Bishop Pat Alo

Love and Yogurt The contra-
“HEY, Andy,” Timy waved a flyer for her
friend to see. “Check this out! There’s a new
there won’t be frogurt for both of us,” she smiled.
like frogurt meant so much to you. And
between friends, sharing things together for
ceptive issues
craze called frogurt!” “Alright, I guess so. ‘Sides, you got me the first time is very important. Whatever they MANY misunderstand the Church’s official position versus the
“Frogurt?” Andy was busy licking the into this.” experience as friends, say, watching a movie, use of artificial contraceptives and abortion, which are included
remnants of chocolate icing from the spatula reading a book, and sharing a dessert is a lot in the controversial RH Bill; so too the present issues on sex
for his recent experimental baking session. *** more meaningful when they are enjoying it education, which the Church sees as to be gradually developed as
“Would that stand for ‘frozen yogurt’?” [BEEP, BEEP, BEEP] Timy’s cell sounded together and for the first time. It would be is natural within the family supervision rather than to be publicly
“Guessed right, dude!” Timy approached a new text message. It was from Andy like sharing that first impression and never taught in the public schools. This is exposed to corruption of
him the kitchen counter. “And it looks She was miffed with what she read: [Timy, getting used to it.” the youth since pornography or indecent images are very much
inviting!” u hav 2 try d frogurt! 8s gr8!!!] “You mean they would be enriched by their raw commercialized without control in the Internet media.
“Well, why don’t we try it out this Timy couldn’t contain herself and texted impression of that first time experience together?” There’s no denying the fact that the proliferation of artificial
weekend, and we can exchange our culinary back: [Bt we agred dat we wnt try 8 til my “Exactly! It wouldn’t be the same, for contraceptives, many of which are abortifacient, can and do
impressions about it?” bro cmes frm UK!] She waited for a reply, example, if I’ve done something already –like really reduce population. A friend Bishop of mine, Bishop R.
Baccay, from the Tuguegarao Archdiocese, confided to me his
“That’s a good idea,” she said. “I’m badly but nothing came in that day. having watched a film– and I just go through
observation in various places or sites he visited abroad where
needing a break from all my classes and exams.” The next day, she woke up and read Andy’s it again to accompany you to watch it. But the
you can’t any more hear babies’ cries but rather the coughing
reply: [M sori, I ddnt knw tkng 8 2gthr mnt impact would be different if I hadn’t watched of older people. Where then is the future of our country if the
*** smthng 2 u. Lts cht. :( ] it yet. The same goes with a book, a song, a young people are being cut down in number. Yea, if there
“Waiter!” Timy called out. The young man poem and frogurt.” be a plan for a 2-child policy, can we then have the famous
eagerly approached to take their order. *** “That’s really something,” Timy chuckled. Cardinal Sin who was 14th in a family of 16 children, or a
“We would like to have some frogurt?” “…come on Timy, we casually agreed to “I wonder what you had for breakfast!” Manny Pacquiao who is 3rd among the children?
she asked. enjoy it together. Hey, it wasn’t anything like “Reflecting a bit more, we can apply the The Church would rather we endeavor to increase the food
“Oh, I’m really sorry miss,” he frowned. we made some promise or vow. ‘Sides, I was same idea to people who are in love and production and school facilities rather than limit the guests to
“Unfortunately, it is only served in selected eatin’ lunch with my folks that day and…,” preparing for marriage. It wouldn’t be the the table of life. The Bible tells so in the very first chapter of the
franchise outlets.” Andy defended himself. same if the exchange of affection of two people book: “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and conquer it” (Gen.
“What a pity,” Andy wiped his lips after “Okay, okay, okaay! No big deal, no offense would have already been selfishly tainted by 1:28). And we must not forget in conscience lest we commit a
sipping his lemonade. “We actually came committed, Andy. It’s just that I felt that since previous experiences. It would be sad if in big mistake if we do not listen to the successor of Peter, the first
only for that!” we’ve been longtime culinary buddies, taking their most intimate moments, of the greatest Pope, whom the Lord Jesus commissioned, saying: “You are
“I’m so sorry sir. But maybe if you come by next it together for the first time would give us a exchange of love and affection either of them Peter and on this rock I will build my Church. And the gates
month, it may already be part of our products. crisp and raw impression about the dessert,” would start comparing or basing their love of the underworld can never hold out against it. I will give you
Would you like some ice-cream instead?” she explained. with past experiences.” the keys of the kingdom of heaven: whatever you bind on earth
Timy noticed that Andy suddenly became “I see your point, now Andy, but I’m shall be considered bound in heaven; whatever you loose on
*** serious and pensive. “I’m sorry, Andy. I just a bit curious…,” she was a bit hesitant. earth shall be considered loosed in heaven” (Mt. 16: 18-20).
“Geez, we came all the way here for didn’t mean too…,” “By saying all this…were you alluding to There is still the angle to consider that the use of artificial
contraceptives may lead to concealed cases of infidelities or
nothing?” Andy looked at Timy with “No, it’s perfectly alright, Timy,” he said. something else?”
immoralities in the sexual relations of the male and female
disappointment. “I was only struck by what you said, and “Alluding to something like…?” population, as well as many other abuses because of the various
“I’m sorry, I didn’t read the small print realized that friendship and love are like “I mean… ah, you know, like…us?” anti-life and money syndicates that capitalize on the weakness
saying it’s not available in all outlets,” Timy having frogurt together.” “Us…huh?” Andy scratched his head. He of the human person in the line of sexuality. As an addendum
apologized. “I guess there will be a next time. “Duh?” Timy gaped at him. “Hey, that glanced at his watch and exclaimed, “Of course, we include below the Church’s official stand on the matter of
What about when my brother comes over?” doesn’t sound like you speaking…hello? you’reright.It’slunchtime!Allthatreflectin’made sexual ethics which falls under the 6th commandment, taken
“Timy, that’s like a month and a half from Is Andy still there? How are frogurt and us forget the most important thing: FOOD!” from an address by Pope John Paul II to the bishops of the
now,” Andy said. friendship or love related?” “Grrr! Boys! [SIGH!]” Timy rolled her eyes United States of America:
“Yeah, but let’s just wait for that moment to “I saw that ‘tasting something together’ in frustration. “With the frankness of the Gospel, the compassion of
Pastors and with the charity of Christ, you have dealt with
Bo Sanchez the question of the indissolubility of marriage correctly
saying: “The covenant between a man and a woman united

in Christian marriage is as indissoluble and irrevocable as is
the love of God for his people and the love of Christ for his
Church. Exalting the beauty of marriage, you have rightly
taken a position against both the theory of contraception and
contraceptive practice, as did the encyclical letter Humanae

A soul dream was born

vitae. I myself, today, with the same conviction as Paul VI,
ratify the teaching of that encyclical issued by my Predecessor
“in virtue of the mandate confided us by Christ”.
Describing the sexual union between husband and wife
as a special expression of their covenant of love, you have
correctly said: “The sexual relationship is a human and moral
I HAD my spiritual conversion exactly make my mother jump up By age 14, I would do outreach the poor.
good only within the sphere of marriage: outside marriage it
at age 12. and down with glee. work in the slums, sometimes With the help of my friends, is immoral”. As men who speak with “words of truth and the
And as a 13-year-old boy, I When she told me it was sleeping there. I would live in a we bought a huge land (today, it power of God” (2 Cor 6,7), as authentic teachers of the law of
read the life story of St. Francis impossible to do what I wanted shanty, sharing a tiny room with consists of five hectares), built a God and as compassionate pastors, you have correctly said:
of Assisi. to do, I nurtured a dream in my nine people. I breathed their air, number of houses on it, and called “Homosexual practice (which is to be distinguished from
That was when I felt something young heart. This time, I was not ate their food, and laughed at it Anawim—a Hebrew word that homosexual orientation) is morally deceitful”…. “Both the
stir deep in my soul. anymore dreaming for a toy robot their jokes. means the poor of the Lord. Church’s teaching, according to its constant tradition, and the
I dreamt of becoming like Jesus with a tiny head, a sword handle The experience changed my Since 1995, we have been moral sense of the faithful have stated without any hesitation
and Francis, loving the poor the on its chest, and rectangular life. Unlike the dream for a robot, picking up abandoned elderly that masturbation is a practice grievously and intrinsically
way they did. arms and legs. I dreamt of the dream to serve the poor never from the streets and giving them disordered” (Declaration of the Sacred Congregation for the
So I brought home street kids building a huge home where I died. a loving home. Doctrine of the Faith concerning certain questions of sexual
and elderly poor people wandering could welcome the poorest of Sixteen years later, we built What dreams do you have in your ethics, Dec. 29, 1975, No. 9).
about in the streets, which didn’t the poor. a huge home for the poorest of heart that has never died?
Social Concerns
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Jesuit foundation feeds undernourished school children

Photo courtesy of Sr. Marietta Alo, OND

By Sr. Marietta H. Alo, Elementary School on Sept. 14, This was the first time the of malnourished children. In respective teachers, enjoyed “providing the poor families
OND 2010, as their way of joining in AJDFI conducted the outreach Mindanao—Davao Oriental, a holiday atmosphere with with sustainable and innovative
the nationwide feeding program feeding program on the PCFC Cotabato and Zamboanga were games, song-dance-recitation opportunities for transformation
of the state funding agency, anniversary. According to Sr. selected. renditions, and messages from towards economic self-reliance
THE leading microfinance PCFC, living out this year’s Badette, in the past years, PCFC Mr. Jeffrey Ordoñez, executive the guests, culminating in a fiesta and political will power for Total
institution in the diocese of Mati theme: “We care, we share, we officers across the whole country director of the Mindanao lunch galore in the barangay Human Development.”
celebrated the 15th anniversary rear.” would go to Manila for a party Microfinance Council (MMFC) gym, courtesy of Brgy Capt. Now in its 13th year of
of the People’s Credit Finance Sr. Bernadette “Badette” R. celebration. She then broached attended the activity in Mati, Alombro Mabawad. existence, AJDFI has expanded
Corporation (PCFC) through Dollete, CSJ, executive director, the idea to the Manila office to Davao Oriental, and brought Sr. Badette thanked the “to the provinces of Davao
a feeding program for all led the AJDFI head office and hold a reach-out activity instead along donations of books and Taguibo academe, PTA, del Sur, Davao del Norte,
elementary school children in Mati staff in going to the area in the local areas, such as what hundreds of cakes-ensaymadas Barangay officials, PCFC, the Compostela Valley, Malungon,
a remote barrio rated low in with sacks of rice and food AJDFI does every December for from Red Ribbon bakeshop for whole community present, Sarangani Province, Bislig
nutrition. ingredients to be cooked in time the poor children in Ceboley the outreach activity. PCFC, and everyone who City and Lingig, Surigao del
The Ad Jesum Development for lunch by selected parents of Beach, Mati. The school principal, Mr. supported the feeding venture. Sur, serving 30,936 clients,
F oundat ion, Inc. (AJDF I) each class. They are equipped Thus, for a change, the Manila Merlito Enad, declared no classes With the feeding activity, AJDFI mostly women in the unserved
organized snacks and a with their respective kitchen central office decided to allot in the morning, while the parents was able to help the poor, and hard to reach areas in
substantial lunch for the 560 utensils, while the children funds to active institutional were busy cooking outside undernourished children attain the region with portfolio of
school children, including the brought along their own plate members in Luzon, Visayas their assigned rooms, and the a healthy growth, in line with Php91,507,752.24..” (AJDFI
pre-school, of the Taguibo and eating paraphernalia. and Mindanao with a history children, supervised by their the foundation’s vision of annual report 2009).

Underdevelopment / B4

Excessive nationalism and corporate international solidarity. Today more and trade mainframe and help them In this regard, on the much debated it cannot establish fraternity; since
self-interest as well as old and new than ever, it is difficult for national to promote good governance and the issue of maternal health, the Holy See, authentic fraternity originates in a
ideologies, fomenting wars and conflicts, measures not to have international participation of civil society, and Africa respectfully and fervently invites the transcendent vocation from God (cf.
are all obstacles to development. Illicit consequences that may at times weigh and the other poor regions of the world Countries participating in this HLM, Caritas in Veritate, no. 19).
trafficking of persons, drugs and heavily on countries that are distant and will effectively contribute to the welfare to provide quality resources for the The Family of Nations has committed
precious raw materials linked to the unknown to the immediate beneficiaries of all. health care needs of mothers and their itself to fighting material poverty. This is
situation of war and extreme poverty, on of such measures. In addition, within The inherent and equal dignity, the babies, including the unborn. Moreover, a key and noble goal to pursue; but in this
the one hand, and the lack of scruples of their own territories, Governments —the individuality, and the transcendence repeated references in the Outcome effort let us never forget that material
certain economic and social contractors donors as well as the recipients— should of each human being must be the Document to “sexual and reproductive poverty has partners—relational,
from more developed regions, on the not interfere with or hinder the particular foundation of each and every policy health” and “family planning” raise emotional, and spiritual poverty. The
other hand, continue to be serious character and autonomy of religious on development. Morally responsible deep concerns. These are controversial human person must be at the centre of
impediments to development. The and civil organizations involved in the openness to life represents a rich social terms, often interpreted as including concern in our quest for development.
reality of tax evasion, money laundering areas described above. Rather, they and economic resource (Caritas in access to abortion and methods of family If everyone’s political, religious and
and the so-called “tax havens” set up to should respectfully encourage such Veritate, 44). Reverence for human planning that are not in accordance economic rights and freedoms are
drain the coffers of Governments in poor organizations as well as promote and life, from conception until natural with the natural law, known by right respected, we will shift the paradigm
countries by diverting limited resources financially support them as much as death, and respect for the capacity of reason. from merely trying to manage poverty
away from development, remains a possible. The generosity and commitment men and women to live upstanding Mr. President, to creating wealth; from viewing
problem. The financial crisis, which has of religious and civil organizations moral lives, affirms their personal In his latest Encyclical Letter Caritas the person as a burden to seeing the
finally given rise to protectionist trade, should inspire governments and transcendence, even if they live in in Veritate, Pope Benedict XVI explained person as part of the solution. The
has become yet another obstacle to the international organizations to make poverty. Controlling one’s passions that the vision of development as a fundamental mission of the Holy See
development of poor countries. proportional efforts. and overcoming hedonistic impulses, vocation brings with it the central place is above all spiritual, and this mission
All Governments, both of developed For all these reasons, any attempt to use constitute the starting point for building of charity within that development. encompasses a solicitude for all people
and developing countries, must accept the MDGs to spread and impose egoistic a harmonious society. Such respect is also Indeed, the causes of underdevelopment and all of creation. For this reason, the
their responsibility to fight corruption lifestyles or, worse still, population the necessary and essential condition for are not primarily of the material order. Holy See feels obliged to be present in
against reckless and sometimes immoral policies as a cheap means to reduce sustainable economic development and In the pursuit of development, in a the life of the nations and carry out its
behavior in the areas of business and the number of poor people, would be integral human development. Hence, globalizing world, only “the deep commitment, in partnership with the
finances, as well as irresponsibility malevolent and short-sighted. I say this, the Holy See reaffirms its conviction thought and reflection of wise men in international community and the civil
and tax evasion, in order to guarantee not just as a religious leader, but also that great benefits will accrue to all search of a new humanism...will enable society, to promote justice and solidarity
the “rule of law” and to promote the as an African and a man coming from men and women now living in poverty, modern man to find himself anew” among peoples. It is with this conviction
human aspects of development such as a poor family. I urge the international only if the MDGs are understood and (Populorum Progressio, 51). While that the Holy See desires to collaborate
education, job security and basic health community not to be afraid of the poor. pursued in harmony with objective reason, by itself, is capable of grasping with this Summit in the quest of an era
care for all. Likewise, all countries, MDGs should be used to fight poverty moral standards and human nature the equality between men and women, of peace, social justice and authentic
especially richer or more powerful ones, and not to eliminate the poor! Instead, (cf. Caritas in Veritate, nos. 44, 68- 70 and of creating the means to give some human integral development.
must act in accordance with responsible give poor countries a friendly financial and 75). stability to their civic coexistence, Thank you, Mr. President.

Healing / B7

evidenced by their shouts for of an Israelite who lived under priests so they could be restored it took a Samaritan—a social For the Samaritan, the healing or shared the experience of
help, yet they must have viewed the law of Moses. It was for this to the community of Israel (Lev outcast and religious heretic was over and above all a miracle salvation. Hence, he came back
their restoration to health as reason that they were content 13:49). in the eyes of the Jews—to of coming to faith in Jesus, and to thank him, and glorified
no different from the various with fulfilling the prescription But for Luke, the healing was recognize that what happened an experience of the salvation God through him. In contrast,
healings that miracle workers of the Law, which stipulates that not ordinary. Although the nine to all of them was more than that comes from him. The nine the nine Jewish lepers did not
performed in Israel. Their those cleaned of their leprosy lepers were blind to the salvific a miracle of healing and Jewish lepers were completely recognize this; it was, therefore,
mindset was completely that must show themselves to the act involved in the healing, restoration to the community. blind to this. In the theology understandable that they were
of Luke, Jesus is the bringer content with simply carrying
of the messianic salvation; he out the command of Jesus to
proclaims the Kingdom of God, show themselves to the priests.
makes it present in the salvific For lack of the perception
acts he performs, and invites of faith, they were simply

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Moral Assessment Technical Assessment

 Abhorrent  Poor
 Disturbing  Below average

 Acceptable  Average

 Wholesome  Above average

 Exemplary  E

Resident Evil opens with gripping after humans, waving their arms Title: Resident Evil: After Life
scene showing umbrellas on and sputtering monosyllables Cast: Milla Jovovich, Ali
a rainy day in Tokyo. In the which together may be taken to Larter, Kim Coates,
middle of all this hustle and mean they want the humans as Shawn Roberts
bustle stands a girl, dripping snacks, just as moviegoes crave Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
wet and apparently stoned. Soon popcorn and soda. Screenwriter: Paul Anderson
Producer: Paul Anderson
she sinks her teeth into the neck Clearly, Resident Evil relies Running Time: 97 minutes
of an innocent passerby—aaah, on its main attraction Jovovich Location: Tokyo and Los An-
so she’s “one of them,” a newly to make a story out of a video geles, California
converted zombie, one of those game. If there is an attempt to Technical Assessment:  ½
that will engage Alice (Milla make a moral pronouncement,
Moral Assessment: 
Jovovich) in her battle to save the it is pitifully overshadowed by CINEMA Rating: For viewers
world from the bad guys. the stylish presence of its main 18 and above
Real life fashion model Milla star, shown throwing flying
Jovovich slips back into her black knives are people in an obviously
tights as Alice for this fourth entry choreographed way, and in all- way to finding the real culprits?
in the series based on the video too-often close-up shots that What happens to the families of
game. In post-apocalyptic Los distract from the story with her those killed? But what do you
Angeles, Alice is armed with an parted lips. Even if you didn’t expect when a video game is
arsenal of high-powered guns and know that Jovovich is a five- given flesh and blood via a full
flying knives to fight off zombies star fashion model whose face length feature film? Forget about
infected with a virus developed and figure has appeared in so the justice and the value of human
by the Umbrella Corporation many high-end advertisements, life and the consequences of
(with headquarters in Tokyo). you’d wonder here if she’s a killing. The lesson Resident Evil:
Whatever the zombies’ role is in heroine out to save humankind After Lifeincidentally teaches is:
the bad guys’ attempt at world or an endorser selling guns. One if you want your kids to grow
domination is obscured by their question pops up: is it okay to be up smart, cut down their video
clicheic participation—mobbing killing so many people on the game playing.

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Buhay Parokya
Look for the
images of St.
Michael the
aisle and

Title: Going the Distance

Cast: Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Christina
Director: Nanette Burstein
Genre: Romance/Comedy
Distributor: Warner Bros
Running Time: 97 minutes
Location: USA

Erin and Garrett meet in a Manhattan watering hole on the very night
when Garrett’s girlfriend has broken up with him, citing his insensitivity
and commitment phobia. He just hasn’t met the right girl yet. Enter Erin, a
Stanford graduate student in New York for a summer internship at a daily
newspaper. They sleep together, but in the morning realize something more
meaningful than a one-night stand is possible. After a six-week idyll, she must
head back out West and they agree to attempt a bicoastal relationship. Over
the better part of a year, when they aren’t texting or saying goodbye in the
airport after brief visits, Garrett banters with pals Box (Jason Sudeikis) and Dan
(Charlie Day), while Erin fields advice from her protective older sister Corinne
(Christina Applegate). Erin has been burned before after dropping everything
for a guy. Garrett, who works as a talent scout for a record company, tries to
find a job in San Francisco without success. Unless something gives, they’re
doomed. In addition to whining about being apart, Erin and Garrett lament the
beleaguered state of the newspaper and music industries—a plaint that will
resonate most with so-called media elites. Lacking authenticity, the graphic
language and unsavory situations overlaying the plot, by contrast, will ring
false to a cross-section of viewers. For two educated, presumably intelligent
people, Erin and Garrett have limited vocabularies and imaginations. Ditto
their cohorts. The copious amount of alcohol everybody consumes may be
a contributing factor.

One positive element of Going the Distance is that it implicitly endorses

committed, monogamous relationships. Still, there’s no indication Erin
and Garrett will marry in the end. (From the USCCB Office for Film and
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September 27 - October 10, 2010

The Cross
A Supplement Publication of KCFAPI
and the Order of the Knights of Columbus

Wreath laying at the statue of Fr. George J. Willmann, S.J. on the occasion of his 33rd Death Anniversary led by Chairman Hilario G. Davide, Jr. and KCFAPI President, Alonso L. Tan.

KCFAPI celebrates
THE Knights of Columbus Fraternal
Association of the Philippines, Inc.
(KCFAPI) marked its 52nd years in
service with a Eucharistic celebration
on September 9, 2010.

52nd anniversary
It was on September 9, 1958 when KCFAPI was
duly licensed by the Insurance Commission to
operate as an insurance system for the exclusive
protection of the members of the Knights of Co-
lumbus and their immediate family members.
Fraternal Benefits Group (FBG) Sales force
meeting; 2010 Annual Awards Teaser and product
information on CMBP Guaranteed Acceptance
were organized later in the afternoon.
The occasion also served as a venue for giving
recognition to KCFAPI Service Awardees. These
are employees who have been with the Association
for at least ten years.
Likewise, Certificates of recognition were also
given to employees who have completed the basic
course or who have achieved a designation from the
Life Office Management Association (LOMA).
Life Office Management Association (LOMA) is
an international organization based in USA which
provides quality employee training and develop-
ment especially to those who belong in insurance
and financial services industries.
KCFAPI is a Mutual Benefit Association that
KCFAPI President Alonso L. Tan delivering his Anniversary Message in front of employees, Board members, Fraternal Counselors, Area Managers and guests during the provides KC Members and their families and all
celebration of the Association’s 52nd Anniversary last September 9, 2010, held at its Head Office in Intramuros, Manila. of its insured members, divisible surplus of the
Association. (KCFAPI News)

KCFAPI holds TV Mass for the 33rd

death anniversary of Fr. Willmann
IN commemoration of the 33rd death He also said that Fr. Willmann and
anniversary of Fr. George J. Willmann, the Knights of Columbus will always
SJ, the Knights of Columbus Fraternal come together for one cannot think of
Association of the Philippines, Inc. Fr. Willmann without thinking of the
(KCFAPI) has organized a TV Mass at Knights of Columbus.
the San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Officers of the Fr. George Willmann
Manila last September 14, 2010. Charities led the attendance. Those
Recorded as live, the Eucharistic present were Chairman Justice Jose C.
celebration will be aired September 26, Reyes, Jr., President Tan, Atty. Rizal
2010 on IBC Channel 13 from 9 a.m. to V. Katalbas, Jr., Asst. Corp. Secretary
10 a.m. and Fr. Cruz, Trustee of the Board of
The mass was presided by Tandag Officers.
Bishop Nereo Odchimar, President of KCFAPI officials such as Chairman
the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Hilario Davide, Jr., President Alonso
Philippines (CBCP) and concelebrated L. Tan, Executive Vice President Ma.
by KC Priests namely: Msgr. Joselito C. Theresa G. Curia, and their spouses
Asis, Fr. Isabelo R. San Luis, Fr. William have attended the mass.
D. Araña, OSA, Fr. Asis R. Bajao, OSA Vice-President of the Fraternal Ben-
and Fr. Jerome J. Cruz. efits Group, Joseph P. Teodoro; Vice
Odchimar, during his homily, has President for Finance, Magdalene
emphasized the works and deeds Flores; Vice President for Actuarial and Knights of Columbus officials together with Chairman Hilario G. Davide, Jr. (6th from left) and KCFAPI President, Alonso L. Tan (5th from left)
of Fr. Willmann and the Knights of Business Development, Angelito A. pose in front of the statue of Fr. George J. Willmann, S.J.
Columbus. TV Mass / C2

Jurisdiction holds
Cofradia del Sto. Niño de Cebu visits KCFAPI
THE pilgrim image of Sto. Niño de began way back in the 1500s when

GK, FS Seminar in Cebu visited the Knights of Columbus

Fraternal Association of the Philip-
pines, Inc. (KCFAPI) head office in
the image was discovered in Cebu
unscathed decades after it was left by
the early Spanish explorer, Ferdinand

Naga City Intramuros, Manila in September. In

cooperation with the Cofradia del Sto.
Niño de Cebu and the KC Luzon Ju-
Magellan, as a gift during the baptism
of Raja Humabon and his wife Hara
THE Knights of Columbus-Luzon Jurisdic- risdiction, KCFAPI housed the image Numerous tales of miracles
tion has recently conducted a seminar for of Señor Sto. Niño from August 31 to of the image spread ever since,
the Grand Knights, Financial Secretaries and September 6 coinciding with the 7-day making Cebu as the cradle of Sto.
Treasurers from the Bicol Region. novena in connection with the Annual Niño devotion. Up to this time,
The seminar was held last September 4, Pilgrimage of Cofradia del Sto. Niño devotees of the Señor Sto. Niño
2010 at the Regent Hotel in Naga City. de Cebu. continue to increase throughout
Organizers said the seminar was intended The visit intended to propagate the the country.
to discuss the duties and responsibilities of the devotion to the Divine Child and to At present, the original image of the KCFAPI President, Alonso L. Tan leading the employees, members of the KC
raise consciousness to the faithful about Sto. Niño de Cebu is housed at the Ba- Luzon Jurisdiction and representatives of Cofradia del Sto. Niño de Cebu in
Grand Knights and Financial Secretaries. praying to the pilgrim image of Señor Sto. Niño during one of the 7-day novena
Naga / C2
the devotion. silica Minore del Sto. Niño, Cebu City. offered to propagate the devotion to the Divine Child.
The story of the Señor Sto. Niño (Ira Tee)
The Cross
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September 27 - October 10, 2010

Alonso L. Tan KCFAPI holds joint area

President’s Message
WE have just reached our 52nd year
of fraternal service. Over our 52
meeting in Benguet
years, we have grown by leaps and THE Knights of Columbus Fraternal As- Central Luzon Conquerors (CLC), North- Other matters discussed were the KC-
bounds from a humble P32,000 seed sociation of the Philippines, Inc. (KCFAPI) western Luzon Thunders (NWL), and host FAPI incentives for the KC Order such as
money; we now have P3.2B in total conducted a Joint Area Meeting for Fraternal area Northern Luzon Gold Miners (NL). the Council of Honors, Most Outstanding
resources. We have paid millions Counselors. With Gari M. San Sebastian, Manager for Fra- District Deputy, and Fr. George J. Willmann
in death claims and maturities. We The meeting was held last August 21, ternal Benefits Services Department facilitating, Award for Academic Excellence.
have extended benefit certificate 2010 at Benguet State University’s Gladiola the meeting took up monitoring performance, Meanwhile, Area Managers gave inspi-
loans and other benefits attached to Center, La Trinidad, Benguet. analysis and improvement measures on the rational messages after conducting their
the benefit certificate. We have also Present during the said meeting were the three areas for the last quarter of the year. individual meeting. (KCFAPI News)
donated millions to the KC Founda-

Columbian Squires acquire 2010-2011

tion, Fr. George J. Willmann Chari-
ties, Inc. and other institutions as part of our civic, social and
spiritual reach to our brother Knights and to the community
as a whole.

Corps d’ Elite Award

As we travel through the corridors of time, we will continue
to provide the fraternal “promise” we have envisioned and will
improve our systems to level up the service that we provide.
We could not do these without the guiding support of all the
Board of Trustees, Advisors, Founder Members Committee
(past and present) and to the Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao THE Knights of Columbus-Co- qualify for this award. risdiction have won at least two 8922, Chief Counselor Vicente P.
Jurisdictions. To the KCFAPI Officers, staff and salesforce, we lumbian Squires has once again Among the qualifications for years in a row,” he added. Orellano; Circle 4154, Calumpit,
extend our heartfelt congratulations. To the benefit certificate garnered awards from the Knight the award are Circles that have Awardees for this privilege Bulacan, Council 10582 Mark
holders and all Knights of Columbus members, our many of Columbus Supreme Council. conducted at least four major are Circle 2450, Cavite City, Anthony Lodrigito; Circle 4625,
thanks. Let us also thank the Almighty God for His guidance, Corps d’ Elite is the highest activities under the Squires Council 4071 Chief Counselor San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan,
as we work in the fulfillment of our avowed objectives. honor given to a Circle that is program which are service, spiri- Arjay Uy Alejo; Circle 3066, San Council 12204 Chief Counselor
active from the start of the Co- tual, circle and membership and Antonio, Cavite, Council 7686, Arnel S. Borcena; Circle 4709,
lumbian Year and that is insti- must achieve at least two new Chief Counselor Glen P. Ravelo; Lawa, Meycauayan, Bulacan,
TV Mass / C1 tuted or reinstituted during the members before the end of the Circle 3655, Valenzuela Bulacan, Council 12890, Chief Counselor
Bala; Manager of the Fraternal the person responsible for spread- program year. Columbian Year. Council 9591, Chief Counselor Rolando E. Hernandez; Circle
Benefits Services Department, ing the Order of the Knights of According to Jose Cuaresma, In this award, Circles and Edgardo O. Luna; Circle 3702, 4863, Calumpit, Bulacan, Gat
Gari M. San Sebastian; and other Columbus throughout the coun- State Chairman of the Colum- Chief Counselors of the Squires Council 9440, Malhacan, Bula- Blas Ople Assembly 1408, Chief
officers have also participated. try that now counts about 265,000 bian Squires, the award recog- in the Philippines are being can, Chief Counselor Alfredo A. Counselor Fernan Dealca; Circle
KC Luzon officials arrived and in active membership. nizes outstanding achievement granted. Balcora; Circle 3767, Meycauay- 5198, Tugatog, Meycauayan,
attended the mass namely: State He is also the founder of KC- in all areas of Circle operations, Cuaresma said that “out of an, Bulacan, Chief Counselor Council 12892, Chief Counselor
Secretary Arsenio G. Yap, State FAPI, a mutual benefit associa- including programming, recruit- the 42 circles recognized for the Fernando Galsim; Circle 3925, Bernardo P. Gacam and Circle
Treasurer Joven B. Joaquin, and tion of the Knights of Columbus ment and circle administration. Award Orderwide, 13 Circles Meycauayan, Bulacan, Chief 5327, Luna, La Union, Council
Jose F. Cuaresma, State Colum- in the Philippines, and the Fr. The overall circle feats of every came from Luzon Jurisdiction.” Counselor Juanito J. Perancullo; 5363, Chief Counselor A. Flores.
bian Squires Chairman. Willmann Charities, a founda- Circle are being recognized to “All Circles from Luzon Ju- Circle 4019, Taguig, Council (KCFAPI News)
Employees of KCFAPI and its tion that has already graduated

KC Luzon launches awards

subsidiaries, and KC Luzon Ju- over a hundred seminarians who
risdictions were also present. became priests, and priests who
Fr. George J. Willmann is re- have taken up further studies in
garded as the Fr. Michael Mc- various ecclesiastical disciplines.
Givney of the Philippines being (Kate Laceda)
IN recognition of those who dedicated man for Circle Development is intended for District Deputies wherein the District and Dio-
Naga / C1 themselves in establishing and strengthening dioceses with the highest net gain in the cese must have attained the highest net gain in
the Columbian Squires Circles in their arch- Circle Development based on the Supreme the Circle Development based on the Supreme
The seminar also discussed on Cuaresma, Columbian Squires dioceses, the Knights of Columbus Luzon Council summary as of June 30, 2011. Council summary as of June 30, 2011.
various issues on the member- Chairman, Efren Mendoza, State Jurisdiction has launched various awards. On the other hand, the Most Outstanding Qualifications needed for the Luzon
ship of the diverse councils of Seminar Director and Ramon Among these awards are the Most Out- Squires Area Chairman for Membership Deputy Awards for Membership Develop-
the areas. Sanchez, District Deputy of the standing Squires Area Chairman for Circle Development is for the dioceses with the ment, however, that will be awarded to the
Also present in the event were Sta. Teresita Council 12308 of the Development, Most Outstanding Squires highest net gain in membership develop- District Deputy and Grand Knight/Faithful
the District Deputies, and Trea- Diocese of Cubao. Area Chairman for Membership Develop- ment based on the Supreme summary as of Navigator is that the District and Council/
surers of the various councils in Attendees were the Brother ment, Luzon Deputy Awards for Circle De- June 30, 2011. Assembly must achieve the highest net gain
the Luzon jurisdiction. Knights from the provinces of velopment and the Luzon Deputy Awards The Luzon Deputy Awards for Circle Devel- in Membership Development based on the
Officials from the Luzon Ju- Camarines Norte and Camarines for Membership Development. opment, meanwhile, will be awarded to the Dis- Supreme Council summary as of June 30,
risdiction present were Jose Sur. (KC News) The Most Outstanding Squires Area Chair- trict Deputy and Chairman of the Roundtable of 2011. (KC News)

Marbel Knights work for nation building

THE members of the Order of the attended by KC members from Marbel of Kalikasan” and a proactive environ- Meanwhile, SK Mario Nery, former would destroy forest cover, remove top
Knights of Columbus from the Diocese diocese which comprises the whole ment legal advocate, told the conven- San Miguel Corporation Executive, soil and pollute water resources.
of Marbel in southern part of Mindanao province of South Cotabato and two tion participants that “pollution and urged the knights to consistently sup- According to Boston, the convention
have committed to help work for nation municipalities of Sultan Kudarat. degradation of the environment threat- port the community, the church and theme, “To cultivate peace, Protect cre-
building during a convention held in Led by Convention Chair SK Luciano ens the people’s right to a balanced and the country. ation,” was the core message of Pope
General Santos City from August 7-8, M. Acuba, Sr., Council 6501 of Sts. Peter healthful ecology.” According to Adrian B. Boston, Fra- Benedict XVI during the 43th World
2010. and Paul Parish of Lagao, hosted the Several concerns about the threats ternal Benefits Associate, Marbel Bishop Day of Peace.
“To cultivate peace and protect cre- convention. posed by an open pit mining project Dinualdo D. Gutierrez said that open Culminating the convention were the
ation” in nation building was the theme During his talk, retired Chief Justice planned by the Sagittarius Mines, Inc pit mining of SMI is an abuse of God’s raffle draws and some fun fares. (Ramon
of the 24th Grand Diocesan Convention Reynato S. Puno, author of the “Writ (SMI) in the region were also tackled. command to care for creation since it Fuentes, Jr. – KC MindaNews)
The Cross
CBCP Monitor
Vol. 14 No. 20
September 27 - October 10, 2010

Giving Hope to Haiti’s Children

By Supreme Knight Carl A. necessities, but instead saw God as the in Haiti, young Toussaint suffered
Anderson provider of gifts through people, people upheaval at the time of the Haitian
who give. revolution and fled to New York City
The Knights of Columbus has already with the family he served.
WHEN a massive earthquake struck distributed about 1,000 wheelchairs to With his income, he bought his sis-
Haiti in January, it killed a quarter those injured in Haiti, with even more ter’s freedom, as well as the freedom
million people and injured even more. on the way. And brother Knights at of many others, although he chose to
Some of the youngest victims lost the both the state and local level have been remain a slave until he was released in
most—with around 800 children losing generous in supporting our relief efforts 1807. A married layman, he spent his life
an arm or leg. for Haiti and in donating to Knights of assisting orphans, schools, the Church
If this happened in the United States Columbus Charities. and the underprivileged.
or another developed nation, medical However, there is still more to do. Today, in the wake of the earthquake,
services and prosthetic limbs would be We learned that Project Medishare—the Haitians face different challenges,
provided. This is not the case in Haiti. group that runs the hospital in Port-au- including hunger, homelessness and
For the hundreds of Haitian children Prince—needed about $1 million to sup- lack of medical attention. Like Vener-
who lost a limb in the earthquake, there ply a prosthetic limb for every child who able Pierre Toussaint, Knights do not
was little hope of living a normal life. lost an arm or leg in the earthquake. simply recognize that the suffering
Recently, a video produced by the With this financial assistance, they can people in Haiti have physical needs
Global Wheelchair Mission premiered also supply new prosthetic limbs and that we can help alleviate. The practice
at the 128th Supreme Convention, held two years of physical therapy as the of charity, the first principle of the Or-
in Washington, D.C. It included the children grow. der, also helps to meet spiritual needs
story of a young Haitian woman at the In response, the Knights of Colum- as we make a gift of ourselves to our
Knights of Columbus wheelchair dis- bus Board of Directors has launched a neighbors.
tribution in Haiti earlier this year. She new initiative, called “Hope for Haiti’s In 1852, a year before Pierre Toussaint
lost her entire family in the earthquake; Children,” with the promise to provide died in New York, Michael J. McGivney
she also lost her home and, more im- every child in Haiti who has lost an arm was born about 70 miles away in Con-
portantly, a leg. Although she had been or a leg in the disaster with the prosthet- necticut. Father McGivney may have
treated too late to receive a wheelchair, ics and physical therapy they need. never heard of Pierre Toussaint—but
she was undeterred, and prayed to God It is a once-in-a-lifetime charitable op- they shared a common vision. The lives
that more people would come to help. portunity, and the Knights of Columbus of both were personally transformed by
When I, along with other K of C rep- are honored to help. Jesus Christ, which allowed them to see
resentatives, met this woman last April In undertaking this work in Haiti, the the potential for Catholic laymen to put
and presented her with a wheelchair, we Knights have an excellent example in their faith into action.
were moved by her situation, but we Pierre Toussaint, a Catholic who was Today, we follow their example as
were even more moved by her prayers. a true model of charity during the 18th a force for good, as helpers of those in
She did not simply pray for material and 19th centuries. Born into slavery need. Vivat Jesus!

Joseph P. Teodoro
Atty. Rizal V. Katalbas, Jr.
For Brother Knights by Brother Knights From the Legal Standpoint
KCFAPI Posts Double Digit Sales
KCFAPI posted a double digit first year During the early part of September Bros. Various programs served as tools to
contribution income (FYCI) for the month of
August 2010. The FYCI of 10.8 million pesos
became the highest FYCI in a month during
Lauro Evangelista (CLB1) and Venancio
Capiral (SL) are among the fraternal coun-
selors who have registered considerable new
generate better FYCI. They include the fol-
1. The KCFAPI Council of Honors Awards
the current year. FBG expressed optimism businesses that will not only give them the which encourages the councils to help pro-
that this development signals the start of annual awards but also served notice that mote the fraternal benefits program of the
improvement of sales and the attainment of they have thrown their hats in the FC of the Order.
the 2010 FYCI target. This optimism is based Year derby. Other fraternal counselors who 2. The Minimum 12 New Paid Lives WHEN applying for insurance coverage or Membership
on the following factors: will figure in the tightly contested FC of the Campaign which calls for every fraternal Benefit Certificate with KCFAPI, there are variations of
1. At least 50 fraternal counselors are cam- Year Award are Maria Teresa dela Mota of counselor to bring in at least 12 new paid accident plans that may be attached as a supplementary
paigning for a slot in the 52nd Anniversary the Western Visayas Bulls, Teofilo Samson lives during the year. The fraternal counsel- contract, depending on the plan chosen. It may either be
Sales Drive which is now being co-shared of the Southern Luzon Lakers and Amado ors were also reminded that cash gifts await the Accidental Death Benefit (ADB), Fraternal Accidental
by Bros. Lorenzo Dufale and Reynaldo Miranda of the Central Luzon Diamonds. if they make the 12 benefit certificates by Death Benefit (FADB) or the Extended Accidental Death
Segismundo. Both are fraternal counselors 3. The area managers have stepped up their October 30, 2010. Benefit (EADB), either way it involves death arising from
of the Northwestern Luzon Thunders under recruitment for new fraternal counselors. The 3. The monthly update that FBG provides an accident. Under this supplementary contract, where the
the able leadership of Area Manager Josefino actual number of new fraternal counselors to the candidates for the annual awards also insured dies in an accident, the beneficiaries are entitled to
Valencia. recruited from January to August 2010 is just contributed to the improvement of sales. an amount equivalent to the face value.
2. The recent announcement that the next two heads shy of the target. Reports indicated FBG will be recommending plans of The general rule is that death or injury is not considered
annual awards will be held in Boracay moti- that new fraternal counselors will be more actions for the last quarter to sustain the to have resulted from an accident or accidental means if it
vated producers to aspire anew for a slot in than the target for the month and make up momentum which commenced during the is the natural result of the insured’s voluntary act, unac-
the prestigious circle of fraternal counselors. for the deficit during the year. month of August 2010. companied by anything unforeseen except the death or
injury. The exception to this general rule is when some
additional unexpected, independent and unforeseen hap-
pening occurs which produces or brings about the result of

Knights of Columbus Fraternal

death or injury. It must be emphasized, however, that the
burden of proof that the death was a result of an accident
rest with the claimant.
An example would be in a boxing match. In one case de-

Association of the Philippines Inc.,

cided by the court, the insured died during a boxing contest,
when he slipped and was hit by the opponent at the back of
his head, then hit his head on the rope. The insurer denied
the claim contending that the insured’s death was caused by
an established mutual benefits association is currently looking for: his participation in the contest. The court ruled, otherwise,
saying that his death was the result of an accident. Although
engaging in a boxing match is attended with the risk of
Auditor The Knights of Columbus
Fraternal Association of
external injuries it does not make any injuries received in
the course of the game not accidental. (Dela Cruz v. Capital

Accounting Staff
Insurance & Surety Co. Ltd. 17 SCRA 559 [1966])
the Philippines Inc., is an When an insured willfully exposes himself to a known
established and progressive danger it negates the accidental character of what follows
mutual benefits association
BC Holders’ Relations Office Staff operating for 52 years, has
after the known danger. Thus when the insured’s death was
a result of playing “Russian roulette” (pulling the trigger of
a revolver after spinning the cylinder with one bullet in it)
been highly committed to
Treasury Staff provide mutual aid and
it was held not within the coverage of accident insurance. It
would be different, if the insured was cleaning his gun and
assistance to its members and it suddenly goes off, in this case it would be compensable
Customer Relations Assistant their immediate families. under the accident insurance.
It is important to note that the Accidental Death Benefit
KC Fraternal firmly believes contract contains provisions excepting deaths resulting
from intentionally inflicted injuries. The phrase “intention-
that the continued progress ally inflicted” is interpreted based on the circumstances of
and success of the association the case.
If you are dedicated, service-oriented, and have the prom- depends to a great extent on
ising potential to join us in our continuous drive to provide its human capital
mutual aid, assistance and excellent service to our mem-
KC Fraternal also believes Angelito Bala
bers. Kindly send your comprehensive resume’ thru fax that through training and
number 527-2244 or hand-carry resume’ with a 2x2 photo
and transcript of records to:
a host of other benefits if
coupled with hard work, will Frequently Asked Question
help employees and the asso-
ciation attain their goals and
objectives. Reduced Paid-Up Insurance
In our continuous drive to Q: I received a letter inform- with the lowered benefit still
provide excellent service to ing me that my Benefit Cer- payable on the same terms
our members, we are cur- tificate has been converted and conditions as the original
to Reduced Paid-Up status, certificate. The BC also loses
rently on the look-out for what does this mean? its right of entitlement to any
individuals with promising annual dividends declared
potentials. He must be dedi- A: Reduced paid-up insur- by the Board of Trustees and
KC Family... Our Concern cated, service oriented, and ance (RPU) is one of the non- other benefits previously
forfeiture options available to available to your BC.
willing to undergo training . a benefit certificate holder in
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS FRATERNAL Our compensation and em-
case of contribution default. To revert back your BC to
Once a benefit certificate is contribution paying status
ASSOCIATION OF THE PHILIPPINES, INC. ployee benefits are compa- converted into RPU status, and restore the original sum
rable, if not better than most you are no longer required to of protection, BRO (BC Hold-
Gen. Luna cor. Sta. Potenciana Sts., make any succeeding contri- ers’ Relations Office), requests
companies of our same size butions. However, the benefit the submission of necessary
Intramuros, Manila and nature of business. amount is reduced to what the documents and payment
You may also call 527 – 2223 local 202 for queries and look for Ms. Kristianne or Ms. Juno. available cash value can buy, before a specified date.
The Cross
CBCP Monitor
C4 Vol. 14 No. 20
September 27 - October 10, 2010

K of C Luzon undertakes
Watershed Tree Planting
IN support of the Annual Tree
Planting Program of the De-
which KC - Luzon Jurisdiction
state officers, state service pro-
partment of Environment and gram directors/chairmen, district
Natural Resources - National deputies, grand knights and coun-
Capital Region and Metropoli- cil members of the archdiocese of
tan Waterworks and Sewerage Manila, dioceses of Cubao and
System, around 800 members of Novaliches attended in remem-
the Knights of Columbus - Lu- brance of the Father of the Knights
zon Jurisdiction planted more of Columbus in the Philippines.
than 1,000 tree saplings at the Prior to the tree planting,
La Mesa Critical Watershed in Bro. Raymund Gubat, RTDD
Novaliches, Quezon City last Chairman of the Diocese of
September 18, 2010. Novaliches, reiterated that lo-
This eco-friendly undertaking cal indigenous tree species will
of the KC - Luzon Jurisdiction, be used for this year’s planting
headed by Luzon Deputy Alonso at the watershed areas. These
L. Tan, is being held annually tree varieties were provided by
as an institutionalized activity DENR-NCR courtesy of Dr. Jose
of the Order for environmental L. Diaz, Regional Exec. Director
protection. of DENR-NCR who also graced
A Eucharistic celebration was the occasion.
held at the Sacred Heart No- A very happy and apprecia-
vitiate Chapel with Most Rev. tive Bro. Bonifacio Martinez,
Bishop Antonio R. Tobias, JCL, State Program Director, together
DD., as celebrant, in commemo- with Bro. Ramoncito A. Ocampo,
ration of the 33rd death anniver- State Community Director, ex-
sary of Fr. George J. Willmann, pressed their gratitude to all
S. J. the officers and members of KC
Luzon State Secretary Arsenio - Luzon Jurisdiction and Novali-
Isidro G. Yap and Bishop Tobias ches Diocese who supported
led the wreath laying ceremony and participated in this Tree Most Rev. Antonio R. Tobias, Bishop of the Diocese of Novaliches during the opening rites of Tree-Planting activity at the grounds of the Sacred Heart Novitiate, Novaliches,
at the tomb of Fr. George J. Will- Planting project. (Bro. Eduardo Q.C. With him are State Secretary Arsenio Isidro Yap, State Warden Pascual Carbero and other state directors & chairmen.
mann, S.J. following the mass, S. Manabat)

Knights of Columbus seminarian-scholars ordained priests

DURING this month of September, two nary in Pagadian City for a two-year scholar in the person of Rev. Jupe Lao of Mr. Ramon Garalde, a retired police was still too young for Theological
scholars of the KC Fr. George J. Will- Pre-Theological formation. Thereafter, Garalde at the Holy Infant Jesus Parish officer and Mrs. Juanita Lao, a retired formation, Fr. Jupe was told to undergo
mann Charities, Inc. were ordained to the seminary formators recommended in Matnog, Sorsogon. public school teacher. Born on July a two-year Regency which he spent in
the Sacred Order of Priesthood in their that he pursue his priestly formation. Most Rev. Arturo M. Bastes, SVD, 02, 1982, Fr. Jupe finished his primary various Apostolate programs of the
respective Dioceses. He was then selected course at Matnog Cen- Diocese of Sorsogon. After two years
Last September 20, 2010, the com- during the school year tral School in 1994. outside the seminary formation, he de-
munity of San Isidro Labrador Parish in 2004-2005 as one of Inspired by their Par- cided to return to the Central Seminary
Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur joined Rev. the scholars of the KC ish Priest, he entered and pursue his Theological studies.
Fr. Paterno Trapa Dalumpines as he Fr. Willmann Chari- the Our Lady of Pe- He was granted a scholarship by
pledged his perpetual vow of celibacy to ties, Inc. for a five-year ñafrancia Minor Semi- the Foundation for the school year
Most Rev. Emmanuel T. Cabajar, CSsR, course in Theology at nary for his secondary 2005-2006 during his second year
DD, Bishop of Pagadian. St. Mary’s Theologate studies which he com- of Theological Studies in UST. He
Fr. Pat, as he is fondly called, was in Ozamiz City. He pleted in 1998. Upon graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2007
born on August 22, 1974 to Mr. Silvano finished his studies the recommendation and still with a scholarship under the
Dalumpines and Mrs. Margarita Trapa in March 2009 and of then Bishop of Sor- Foundation, proceeded to enroll at the
of Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur. In immediately begun goson, Most Rev. Jesus Loyola School of Theology-Center for
March 1996, he graduated from a two- his Pre-diaconal pro- Y. Varela, Fr. Jupe was Family Ministry (CEFAM) for an M.A.
year Associate in Computer Science gram. Bishop Cabajar able to continue his degree major in Family Ministry and
course at Southern Mindanao Colleges ordained him to the seminary formation at Counseling.
in Pagadian City. He then proceeded to Sacred Order of Dea- the UST Central Semi- He finished his Masteral Degree in
Rev. Jupe L. Garalde Fr. Paterno T. Dalumpines
take up his Bachelor’s Degree in Second- con last December 29, nary where he attained 2009 and was recommended for Pre-dia-
ary Education, major in Mathematics 2009. his Bachelor’s Degree conal Program. Fr. Jupe was ordained to
from the same school and graduated in September 28, 2010 is the DD., Bishop of Sorsogon, presided the in Classical Philosophy in 2002 at the the Sacred Order of Deacons last March
October 2001. feastday of San Lorenzo Ruiz and solemn Eucharistic Celebration with the young age of 19. Because the former 25, 2010, the feast of the Annunciation
Fr. Pat began his seminary life in 2002 Companion Martyrs. This is the date of clergy of Sorsogon as concelebrants. Rector of the Seminary, Rev. Fr. Hon- of the Lord, at the Sts. Peter and Paul
when he entered the Holy Infant Semi- ordination of a second KC seminarian- Fr. Jupe is the third and youngest son orato Castigador, OP thought that he Cathedral. (Denise Solina)

Ferdinand Magellan Province holds 19th

Annual Provincial Assembly meeting
THE Ferdinand Magellan Province has con- sented by Januario B. Espejo, Jr. Mindanao conducted at the conclusion of the as-
ducted the 19th Annual Provincial Assembly District Master 14. sembly.
meeting. Several discussions were also tackled such The event culminated with the awarding
The assembly was held at the Richmonde as the fraternal programming, membership of certificates and plaques presented by
Hotel in San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas, Pasig growth, assembly growth, duties and re- Rodriguez.
City last September 18, 2010. sponsibilities of officers. The following District Masters were
Pedro M. Rodriguez, Jr., Vice Supreme Msgr. Pedro C. Quitorio, III, KCFAPI present: Gerardo D. Coloma, Armando C.
Master, presented the annual report while Spiritual Director, facilitated a spiritual talk Gonzales, Ruel D. Tecson, Deovides F. Reyes,
Gerardo Domingo Coloma, Luzon Dis- and presided the Eucharistic celebration Isagani B. Maghirang, Antonio B. Bonaga,
trict Master I opened the assembly with a during the assembly. Pepito O. Palomero, Mauricio A. Padawan,
prayer. KCFAPI President Alonso L. Tan, Luzon Rufino P. Soriano, Crisostomo T. Lagare,
The talk on the assembly programs and Deputy and Supreme Director, gave an Enrique G. Siaboc, Sagrado P. Navarro and
projects was delivered by Dionisio R. Este- overview of the Order of the Knights of Co- Januario B. Espejo, Jr.
ban, Jr., Visayas State Deputy while Mind- lumbus while Executive Vice-President Ma. Joseph P. Teodoro, Vice President of the
anao State Deputy Sofronio R. Cruz talked on Theresa G. Curia talked about insurance. Fraternal Benefits Group, and Gari M. San
the fourth degree exemplification/assembly The Installation of Masters of the 4th Sebastian, Manager of the Fraternal Benefits
KCFAPI Alonso L. Tan giving an overview of the Order of the Knights of Columbus
to the District Masters during the 19th Annual Provincial Assembly meeting held at
reporting/membership growth. Degree where KCFAPI Chairman Hilario Services Department were also present dur-
the Richmonde Hotel in San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas, Pasig City. The resolutions committee report was pre- G. Davide, Jr. was the guest of honor was ing the occasion. (Kate Laceda)

Knights attend the GK, FS Seminar in Legazpi City KCFAPI holds joint
BROTHER Knights from the
area meeting in
CMBP Banners guaranteed acceptance feature General Santos City
provinces of Sorsogon, Masbate
and Catanduanes have par-
ticipated in the recent Grand
Knights’ and Financial Secretar-
ies’ Seminar.
Organized by the Knights of KCFAPI will be offering a new Council Mortu- open forum were facilitated by Bro. Gari San
Columbus Luzon Jurisdiction, ary Benefit Plan (CMBP) with a new guaranteed Sebastian, Fraternal Benefit Services Dept THE Knights of Columbus Fra- rules governing the incen-
the seminar was held last Septem- acceptance feature starting on October 1, 2010. Manager. ternal Association of the Philip- tive programs of KCFAPI for
ber 5, 2010 at the Nazpen School The launching of the new CMBP which was The 4 KCFAPI Group Heads/Vice Presidents pines, Inc. (KCFAPI) has recently 2010 such as the sales drive
of Safety in Legaspi City. dubbed as KCFAPI HAPPY was held at the 3rd were on hand and answered the questions conducted a joint area meeting in celebration of KCFAPI’s
Officials from the Luzon Ju- Floor, Fr. George J. Willmann, SJ., Intramuros, posed by the attendees. for the Fraternal Counselors of 52nd Anniversary, The Most
risdiction present were Jose Manila on September 22, 2010. The features of the new CMBP are as fol- Central Mindanao and North Outstanding District Deputy
Cuaresma, Columbian Squires Present were KCFAPI officers, area man- lows: Central Mindanao. (MODD) and KCFAPI Council
Chairman, Efren Mendoza, State agers and selected employees and fraternal 1. The CMBP is open to all KC members and Aiming on improving their of Honors which is given to
Seminar Director and Ramon counselors. their wives who are between the ages 18 and 70 sales performance, the meeting District Deputies and Grand
Sanchez, District Deputy of the Sis. Maria Theresa G. Curia, KCFAPI Execu- on enrolment date. Children of KC members was held at the Sydney Hotel in Knights for supporting the
Sta. Teresita Council 12308 of the tive Vice President, was the main speaker of who are between 1 and 20 years old may also General Santos City. Association.
Diocese of Cubao. the occasion. In her speech Curia reiterated a enrol in the program. KC members who are Adrian Boston, Fraternal Ben- San Sebastian also announced
Also present in the event were number of comparative advantages of KCFAPI single may also enrol their parents provided efits Associate, facilitated the the program, Fr. George J. Will-
the District Deputies, and Trea- earned after 52 years of its existence. Among they are not over 70 years on enrolment date. joint area meeting. mann SJ Award for Academic
surers of the various councils in them are KCFAPIs financial stability, expedi- 2. There is a minimum of 30 enrolees before a Gari San Sebastian, Man- Excellence, which is intended
the Luzon jurisdiction. tious adjudication of death claims and contri- council may be issued a CMBP group contract. ager of the Fraternal Benefits to encourage members of KC
The seminar discussed the butions to various charitable and benevolent Twenty of the enrolees must be K of C members Services Department, gave an family to achieve outstanding
duties and responsibilities of projects which include the CBCP SEED OF while the rest from family members. update on the current devel- academic performance.
the Grand Knights and Financial HOPE FUND, scholarship programs benefit- 3. The insurance contribution will be the same opment in the Association and The project for the loan pro-
Secretaries. ting children of members and those desiring to rates as before. the activities of FBG to upgrade gram packages for the Area
It also tackled various issues becoming priests. The new CMBP is expected to obtain better the skills and knowledge of the Managers, Team Leaders and
on council membership. (KC The product presentation and the ensuing availment from the K of C councils. sales force. Fraternal Counselors were also
News) He also discussed the tackled. (KCFAPI News)
CBCP Monitor
Vol. 14 No. 20
September 27 - October 10, 2010
Tercentenary of Our Lady of Peñafrancia D1

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PEÑAFRANCIA AT 300. Thousands of Bicolanos from all over the country and several parts of the world await the traditional procession from the Caceres Metropolitan Cathedral to the Bicol River where thousands more have lined-up themselves for
the fluvial procession. For the first time in years, the original image of Bicol Region’s well-loved icon of Our Lady of Peñafrancia was brought out for the tercentenary celebration.

Thousands of devotees
flock to Peñafrancia
By Melo M. Acuña Msgr. Romulo Vergara, Rector of
the Basilica Minore de Nuestra Senora
coming fiesta of Ina involving various
organizations with the appropriate
entrepreneurs from the archdiocese.
“The traslacion was a success, from
the spiritual formation of the partici-
pants,” he added.
de Peñafrancia told CBCPNews their recollections. the procession from the Peñafrancia Cultural Presentations
THOUSANDS flocked the preparations paid off as everything Shrine to the Metropolitan Cathedral “All the activities were done by the
Bicol region’s commercial went smoothly well according to Trade Fair to the security and the traffic,” Msgr. Church with the exception of the tra-
plans. A trade fair in honor of Bishop Fran- Vergara said. ditional Civic-Military Parade, which
center as the Archdiocese of “The lay faithful and the religious cisco Gainza y Escobas, prelate of He acknowledged the close coordina- was supervised by the city govern-
Caceres rolled out the red had their different committees from the Caceres circa 1863, ended September tion between the archdiocese and the ment,” Msgr. Vergara further said.
carpet to the faithful devotees spiritual and physical preparations and 20 at the SM Naga grounds. Bishop city government and other agencies He said this year’s theme “Growing
of Our Lady of Peñafrancia all the other activities we had,” Msgr. Gainza is acknowledged as responsible including the military and the medical in Holiness with Ina” is more than
Vergara said. for bringing new farm equipment to the professionals. appropriate because it emphasizes the
in celebration of the three He added they begun the month of rich farming community in the Cama- “The procession which usually last devotion should not end with Ina but
hundredth year of devotion September with the Harubay announc- rines provinces during his time. The fair for four hours, has been significantly rather on God as the Blessed Mother is
to the revered icon. ing the coming novena masses and showcased the products of farmers and reduced to an hour and a half, through just an instrument, a way to God.

Naga declared Bicol region’s pilgrimage capital

THE city of Naga and the prov- appreciation of Bicol arts and vances essential to the feast, which tember and October.”
ince of Camarines Sur have been culture, its indigenous and culi- include but are not limited to the The decree likewise under-
declared pilgrimage capitals of nary arts, natural wonders and Traslacion, the Fluvial and Dawn scores the role of the Philippine
the Bicol region and recognized archaeological treasures.” Processions and other cultural and National Police to maintain
top tourist destinations in the Hundreds of thousands of pil- historical remembrance activities, peace and order and provide
country in a presidential proc- grims flock to Naga and Cama- shall be respected, and that com- security to all pilgrims during
lamation by President Benigno rines Sur every year from Sep- mercial exploitation during the the celebrations.
Aquino III. tember until middle of October pilgrimage period such as street The annual Peñafrancia festi-
Aquino, in Presidential Proc- to celebrate the feast of Our Lady parties that may become ram- val begins every second Friday
lamation No. 33 released on of Peñafrancia whom Bicolanos bunctious, drinking sprees in pla- of September with the traslacion,
Sept. 10, said Bicol’s Feast of endearingly call “Ina”. zas, street vending that obstruct a procession from the Basilica
Our Lady of Peñafrancia “is the This year’s festivities also fea- passages towards the pilgrimage Minore to the Metropolitan Ca-
only regional feast in the country tured the tercentenary celebra- sites, and other similar activities, thedral where the nine-day
[and] for the past three centuries tion of the Devotion to Our Lady shall be discouraged,” part of the novena is held.
has become an epic historical of Peñafrancia highlighted by an proclamation read. Last Sept. 18, the venerated
event that has become part of International Pilgrims’ Congress The proclamation also man- image of Our Lady of Peñafran-
our cultural heritage.” (IPC) held Sept. 16-17 at the Ba- dates the local government units cia and the icon of Divino Rostro
Aquino noted the contribution silica Minore in Naga City. to partner with other govern- were carried in fluvial procession
of the Peñafrancia celebrations to The presidential proclama- ment agencies and the Archdio- to the Bicol River with thousands
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the local economy, and the sense tion stresses the government’s cese of Caceres to put together of voyadores in small boats amid
of unity and religious fervor that participation by providing as- “their technical and financial chants of Viva La Virgen. The
bond all devotees who come sistance to maintain peace and resources and participate in the procession was capped with a
from all over the world. order and preserve the solemnity conduct of trade fairs, job fairs, 6 p.m. Pontifical Mass at the Ba-
He said the festivities also of the occasion. skills training and seminars on silica Minore led by Papal nuncio
“provide an environment con- “The government shall ensure agriculture, aquaculture and Archbishop Edward Joseph Ad-
ducive to tourism, a venue for that the conduct of the obser- crafts during the months of Sep- ams. (Pinky Barrientos, FSP)

Devotion to Peñafrancia is distinctively Bicolano—bishop

THE Bicolanos’ deep devotion to Our Lady of renewal, education and evangelization. “Inspite of all our problems, the moral dif-
Peñafrancia is what makes the region’s faithful Former Senator Francisco S. Tatad said that ficulties of the times, marked by secularism
different and distinct from other devotees. while the Bicolanos’ devotion to our Lady of and relativism spreading around the world,
This was the impression shared by Sor- Peñafrancia has reached various parts of the the faith seems to be strong,” he explained.
sogon Bishop Arturo Bastes, SVD in an world, it has remained “basically identified Legazpi City-based businessman Romeo
interview with CBCPNews at the Arch- with Bicol, (the Archdiocese of) Caceres as we Tan said he is a staunch devotee of Our Lady
bishop’s Chapel, a couple of hours before sing in the hymn Patrona del Bicol.” of Peñafrancia. Interviewed after the briefing
the traditional fluvial procession along the “On the 300th year anniversary of the for the voyadores and other passengers of the
Bicol river. Bicolanos’ devotion to Our Lady of Peñafran- barge bearing the region’s icon, Tan said he
“(The devotion to Our Lady of Peñafrancia) is cia, we’re seeing the arrival of pilgrims from attributed his being able to overcome trials
something different and very unique,” he said. all over the world,” Senator Tatad said. through Mama Mary’s intercession.
Recalling his first visit to Naga City eight The presence of overseas Filipinos who par- “I believe in her intercession and as a
years ago while preparing for his assump- ticipated in the International Pilgrims Congress businessman, I am calling on my colleagues
tion as co-adjutor bishop of the Diocese of from September 16-17 showed that the devotion to seriously consider becoming devotees in
Sorsogon, Bastes said Caceres Archbishop has spread across the world, he added. the near future,” Tan said.
Leonardo Z. Legazpi, OP insisted then that He said the solemn Mass presided by Police Chief Supt. Cecilio Calleja said he
he spent his first days in the Bicol region “to Archbishop Leonardo Z. Legazpi, OP with appreciates the preparation and cooperation
pay homage to Ina” before assuming his new several archbishops from various places even of Church leaders and local government
appointment in Sorsogon. outside the country showed the “great fer- units and national government agencies in
Bastes said he was truly overwhelmed vor, which you don’t see in other places.” keeping the Peñafrancia celebration peaceful
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to see the fluvial procession and hear the The former lawmaker said a foreign and orderly.
Bicolanos’ shouts of joy and victory bishop who saw the multitudes shouting Interviewed by CBCPNews, the Bicol po-
For his part, Virac Bishop Manolo Delos Santos Viva La Virgen! almost broke down to tears lice director said they have not monitored
said his province of Catanduanes has its share of because it was a moving experience. any untoward incident despite the influx of
significant number of Peñafrancia devotees. Filipinos look at Our Lady of Peñafran- hundreds of thousands of devotees from all
Asked of ways to further deepen the faith, cia as a source of hope, the former senator walks of life, the country and various parts
Bishop Delos Santos said there should be said. of the world. (CBCPNews)
CBCP Monitor
Vol. 14 No. 20
September 27 - October 10, 2010 Tercentenary of Our Lady of Peñafrancia D3
MY warmest greetings to all Bicolanos
and devotees of Ina as you celebrate THIS year, the Church in the Philip-
the Tercentenary Year of the Feast of pines celebrates the 300th Anniver-
Our Lady of Peñafrancia. sary of the Devotion to Our Lady of
Your festivities mark one of the most Peñafrancia. The CBCP Monitor is
memorable fiestas in the history of the preparing a supplement in time for
Bicol region and the Philippines. As you this most special occurrence, and I am
promote a deeper appreciation of our happy to contribute these few words
heritage and a sense of solidarity among that have been asked of me.
our people, may a sense of communal “From now onwards all genera-
responsibility and the spirit of Ina hold tions will call me blessed, for the
sway over all of us Filipinos. Pray that Almighty has done great things for
she guides us, that we can stay true to me” (Luke 2:48-49)
the principles that inspire us to take the All nations call Mary blessed. This
straight and righteous path, and that we is true of the whole of the Catholic
can hold the course despite the challenges we might encounter. world, but much more so in this Philippines!
Your celebration comes at a time when our country has chosen to It can be said that the Catholic faith and the devotion to the
take a great leap towards social transformation. As we rise to this Blessed Virgin and to her mysteries belong to the very identity, and
occasion, may we remain steadfast in gratitude and devotion to the characterize the piety, of Filipinos. This piety is the true expression
Creator. With the benevolence of our Lord and the empowerment
of their uniqueness, since it is a piety touched by grace and forged
of the Holy Spirit, we shall pursue with more vigor our mission to
glorify Him and His teachings. by the happy meeting between the Gospel and what they are.
Let us remain committed to the spirit of renewal through posi- From the time Father Miguel Robles de Covarrubias introduced
tive, meaningful change. Sama-sama nating tahakin and tuwid na the veneration of Mother Mary under the special title, Nuestra
landas tungo sa pagbabago! Señora de Peñafrancia, to the people of Bicolandia, they began
to come to her, to love her and to experience her healing power.
BENIGNO S. AQUINO III Affection for the “Ina” spread not only throughout the region, but
President, Republic of the Philippines the entire country as well.
May the 300th Anniversary of the Devotion to Our Lady of Peña-
INDEED, for the last three centuries, francia be an occasion for God’s family in this Country, especially
our Ina has been our fount of har- the Christian communities in Bicol, to reaffirm their loyalty and
mony; our source of strength; our love for the blessed Mother and to intensify their faith. Guided by
stronghold; and our protector, as we the constant action of their pastors, may they be able to experience
have solemnly avowed in our devo- fully the mystery of their Catholic faith according to “Ina’s way”,
tions and prayers. that is, to live and pray like Mary.
And on this momentous occasion, it is In the name of the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI, I greet and
but fitting that we observe the three hun- bless all the Bicolano faithful and all those devoted to Our Lady
dred years of devotion to our region’s of Peñafrancia.
loving and faithful Mother who is truly Viva La Virgen!
a gift to the Bicolanos from God the Fa-
ther; and more importantly, to share the
blessings granted through Our Lady’s +EDWARD JOSEPH ADAMS
intercession with the multitude. Apostolic Nuncio in the Philippines
Henceforth, in behalf of my family,
I join my fellow Bicolanos in commemorating the Tercentenary of
Our Lady of Peñafrancia! Nawa’y ipagpatuloy ng ating mahal Ina HEARTIEST greetings on your Ter-
ang kanyang kalinga sa Kabikulan para makamtan nating lahat ang centenary Celebration of the Devotion
kasaganaan at kapayapaan na kalakip ng kanyang pagmamahal to Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia!
na siyang magbubunsod ng isang bagong simula para sa ating The celebration of the 300th Year of
bayan! Mabuhay! devotion to our Lady of Peñafrancia is,
above all, a celebration of the victory
FRANCIS “CHIZ” G. ESCUDERO of our faith. This devotion endures
Senator through centuries, which boldly
manifests the ever deepening trust and
I JOIN our kababayan in celebrating dependence among Catholic Chris-
300 years of devotion to our Ina—Our tians in the loving providence of God
Lady of Peñafrancia. Indeed, this year through the intercession of Our Lady.
marks a milestone not only because it Despite the apparent weakness of this
is the Tercentenary celebration of our divine yet human church, the fondness
ever-growing faith and our outpouring of the faithful towards Mary remains steadfast. In fact, through her
affection to Ina, but also it is the time unfailing maternal care, Mary continues to win the hearts of many
to rejoice for the overflowing blessings unbelievers and draws more people close to Her Son.
and gifts of Our Lady of Peñafrancia. Your theme writes: “A gift received, a gift to share.” In Salve
This annual commemoration of Regina, we boldly profess our nothingness and humbly accept the
Ina’s feast day showcases the grow- misfortunes of our humanity before the graciousness of Mary. We
ing faith of the people along with the realize how much need we have of Mary’s intercession. But most
diversity of the cultural heritage of the importantly, we must know that some hope and good things take
country. These blessings, ultimately, place in us, poor banished children of Eve, because Mary never
we lift up to Ina and graciously share to the world. ignores our cry. Indeed, Mary is a gift to the church—a woman so
Let this year be an inspiration, that our devotion to Ina is not richly blessed among others and full of grace as the Angel Gabriel
only a gift worth remembering but more so, a gift more sharing. announced (Luke 1:28). Hitherto, Mary extends her maternal
Mabuhay! concern for her children and constantly serves as an open vessel
into which God pours His abundant blessings and from which we
ANTONIO “SONNY” F. TRILLANES IV also share. She bears the Son for us, the greatest of all gifts that
Senator the Heavenly Father can offer to men. Thus, particularly among
Bicolanos, if not Filipino Marian devotees, the commemoration
IT is with heartfelt jubilation that I join attributed to Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia is surprisingly gran-
my beloved Bicolanos, devotees, spon- diose and overwhelmingly solemn. This profoundly expresses the
sors, patrons, visitors and spectators in
Bicolanos’ deep gratitude to Mary’s unwavering love and concern
a glorious tradition of religious, cultur-
al and social event that has transcended especially for the needy
many generations, era and borders… This gift should serve as blessings to others too—a gift to share.
the feast of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Our devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary only finds complete mean-
now even more monumental on its ing in making ourselves truly blessings to others too, that is, we make
grand tercentennial celebration. Mary and Jesus readily present to others by the kind of life we live.
If there is one major thing that keeps the We proclaim to the ends of the world how richly blessed are we the
Bicolanos united and proud as one race moment we encounter Jesus and Mary, but most importantly, our
above the rest and over a test of time, it is very own lives, our very own actions should tell the people that
their deeply rooted reverence to Mahal na indeed we, who are touched by the goodness of so loving a Mother,
Ina, Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia. now become bearers of God’s blessings ourselves.
On this tercentenary of our Patron- May we never cease to trust in the intercessions of the Blessed
ess, may we offer our sincerest prayers, lofty intentions, magnani- Mother as we seek everyday God’s favors. Viva Nuestra Señora
mous deeds and supreme thanksgiving as a fitting homage and de Peñafrancia!
adoration to Her as our constant light, shield and consolation.
Let this occasion be also a worthwhile opportunity to strengthen our +NEREO P. ODCHIMAR, DD
vows and relationship with God and Mama Mary as we strive to be- Bishop of Tandag
come better followers, stewards, servants and fellow to one another. CBCP President
There is no obstacle too tough to hurdle, no crisis too serious to
overcome, no summit too high to conquer, no road too arduous to
tread on and no dream too big to make come true if the power of “THERE is need of only one thing”
faith, hope, love and goodness dwell in our hearts. (Lk. 10: 42). This passage is set in
This humble representation takes advantage of this moment of the straightforward way that Jesus
prayerful celebration with renewed fervor and firmer commitment reminded Martha to prioritize the
to be loyal to my oath of office and henceforth make my tenure of
concerns of God over others. At the
service worthy of divine intervention.
Peace and prosperity to all! Viva La Virgen de Nuestra Señora de heart of a disciple’s life and service is
Peñafrancia! the unconditional surrender to the will

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of the Divine Master.
ELMER E. PANOTES The Church of Bicol, in celebrating
Representative the historic moment of the 300th an-
2nd District, Camarines Norte niversary of the devotion to Our Lady
of Peñafrancia, pauses for a moment to
ON behalf of my family and staff, I realize what God has bestowed them
would like to express my solidarity in for more than a third of its history,
observance of Tercentenary of Devo- attempts to acknowledge the immensity of the grace received and
tion of Our Lady of Peñafrancia. asks herself: “How can I repay the Lord for all the good done for
This year’s celebration which is me?”(Psalm 116:12)
dubbed as Tercentenary, highlighted For three years since 2007, we have embarked on a spiritual jour-
from the traditional Traslacion and Flu- ney or pilgrimage of faith rooted in our gratitude to God for the gift
vial Procession, is a fitting occasion that of Ina, the Patroness and Queen of the region. We experienced even
vividly underscores the rich religious more deeply that our love for Ina necessitates an intimacy with her
history and culture of the Bicol Region, Son, Jesus. It is in this articulation of our love for His mother, that
from which can emanate the pride, we come into full circle the munificent love of God.
faith and confidence to take bigger and The people of God in the Archdiocese of Caceres, in communion
bolder strides into the future. with the dioceses of Bicol, are one in answering to our collective voca-
This occasion showcases the strong tion as inheritors of a glorious past, protagonists of the present, and
regional spirit prevailing among the shapers of the future. The gift of devotion handed down to the pres-
Bicolanos, which should serve to remind everyone that we can only ent generation, makes us remember that in 1710, Fr. Miguel Robles
grow and prosper through unity, solidarity and involvement. Only de Covarrubias, has been chosen by God as an instrument for the
when we keep in mind the nobility of our race and the glory of our propagation of the devotion to Our Lady of Peñafrancia. The call to
past, and put our shoulders together can we move forward as one na-
a renewal of life in faith challenges us to cease being passive specta-
tion and people towards the new century and beyond. It is my fervent
hope, therefore, that this momentous occasion will move us towards tors and to rise up as active agents in building up the Kingdom of
closer participation and teamwork in local and national affairs. Let God. Our love for Ina invites us to look further to the next generation
us draw from within ourselves the power, capability and collective by preparing them in and with great hope. In these threefold act of
energy to keep our beloved Philippines on the path of sustainable remembering, renewing, and sharing do we manifest our response
progress. Let us reaffirm the pride and strong devotion we take in our to Jesus’ heed “to choose the better part “(Lk. 10: 43).
religious, historical and cultural heritage and strengthen our ability It is in this spirit that I enjoin everyone to take part in our humble
to unite, to sacrifice and to serve in the best interest of our nation and prayer as one local church in singing Mary’s hymn: “My soul pro-
our people! VIVA LA VIRGEN! VIVA LA VIRGEN! claims the greatness of the Lord” (Lk. 1: 46). Viva la Virgen!


Representative, 1st District of Masbate Archbishop of Caceres