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MAY 29 - JUNE 11, VOL 21, NO. 11 CBCPMONITOR@AREOPAGUSCOMMUNICATIONS.COM


PROTAGONIST OF TRUTH, PROMOTER OF PEACE

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THE NEWS SUPPLEMENT
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STATEMENT OF THE
MINDANAO BISHOPS
ON MARAWI AND
MARTIAL LAW The Diocesan Social Action Center of Iligan distributes relief supplies to residents of Marawi City who have evacuated to the Maria Cristina Gymnasium in Iligan City, May 28, 2017. SR. JARRIET SIGNAR/CONTRIBUTOR

Cardinal Quevedo slams Bishop cries foul


after mining firm
clears forest in

demonic terror ideology Palawan


THE cutting of thousands of
century-old trees by a mining
company in Palawan has drawn
By Roy Lagarde This is a demonic ideology. have died in Mindanao in the Thousands of poor people are the ire of a Catholic bishop who
The true believers in Islam have hands of the extremists and other trodden under foot and forgotten, urged for action so that it wont
condemned this ideology, and this criminals such as those involved in he added, as the clashes between happen again.
FOR Cardinal violence of terrorism is creating the illegal drug trade. the government troops and the As the countrys last
Orlando Quevedo, the greatest of fear and anxiety in He also lamented the powerful Maute group in Marawi City ecological frontier because of
Mindanao, he said. people who go against the law entered its 8th day.
terrorism has no God. The cardinal made the statement through corruption aggravating Quevedo went further by
its unique biodiversity, Bishop
Socrates Mesiona emphasized
In his strongest statement so on Wednesday, May 31, in his poverty and underdevelopment. invoking God and the Blessed the importance of protecting
far following the terror attack in homily during the canonical The spectre of terrorism, hatred, Mother to reign over our minds the provinces environment
Marawi City, the cardinal stressed coronation of the Nuestra Seora hostility, of prejudices and biases and hearts today. and its remaining natural
that nothing can justify an ideology de Aranzazus image in San Mateo, this spectre of darkness is stalking Let us beg them to bring peace, resources.
that asserts the morality of killing Rizal. our beloved land, said Quevedo, a unity, and integrity to our country. This is a tragedy because
in the name of God. He said that hundreds of people well-known peace advocate. Terror / A7 Mining / A7

CBCP urges senators to junk


death penalty, be heroes of life
Abducted priest pleads for help in video
A WEEK after his They dont ask for
abduction by Islamic anything... they just ask
militants in Marawi City, that you leave this place
a video of Fr. Teresito peacefully.
Chito Suganob We are in the midst
surfaced on Facebook of this war we are asking
on May 30 appealing your help to please give
for President Rodrigo what they are asking
Dutertes help. for, he said.
The priest said the The vicar general of
militants are demanding the Marawi prelature
a stop to the military said that along with him
offensive against them are about 240 more
and for the sake of the hostages, including
prisoners of war. several women and
Lakbay Buhay pilgrims march and other anti-death penalty advocates march toward Mr. President, please children.
the Senate to call on legislators to reject the death penalty, May 24, 2017. NICEFORO
VINCE A. BALBEDINA III
consider us, Suganob Its uncertain when Fr. Teresito Chito Suganob, who was abducted by the Maute group a week ago, is seen in a
said in a cracking voice. Help / A7 screen grab from a Facebook video. CBCPNEWS
THE Catholic Church In a video message, CBCP
appealed to senators to be
heroes of life by voting
President Archbishop
Socrates Villegas enjoins Church appeals for humility in govt-NDF peace talks
against the bill reimposing the senators to stand for
the death penalty in the life and not lose the chance THE Catholic Bishops
country. Penalty / A6 Conference of the
Philippines (CBCP) called
on the government and
the communist rebels to
Solidarity appeal for Marawi launched take bold steps to end the
THE Catholic Churchs affected by the Marawi siege, decades-old armed conflict
social action arm on Monday said Caritas Philippines head in the country.
launched a solidarity Cceres Archbishop Rolando At the same time, the
appeal to dioceses to extend Tria Tirona in a letter to 85 bishops asked for humility
help to people displaced by dioceses and social action as a way of overcoming
by the ongoing clash between directors nationwide. misunderstanding that may
government troops and the The agency has initially crop up.
Maute terrorist group. released Php 300,000 to Do not be afraid to take
The national Caritas support the relief efforts of the bold steps that alone can
is now appealing to your the Diocese of Iligan. bring peace. Intransigence
generosity for any assistance Donations may be sent is not strength. Humility is,
to augment the needs of the to the Caritas Philippines said Archbishop Socrates Philippine government and National Democratic Front peace negotiators meet once more in the town of Noordwijk in the Netherlands,
internally displaced persons Solidarity / A6 Humility / A6 hours before the Duterte administration cancelled the peace negotiations, May 28, 2017. RUBEN MANAHAN/OPAPP
A2 WORLD NEWS May 29 - June 11, Vol 21, No. 11 CBCP Monitor

In Iraq, necessity makes priests


t

Vatican Briefing
become engineers Pope taps Bishop Angelo de Donatis as new Vicar
of Rome
ROME, Italy Priests in Iraq are Christian villages: Badnaya, Karamlesh, us 100 percent security. Its an official The Vatican announced that Bishop Angelo de
helping reconstruct around 13,000 Telleskof, Bakofa and Telkef, located in militia which is paid by Kurdistan. Donatis had been chosen by Pope Francis as the new
homes in the Plain of Nineveh which the eastern part. In Qaraqosh, 6,327 houses of Syrian Vicar of Rome, who will oversee the administrative
have been damaged or destroyed by Fr. Salar Boudagh, another member of Catholics and 400 homes of Syrian Or- needs of the Roman diocese, including its clergy. In
ISIS so that Christians will have a place this initiative, said that $7,000 is need- thodox Christians must be rebuilt. addition to naming him Vicar of Rome, Francis also
to come back to. ed to renovate a lightly damaged home. Fr. Jahola explained that after the named Donatis an archbishop, according to the May
To accomplish this, the Pontifical To restore a burned home costs $25,000 liberation of Qaraqosh from the control 26 Vatican communique on the announcement. He
Foundation Aid to the Church in Need and to reconstruct a totally destroyed of the jihadists, an operation which will be taking over for Cardinal Agostino Vallini, who
(ACN) has created a Commission for the home runs $65,000. took place in November and December has held the position since 2008, under Bene-dict
Reconstruction of Nineveh. We have begun the reconstruction of 2016, 6,000 houses in the city were XVI. Currently also a member of the Council for the
Besides celebrating Mass, the priests of Telleskof and Bakofa, because there photographed. These were divided into Economy established by Pope Francis in 2014, Vallini
also serve as surveyors and obtain damage to the homes is not too serious, sectors and classified according to the previously served as Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura
elec-tric service and materials for the as opposed to what is happening in level of damage. from 2004 until his appointment as Vicar of Rome.
reconstruction of homes. The first Badnaya where 80 percent of the homes There are very damaged or totally (Elise Harris/CNA)
work is being done in places that ISIS are destroyed, the priest said. destroyed homes that would would need
occupied for a short time and where Before the arrival of the Islamic State to be rebuilt from the ground up, burned Pope Francis to nuns: Your joy can change
there is not a lot of material damage. 1,450 families lived in Telleskof, 110 in homes or hit by a missile that can be the world
One of the members of this project is Bakofa, 950 in Badnaya, another 700 in restored, and finally, there are homes Women who are consecrated to God live the
Fr. Georges Jahola, a Syrian Catholic Telkef and 875 in Karamlesh, said Fr. partially damaged the we can renovate prophecy of joy, and this au-thentic joy is their
priest from Qaraqosh. Boudagh, who is also the Vicar General with little means, he said. most credible witness, Pope Francis told leaders
The priest told ACN that here in Iraq of the Chaldean Diocese of Alqosh. When we began we had a team of of the Sis-ter Disciples of the Divine Master on
if the Church doesnt do these things, For these families, the first condition 20 volunteer engineers; now we have Monday. Joy is a beautiful reality in the life of
whos going to do them? We have the to return to their villages is security. 40 and some 2,000 workers ready to many consecrated persons, but it is also a great
capacity to act and do the talking, and The priest emphasized that our area, begin work. Were optimists, since challenge for all of us, he said, adding authentic
also the contacts. the eastern part of the Nineveh Plain, is electric service is slowly being restored joy, not self-referential or complacent, is the most
The reconstruction of the Plain controlled by a Christian security force, throughout the city, Fr. Jahola said. credible witness of a full life, he said May 22. The
of Nineveh includes five Chaldean the Zeravani, who are guaranteeing (CNA) Pope addressed an audi-ence of sisters gathered in
Rome in recent weeks for the 9th General Chapter

US bishop says Trump budget at odds with of the Sister Disciples of the Divine Master. The
general chapter has elected its new superior general
and other leaders. (CNA)

Catholic, American ideals Pope invited by bishops to address the future of


Europe
Pope Francis will deliver his fifth speech on the
LOUISVILLE, Ky. The his friend returning from present and future of Europe during an event organized
former head of the US bishops school with sor-ghum, a grain by the Commission of the European Bishops Con-
decried President Trumps often used to feed US cattle. ferences of the European community (COMECE). The
budget plan, claiming its cuts Attending school, he worked event, titled Rethinking Europe, has been organized
to social services conflict with was able to receive food and by COMECE in collaboration with the Holy See, and
both the Catholic faith and education, and eventually will take place in Rome Oct. 27-29 to mark the 60th
American principles. he received his masters in anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, which laid the
Whether through Social public administration. foundation for the European Union. Pope Francis was
Security, Medicaid, food The programs not only invited to the event during a private meeting he had
stamps or foreign aid, our work, said the archbishop, with the COMECE standing committee on May 16.
nation has recognized that but are part of U.S. history The meeting took place in the after-noon in Domus
our worth is judged by how and serve to affirm the Sanctae Marthae, where Pope Francis lives. (Andrea
we treat the most vul-nerable inherit dignity of the person. Ga-gliarducci/CNA)
among us, Archbishop He expressed hopes that
Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Congress would consider this Pope Francis: Church teaching helps us avoid
Kentucky said in a May 24 and reject the proposal. harm of ideology
Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville at the Pontifical North American College in Rome
article published by Courier- on Oct. 8, 2014. BOHUMIL PETRIK/CNA The budget cut would affect Pope Francis warned that ideologues sow confusion
Journal. both Catholic Relief Services, and division in the Church in the name of false clarity,
The concept is shared do not perform abor-tions. Right now in many an international aid program rather than relying on the Pope, the bish-ops, and
by many religions and has But they lament the decrease developing countries, established in 1943, and Church councils inspired by the Holy Spirit. We are
become part of the ethos of in funding to US charitable hundreds of thousands of kids Catholic Charities, a national human, we are sinners, he said, adding that there are
the United States. programs. get a nutritional meal every day relief program established difficulties even in the Church. Being sinners leads
President Trump issued Our church has always at school Sometimes thats in 1910. The programs rely to humility and drawing closer to God who saves us
2018s budget proposal, The said that we fulfill our the reason they go to school. on funding from private and The Popes words came in his homily at Casa Santa
New Foundation for American responsibility to the poor Its a win-win situation: They public donations. Martha May 19, Vatican Radio re-ports. He reflected
Greatness, on Tuesday. The not only through personal get fed, and they get educated. A budget cut for the next 10 on the Council of Jerusalem of 49 A.D., recounted in
proposal would defund many charity, but also through They benefit. Their country years will decrease funding the Acts of the Apostles, which rejected claims that
aid pro-grams benefiting our support for just govern- benefits. to national welfare programs gentile converts to Christiani-ty would have to be
the poor, the environment, mental policies, Archbishop He continued to give the by over $270 billion and $72 circumcised. (CNA)
and the foreign aid, drawing Kurtz said. example of Thomas Awiapo, billion to disability programs
out-cry from organizations The work of these agencies who went to school solely in order to prepare for the Benedict XVI praises Cardinal Sarah as great
like Catholic Charities and to serve the most vulnerable because he was hungry. increase in national defense. spiritual teacher
Catholic relief services. people depends on both Receiving an education, he Included in the proposal is In an afterword to a book on silence and prayer
The budget proposes 4.1 private contributions and now works at Cath-olic Relief an additional $54 billion to recently authored by Cardinal Robert Sarah, Benedict
trillion dollars for 2018, with public support. Services providing similar US military funding and $2.7 XVI praised the prelate as a spiritual model given the
budget cuts expected to affect Archbishop Kurtz, who relief to other children. billion to immigration control. depth of his interior life, saying the liturgy is safe in
nearly $19 billion in global served as president of the After his father died, Military funding will have his hands. Cardinal Sarah is a spiritual teacher, who
aid according to Reuters. U.S. Bishops Conference Awiapo was forced to live a total of $639 billion. Over speaks out of the depths of silence with the Lord, out
Catholic leaders have from 2013-2016, discussed with his extended family. The $44 billion will go towards of his interior union with him, and thus really has
applauded that federal the benefits of foreign aid, family was already struggling the Department of Homeland something to say to each one of us, Benedict XVI
funding will be redirected especially to schools which with food, including family Security and nearly $28 said. The emeritus Pope added that we ought to be
from Planned Parenthood to provide both food and members who died from billion to the Department of grateful to Pope Francis for his 2014 appointment of
womens health centers that education. malnutrition. He then saw Justice. (CNA) Cardinal Sarah as prefect of the Congregation of Divine

Four religions in Korea unite for migrants


Worship and the Discipline of the Sac-raments. (Elise
Harris/CNA)

No research justifies the use of human embryos,


Pope Francis says
Pope Francis said that there is no outcome that can
justify the use or destruc-tion of embryos for scientific
purposes even for the commendable cause of trying
to help those suffering from incurable diseases.
Some branches of re-search, in fact, utilize human
embryos, inevitably causing their destruction. But we
know that no ends, even noble in themselves, such
as a predicted utili-ty for science, for other human
beings or for society, can justify the destruc-tion of
human embryos, he said May 18. Pope Francis spoke
during a meet-ing at the Vatican with people affected
by a rare and incurable genetic brain disorder called
Huntingtons disease, along with their families and
caretakers. (CNA)

Pope to ambassadors: Work for peace amid


complex global conflicts
Pope Francis received the credentials of six new
ambassadors to the Holy See on May 18, telling them
Father Simon Lee Sang-min speaks at the Solidarity of Four Religions for the Human Rights of Migrants press conference held in front of Jogye-sa Buddhist temple in Seoul
to work for the common good and support peace
on May 17. THE CATHOLIC TIMES OF KOREA ef-forts that lessen tensions given the complexity
of the global climate. The in-ternational scene is at
SEOUL, South Korea An inter- Even during the presidential ac-tion based on racial discrimination present marked by great complexity, nor is it free of
religious group in Korea has asked election campaign, the candidates should be banned and punished, they dark clouds, the Pope said. This situation, he added,
the new government to ensure the did give any attention to the two added. requires a greater awareness of the approaches
protection of migrants and ban racial million migrants in Korea. Given Father Simon Lee Sang-min, and actions needed to pursue the path of peace and
discrimina-tion. that even the basic hu-man rights secretary of the bishops Committee to lessen tensions. Francis spoke to ambassadors
Solidarity of Four Religions for the of migrants are not guaranteed, for the Pas-toral Care of Migrants and Ms. Zhanar Aitzhan of Kazakhstan; Ms. Aichetou
Human Rights of Migrants held a we should take care of them by Foreign Residents Living in Korea Mint MHaiham of Mauritania; Mr. Ramesh Prasad
press conference on May 17 in front establishing concrete policies, they said, Most mi-grants left their native Khanal of Nepal; Mr. Boubacar Boureima of Niger;
of Jogye-sa Buddhist temple in Seoul. said in a statement. countries due to external pressure Mr. Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman of Sudan and Mr.
Com-posed of Buddhists, Catholics, The group called on people to raise and not because they chose to. The Colin Michael Connelly of Trinidad and Tobago.
Protestants and Won Buddhists, they awareness of the problem, report cases new government should introduce (Elise Harris/CNA)
have been campaigning against racial of rights infringement and to pray for policies to safeguard their basic
discrimination. an improvement in the situation. Any rights. (UCAN)
CBCP Monitor May 29 - June 11, Vol 21, No. 11 A3

What bishops did to revive the Angelus


TWELVE members of the a religious habit but also Mayugba (Ilokano); Anicetos being aired daily
Catholic Bishops Conference a cultural practice among Borongan Bishop Crispin by Pampanga radio stations.
of the Philippines (CBCP) re- Filipino Catholics. Varquez (Waray-Waray); Tantingco revealed that
cently recorded the Angelus By reviving it, we hope Imus Bishop Reynaldo the current Kalookan bishop
in eight of the most widely- to see more youths coming Evangelista (Tagalog); helped HAU launch the
spoken Philippine dialects home early instead of staying Legaspi Bishop Joel Kapampan-gan Angelus
in a bid to reintroduce the out late, and more families Baylon (Bikol); project in 2012 and facilitate
once-popular family prayer praying together, added Surigao Bishop Antonieto the bishops recording
to todays Filipino Catholics Tantingco. Cabajog (Cebuano); sessions during breaks at the
as well as promote regional The prelates recorded the Marawi Bishop Edwin de last CBCP plenary session.
culture. prayer in the languages of la Pea (Cebuano); He added that compact-
The Angelus project aims their respective dioceses as Paraaque Jesse disc copies of the recordings
to revive the habit of families part of the Centers campaign Mercado (Tagalog); whose CD jacket features two
and communities to stop to promote local culture Baguio Bishop Victor paint-ings by Kapampangan
all ac-tivity by nightfall and through the use of regional Bendico (English); and artist Romi Mananquil of
pray together, shared Robby languages. Kalookan Bishop Pablo Filipino families praying the
Tantingco, director of Holy The participating prelates Virgilio David (Tagalog) Angelus, have been sent to
Angel University (HAU)s were: the participating prelates
Center for Kapampangan Cebu Archbishop Jose David, who once served and radio stations in their
Studies (CKS), which oversaw Palma, (Cebuano); as Auxiliary Bishop of San regions.
the record-ing during the San Carlos Bishop Fernando in Pampanga, also According to Tantingco,
CBCP plenary session at Gerardo Alminaza, record-ed a Kapampangan HAU has also partnered with
the Pope Pius XII Center in (Hiligaynon); version of the prayer in Church-run radio station
Manila in January. Masbate Bishop Jose addition to that of San Radio Veritas. major Catholic advocacy to wear saints costumes
He explained that the Bantolo (Masbateo); Fernando Archbishop The Angelus project after Catholic Halloween instead of attires depict-ing
Angelus used to be not only Laoag Bishop Renato Emeritus Paciano B. is the Universitys second which encourages children evil creatures. (CBCPNews)

Bishop tells students: Seminarian who once saved the Eucharist from ISIS
returns a priest
Studies first, love later KARAMLESH, Iraq Martin Baani
was just 24 years old when he risked
Sacrament in my hands, he told
the pontifical foundation Aid to the
from Iraq but I have decided to stay.
I love Jesus and I dont want our
A CATHOLIC bishop reminded his life as a seminarian to rescue Church in Need. history to disappear.
students to focus on their studies the Blessed Sacrament from the Despite threats from ISIS, Baani Almost a year later, following the
and leave relation-ship out of their imminent invasion of Islamic State chose to stay in Iraq instead of liberation of the villages of the Plain
minds, saying that it will come terrorists in his hometown. fleeing with his fami-ly to the United of Nineveh from ISIS control, Fr.
eventually. Now, he is returning to his native States. He continued his studies at Banni confirmed his decision to stay
Bishop Roberto Mallari, former village as a priest, ready to serve the Saint Peters Seminary in Erbil, the in Iraq in order to serve my people
vice chairman of the CBCP people through the Eucharist. capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. and our Church.
Commission on Youth, said that On August 6, 2014, Baani received In September 2016, Baani was Now I am happy to celebrate
there is no need to rush and what a call from a friend who warned ordained a priest along with six Holy Mass in Iraq, he said.
is more important is to complete that a nearby vil-lage had fallen other men. Aid to the Church in Need has
their studies. into the hands of ISIS, and that his Around 500 people attended the currently planned the reconstruction
It is best that they leave hometown of Karamlesh would be ordination, which was presided over of about 13,000 Christian homes
courtships and relationships as next. by the Patri-arch of the Chaldean that were destroyed by ISIS.
they may not be able to fin-ish their Baani promptly headed to the San Catholic Church, Louis Raphael Several weeks ago, the foundation
studies, Mallari said. Addai church and took the Blessed Sako. held an olive tree ceremony where
With only around two weeks to Sacrament, to prevent the jihadists A few months before his they deliv-ered an olive plant to
go before the opening of classes, the Bishop Roberto Mallari of San Jose in Nueva Ecija from desecrating it. That day, he ordination, Baani told Aid to the the homeowners of 105 Christian
prelate also urged the students to get fled in a car along with his pastor, Church in Need: Every day I go to homes in the villages of Bar-tella,
away from vices and unnecessary The bishop also said that Fr. Thabet and three other priests. the refugee camps to accompany the Karmalesh and Qaraqosh as a
luxury. prioritizing studies would be a I was the last one to leave families. We are Christian refugees. symbol of peace and reconciliation.
Mallari stressed that the school good way to show gratitude to God Karamlesh, with the Blessed ISIS wants to eliminate Christianity (CNA)
provides them opportunities to and their parents who love and care
learn and become better citizens. for them. How the Mini Pope moved the hearts of pilgrims at Fatima
Its an opportunity to be We hope that they will really
enriched as a person and we hope understand that this (parents love) FATIMA, Portugal The after the birth she could he was to be discharged, of dressing him up like
every student shall un-derstand is also Gods way of expressing photo of a baby dressed not see her baby. They Diego again had a severe Pope Francis. They both
the importance of being in school His love for them said Mallari. up as the pope at the had to immediately reversal and was returned searched the Internet for
everyday, he added. (CBCPNews) Fatima Shrine rocked resuscitate him and take to intensive care. At that a pattern that would be
social media during Pope him away to the intensive time, Carla asked Pope easy to make and the
Francis pilgrimage to care unit, she said. Francis to intercede for grandmother sewed the

Indian politician suggests


Portugal for the centenary The little one had her son and promised that outfit.
of the apparitions of the trouble breathing. None of when the pontiff went to To complete the
Virgin Mary. the doctors could explain Fatima on May 12-13, she ensamble, Carla put
ransom fund for kidnapped But what many do not
know is the moving story
why he was struggling to
breathe so much, said
would bring the baby to
the shrine.
around his neck a rosary
that Pope Emeritus Bene-

Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil behind this tender picture.


Diego Guerreiro is
from the Portuguese city
Carla, who has another
seven-year-old son.
She said that Diego
On Thursday May 11,
they arrived at Fatima and
spent the night in their car
dict XVI gave to the babys
father when he was at the
Fatima Shrine as part of
NEW DELHI, India A member by unknown militants, making of Pinhal Novo, located was in the Santa Maria in order to go to the Shrine the securi-ty detail of the
of Indias Legislative Assembly it difficult for Indian officials to some 25 miles from Hospital for 76 days, at 8:00 a.m. the following pontiff.
is encouraging the Church to broker an agreement. the capital, Lisbon. He where he experienced day. They got a place Diego is still having
raise money for the release of In ransom videos, Fr. Tom was born prematurely both many improvements near the security barrier problems, with his mother
kidnapped priest Father Tom has said that the governments at 33 weeks, weighed and setbacks in his health. installed along the route saying actually he can
Uzhunnalil, claiming a need for response to his abduction has three pounds eleven The baby spent half that where the popemobile faint at any mo-ment.
concrete action beyond prayer. been poor. ounces and measured time in ne-onatal intensive would pass. Meanwhile, she remains
Legislative member P.C. The most recent video was 16 inches. care with respiratory For this occasion, steadfast and alert to help
George expressed concern that posted last month. It shows Speaking to Tvi24, his assistance. the mother and the her son when needed.
prayer and words are the only the priest sitting cross-legged mother Carla said that The evening of the day grandmother had the idea (CNA)
action taken to release Fr. Tom, with a cardboard sign dated
and said the terrorists only
want money.
April 15, 2017 and speaking
slowly to the camera.
The murder case of Blessed Oscar Romero has been reopened
The Catholic Church should Similar to previous videos, SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador A
take initiative to raise the fund he expressed a need to be nearly 40 year-old murder case
to pay as ransom to them, he hospitalized soon and that his was reopened this week to properly
said, according to Manorama health was deteriorating. Fr. prosecute the suspected killer
on May 27. Tom appears to be thin with behind the Salvadorian archbish-
The legislator said he would an unkempt beard. A member ops martyrdom.
be willing to donate money, of Indias Legislative Assembly Because of an amnesty law that
and suggested local churches is encouraging the Church to prohibited the prosecution of
set aside a particular collection raise money for the release of criminal acts stem-ming from the
to raise the money necessary kidnapped priest Father Tom El Salvador Civil War, the alleged
for the freedom of priest, who Uzhunnalil, claiming a need for murderer of Archbishop Oscar
was kidnapped last year by concrete action beyond prayer. Romero was never convicted of any
terrorists while serving the George and Vijayan insisted crime. The law was lifted last year by
poor in Yemen.Georges words that serious steps be taken, and the coun-trys constitutional court,
followed a similar call to action called on the government and Archbishop Oscaro Romero with young people in El Salvador in this undated file photo. ARZOBISPADO DE
reopening cases from 1980 to 1992. SAN SALVADOR
from Kerela chief minister Church to be more responsive. Judge Ricardo Chicas reopened
Pinarayi Vijayan a day before. Vijayan, however, explained the case on Thursday and ordered repression, leading to death squads friend and teacher to the archbishop
Vijayan emphasized the serious the difficulty in intervening that charges be sought against and forced disappearances. Pro- was gunned down by military forces
nature of kidnapping and the within Yemens affairs, currently the main suspect, whose case was government forces fought against on the way to Mass. Before he died
need to speed up the process characterized by violence, and dismissed in 1993 because of the left-wing guerilla groups from 1979 in 1980, 30 priests in his archdiocese
of his rescue. said it may be necessary to amnesty law. to 1992. were either murdered or expelled
I will directly request Prime involve the United Nations. Alvaro Rafael Saravia was a The El Salvadoran Civil War from the state, and many more lay
Minister to speed up efforts The Yemen civil war began soldier and is the main suspect claimed an estimated 75,000 lives faithful were subject to the same fate.
for his rescue during our next in March 2015 when Sunni-led tied to a right-wing death squad before a peace agreement was Investigation into Archbishop
meeting in New Delhi, he government was challenged by who killed the priest at a hospital established in 1992. Romeros canonization officially
said, according to the Deccan Shia rebels. Creating a power in San Salvador. Blessed Romero Many of the clergy spoke against opened in 1993, but was delayed
Chronicle, adding that little vacuum, the war allowed Al- was killed while saying mass at the El Salvadors inhumane practices, until the early 2000s because
interest has been shown so far Qaeda and the Islamic State hospitals chapel. The archbishop and many Catho-lic leaders faced of complex politics and false
to hasten the process. to have a greater foothold in was well known for preaching backlash once they denounced reports. In January of 2015, the
Fr. Tom is an Indian priest the country. Military factions against the countrys poverty and the government. Blessed Romero Congregation for the Causes of
who was kidnapped last year from Saudi Arabia have also corruption from the pulpit. especially decried both the social Saints unanimously recognized the
during a raid on a house of been involved. According to Social and economic inequality of injustices which heavily oppressed priest as martyr due to the hatred
the Missionaries of Charity in the United Nations, more than the 1970s resulted in demonstrations the poor and the militarys towards the faith identified within
Yemen, which left four nuns 6,000 people have been killed. and rebel-lions against the El oppressive tactics. the act, and Pope Francis approved
dead. The attack was carried out (CNA) Salvador government. The protests Blessed Romero became for the beatification a month later.
were encountered by gov-ernment exceedingly outspoken once a close (CNA)
A4 OPINION May 29 - June 11, Vol 21, No. 11 CBCP Monitor

EDITORIAL

Martial law and terrorism


ALTHOUGH it may said that President Rodrigo Duterte had an
inkling of declaring martial rule early on to solve the countrys
pressing problems, it was because of the terroristic act of the
Maute group that he placed in haste the entire Mindanao under
martial law.
Everybody condemns terrorism. In the words of Mindanao
Catholic bishops, In the strongest terms we condemn terrorism
in its various forms. It is an ideology that is totally against the
tenets of any religion of peace. Especially so when terrorism is
perpetrated while our Muslim brothers and sisters are preparing
for the holy month of Ramadhan. Terrorism distorts and falsifies
the true meaning of any religion.
The majority of the Senators and, presumably, the majority
of the population support the decision of President Duterte
to declare Martial Law in response to the Marawi crisis. Most
netizens, or mostly those who have not experienced the Marcos
rule, have no second thoughts about martial law. For them what

ILLUSTRATION BY BLADIMER USI


is important is a once-and-for-all solution to the protracted
Mindanao conflict. At this point in time, many believe that
martial law is the only answer to local terrorism. For now, it
does not matter that the root cause of the conflict in Mindanao
lurks in social injustice, poverty and, to quote Pope Francis, in
ideology that masquerades as religion.
Despite safeguards guaranteed by the 1987 Constitution,
however, not a few have questioned the legitimacy and efficacy
of declaring Martial Law. The Catholic bishops of Mindanao in
a statement signed by Cardinal Orlando Quevedo have raised
Family spirituality and Living Mission
several questions, too. But the answers to many questions, they
say, are speculative. We have many fears. But at present we
pastoral mercy Fr. James H. Kroeger, MM
simply do not have solid and sufficient facts to absolutely reject
the declaration of Martial Law as morally reprehensible. But
we are certainly agreed that Martial Law must be temporary.
We shall condemn any abuse of Martial Law and as in the past CHAPTER eight of The Joy of Love, a pastoral approach toward people sexuality can be experienced as a sharing
will condemn it outright if it goes in the way of evil, so said the Accompanying, Discerning and who have contracted a civil marriage, in the full life of the resurrection (317).
bishops. Integrating Weakness, has elicited who are divorced and remarried, or The pope encourages family prayer
The only rub is, history do have many answers even to forward- much comment; it deals with Church simply living together, the Church [as] a special way of expressing and
looking questions. Even without mentioning Ferdinand Marcos, pastoral situations which do not yet or has the responsibility of helping them strengthening the faith (318). All
Sr., who seems to be the idol of the present dispensation, other no longer correspond to her teaching understand the divine pedagogy of family life is a shepherding in mercy.
countries tell of history where absolute rule has become worse on marriage (292), e.g. cohabitation, grace in their lives and offering them Each of us, by our love and care, leaves
than pockets of terrorism. Terrorism pales in comparison the divorced and civilly remarried, their assistance so they can reach the fullness a mark on the life of others (322).
with the devastation that absolute military might has plagued acceptance within the Church. of Gods plan for them, something It is a profound spiritual experience
humanity. Pray tell that there are no dictators in the making out This modest reflection cannot respond which is always possible by the power to contemplate our loved ones with
there, or else even Congress and other democratic institutions to the many, diverse pastoral questions of the Holy Spirit (297). the eyes of God and to see Christ in
will not be able to withstand--as in the past. that arise (consider reading The Joy Thus, Francis sees the Churchs task in them. Our loved ones merit our
of Love for yourself). Only some of such cases as acting like a field hospital complete attention. This gives rise
Pope Francis pastoral guidelines are which will serve and accompany with to a tenderness which can stir in the
What to do with the new techs? presented. attention and care the weakest of her other the joy of being loved. Tenderness
Francis recommends that we children, who show signs of a wounded is expressed in a particular way by
ITS a question many people are asking nowadays. Some are
follow the logic of pastoral mercy and troubled love (291). Undoubtedly, exercising loving care in treating the
worried of the undeniable peripheral damage it has caused on
(307-312), employing the principle the key for Pope Francis is pastoral limitations of the other (323).
many people, especially the young. We cannot deny that forms
of addiction, of wasting time, of exposing users to moral dangers, of gradualness in pastoral care mercy (307). Conclusion. In the final paragraph
are appearing. These problems should be addressed promptly (293-295) and the discernment of Spirituality of Marriage and Francis affirms: No family drops
and drastically. irregular situations (296-300). Such Family. In the ninth and concluding down from heaven perfectly formed;
Others are also worried that some people condemn these new sensitive approaches are needed, since chapter of The Joy of Love, Pope Francis families need constantly to grow and
technologies as pure, unmitigated evil, and so they shy away from we know that no easy recipes exist notes that the spirituality of family love mature in their ability to love. This
them completely and tell others to do likewise. This position is (298) for such greatly diverse marital is made up of thousands of small but real is a never-ending vocation. Let us
not realistic. Its a cowardly attitude akin to the ostrichs defense and family situations that exist in the gestures; indeed, the Lords presence make this journey as families, let us
of burying its head in the sand when a predator comes. world today. dwells in real and concrete families, with keep walking together. Holy Family
Obviously, both groups have their valid reasons which should Need for Pastoral Sensitivity. all their daily troubles and struggles, of Nazareth, grant that our families
be given due consideration. But I think the main thing to do is As for the way of dealing with different joys and hopes (315). Authentic too may be places of communion and
to develop the sense and skill of using these new technologies irregular situations [several were spirituality becomes incarnate in the prayer, authentic schools of the Gospel
properly. This to me translates into how to achieve a sober and noted earlier], the Synod Fathers communion of the family (316). and small domestic churches (325).
intelligent use of these technologies. reached a general consensus, which I For Francis, everything, all moments Holy Family of Nazareth, we turn to you;
Yes, we have to avoid plunging into these modern wonders [Pope Francis] support: In considering of joy, relaxation, celebration, and even guide our path; pray for us!
guided only by our instincts, curiosities and the intoxicating
fascination for novelties. This attitude has no other end than
disaster. We need to discipline these elements and put them Worship in an age
under the direction of our reason enlightened ultimately by faith, And Thats The Truth
hope and charity.
In practical terms, we have to see to it that we have a clear Teresa R. Tunay, OCDS of distractions
and valid reason for using these technologies. And ultimately, Part 2
the clear and valid motive for using these techs is nothing other
than giving glory to God and serving others. If we are not aware
and driven by these motives, we would be pursuing things badly. SO, why are these young free will clung to that faith or authorities to provide Unfortunately, no one is
The understandable spontaneous reaction of curiosity and people being attracted and live it with conviction. convincing answers that will available to assure them that
interest once we discover and explore these technologies should to worship styles and In fact, we are happy to know establish the relevance of heartfelt participation in the
immediately be reined in. Its always worthwhile to practice some Eucharistic celebrations of a number who have even their religion in their lives. Holy Eucharist itself could
restraint and moderation in their use so as not to be dominated that differ from those they become apologists in their My parents are always open the door to the answers
and led by mere blind impulses and urges. I would say that this have grown up in? Lest own right, fiercely defending fighting; why cant we have they seek.
is part of what Christ said about having to deny oneself and carry we be accused of making the Catholic faith in their divorce in this country? Young people are attracted
the cross if we have to follow him. (cfr. Mt 16,24)
sweeping generalizations, blogs and in social media in They say God is good, so by witness. When they hear
Part of this self-restraint and moderation is to be contented
let it be known at this point general. But not all young why does he allow war to go others sharing about their
with what we already have unless we have good reason to explore
that when we say young Catholics have been blessed on and innocent children faith experiences stemming
into what we may consider as new territories. Theres such thing
as disciplining and even controlling our unhinged curiosities that people, we are not referring with sound catechism from to die needlessly? Some from their struggles they
can lead us to unnecessary complications in life. to ALL young people but only their elders, or privileged to young people arrive late come to believe they are
This attitude and action is never an infringement of our to those typified in the three join and be inspired by World for Sunday Mass, sit in the not alone in theirs. They
freedom and our rights, as some people would claim. We can also instances mentioned in Part Youth Day activities. back, and chat away the hour see others testimonies as
freely deny ourselves when we realize that there is a higher good 1 of this series. Thanks be to Young people have (unmindful of the homily concrete evidence of Gods
that we have to be more interested in pursuing and protecting. God we have countless other questions about life in and the consecration), presence in our lives; it gives
Freedom is never just a function of following our instincts, young people who have come general and religion and sincerely think they them a sense of belonging
feelings and ideas alone. It is essentially a function of following to embrace the faith of their in particular. And often have fulfilled their weekly and strengthens their own
the commandments of God who, in the first place, is the author birth, who have out of their there are not enough elders obligation as Catholics. And Thats the Truth / A7
of our freedom.
And if we follow by that rule, then our new technologies should
be used for Gods glory that is translated into loving him and Well always have Candidly Speaking
loving everyone. They are not meant simply to feed our own
interests. the poor Fr. Roy Cimagala

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The Church and Along the Way


By the Roadside martial law Fr. Amado L. Picardal, CSsR, STD
Fr. Eutiquio Euly Belizar, Jr. SThD

THE Catholic Church in the


Philippines is no stranger to Martial
the declaration of Martial Law in
Minadanao in lieu of a more collective
the Church should not stop bringing
its politician sons and daughters to Martial Law
Law. From 1972 till 1986 she, like the statement from the CBCP. account and to the summons of the
rest of the nation, went through what It is clear that the grave situation Good News of justice and peace, by Finally, President Duterte Majority of the senators
most thinking Pinoys consider among of peril and crisis in Marawi and way of silent lobby, if need be, or by has declared martial law in and representatives have
the dark years of their history, mainly a desire to prevent their spillover way of proclaiming the Word to their Mindanao after threatening expressed their support
because of the death of democracy into other parts of Mindanao or the constituents, the voters. to do so several times since for martial law and did not
under one-man rule. The clampdown Visayas or Luzon are foremost in Above all, the Church especially last year. He said he is convene as a joint body
on the opposition considered enemies their minds. Or perhaps the existence after Vatican II and PCP II have thinking of extending it to as commanded by the
of the state that included politicians, of the 1987 Philippine Constitution a lot of things to live by, such Visayas or even to the whole Constitution to discuss and
students, farmers, ordinary citizens safeguards (continuing operation of as being a sign and instrument country. There is no doubt debate the validity of the
purportedly to save the Republic the three branches of government, of Communion, Community he will do it once he finds an martial law declaration. This
from ruin resulted in countless the power of review by Congress or of Disciples or Church of the excuse. Apparently, this is can send the signal that the
disappearances, detentions, tortures, the Supreme Court) have softened Poor constantly being threatened what he has always wanted president can freely expand
summary executions and other human for them the notion of martial rule by our destructive partisan and to do which is consistent with martial law over the whole
rights abuses of prominent and under the present circumstances. personality-oriented politics, not to the only leadership style he country unopposed. He has
nameless citizens. But a dose of caution is always a fruit say by the scandalous gulf between knows - autocratic. This is the vowed to defy the Supreme
No wonder, many members of the of acting by Cardinal Sins stance. our rich and our poor, by the onset model used by tyrants and Court should it rule against
clergy and lay faithful, particularly We could collaborate when the State of terrorism and EJKs as well as by dictators including his idols martial law. In the absence
the generations that saw by close uses Martial Law to achieve its the seemingly insatiable corruption - Hitler and Marcos. of check and balance, the
up and experienced Martial rule on legitimate ends, such as the security and criminality in our systems Was declaring martial law country is sliding into another
a daily basis, took the presidents and safety of citizens, respect for and and structures of government and in Mindanao (with a land area dictatorship.
declaration with plenty of wariness protection of human rights despite the society. In a word, the Churchs very of 105,000 sq km) necessary This president behaves as
and trepidation. After all, the current existence of crisis, and the return to nature compels her to be involved when the only place affected if he is above the law - that
president has, in a number of times, normalcy (democratic not autocratic in urging both the Martial Law was Marawi City (land area he is the law. He has ignored
unabashedly declared his admiration life, that is). But the Church must apparatus supporters and its critics 33 square km)? The Maute the rule of law, and human
for the first Filipino president to also turn critical when Martial to turn away from sin in their group which expressed rights, which has led to
declare Martial Law over the whole Law becomes again an instrument decisions, structures and programs allegiance to ISIS does not extrajudicial killings of over
country, even characterizing those of repression and abuse of power as well as to follow the ways of the even have a sizable force 10,000 people, mostly users
years as very good. as well as a convenient cover-up Gospel. and mass base. What has and majority of them from
Yes, it is not as if Martial Law came for inefficiency in government (like After all, it is the radical demands been happening is neither a the lower class. He promised
to us as a surprise. The president, on failure of intelligence) or a lack of of that same Gospel that really point rebellion nor an invasion. It that the killings will continue
previous occasions, has been thinking effective programs to resolve poverty to real peace and harmony among was a PNP/AFP operation to and will reach 50,000. He
out loud through the media, seemingly and social injustice, the twin roots of the majority Christians and yes even arrest ASG Isnilon Hapilon threatened to behead human
testing the waters, of bringing his rebellion and social unrest. with rebels and terrorists. Or do we that had gone awry and rights advocates. These are
anti-drug, anti-crime, anti-corruption The hierarchy has always been need to be reminded by St John Paul which transmogrified into not empty threats or jokes.
agenda to its inevitable date with encouraging the lay faithful to II that Jesus, in becoming human, the hostage-taking of Fr. Meanwhile, peace
what he considers a tool to save the actualize in the fields of politics, has become one with every human Chito Suganob together with negotiations with the NDF
country from destruction: Martial economics, culture, and sciences the being, regardless of race, gender or some parishioners and the have been suspended as the
rule. We in the Church cannot say we values of the Gospel. Unfortunately religion (Redemptor Hominis, no. burning of the cathedral CPP ordered the NPA to step
were not forewarned. I believe our in the Philippines political interests 13)? Or should we continue to have and other buildings to evade up its tactical offensive as
experiences with the first Martial rule and the basic drive to survive in power the message of the Lady of Fatima capture. The report that the a response to martial law.
had a few lessons we can and should exert more influence in the decisions that we pray and do penance for hospital of Amay Pakpak The MILF is still waiting for
never do without. Or we could repeat and actions of its leaders than the fellow sinners fall on deaf ears, firstly was taken over was false, so the implementation of the
the horrors of yesteryears. Gospel. We see it in politicians our own? was the supposed beheading peace agreement. Unless this
For instance, His Eminence Jaime reactions to the declaration. Again the Martial Law is not the Savior; Jesus of the chief of police. These is implemented, the armed
Cardinal Sins critical collaboration Church in the Philippines is deeply, Christ is. Hence, the Church cannot were cited as part of the conflict will persist and drive
stance still rings and brings some and sadly, aware of this reality. Yet, but proclaim Jesus Christ to everyone, justification for martial law. more Muslims to the side of
relevance today. Some bishops rather than give in to the pressure inside and outside of Martial Law The Secretary of National the more radical and extremist
have already supported publicly of leaving things well enough alone, premises. Defense denied that he Moro groups like the BIFF and
recommended the declaration Maute. Martial law cannot
martial law, admitting later solve the Mindanao problem.
Is martial law on that the situation can As in the past, the Church
Duc in Altum be resolved even without remains the only institution
the answer? Atty. Aurora A. Santiago
martial law. It appeared
that the president made the
that can stand up against
this autocratic rule. Will it
decision to declare martial continue to do so? Can the
law all over Mindanao while new CBCP leadership that
he was far away in Moscow, will be elected and soon take
ON May 23, 2017, while *** etc. Answer? Many agrees and lacking due consultation and over have the courage to be
on a state visit to Russia, Article VII, Section 18 The 1987 Constitution justifies the declaration of deliberation. Meanwhile, prophetic in this dark period
President Rodrigo Roa of the 1987 Constitution puts a limit to the authority martial law in Mindanao; there is a humanitarian crisis of our history as a nation?
Duterte signed Proclamation authorizes the President, as of the President: (1) Martial others disagree, fearing as thousands of families have Will the clergy, religious, and
No. 216 declaring martial the Commander-in-Chief law shall not exceed 60 for another Marcos Martial fled their burning city that lay people overcome fear and
law in Mindanao. Earlier of all armed forces of the days; (2) Within 48 hours, Law. As citizens of this has been bombed. Meanwhile apathy and speak out?
that day, the Muslim Philippines, to suspend the proclamation should be country, we are not privy the PNP chief is echoing We who survived and
extremists Maute Group the privilege of the writ transmitted to Congress; (3) to intelligence reports and the presidents story that struggled to end the Marcos
were hoisting, flying and of habeas corpus or place If not in session, Congress classified information. the Maute group is being dictatorial rule cried out:
waving in several areas of the Philippines or any part shall, within 24 hours Only the Office of the supported not just by ISIS Never Again! Will this be an
Marawi City, in Lanao del thereof under martial law, following such proclamation President and the Armed but also by drug lords. empty wish?
Sur, the flags of foreign for a period not exceeding or suspension, convene in Forces of the Philippines
terrorist organization ISIS 60 days. He may call the accordance with its rules have accessed to such data.
(Islamic State of Iraq and
Syria). The incident caused
armed forces to prevent or
suppress lawless violence,
without any need of a call.
(4) Congress, voting jointly,
We may not see what they
see; we may not know what Pitik-Bulag
the loss of many innocent invasion or rebellion. by a majority vote of all its they know. I therefore Fr. Wilfredo Samson, SJ
lives, burning of homes, The present Constitution Members in regular or special submit to the Statement of
government and private protects the citizens from session, may revoke such the Mindanao Bishops led
facilities and buildings, abuses of martial law. Those proclamation or suspension; by His Eminence Orlando
taking over a hospital and provisions are not present (5) The Supreme Court may Cardinal Quevedo, O.M.I.,
establishing several check
points within the City. They
in the 1971 Constitution, the
basis of Proclamation 1081,
review the proclamation in
an appropriate proceedings
Archbishop of Cotabato.
Next to the President and
Are you serious?
inflicted casualties on the Martial Law Circa 1972. filed by any citizen, and the military, the Mindanao IM one of the immediate driver will tell you that the
part of government forces Was there invasion or must promulgate its decision Bishops are literally on supporters when LTRFB rosary hanging at the center
and private sector, causing rebellion? Yes. Invasion within 30 days from filing. the forefront and know banned the use of cellphones of the windshield is hindering
thousands of residents to flee is a military offensive in (6) Upon the initiative of what it is happening in the while driving. It is indeed road visibility. In fact, the
the area. The Proclamation which combatants of the President, Congress may grounds. Our Mindanao necessary to eliminate rosary and the religious
stated that aside from the one geopolitical entity extend such proclamation or Bishops said: The answers vehicular accidents caused images may even remind
existence of sedition and aggressively enter a territory suspension for a period to to many questions are by texting or calling while them to be more careful in
rebellion, there was a series controlled by another entity be determined by Congress, speculative. We have driving. Kudos to LTRFB! driving. Think before talking.
of violent acts committed by with the objective of either if the invasion or rebellion many fears. But at present But I raised my eyebrows in Pray before making a decision.
the Maute terrorist group conquering, liberating or shall persist and public we simply do not have disgust when they included With the rosary in front of
such as the attack on the reestablishing control or safety requires it. solid and sufficient facts the banning of rosaries me while driving, it may
military outpost in Butig, authority over a territory Another limitation is that to absolutely reject the and other small religious even stop me from cursing
Lanao del Sur in February forcing the partition of it does not suspend the declaration of Martial Law articles near windshields and your office, LTRFB for not
2016, killing and wounding a country, altering the operation of the Constitution, as morally reprehensible. dashboards. Reason: they doing anything to address the
several soldiers, and the established government. nor supplant the functioning But we (are) certainly distract the drivers view while worsening traffic situation in
mass jailbreak in Marawi Yes, there is also rebellion. of the civil courts or agreed that Martial Law driving. Are you serious? Do our cities. I admire your effort
City in August 2016, freeing Sections 134 and 135 of The legislative assemblies, nor must be temporary. you know what youre talking to make our roads safer, but
their arrested comrades and Revised Penal Code provide authorize the conferment Let us therefore be calm about? Where are you coming please prioritize your work.
other detainees. that there is rebellion when: of jurisdiction on military but let us not be complacent. from? What is your basis? There are far more urgent
Bishop Edwin dela Pea there is public uprising, courts and agencies over Let us be ready to condemn Did you go through a serious things to be done, like strict
of the Prelature of Marawi taking arms against the civilians where civil courts abuses but let us respect the evaluation to reach a well- implementation of traffic
stated that the Maute Group government for the purpose are able to function, nor authorities. Let us pray that discerned decision? Do you rules, employing better traffic
forced their way to the of removing allegiance to the automatically suspend the the government will be able have concrete data and studies enforcers, clearing roads of
Cathedral of Our Lady Help government the territory of privilege of the writ which to suppress terrorism and to support your decision? illegally parked vehicles and
of Christians, burned the the Philippines, or depriving shall apply only to persons rebellion so that Martial Law Unlike the alarming accidents vendors, and fixing busted
Cathedral and the Bishops the Chief Executive or judicially charged for may be lifted the soonest caused by cellphones, which traffic lights. Do these urgent
Residence, took hostage Legislature any or their rebellion or offenses inherent time possible, for the good of have been documented and things--and all of us will be
of Fr. Teresito Chito powers and prerogative, in or directly connected with everyone. Let us be vigilant proven the world over, we happy. But please dont waste
Suganob (Vicar General of destroying property or the invasion. During the but let us not forget to pray dont have valid and urgent your time banning those little
Marawi), the church staff committing serious violence. suspension of the privilege for peace not only in Marawi reasons to ban rosaries and holy things in our cars. And by
and church goers, who Malacaang disclosed that of the writ, any person thus City and Mindanao but also other religious articles in our the way, I have been driving
were then attending the there were foreigners who arrested or detained shall in the whole Philippines. cars. for the past twenty years
Novena Mass preparatory were killed in the encounter. be judicially charged within Our Mindanao Bishops urge I admire your desire to now, I dont find the rosary
to the celebration of the News reports alleged that the three days, otherwise he us: Together let us pursue minimize vehicular accidents, and the small holy image on
feast of their patron saint, Maute Group is now joined shall be released. what leads to peace. Let us but youre barking at the my dashboard a hindrance to
and used them as human by other unlawful elements *** pray for peace and work for wrong tree. You missed the my driving. Not at all. For it
shields. like Abu Sayaf, Bangsamoro, Is Martial Law really the peace. mark a hundred miles! No means a lot to me.
A6 LOCAL NEWS May 29 - June 11, Vol 21, No. 11 CBCP Monitor

CBCP denies approving ban Church exec hits Dutertes rejection


of rosaries on dashboards
of EU aid as short-sighted
AN official of the Catholic Duterte dared the EU
Churchs social action arm and United States to
has criticized President withdraw financial aid to
Rodrigo Duterte and said his the Philippines if they are
decision to stop development against his bloody drug war.
assistance from the European A Malacaang official
Union would be short sighted confirmed that the
and irresponsible. government will no longer
Caritas Philippines receive up to P13.85 billion
Executive Secretary Fr. grants from EU.
Edwin Gariguez urged Presidential Spokesperson
Duterte to rethink his Ernesto Abella said the
decision to avoid unintended country will reject foreign
consequences that are aid with conditions that
detrimental to the poor and may interfere the countrys
vulnerable groups. internal policies.
THE Catholic Bishops question.
The Duterte admin is just detrimental to the welfare killings. The Caritas official called on
Conference of the Philippines Following mixed reactions
too fanatically engrossed on and interest of the poor, like EU Ambassador to Manila Duterte to think of his fellow
has denied it approved the from motorists, the priest
war on drugs, hating every this decision not to accept EU Franz Jessen earlier said that Mindanaoans who may be
ban of rosaries and other urged the authorities to first
institution that questions it, aid, he said. the trade with Europe may more at risk from his decision.
religious items on car iron out the confusions of
Gariguez said. The EU has repeatedly be affected if the Duterte What is more at stake
dashboards because of safety the law.
This short sightedness criticized Dutertes war on administration would ignore is the big billions of aid
concerns. He said the LTFRB should
is echoed even in making drugs and even called for an warnings on human rights for the poor, especially in
In fact, CBCP Secretary also consider the cultural and
foreign or economic international investigation violations. Mindanao, Gariguez said.
General Fr. Marvin Mejia religious traditions of the
policy which is extremely into the alleged extrajudicial In October last year, (CBCPNews)
said he was told by the Land Filipinos before fully enforcing
Transportation Franchising a law aimed at removing
and Regulatory Board
that there will be no total
distractions for drivers.
For me, personally, they
Heeding Gods call: Accountant, nurse among Davaos new priests
prohibition of religious should review it to address DAVAO City They have made an oath before entering the Holy Apostles Senior of the Perpetual Rosary in Cabantian,
items in vehicles. the many concerns related to to become good professionals, as an Seminary in Manila where he finished Davao City.
He admitted being the safety of the motorists, accountant and as a nurse, but things his theological studies. I only share with the bishops
consulted through phone he said. have turned out differently as they made Calumpon followed in the footsteps of priesthood. Without him, I will not
call by LTFRB spokesperson For her part, Atty. Aurora another vow follow Jesus. his elder brother, Fr. Jade Calumpong, be ordained, Jardin said referring to
Aileen Lizada yesterday about Santiago, former president of Two new priests from the Archdiocese who is a senior priest in Davao del Sur Valles.
the implementation of a 2014 the Council of the Laity in the of Davao have chosen to leave heir under the Diocese of Digos.
policy on sacred symbols Philippines, said that the ban professions in order to enter the seminary Today, Calumpong is already serving 2 more servants in Davao
but there was no talks about may violate the constitutional and train themselves in the academic and as director of the San Lorenzo College of Aside from the two, there are also two
approval or something. right to freedom of religion. spiritual rigors of priestly life. Davao, an archdiocesan school. new priests who began to share in the
Who are we? Mejia I will not remove my Our new priests are good example bishops priesthood last April.
said, adding that he has yet rosary. Now if they will of those who have already worked and A nurse turned priest Fr. Christopher Alcayde and Fr. Matt
to relay to the bishops the question me, Ill tell them practiced their profession. Theres a big Fr. Jeus Jardin started his journey Bernard Quiao were classmates in St.
information he received from that its not a distraction but possibility that you may also be called to in the priesthood when he entered the Francis Xavier College Seminary in
the LTFRB. I rather feel safe, Santiago serve as priests, said St. Francis Xavier College Seminary Catalunan Grande, both graduating in
We were even assured that said over Church-run Radio Archbishop of Davao Romulo G. but left after being advised to go out 2010.
there would be no prohibition Veritas. Valles during the rites of ordination and experience the world outside the Alcayde studied theology at the nearby
of religious items inside the One of the practices of held on separate dates, noting how those seminary walls. St. Francis Xavier Regional Major
car as long as it does not our Catholic faith is to pray who are already professionals can still He was in his fourth year in Philosophy Seminary while Quiao was sent to study
impede the drivers line of the rosary so they cant be called by God to serve Him in the when he decided to pursue a degree theology at the University of Navarra in
sight, he said. But how prohibit that, she said. priesthood. outside the seminary. Jardin graduated Spain, and was ordained deacon before
to determine it? Thats the (CBCPNews) from nursing, eventually practicing returning to Davao City for his diaconal
A priest, a CPA as a professional nurse. Not only that, program.

Priests urged to help in Fr. Emman Calumpong, a CPA,


received the gift of priesthood on May
6, at his home parish, the Ascension
he went on to higher studies, paving
the way for him to become a clinical
instructor, teaching aspiring nurses.
Both ordained by Valles, Alcayde
was ordained on April 24 at his home
parish in San Isidro Labrador Parish

anti-smoking drive of the Lord Parish in this city, the first


ordination in the 15 years of the parishs
It was in 2010 when he applied to
go back to the seminary and was sent
in Lumondao, Davao City, while Quiao
was ordained April 26, at the Our Lady
existence. to finish Philosophy at the University of Fatima Parish in Davao City.
A Church official called on smoking ban. The priest had previously served of Navarra in Spain where he was also The four new priests celebrated their
priests to actively help in the If parish priests would like as an accountant under the Chancery ordained a deacon in 2016. thanksgiving Mass at the San Pedro
campaign against smoking to do it, they can initiate. But of the Archdiocese of Davao and as a He was ordained to the priesthood on Cathedral in Davao City on May 17. (John
in their own parishes as the its not imposed on them, senior accountant of an accounting firm April 22 at the Shrine of the Our Lady Frances Fuentes/CBCPNews)
government orders a public he said.
ban on smoking. President Rodrigo Duterte Penalty / A1
Fr. Jerome Secillano, recently signed the executive
executive secretary of the order banning the use of to be protectors of Gods gift. to be heroes when they voted to restore provinces including Cebu, Tacloban,
bishops public affairs tobacco, including electronic To our senators, we entrust in your the death penalty, said Villegas. Borongan, Catarman, Sorsogon, Naga,
committee, said the Church cigarettes in public places, hands the opportunity to become the The archbishop reiterated that killing Gumaca, Lucena, San Pablo, Lipa and
has a role to play to protect including church grounds, heroes of life, said Villegas, who is also a person is unacceptable regardless Imus before reaching Metro Manila.
the health of the parishioners. nationwide. the archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan. of the seriousness of the crime of the The pilgrimage for life ended on
Parishes would have The policy also prohibits Stand up (for your principles). Dont condemned. May 24 at the Senate where they asked
to constantly remind anyone under 18 from using, waste the chance given to all of you. If a person guilty of a crime or the senators to reject the proposed
parishioners about the law buying, and selling cigarettes Stand up for life, he said. innocent is killed, its called the same measure.
and ban smoking within or tobacco products. The video was played Sunday, May thing killed. So thou shall not kill, The bishops National Secretariat
church premises, Secillano Its a good law. It has 20 to hundreds of crowd gathered at according to Pope Francis, pertains to for Social Action (Nassa), one of the
said. health and environmental the University of Santo Tomas for the the guilty and to the innocent, he said. organizers of the caravan, clarified that
The priest suggested that benefits. Lets hope that it Lakbay Buhay pilgrims. And its more inadmissible, Villegas the initiative was only to demonstrate
parishes can also put up will be strictly implemented, A Mass was, presided over by added, if the one responsible for the their stand against death penalty and
posters and tarpaulins to Secillano said. (Max Kalookan Bishop Virgilio Pablo David, killing is the peoples own government. not against President Duterte.
remind the faithful about the Rempillo/Intern, DLSU) along with Manila Auxiliary Bishop The church leader also thanked This is not anti-Digong (Duterte) or
Broderick Pabillo and several other the lay people and the clergy who anything. This is a stand against death
Candidly Speaking / A4 priests. supported the pilgrims and the 21-day penalty, said Fr. Edwin Gariguez,
The CBCP head lamented how cross country pilgrimage. Nassa executive secretary. This is
relation to God, the Creator, supernatural needs. lawmakers in the Lower House ignored The 15 core pilgrims from various regardless of party affiliation.
these aspects have no other We somehow should to defend the sanctify of life and stand sectors arrived in Manila last Friday The intention of this mobilization
way but to get into trouble. follow the example of Mary, up for heroism when they approved after a 16-day caravan march from is really to bring the message to the
Not that by making God that woman who brought the capital punishment two months ago. Cagayan de Oro City. senators that they need not support the
the ultimate need, there the precious ointment Our congressmen lost a great chance They traversed at least 13 cities and death penalty, he said. (CBCPNews)
will be less concern for the to Christ, in the sense of
material, economic and other giving Christ the best that Solidarity / A1
human needs we have. Quite we have, whether material,
the contrary. Our concern moral or spiritual. account at the Bank of needs to be done as he Gariguez said. ensure that the good plan
for them would in fact be That would show how Philippine Islands (BPI): emphasizes the need to aid He said they have been for the communities is done
enhanced. much we love him. And CBCP Caritas Filipinas the evacuees. coordinating with the Diocese properly, in fast pace, and
We have to be wary of by loving him, we would Foundation, Inc. with account Food, clean water, of Iligan where thousands effectively, Balderama said.
certain currents of thought know how to love the others number 4951-0071- 08. blankets, sleeping mats, and of displaced families from He added that emergency
that, no matter how subtly properly, a love that can go Other dioceses Mindanao other essentials remain the Marawi City have evacuated. and recovery responses often
done, tend to put into conflict all the way, without being have also started helping the top priorities, he said. Caritas, along with fail because of unfamiliarity
our material and natural afraid of any sacrifices Prelature of Marawi assist the other humanitarian aid to local cultures and political
needs with our spiritual and involved. displaced families. Localization of organizations, have earlier dynamics.
Thousands of families have humanitarian work renewed their commitment He also said that only 0.2
Humility / A1 been displaced from Marawi The agency earlier said it to strengthen and empower percent of aid is channeled
City and are now staying at is looking at improving the stakeholders. directly to national and local
Villegas, CBCP President. the peace talks, Villegas different evacuation centers localization of humanitarian The groups cited the actors for humanitarian work,
That one has stood ones said the Church remains in ligan City and in nearby response particularly strengths of stakeholders, while the bulk of funding
ground is not necessarily optimistic that a positive towns. for those affected by the especially community-based goes to the United Nations
the best that can be said of outcome will be achieved in The archbishop said ongoing strife in Southern organizations, in knowing agencies and the national
anyone. That he has sown the negotiations. a Caritas Philippines Philippines. better the local context and government.
the seeds of peace is to say of Reflecting on the assessment team has been Fr. Edwin Gariguez, ability to work with local The appeal is for at least
a person that he is blessed! despondent apostles who deployed to Mindanao this executive secretary of governments. 25 percent of funding will be
he said. were calmed by the peace of week to further check on the Caritas Philippines, said that Lets give it back to local coursed through the national
The bishops made the Christs resurrection, Villegas needs of those affected. localization will deliver more stakeholders the planning and local non-government
appeal on May 23, four days said Peace ignited that Caritas Manila has also appropriate, cost-efficient, and decision-making on organizations as long as a
before the government called charity in their hearts that sent an initial Php 500,000 and accountable aid. how use the aid for the system for transparency and
off the peace negotiations made them share everything and 100 cavans of rice to We really see that community, said Benedict accountability are in place,
with the National Democratic in common. Peace built augment the Iligan dioceses important role of not just the Balderama of the Partnership he said. (Niceforo Vince
Front (NDF). the community. Peace can relief operations. big orgnizations but primarily of Philippine Support Service Balbedina with reports
While many people do still rebuild our nation! Marawi Bishop Edwin the local communities in Agencies. from Max Rempillo/
not have high hopes about (CBCPNews) Dela Pea said much more responding to emergencies, Lets strengthen them to CBCPNews)
CBCP Monitor May 29 - June 11, Vol 21, No. 11 DIOCESAN NEWS A7

Fire guts Cebu Franciscan house OFWs deserve better protection


CBCP official
BALANGA, Bataan The overseas
Filipino workers (OFWs) deserve to
get the support and protection they
deserve for their sacrifices and for
their contributions to the Philippine
economy, a Catholic bishop said.
Bishop Ruperto Santos, chairman
of the Churchs Commission on
Migrants and Itinerant People, said
the OFWs are not just modern day
heroes but our blessings.
To show our gratitude to them
is to protect them and to promote
their rights and dignity, Santos
said.
The Postulancy House of the Custody of St. Anthony of Padua located at Franciscan Renewal Center (FRC) To value their labors is to take care
in Minglanilla, Cebu City is turned to rubble after a fire guts the building on May 17, 2017. FR. NEIL BADILLO
of remittances that this remittances
will not be stolen, corrupted and
CEBU City A fire broke out on May OFM, secretary for formation and
misused for non essential or non
17 razing the Postulancy House of studies, Fr. Arturo Daquilanea OFM,
existent government projects, he
the Custody of St. Anthony of Padua Custos, Superior of the Franciscans
said.
located at Franciscan Renewal in the Visayas and Mindanao, has
Cash remittances from OFWs OFWs in Hong Kong. FILE PHOTO
Center (FRC) in Minglanilla in this decided to postpone the reporting
reached their highest monthly level
city. of incoming postulants from the last
in March with $7.71 billion, up by for skilled Filipino workers abroad. With their sacrifices they uplift
Neighbors and firemen helped week of May to the first week of July
8.1 % compared to the same period Bishop Santos said this manifests our economy and build up our
extinguish the fire but saved almost 2017 because of the incident.
last year. that the OFWs sustain and support image as honest, hardworking and
nothing from the mostly wooden Badillo hopes that a new structure
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas the country. They are the best, our trustworthy Filipinos, he said.
building. No one was hurt in the will soon be built in the area.
attributed the increase in outstanding Filipinos in the world, (Niceforo Vince A. Balbedina
incident. However, he said, the Custody has
remittances to the strong demand he added. III, CSJL intern/CBCPNews)
The tragedy occurred at 3:00 no standby contingency funds for
a.m. when 2 formator-residents, 2 such nature. And Thats the Truth / A4
postulants, and 4 guest-friars who The Custody through its Custos
had just finished a month-long retreat appeals for support and assistance faith. Young people who that appeals to young heard of megaphones. understood sacraments
in preparation for solemn vows were from the local and international are not active in the parish hearts somehow they are Understandably too self- and mouthing formulaic
out for an overnight outing. fraternities after the incident. (Carl but have only the Sunday saying, We understand absorbed to recognize the prayers in adolescence,
According to Fr. Neil Badillo Jaime Bordeos/CBCPNews) Mass to count on for this you guys, youre ok, were reality of mysteries, they they ask for something
feeling of belonging to ok, so lets be happysee still need to be shown more. The occasional
the flock want to hear you next Sunday! besides the preachy religious retreats and
Rosary ban legally baseless priest powerful witnessing from
the pulpit. What a pity if
Young people want
a religion that works
door to holinessa
walkable path that
recollections in school
some young people
SORSOGON Amid an uproar defined in Section 4 of RA 10913: they are ready to listen but helping them in practical might now seem too experience may spur them
because of a ban on rosaries and Using a mobile the homily disappoints. ways in their daily lives. pragmatic but may in the on to seek beyond their
other religious objects on rear- communications device to Young people crave They expect proofs long run lead them to childish religiosity. Its so
view mirrors and dashboards write, send, or read a text-based affirmation. In spite of that the gospel is useful Jesus as well. Could this sad that they do not know
on vehicles, a priest declared communication or to make or their braggadocio and in meeting 21st century be what those how to what they are looking
that such a announcement has receive calls, and other similar maybe an occasional needs. They have not be truly rich talks offer, forthey just feel a lack,
no legal basis. acts; and smart aleck comment lived long enough to packaged with the Holy a void in their worship,
The newly promulgated Using an electronic about not needing religion realize that the gospel Mass? and feel certain that they
Republic Act 10913, or the Anti- entertainment or computing or God to be happy, they is relevant in and for all Young people want something more.
Distracted Driving Law (ADDL), device to play games, watch secretly want a nod from times. Born in an age of believe it or notwant a Whats even sadder is if
that took effect on May 18, does movies, surf the internet, elders that they are okay technological advances deepening of their faith. the parish is caught in
not explicitly mention rosaries, compose messages, read as they are, and that and surrounded by its Their battle cry would complacency that renders
pointed out Fr. Philippe Andrew e-books, perform calculations, they need not be broken, attention-grabbing be After this, what? its leaders numb to the
Gallanosa, JCL, chair of the and other similar acts remolded, straightened gadgets and gizmos, the After dutifully fulfilling cry of the young people.
Sorsogon Diocese Commission out, or made over to be average young person religious obligations since Clueless and left on their
on Media for Evangelization. Drivers: focus on driving accepted. Perhaps this may find it hard to the day they learned to own, they in all likelihood
In fact, nowhere in all six In line with this, Gallanosa is why the evangelical connect to the message kneel down and clasp their will turn to the likes of
pages of the Anti-Distracted discouraged the public from service attracts young Jesus delivered when hands at bedtime, after Deepak Chopra.
Driving Law is it mentioned that multi-tasking. peopleby using music people had not even partaking of the dimly- (To be continued)
rosaries are banned, stressed While Filipinos may consider
Terror / A1
the priest. themselves multi-taskers,
The supposed ban on rosaries especially the millennials
Let them be the queen and the king Marawi Bishop Edwin Angot dela as they called for public vigilance
cannot be anchored in any other who study, watch TV, listen
of our minds and hearts, the king Pea said he remains hopeful that against abuses.
part of the law other than from to music, and surf on social
and queen of our families, he said. Suganob and other hostages will be Speaking for Mindanao bishops,
these eight words of RA 10913 media all at the same time while
Quevedo also called on the released soon. Quevedo of Cotabato said that
Section 5, a: with the line of working on their assignments,
faithful to help the thousands of He said the y have alre ady while they acknowledged the
sight of the drivers. he said, studies have shown
families displaced by the ongoing requested assistance from questions against the military rule,
According to the canon lawyer, that our brains actually cannot
siege in Marawi, especially the intermediaries who may be able to the answers to it are speculative.
good legal thinking says that multitask.
children traumatized by the convince the militants to free the We shall condemn any abuse of
what is not expressly prohibited, That is why it still better
violence. hostages. martial law and as in the past will
is not prohibited. for drivers to focus on driving,
Service is needed in the poor of The prelate was at the outskirts of condemn it outright if it goes in
period! the priest stressed.
your own neighborhood, and Our the city when the clash erupted. He the way of evil. Let us be vigilant,
Prohibited devices
Lady and her son, are calling us to was supposed to go to Marawi on Quevedo said in a pastoral guidance
Citing Section 3 (e) of RA God-fearing, life-loving
help them in any way that we can. that day but I was asked to cancel issued on May 26.
10913, Gallanosa enumerated driver
The bell that hung in the thorn my trip because of the siege. We have many fears. But at
prohibited devices as follows: We welcome ADDL as a
bush is calling us, he said. The Catholic Bishops Conference present we simply do not have solid
mobile communications law which seeks to safeguard
of the Philippines (CBCP) also and sufficient facts to absolutely
devices everyone on the road and,
Islamic State called on Filipinos to pray for all reject the declaration of Martial
electronic communications as law-abiding citizens, we
The fighting broke out between the hostages. Law as morally reprehensible,
equipment will endeavor to follow it.
government troops and the Maute Archbishop Socrates Villegas, he said.
cellular phones But I have never read studies
group, which pledged allegiance to CBCP President, asked the The bishops exhorted the faithful
wireless telephones showing that rosaries in the
the Islamic State, last May 23. government to ensure the safety to be remain calm in the midst of
two-way radio transceivers rear-view mirror may have
The militants also adducted a Fr. of the hostages as they pursue the martial law and cooperate with
pagers and other contributed to vehicular
Teresito Chito Suganob, the vicar militants. the authority, and not to provoke
similar devices capable of accidents, he said.
general of Marawi prelature, and As the government forces violent reaction.
transmitting, receiving, or To the contrary, it is my
several civilians, mostly Christians. ensure that the law is upheld, we As of press time, Malacaang
both, of encrypted data and/ personal experience that the
The terrorists also set on fire beg of them to make the safety said the death toll in the crisis has
or signals through wireless rosary, or the small statue of
the St. Mary Catholic Cathedral, of the hostages a primordial reached 104, including 65 from the
electronic or any other similar the Santo Nio or of Mother
the bishops residence, and other consideration, Villegas said. militant group and 20 government
means Mary, actually helped me
government structures. casualties.
The general manager of Good become a more responsible, God-
On the same day, President Vigilance Civilian deaths also remain at
News Sorsogon Foundation fearing, and life-loving driver,
Rodrigo Duterte imposed martial The Mindanao bishops said they 19, including eight workers who
Inc. also cited the laws ban on Gallanosa attested. (Fr. Mickey
law across the entire Mindanao are not against the martial law but were found dead in the outskirts
the illegal use of such devices as Cardenas/CBCPNews)
region to quell security threats. said it must only be temporary of Marawi.

Mining / A1 Help / A1

Palawan is the last frontier so we The prelate then lauded the the video was taken but it the relentless military was more worried now received a call in the
hope that our environment will be unity among the people and local shows Suganob standing offensive will just put the because the terrorists are evening of May 23 from
protected, especially the century- officials who fought to protect the in the midst of destroyed lives of the hostages at using their captives. a militant who only
old trees, Mesiona said over Manila environment. houses and vehicles. risk because the militants They seem to be introduced himself as
archdiocese-run Radio Veritas. Its a good thing that the people The video, showing are ready to die for their cornered so they use a member of the ISIS
Thousands of trees in Brookes themselves who led the fight because Suganob wearing a black religion. Father Chito, De la and demanded for a
Point town were cut just days after they realized that the environment shirt and trousers, first Mr. President, you Pea told the Inquirer by unilateral ceasefire.
former Environment Secretary is really important, he said. surfaced on the Facebook cant use force and phone. They want a ceasefire
Gina Lopez was rejected by the My instruction to our Social account of a certain violence because they This is the most critical and for the military to
Commission on Appointments. Action Director is to do whatever Datumasa Khalid. have the commitment part of Father Chitos give them access out of
Lopez, who took to Facebook in we can to help the people because Mr. President, if they will die for this, he captivity, this is the most Marawi. Otherwise, they
exposing the massacre, accused we see the initiative thats really you want me to kneel said as the militarys fight difficult time for all the will kill the hostages, he
the Ipilan Nickel Corp. of cutting coming from the public, he added. before you just to knock against members of the captives, he said. said.
trees without a permit and Local officials are also planning your heart in favor of Maute group entered the De la Pea earlier said In social media,
protected area clearance. to sue the mining company and our families who are 7th day. that the extremists have there are several
The former Cabinet official said demand for the cancellation of crying out there in Marawi Bishop Edwin threatened to kill their comments saying that
the cutting of trees will affect the firms environmental plan different places, for our de la Pea, who saw the hostages if the military in the video recording
3,000 hectares of agricultural land permit and a mineral sharing relatives we will do video, confirmed that the offensive against them Suganob may have been
and 30,000 people in at least five agreement with the government. that, he said. priest was Suganob. continues. dictated under duress.
barangays. (CBCPNews) He also warned that The prelate said he The prelate said he (CBCPNews)
A8 PEOPLE, FACTS, AND PLACES May 29 - June 11, Vol 21, No. 11 CBCP Monitor

Pope names new bishop of Batanes


POPE Francis has appointed This will be the first time that that he had just visited the
Fr. Danilo Ulep as the new I will be uprooted in my native place for the first time late last
bishop of the Prelature of place because Ive been here year for a four-day vacation
Batanes, a group of islands in Cagayan since birth. This together with some other
located at the northernmost is what they say you have to priests of the archdiocese.
tip of Philippine territory, on leave everything and everyone The good thing is we were
May 20. behind liter-ally, he said. able to visit all the parishes
The 54-year old priest I didnt realized that God there. I didnt have any idea
from the Archdiocese of has other plans for me, Ulep that I will have to go back
Tuguegarao will succeed said. Its a challenge that there. Gods ways are really
Bishop Emeritus Camilo God has given me a new not our ways, Ulep said.
Gregorio, 77, who retired mission that Im going to Im very positive that I will
after serving the prelature for embark on this time around go to a place where the people
almost 14 years. with a bigger responsibility. love their priests and their
The bishop-elect, who just Ulep said he would be sad Church. Im eagerly looking
assumed as rector of the to leave the Archdiocese of forward to going there and be Bishop-elect Danilo Ulep is flanked by the lay liturgical ministers of the Sto. Nio Parish in San Gabriel, Tuguegarao City.
Tuguegarao Cathedral last Tuguegarao but was looking with them, he added.
week, will be the fifth bishop forward about going to A priest for 30 years, At present, he is also the Ulep was born in 1962 and degree in canon law and a
of the 67-year old prelature. Batanes with only about Ulep had been to at least six director of the archdioceses educated at the University licentiate in philosophy.
Reacting to his appointment, 20,000 Catholics from six assignments, including five biblical apostolate and of Santo Tomas (UST) in He was ordained a priest in
Ulep said it was surprsing, parishes. parishes and a minor seminary president of the priests Manila, the same school April 1987. (Roy Lagarde/
but also humbling. The bishop-elect revealed where he served as rector. assembly. where he also earned his CBCPNews)

Antipolo diocese celebrates Nuestra Senora de Aranzazu coronation


HYMNS of praises shook the
church of San Mateo as the image
of the Nuestra Seora de Aranzazu
was canonically crowned after
three centuries of devotion in the
Philippines.
Our Lady, dressed in gold-
embroidered rose and blue
garments, was crowned by Cotabato
Arch-bishop Orlando Beltran
Quevedo during a Mass attended
by more than a thousand devotees.
The cardinal said that the
coronation is a recognition of the
maturity of faith and devotion of
the faithful in San Mateo.
He added that it is also a Cardinal Orlando Quevedo of the Cotabato archdiocese crowns the image of the Nuestra Seora de
recognition of the strong Marian Aranzazu during a canonical coronation Mass in its diocesan shrine and parish in San Mateo, Rizal,
May 31, 2017. MARIA TAN
devotion in the Philippines, which is
be-ing manifested by the thick pages of the Nuestra Seora de Aranzazu It was brought to the Philippines
of stories of miracles and favors in July 2016. in 1705 by the Jesuits through Fr.
sought through her intercession. It was the third canonically Juan Echazabal.
In his homily, the first cardinal crowned image of the Blessed The fast acceptance of the
from Mindanao also exhorted the Mother in Antipolo diocese after community of San Mateo to the
faithful to turn to Mary in praying the im-age of the Our Lady of Peace devotion allowed the construction
for healing, unity and peace in the and Good Voyage in 1926, and of the church in honor of Our Lady
country. Marikinas Patroness, Our Lady of in 1716.
Allow her and her child to be the the Abandoned, in 2005. The Philippines and Spain
queen and the king of our minds The devotion to the Nuestra hold the distinction as the only
and hearts, the king and queen of Seora de Aranzazu started in 1469 two countries to have a special
our families, he said. in Spain when the Virgin Mary ap- devotion to Our Lady of Aranzazu.
Pope Francis approved the peared nestled in a thorny bush to (Niceforo Vince A. Balbedina
canonical coronation of the image young Rodrigo de Balzategui. III/CBCPNews)
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