What politics needs most By: CBCP News!

Right to conscientious objectionThe immediate answer is to humanize and Christianize it. Politics all over the world has been at the mercy of man’s baser passions for so long that it now screams to high heavens for its humanization and Christianization.

And this can only mean that it is in dire need of charity. It has to be guided by the requirements of charity, which should not be considered as some kind of drag or hindrance but rather as the perfection and fulfillment of politics. It just cannot be left alone, fully under the power of our passions, brute force and worldly forces. In fact, it can and should be a massive way of sanctification of the people.

Politics ought to be pursued always in charity. It cannot be any other way, since charity is the mother of all virtues and good values. If we want justice, truth and fairness, charity has them all. If we want competence, order, discipline, etc., again charity has them. If we want objectivity, charity has it. And that’s because charity covers all our needs.

Politics, as a human necessity and as a free act of man, is definitely subject to the moral law, and as such, should also have a proper spirituality to animate it. This is a truth of our faith that should never be lost in our mind, and much less, in our culture. The autonomy we enjoy in our politics is never to be taken to mean that God has nothing to do with it.

Politics just cannot be left to the raw forces of our human nature, which has the capability of detaching itself from its creator and his law. It just cannot be subject to the law of the jungle. Without God, politics would be left to our own ideologies, historico-cultural conditions, our own personal hunches of how things ought to be, etc.

The way politics is practiced today, we need nothing less than a revolution, a drastic, radical conversion of heart among our political leaders and the citizenry in general.

We need to redeem politics from being a devil’s game and to recover its true lofty nature and character based on our innate dignity as human persons created in the image and likeness of God, and made children of his.

In many Church teachings, we are reminded that while the technical formation of politicians does not enter into the mission of the Church, the Church has the mission of giving “moral judgment also on things that pertain to the political order, when this is required by the fundament rights of the person and the salvation of souls…using only those means that conform to the Gospel and the good of all, according to the diversity of the times and situations” (Gaudium et Spes 76)

Source: http://www.cbcpnews.com/cbcpnews/?p=82270

socrates fernandez rc vs. darriel villanueva sda debate! (not a debate, it is only a doctrinal friendly discussion)!…

     soc fernandez

My Comment:

For fairness Bro. Daryl Galve sana ipinakita mo yung mga sagot ni Bro Soc. Hindi po ito debate, isa lang itong friendly discussion. Hindi masagot ni Bro. Darriel Villanueva ang mga katanungan ni Bro. Soc sa kanya means yung tamang sagot. Bro. Darriel used the book of Bro. Soc fernandez titled “Argumento Biblico” to the public instead yung sagot ang basahin ay ang question ang binasa tungkol sa sabbath . winning po ang Roman Catholic Church natin sa Religious friendly discussion with other religious denomination na ito. CFD Dipolog organize this event friendly discussion not a debate. Sa plaza magsaysay kiosko, Dipolog City po ito. kasi si Bro. Soc ay gusto may friendly discussion after his bible seminar sa mga catechist. ang daming umaatend mga pastors nang other religious denomination at mga Catholic mismo. Bro. Nicholai M. Luceños, CFD Dipolog…. isa po ako sa mga nagtulong mag abot ang bible gusto basahin ni Bro. Soc Fernandez… Pro Deo Et Ecclesia…

CFD Board of Governors Meeting will be on August 27, 2016 at Asilo Board Room Cebu City…

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In behalf of cfd national office, this is to inform all the BOG 2016-2019 that our board mtng will be held on aug 27, 2016 at asilo board room at 9am. We have reserved 2 private rooms for those who may take overnyt stay at asilo. Breakfast lunch dinner and 2 snacks will be served during d mting. Pls inform the others. Thanks and see you. For the president bro soc this is bro adam. God bless us all.

Bishop to Pacquiao: Don’t use Bible to justify death penalty

BISHOP DAVID

‘The Bible has been used much too often to justify even the most inhuman and ungodly things,”(Bishop David to Pacquiao)

MANILA, Philippines – One of the Catholic Church’s leading Bible scholars, Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, criticized Senator Manny Pacquiao for using the Bible to justify the death penalty during his first privilege speech.

“If Senator Pacquiao is convinced that the death penalty is a useful deterrent for criminality, he is entitled to his personal opinion. His right to express it will be protected in a democracy. But I just wish he didn’t have to justify it using the Bible,” David said in a statement prepared for Church-run Radyo Veritas on Tuesday, August 9.

In his statement, which he sent to Rappler on Tuesday evening, David stressed the need to interpret Scriptures in the proper context, with Jesus as “our criterion and standard for reading the Bible as Word of God.”

The bishop explained, “If we use the Bible as a mere justification for our personal opinions (such as on death penalty) then we might as well return to the morality of slavery, misogyny, death penalty for homosexuals, and the ancient laws of purity and impurity, just because we also have them in the Bible.”

“The Bible has been used much too often to justify even the most inhuman and ungodly things,” he said.

A priest for more than 30 years, David chaired the Commission on Biblical Apostolate of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines from 2009 to 2015.

David, a graduate of the Jesuit-run Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, also holds a doctorate in sacred theology from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.

Born in Betis, Guagua, Pampanga, the 57-year-old David served as auxiliary bishop of San Fernando, Pampanga, from 2006 until Pope Francis named him Caloocan bishop in 2015.

Pacquiao: God ‘is a God of justice’

David issued his statement after Pacquiao on Monday, August 8, cited Bible passages to justify the death penalty.

The senator said Genesis 9: 6, for instance, states: “Whoever sheds human blood, by humans shall their blood be shed; for in the image of God, has God made mankind.”

Pacquiao said, “Having read the Bible on a regular basis, I am convinced that God is not just a God of mercy, but he is also a God of justice.”

Pacquiao is a former Catholic whom David, in 2012, eyed as a potential partner “in promoting the reading of the Bible among Catholics.”

The boxer is now a first-time senator who, as Sarangani representative, was known for his habitual absences in Congress.

Reacting to Pacquiao’s statements on the death penalty, David said that “it is difficult to discuss the Bible with fundamentalists,” or those “who would quote a verse or two from the Scriptures, and not mind the other passages that may not be supportive of their opinion.”

David said: “The Word of God was gradually revealed to us from the Old Testament to the New Testament, culminating with the incarnation of God’s Word in Jesus Christ. We were like children who matured in stages. In Jesus, we’re supposed to see the highest level of maturity of our humanity. He is our criterion and standard for reading the Bible as Word of God.”

Jesus vs stoning to death

David also cited a Bible passage: John 8: 1-11. Here, Jesus said something that stopped scribes and Pharisees from imposing the death penalty on a woman caught in adultery.

Jesus told them, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” In response, the scribes and Pharisees “went away one by one,” the Bible said.

David said: “If Christ were in favor of death penalty, perhaps he would have been the first to cast a stone at the woman caught in adultery in John 8:1-11. Instead of dying for sinners, he would have just killed them all instead.”

He then cited another Bible passage, the popular John 3: 16, and the verse that immediately followed it: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.”

David said, “I am willing to have a discussion with the good senator about the Bible if he is willing and sincere in his effort to understand the Bible as Word of God.”

Read the full Tagalog and English versions of David’s statement below.

Bishop David’s statement in Tagalog:

Mahirap makipag-usap tungkol sa Bibliya sa mga fundamentalista, ‘yung tipong kukuha ng isang linya sa Bibliya pero hindi na papansinin ang ibang linya na salungat sa binanggit.

Ang Salita ng Diyos ay unti-unting nabunyag sa atin mula sa Lumang Tipan hanggang sa Bagong Tipan, hanggang sa magkatawang-tao ang mismong salita ng Diyos kay Kristo. Para tayong mga bata na unti-unting nag-mature. Kay Hesus natin dapat makita ang pinakamataas na antas ng maturity ng ating pagkatao. Siya ang pamantayan natin sa pagbasa sa Bibliya bilang salita ng Diyos.

Kung gagamitin lang natin ang Bibliya bilang depensa o para lang igiit ang mga pansarili nating opinyon, e ‘di ibalik na rin natin ang pang-aalipin (slavery), ang mababang pagtingin sa mga babae, ang death penalty para sa mga bakla, ang mga sinaunang batas tungkol sa malinis at maduming pagkatao? Kasi nasa Bibliya din ang mga iyan? Marami nang gumamit ng Bibliya para sa hindi makataong mga layunin.

Kung sa personal na opinyon ni Senador Pacquiao, ang death penalty ay makatutulong sa pagsugpo ng kriminalidad, karapatan niyang ipahayag ang personal niyang opinyon. Sa demokrasya, irerespeto naman talaga natin ang personal na opinyon ng isa’t isa. Pero sana huwag na lang niyang gamitin ang Bibliya bilang justification.

Kung sang-ayon sa death penalty si Kristo, e ‘di sana binato na rin niya ang babaeng nahuling nakikiapid? E ‘di sana imbes na mamatay para sa mga makasalanan e pinagpapatay na lang niya ang mga makasalanan? ‘Di ba favorite passage ng mga Evangelicals ang John 3:16: “For God so loved the world…? God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world but to save it!”

Willing akong makipag-discuss na personal sa butihing senador tungkol sa Bibliya kung willing din siya at sincere sa pagsusumikap na unawain ang Bibliya bilang salita ng Diyos.

Bishop David’s statement in English:

It is difficult to discuss the Bible with fundamentalists, the type who would quote a verse or two from the Scriptures and not mind the other passages that may not be supportive of their opinion.

The Word of God was gradually revealed to us from the Old Testament to the New Testament, culminating with the incarnation of God’s Word in Jesus Christ. We were like children who matured in stages. In Jesus we’re supposed to see the highest level of maturity of our humanity. He is our criterion and standard for reading the Bible as Word of God.

If we use the Bible as a mere justification for our personal opinions (such as on death penalty) then we might as well return to the morality of slavery, misogyny, death penalty for homosexuals and the ancient laws of purity and impurity, just because we also have them in the Bible. The Bible has been used much too often to justify even the most inhuman and ungodly things.

If Senator Pacquiao is convinced that the death penalty is a useful deterrent for criminality, he is entitled to his personal opinion. His right to express it will be protected in a democracy. But I just wish he didn’t have to justify it using the Bible.

If Christ were in favor of death penalty, perhaps he would have been the first to cast a stone at the woman caught in adultery in John 8:1-11. Instead of dying for sinners, he would have just killed them all instead.

But isn’t John 3:16 a favorite of Evangelicals? “For God so loved the world he gave us his only Son so that all who believe might not perish but might have eternal life. God did not send his Son to the world to condemn the world but that the world might be saved through him.”

I am willing to have a discussion with the good senator about the Bible if he is willing and sincere in his effort to understand the Bible as Word of God.

Source: Rappler.com

CFD MANILA NAGPUPURI SA DIOS SA BINYAG NG SUPLING NG FORMER ANG DATING DAAN [ADD-MCGI] MEMBER!

 

Fr. Jess Malit, SSS of Sta. Cruz Church with Bro. Mike Alcala and his very beautiful wife Sis. Daisy holding their newly baptized daugther. Thanks be to God for freeing the Alcala Family from the poisons of Ang Dating Daan of Eli Soriano.

 

PURIHIN ANG PANGINOON. SALAMAT PO DIOS NA AMING AMA, PANGINOONG JESUS AT ESPIRITONG BANAL.

MAHIGIT ISANG TAON NA SIMULA NG HUMINGI NG TULONG SA CFD MANILA AT KAY FR. ABE SI BRO. MIKE ALCALA DAHIL ANG KANYANG LABIS NA PINAKA-MAMAHAL NA MAYBAHAY AY MIEMBRO NG DATING DAAN NI ELI SORIANO. BAGAMAT MATINDI ANG PAGMAMAHALAN NG MAG-ASAWA ANG PAGKAKAIBA SA RELIHIYON AY NAGDUDULOT NG TENSION SA PAMILYA AT SA KANILANG RELATIONSHIP. CATOLICO SARADO SI BRO. MIKE AT ARDENT ADD NAMAN SI SIS. DAISY. GUSTONG GUSTONG PABINYAGAN SA CATHOLIC CHURCH NI BRO. MIKE ANG KANILANG UNANG ANAK SUBALIT AYAW PUMAYAG NG KANYANG BUTIHING ESPOSA.

DAHIL DITO KINONTAK NI BRO. MIKE SI FR. ABE NA DAGLING TINAWAG PANSIN SI DR. ERIC PADILLA AND THROUGH HIM KINONTAK SI BRO. ALFIE ANGELES NA DATING ADD PREACHER SUBALIT NGAYON AY CATHOLIC SEMINARIAN NA. HININGAN DIN NG TULONG NI FR. ABE SI BRO. DUANE NA KILABOT NG DATING DAAN AT NI ELI SORIANO. PERSONAL NA BUMISITA SI BRO. DUANE SA ALCALA RESIDENCE KASAMA ANG BATANG CFD ASPIRANT NA SI TERRENCE RELUCIO. DAHIL DITO AY NAGKAROON NG PAGKAKATAON SI SIS. DAISY NA MARINIG ANG PALIWANAG AT MGA KASAGUTAN NG IGLESIA CATOLICA BILANG TUGON SA PANINIRA NG MGA ADD. DUMATING ANG PUNTO NA HINDI NA MAKASAGOT ANG ADD MINISTER NI SORIANO AT UMAYAW NANG HUMARAP KAY BRO. DUANE. SI BRO. MIKE AT SI BRO. TERRENCE NA LAMANG ANG KINAUSAP SUBALIT NILAMPASO SIYA SA CHURCH HISTORY NG DALAWA. PINAPASULAT SA ADD MINISTER KUNG PANO NIA MA-TRACE SA HISTORY ANG LINK NG ADD SA FIRST CENTURY CHRISTIANS SUBALIT HINDI MAGAWA. NANG WALA NANG MAISAGOT NAPILITAN ANG ADD MINISTER NA MAG CLAIM NA MAY PROPHECY DAW FOR SORIANO. HA HA HA…

BAGAMAT SA UMPISA, AY MALAKAS ANG KAPIT SA ADD UNTI-UNTING NABUKSAN SA KATOTOHANAN ANG ISIP AT PUSO NI SIS. DAILY. NGAYON AY HINDI NA LAMANG ITO PUSPOS NG PAG-IBIG PARA SA KANYANG MABAIT AT GWAPONG MISTER NA SI BRO. MIKE. ITO RIN AY UNTI-UNTING YUMAKAP SA KATOTOHANAN NG SANTA IGLESIA CATOLICA BILANG SIYANG TUNAY AT IISANG IGLESIANG TATAG NG PANGINOONG JESUS. IN EFFECT, IBINIGAY DIN NI SIS. DAISY HINDI LAMANG ANG KANYANG MATAMIS NA OO KAY BRO. MIKE SA PAG-IISANG DIBDIB IDINAGDAG NIA DITO ANG MASARAP NA ‘OO’ UPANG MABINYAGAN BILANG CATOLICO ANG KANILANG ANAK NA PANGANAY – ANG PRINSESA NG KANILANG TAHANAN.

MASDAN PO NINYO SA FEATURED IMAGE NG POST NA ITO SA TAAS ANG PICTURE NG BINYAG NG KANILANG NAPAKA-GANDANG SUPLING. TIGNAN NIO ANG NAPAKASAYA AT MAALIWALAS NA MGA MUKA NILA MR. AND MISIS MIKE ALCALA. KITANG-KITA ANG SAYA… MALALIM NA KALIGAYAHAN DAHIL BUO NA ANG KANILANG PAMILYA HINDI LAMANG SA PAG-IBIG GAYUNDIN SA PANANAMPALATAYA.

ISANG NAPAKA-GANDANG BIYAYA NG DIOS. ITO AY ISANG MAKASAYSAYANG TAGPO SA HISTORY NG CFD MANILA AT NG APOLOGETIC MINISTRY NI BRO. ALFIE ANGELES, DR. ERIC PADILLA AT BRO. DUANE. HIGIT PANG NAGPAPASAYA SA AMING PUSO AY MISMONG SI REV. FR. JESUS ‘JESS’ MALIT, SSS NG STA. CRUZ CHURCH, ANG CFD MANILA SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR AND THEOLOGICAL ADVISER, ANG SIYANG NAGBINYAG SA BABY NI BRO. MIKE AND SIS. DAISY.

BLESSED BE THE NAME OF THE LORD, NOW AND FOREVER.

PRO DEO ET ECCLESIA!

SOURCE: http://thesplendorofthechurch.com/2016/08/03/cfd-manila-nagpupuri-sa-dios-sa-binyag-ng-supling-ng-former-ang-dating-daan-add-mcgi-member/

Today is the Feast Day of Saint John Mary Vianney! (Patron of priests)

AUGUST 4 – Today is the feast day of St. John Mary Vianney, patron saint of priests. Known also as the Cure d’Ars (priest of Ars), he labored vigorously in his priestly service by praying for the temporal and spiritual welfare of his parishioners and hearing their confessions for hours. His sanctity is so strong, the whole town was morally transformed and the citizens had grown in the practice of religious piety themselves. “We are ashamed to sin since our priest is a saint,” the townsfolk would acclaim. (Source: https://www.facebook.com/katolikongpinoy/)

St. John Mary Vianney, pray for us!

About Him:

Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney, known as John in English, was born May 8, 1786 in Dardilly, France and was baptized the same day. He was the fourth of six children born to Matthieu and Marie Vianney.

John was raised in a Catholic home and the family often helped the poor and housed St. Benedict Joseph Labre when he made his pilgrimage to Rome.

In 1790, when the anticlerical Terror phase of the French Revolution forced priests to work in secrecy or face execution, young Vianney believed the priests were heroes.

He continued to believe in the bravery of priests and received his First Communion catechism instructions in private by two nuns who lost their convents to the Revolution.

At 13-years-old, John made his first communion and prepared for his confirmation in secrecy.

When he was 20-years-old, John was allowed to leave the family farm to learn at a “prsbytery-school” in Écully. There he learned math, history, geography and Latin.

As his education had been disrupted by the French Revolution, he struggled in his studies, particularly with Latin, but worked hard to learn.

In 1802, the Catholic Church was reestablished in France and religious freedom and peace spread throughout the country.

Unfortunately, in 1809, John was drafted into Napoleon Bonaparte’s armies. He had been studying as an ecclesiastical student, which was a protected title and would normally have excepted him from military services, but Napoleon had withdrawn the exemption in some dioceses as he required more soldiers.

Two days into his service, John fell ill and required hospitalization. As his troop continued, he stopped in at a church where he prayed. There he met a young man who volunteered to return him to his group, but instead led him deep into the mountains where military deserters met.

John lived with them for one year and two months. He used the name Jerome Vincent and opened a school for the nearby village of Les Noes’ children.

John remained in Les Noes and hid when gendarmes came in search of deserters until 1810, when deserters were granted amnesty.

Now free, John returned to Écully and resumed his ecclesiastic studies. He attended a minor seminary, Abbe Balley, in 1812 and was eventually ordained a deacon in June 1815.

He joined his heroes as a priest August 12, 1815 in the Couvent des Minimes de Grenoble. His first Mass was celebrated the next day and he was appointed assistant to Balley in Écully.

Three years later, when Balley passed away, Fr. John Vianney was appointed parish priest of the Ars parish. With help from Catherine Lassagne and Benedicta Lerdet, La Providence, a home for girls, was established in Ars.

When he began his priestly duties, Fr. Vianney realized many were either ignorant or indifferent to religion as a result of the French Revolution. Many danced and drank on Sundays or worked in their fields.

Fr. Vianney spent much time in confession and often delivered homilies against blasphemy and dancing. Finally, if parishioners did not give up dancing, he refused them absolution.

He spent 11 to twelve hours each day working to reconcile people with God. In the summer months, he often worked 16-hour days and refused to retire.

His fame spread until people began to travel to him in 1827. Within thirty years, it is said he received up to 20,000 pilgrims each year.

He was deeply devoted to St. Philomena and erected a chapel and shrine in her honor. When he later became deathly ill but miraculously recovered, he attributed his health to St. Philomena’s intercession.

By 1853, Fr. Vianney had attempted to run away from Ars four times, each attempt with the intention of becoming a monk but decided after the final time that it was not to be.

Six years later, he passed away and left behind a legacy of faith and was viewed as the champion of the poor.

On October 3, 1873, Pope Pius IX proclaimed Fr. Vianney as “venerable” and on January 8, 1905, Pope Pius X beatified him. St. John Vianney was canonized on May 31, 1925. His feast day was declared August 9 but it was changed twice before it fell to August 4.

St. John Vianney would often say: “Private prayer is like straw scattered here and there: If you set it on fire, it makes a lot of little flames. But gather these straws into a bundle and light them, and you get a mighty fire, rising like a column into the sky; public prayer is like that.”

Prayer of St. John Vianney

I love You, O my God, and my only desire is to love You until the last breath of my life.
I love You, O my infinitely lovable God, and I would rather die loving You, than live without loving You.
I love You, Lord and the only grace I ask is to love You eternally…
My God, if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love You, I want my heart to repeat it to You as often as I draw breath. (Source: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=399).