IN the end the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) called the grand prayer rally it organized today at the Luneta as “thanksgiving” for the administration’s supposed retreat regarding its charter-change bid. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, for her part, said the rally that had thousands of participants only showed that democracy is alive and well in the Philippines. But just as critics of the administration say charter-change advocates have not really given up and may resurrect Cha-cha anytime, local leaders of the Roman Catholic Church seem as determined to keep vigil over political developments — and act whenever and however they see fit.

At least that is what Lingayen-Dagupan, Pangasinan Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz, D.D. says in his essay “The Church as the People’s Moral Compass” that is the latest piece in i Report‘s current series on political predictions for 2010. Indeed, while a banner behind the religious leaders admonished the people to “watch and pray,” Cruz says the Church cannot keep to the sidelines in times of political and moral turbulence — which, he says, we are in now. Doing so would not only make the Church irrelevant, he says, but also “be tantamount to the betrayal of her commitment of evangelization here and now in view always of the hereafter and beyond.”

“Politics is a human activity,” continues the archbishop, who has also spoken out against the illegal numbers game jueteng and its backers. “Human beings may not divest themselves of moral accountability for their actions. Even politicians may not be above ethical principles, above moral imperatives. Otherwise, politics becomes a vicious and odious social ingredient as it now precisely appears in Philippine life and history.”

Cruz, who was once head of the CBCP, also observes that while politicians — trapos, especially — come and go, the Church is here to stay, to guide and pray for the people.

Read on at pcij.org.

14 Responses to ‘Watch and pray?’

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jay seneca

December 18th, 2006 at 6:01 am

100,000 ONLY instead of predicted 500,000 instead of the expected one million? WHY?
How many people, maybe hundred of thousands are so angry with the rape just done to their country that they were willing to attend the rally to show their anger WHEN ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY WERE TOLD THEY ARE GOING THERE TO PRAY TO SAY THANK YOU because the rapists stopped the rape before their ejaculation. THEY ARE TO PRAY INSTEAD FOR A CHANGE OF CHARACTER OF THE RAPISTS. Who would want to do that except those indirect beneficiaries of past rapes. I will never say thank you for the coitus interruptus of de venicia and his Tongress who’s using gloria’s Viagra to make the rape more prolonged and bloody. May be the bishops are happy that the country is still spread eagled and bleeding and in tears for the next assault.

FRANK AND OUTSPOKEN CARDINAL SIN WERE HE ALIVE WOULD HAVE TOLD THEM THAT EXCEPT FOR A FEW, ALL THE BISHOPS REALLY NEED TO PRAY FOR CHANGE IN THEIR CHARACTERS. THE BISHOPS SHOULD HAVE GONE AGAIN TO MALACANANG INSTEAD FOR A PRAYER LUNCHEON WITH GLORIA. THOSE WHO ASKED FOR PRAYERS INSTEAD OF PUNISHMENTS FOR THE RAPE OF THEIR COUNTRY ARE THE SAME FACES ON TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN. Kawawang bansa.

The unexpectedly small turn out is also indicative of the lack of credibility of the bishops and other political leaders who by their past actions the people know had gradually prepared their country for the assault of rapists.

Gloria is right. Nobody would like to throw the first stone.
Would you ask for punishment of those of your kind?
Would you asked for the blood of your friends and relatives? You are not a Filipino
if you do. That explains why some bloggers are afraid of a revolution. KAWAWANG BANSA.

The problem of the country is genetic. Someway,somehow, sometime, one’s parents or grandparents and relatives
are politicians, PNP and AFP generals, corrupt businessmen, or thieves, or corrupt bureaucrats. What else one is to do but be like them? Mikey, Luli and Dato have no choice.
Bongbong and Imee seemed happy and content about it.
KAWAWANG BANSA.

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jay seneca

December 18th, 2006 at 6:05 am

the rally seemed unsuccessful
because of the failed expected
numbers to swarm the rally.
many reasons may be advanced,
reasons that are as true as
the truth prevailing in the
country.

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jay seneca

December 18th, 2006 at 6:18 am

My Vietnamese lady barber was giving me a haircut. I told her
so many of his people had died
during the last war. Among many
of those who were killed intentionally by the VietCong
were their bad politicians. I told my barber look, Vietnam is
is a ahead and more progressive
now than the Philippines. She
seemed to agree. Cambodia should
be ahead of Vietnam, but Pol Pot
might have killed the wrong people.

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gwaping

December 18th, 2006 at 2:18 pm

AGREE 100% FOR CHA-racter CHAnge!

…but it must start from the CHURCH and CBCP! Stop exploiting the charisma of Bro. Mike, mind you, soon, if he ask for the Presidency you can’t refuse anymore!

Why are the sons of the Bro. Mike and Bro. Eddie in Congress? Why are their respective churches tolerate it when they represent (kuno) the marginalize sectors? Who are marginalized, El Shaddai and JIL? C’mon, c’mon………..

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Leo

December 18th, 2006 at 8:54 pm

Maraming kadahilanan kung bakit pakonti ng pakonti ang mga sumasama sa rally, maging ano man ang paksang diwa na gusto nilang iparating sa kinauukulan. Una, malakas ang kalam ng sikmura, nagugutom ang pamilya ko.. kayod muna ako..saka na ang rally… bukas baka sakali…Yun namang mga panatikong tagasunod ng mga relihiyon ay nagsasawa na rin…akala ko ba kakampi natin ang Diyos,,, bakit hanggang ngayon nandito pa rin tayo.. rally ng rally…. nakakasawa na.. Hindi yata totoong may Diyos… Ilan lamang ito sa mga katotohanang nagdudumilat sa kasalukuyan… unit-unti ng naglalaho ang pag-asa nila sa kanilang kinagisnang paniniwala at ito ay unti unting napapalitan ng pansariling pagnanais na makawala buhat sa tanikala ng paghihikahos, kahit sa ano mang kaparaanan, saka na ang prinisipyo…saka na….

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Ambuot Saimo

December 19th, 2006 at 12:31 am

The main reason the “rally” flops is because Malacanang used their favorite weapon- the now famous CALIBRATED PRE-EMPTIVE RESPONSE (CPR). The other reasons such as the Reds & Muslims Scares, changing of plans or purpose (thanksgivng or rally?), no political statements, placards, etc. are simply corroborative.

This time however, Malacanang did not have to issue any such executive order or directive but simply an ordinary ANNOUNCEMENT from Gloria that they are backing off the Con-Ass-sans-senate Cha-Cha mode when they feel the “heat” after the majority congressmen approved the one-sided House Rules that the people believed as “rape of the constitution”.

That announcement is a clear Calibrated Pre-emptive Response and it worked. In other words, the people felt that when the suspect already confessed to the crime, there’s no need for a trial anymore. Consequently, victims (no matter how aggrieved) and witnesses need not attend.

Once again, Malacanang spin doctors triumphed.

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Ambuot Saimo

December 19th, 2006 at 1:00 am

Sorry… not House Rules but Resolution No. 197: “Resolution Calling All Members of Congress To Propose Amendments to, Or Revision of, the Constitution …” adopted by House of Reprehensibles on December 7, (day of INFAMY) 2006.

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tongue in, anew

December 19th, 2006 at 7:59 am

Ambuot, sayang, I didn’t make it to the Big Apple, wala nang schedule, pero ang sis ko nandiyan na. Mahirap daw ang landing dahil sa zero visibility, totoo ba? They had to stay in Detroit for hours then diverted to NJ.

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joselu

December 19th, 2006 at 7:06 pm

it was a flop because it was lead by “incompitent” characters na bilib sa sarili & use religion for the wrong reasons.
if church people behave & act & talk more like “real” church people then only will they be credible.
Until they sound like politicians only the naive will follow them.
the church will end upo to be our ruin.
filling nila they still leave in the times of “noli” & “fili”
the church the way it is i certainly do not want to be identified w/!!!!!

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Ambuot Saimo

December 20th, 2006 at 12:19 am

Tongue, mahirap paniwalaan pero totoo:
Although not that really cold, Queens County (where most Pinoys are concentrated) has been foggy and poor visibility in the dates Dec. 7 up to about two days ago. And as you know JFK airport is in Queens County. What is surprising is that the 4 others and sorrounding counties did not experience such a phenom. (See, your sis’ flight was diverted to New Jersey which is actually just in the opposite side of Hudson River.) As i’m listening to daily weather forecast, I cannot but think that maybe it’s the nature’s way of PAKIKIRAMAY to the Pinoys as that period coincides with rape of their native land by the people’s representative themselves. Worst is that my used “crystal ball” is also foggy and not giving me anything. I know your “balls” is more accurate in forecasting. Would you mind checking what this really means?

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asher93

December 22nd, 2006 at 4:06 am

I wonder why Catholic Bishops have the time to meddle directly in politics and not have time to settle or focus more on the internal problems of the Church like favoritism in assigning of Parish Priests in Parishes. There is also politics in the Church. There is also the problems of Parish Priests in Metro-Manila, embezzling Church Funds. Many prists enriched themselves by getting more than what they should receive.They should address these problems.

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asher93

December 22nd, 2006 at 5:00 am

Marami talagang nadala na sa pagsama sa mga rallies na organize ng Simbahan dahil
maraming mga obispo dyan akala nila may karisma sila na katulad ng kay Cardinal Sin. Mukhang napilitan lang makisama sa mga kapwa niya obispo si Cardinal Rosales. Kaya naman sa sinabi niya, bukod sa maikli lang, walang sinabing pakikiayon sa mga mapagsamantalang politiko na katulad ni Drilon na nagreklamo kung bakit daw pinaalis ng isang filipinong employee ng US homeland security ang sapatos niya. Lahat naman pala kahit senador dapat dumaan sa ganung proseso.

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asher93

December 22nd, 2006 at 5:05 am

While it is acceptable that Bishops should make a stand regarding issues that confront our society, they should not be remissed in addressing internal problems in the Church such as Priests who enriched themselves by pocketing funds collected from Church goers. Nakakahiya naman kung binabatikos nila mga pagnanakaw sa gobyerno, marami rin palang mga magnanakaw sa Simbahan.

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tongue in, anew

December 23rd, 2006 at 7:37 am

Ambuot,
After I scratched vigorously, my now red near-crystal balls tell me that the Midget will maximize her annual gift-giving, and that of her puppets, too, by telling each recipient to sign the New P.I. or even brazenly ask each one to sign it just before receiving the “gift”.

Paskung-pasko na, survival mode pa rin!

Merry Xmas to you and your family.

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