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Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma. Photo from http://www.cbcponline.net/

MANILA, Philippines—The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines opened its semi-annual plenary assembly in Manila on Saturday to tackle Church matters and pressing national concerns.

Some 100 bishops from various dioceses were expected at the three-day gathering at the Pope Pius XII Center on UN Avenue in Manila.

The prelates are expected to discuss mining, the peace process and the coming May elections, among other issues.

The CBCP president, Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, earlier said that the precinct count optical scan machines that will be used in the May elections would be on the agenda of the CBCP meeting.

Palma, in a previous Inquirer article, said the conference would discuss the voting-counting machines because many people had reason to believe that the machines had “a lot of defects.”

He expressed belief that the computerized voting-counting machines  used in the 2010 elections were flawed and he wanted  them thoroughly examined before these are used in this year’s midterm elections.

“I, for one, can tell, or I will say I’m not ashamed to tell people that I also believe [the PCOS machine has defects]. It has to be examined and that is part of the agenda of the CBCP,” Palma said.

A source in the CBCP added: “Our point is, the PCOS machines are not fool-proof… there are technical glitches and anomalies that need to be addressed. We might feel too complacent because of the fast election results in 2010. But we’re after the accuracy and the integrity of the election results.”

The source added that some resource persons, including from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and Automated Election System (AES) Watch are expected to speak during the CBCP meeting.

Former government chief peace negotiator and now Supreme Court Justice Marvic Leonen has been invited to make a presentation on the preliminary Mindanao peace agreement, the source said.

The three-day assembly was preceded by a two-day seminar on Spirituality of Stewardship and on the New Evangelization, the theme of the recently concluded Synod of Bishops in Rome.

In a message to the CBCP, Pope Benedict XVI imparted his “apostolic blessing” to the bishops and said that he trusted that their meeting “will bear fruit.”

He said he was praying for the activities planned for the beginning of the nine-year period in preparation for the fifth centenary celebrations of Christianity in the Philippines.

The pontiff’s message was relayed by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone through the papal nuncio Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto who graced the opening of the plenary assembly.

The CBCP traditionally issues pastoral statements after its plenary assemblies.


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  • ztefertilizerscam10

    GlorIa bribed to Mitsubishop and Safari…

     Butuan City Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos, who received a Mitsubishi Montero, Bontoc-Lagawe Bishop Rodolfo Beltran (Nissan Pathfinder), Abra Bishop Leopoldo Jaucian (Mitsubishi Strada), Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Quevedo (Toyota Grandia Hi-Ace), Basilan Bishop Martin Jumoad (Mitsubishi Strada), Zamboanga Archbishop Romulo Valles (Toyota Grandia Hi-Ace); and Nueva Segovia Archbishop Ernesto Salgado (Isuzu Crosswind).

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U62PHGMKO4RK7BLMC4ACA4EG5A EREC

      Approved! Ito ay pagpapatutuo at mga paalala lamang sa ating mga kababayan kung paano nakikihati or nakikinabang ang simbahang katoliko sa ating kaban ng bayan. Kung nasasabi ko man na ang mga Politiko at simbahang Romano Katoliko ay NAGKAKASABWATAN sa pamamalakad ng ating gobyerno. MALINAW NA SABWATAN NG CORRUPT POLITICIANS AT ROMANO KATOLIKO SA MAHAL KONG INANG BAYAN PARA PAGNAKAWAN NG KANYANG KAYAMANAN.

  • ztefertilizerscam10

    Priest who had sex with boys now tells how to smuggle ivory

    National Geographic‘s new issue exposes the ivory business, which has been hiding in plain sight since a worldwide trade ban was enacted in 1989. And a major player in the magazine’s story is a priest in the Philippines whom I wrote about in 2005 when investigating another global-trafficking phenomenon — the Catholic Church’s movement of sexual abuse suspects across international borders to escape justice.

    The priest, Monsignor Cristobal Garcia, is now quoted as explaining how to smuggle ivory into the United States: 

    “Wrap it in old, stinky underwear and pour ketchup on it.” And if an icon won’t fit in a suitcase? Here’s how 

    National Geographic‘s Bryan Christy summarizes Garcia’s advice: “I might get a certificate from the National Museum of the Philippines declaring my image to be antique, or I could get a carver to issue a paper declaring it 

    to be imitation or alter the carving date to before the ivory ban.”Garcia also made provocative comments when I interviewed him about why he fled the U.S. in 1985. He admitted having sex with altar boys and supplying them with drugs

    The Catholic sex abuse cases are a series of convictions, trials and investigations into allegations of child sexual abuse Crimes committed by Catholic priests and members of Roman Catholic orders against children as young as 3 years old with the majority between the ages of 11 and 14.

    • JuanTamadachi

      good one.

  • ztefertilizerscam10

    STOP DONATING YOUR MONEY TO THE  CORRUPT BISHOP..
    The Bank Investments Of Different Dioceses

    Diocese / Church Foundation Company # Shares Owned Rank in Top 100 Total Investment Value

    ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MANILA Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) 222,843,681 4th PHP12.724 Billion

    ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MLA (REAL CASA DE MISERICORDIA) Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) 41,408,841 8th PHP2.364 Billion

    ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MANILA (HOSPITAL DE SAN JUAN DE DIOS) Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) 22,072,182 13th PHP1.26 Billion

    ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MLA (HOSPICIO DE SAN JOSE) Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) 6,016,624 15th PHP343.55 Million

    ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MLA (HOSP DE SA JUAN DE DIOS) Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) 4,285,572 17th PHP244.71 Million

    ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MLA (MAYORDOMIA DELA CATEDRAL) Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) 2,664,266 21st PHP152.13 Million

    ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MLA (ST. PAUL`S HOSPITAL) Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) 1,772,418 26th PHP101.21 Million

    CARMEL OF THE DIVINE INFANT JESUS OF PRAGUE, INC. Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) 726,819 49th PHP41.50 Million

    EL SUPERIOR DE LA CORPORACION FILIPINA DE PADRES AGUSTINOS RECOLETOS Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) 551,382 60th PHP31.48 Million
    ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF JARO Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) 491,385 64th PHP28.06 Million

    EL SUPERIOR DE LA CORPORACION FILIPINA DE PADRES AGUSTINOS RECOLETOS San Miguel Corp (SMC) 2,370,000 31st PHP260.70 Million

    SUPERIOR DE LA CORPORACION ARCHICOFRADIA DE N.P.J.N DE RECOLETOS San Miguel Corp (SMC) 1,234,603 75th PHP135.81 Million

    CARMEL OF THE DIVINE INFANT JESUS OF PRAGUE, INC. San Miguel Corp (SMC) 957,516 79th PHP105.33 Million

    ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF TUGUEGARAO San Miguel Corp (SMC) 856,639 81st PHP94.23 Million

    REAL MONASTERIO DE LA PURISIMA CONCEPCION DE NUESTRA MADRE SANTA CLARA DE MANILA San Miguel Corp (SMC) 809,834 83rd PHP89.08 Million

    SUPERIOR DE LA CORPORACION DE PADRES RECOLETOS POR BECAS Y VOCACIONES San Miguel Corp (SMC) 621,702 89th PHP68.39 Million
    CARMEL OF ST THERESE OF THE CHILD JESUS San Miguel Corp (SMC) 592,956 91st PHP65.23 Million

    THE DISCALCED CARMELITE NUNS OF CEBU San Miguel Corp (SMC) 451,864 95th PHP49.71 Million

    ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF NUEVA SEGOVIA DE VIGAN San Miguel Corp (SMC) 428,067 98th PHP47.09 Million

    ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MANILA Philex Mining Corp (PX) 3,221,135 15th PHP66.68 Million

    RELIGIOUS OF THE VIRGIN MARY – B Philex Mining Corp (PX) 3,125,777 16th PHP64.70 Million

    RELIGIOUS OF THE VIRGIN MARY-A Philex Mining Corp (PX) 1,091,027 69th PHP22.58 Million

    ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF TUGUEGARAO Ayala Corporation (AC) 24,015 73rd PHP9.29 Million

    KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS FRATERNAL ASSOCIATION OF THE PHILS, INC. Ayala Corporation Preferred Shares – A (ACPA) 60,000 2nd PHP31.80 Million

    ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF TAGBILARAN Ayala Corporation Preferred Shares – B (ACPR) 10,000 64th PHP1.02 Million

    DAUGHTERS OF CHARITY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL PHINMA Corp. (PHN) 159,575 19th PHP2.12 Million

    ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE OF JUAN DE DIOS PHINMA…

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/OWG7TEQM42UB2OFYCCB3DF4X7I Mat

      Let me not be construed that I am for or against the CBCP.  I criticize them for the wrong they do, but I also appreciate their good deeds. I believe that the Filipinos are intelligent and reasonable people, so let us be very objective with the issues at hand:

      1) In your opening statement, you say that: Stop donating your money to corrupt bishop, then follows your enumeration of the bank investments of  some dioceses.  Indeed, if some bishops are corrupt, let them be subjected to proper legal investigation,  and let them be held responsible for that.  But you did not specify how you are able to conclude that some bishops are corrupt.  Was there any investigation done?  Let it be presented here so that we can objectively assess the issue.  Having bank investments cannot simply make one a corrupt bishop, or anyone for that matter. 

      2) You also commented about the  Priest who had sex with boys now tells to smuggle ivory.   Let this priest then be subjected to investigation, be brought to court and if found guilty, let him take responsibility for what he did.  But let this issue  not lead to generalize that all priests are like this priest.  There are also sexual child abuses at school committed by teachers and at home  even committed by their own fathers, etc.  But as reasonable people, we cannot make a conclusion that all or majority of teachers, all or majority of fathers sexually abuse their children.  Again, let those who are guilty be prosecuted, but let those who are innocent be spared from being stereotyped.

      3) With regards to the bishops who received vehicles from the government, if there is anything illegal with it,  then let them be subjected to proper investigation and prosecution.  We are civilized people with laws, and we are not people of the jungle. We ought to observe due process in everything.   Again, with this issue, let us not generalize that all bishops are like that.

      4) As reasonable people, in weighing issues, we try to see every perspective of the situation.  It would have been ideal, if after the enumeration of bank investments of the dioceses, you also made a list of the following:
           a. the Catholic orphanages in the Philippines,
           b. the Catholic half-way houses for unwed mothers
           c. the Catholic counseling centers for  battered wives and sexually abused women and children
           d. the Catholic medical missions in the parishes
           e. the livelihood programs in the parishes
           f. the scholarships offered by parishes to poor but deserving students
           g. distribution of relief goods to typhoon victims
           h. the many programs sponsored by Catholic institutions and foundations like the  Caritas Manila, etc.

      Again, I am not for or against the Catholic church, but we Filipinos as reasonable and intelligent people, would  base our objective and balanced judgement  by seeing both sides of the coin.

          

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U62PHGMKO4RK7BLMC4ACA4EG5A EREC

        “but we Filipinos as reasonable and intelligent people, would  base our objective and balanced judgement  by seeing both sides of the coin”…… I AGREE, but i suggest to cut into halves the coins and get the weigh each half and you will see the realization what weights most_the BAD INFLUENCE OF DAMASO & ESKRIBAS IN THE PHILIPPINES. This Damaso & Eskribas in the Philippines must be out in the politics.

      • http://www.facebook.com/pgnelineman Daniel Nielsen

        i live among the poor and know people all over the mountains and never once has the church helped them because i asked them because i asked them why doesnt help you. they said the only help they gave us was prayers nothing else.  i spend anywhere from 5000 to 10000 pisos a month on them, for food and medicine, but i cant afford to help all of them. its to much,the local parish has been asking double donations for years to rebuild the church, but sadly it has never been done

      • http://www.facebook.com/pgnelineman Daniel Nielsen

        out here in the boonies there is no orphanages half-way houses . things are so bad i had people ask me to buy their kids theres a lot of 14 year old girls who are  expecting and if they have money  which very few have they can get a mid-wife, theres a lot of battering when the men get drunk on tuba but no centers.. no bishops never come here,no golf courses,

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U62PHGMKO4RK7BLMC4ACA4EG5A EREC

      Mabuti na it kay sa manahimik nalang. Sa amin nga matagal narin yong Obispo sa amin bata pa ako at ngayon lang taon pinalitan ….. ang alam ko isa ring shareholder yon sa mga local factory sa amin ng asukal. Marami pa silang negosyo gaya ng paaralan at hospital. Yong seminaryo yong mga nag aaral para mag pari may sponsor pa…. ang lahat papasok kukunti kung palabas. Pag may bibigyan ng tulong sa pangalawang offering kukunin ang pera…. ano ba ito uy!

  • Roy Rosales

    the CBCP instead of meddling with state affairs,should instead concentrate on house cleaning of their hierarchy.many priests have records of sexual abuses and pedophile cases.they should execute an act of contrition for their many sins and hypocrisy.shame on them

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U62PHGMKO4RK7BLMC4ACA4EG5A EREC

    PLEASE LOOK FOR A SUSTAINABLE SOLUTION FOR MY QUESTION: pHILippines is considered a catholic country for centuries MOST OF POLITICIANS ARE CATHOLICS, WHY FOR SO MANY CENTURIES THE PILIPINOS ARE LIVING BELOW POVERTY?????? reality on the society: MORE CHILDREN IN THE STREETS THAN SCHOOLS, MORE CHILDREN A VICTIM OF PARENTS SEPARATION, MORE CHILDREN ARE UNDER WEIGHT, MOST OF CATHOLICS IGNORANCE IN UNDERSTANDING NEW TESTAMENT OR DOES NOT READING NEW TESTAMENTS …if Jesus Christ is the quiding principle of catholics. MORE PARENTS THEY PRIORITIES VISES THAN THE MEALS OF THEIR FAMILIES. Ako po ay baptized na katoliko subalit ako ay nanlalamig lamang…..kung may makita po ako tamang REPORMA siguro manunumbalit ang init.  

    • http://www.facebook.com/pgnelineman Daniel Nielsen

      its just not i have been to mexico and it isnt much better.thats  the reason america has to spend billions of dollares on fences and security because people from as far as chile are trying to get in..the americans have passenger planes that fly all over latin america returning people to their home countries. they might take a plane tp costa rica then go back haul  a load to peru. this goes on ever day, day in and day out. they dont have to do this to mexicans for them they use buses.. i seen on tv
       where one woman tried 26 times to get into america. im surprised she wasnt killed by the drug cartels

      • http://www.facebook.com/pgnelineman Daniel Nielsen

        forgot a word, meant to say its just not here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pgnelineman Daniel Nielsen

    i thought the churches owned a couple million shares of mining stock

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDXEVEFHW2ZT5VWHDWBNM6XGE4 RyanE

    Yes, tackle mining and the church’s shares in Philex Mining Corp.

    With regards to the PCOS machines, I doubt it if the church is in the position to tackle this high-tech issue because I guess the Church till now has not really resolve the issue on whether the Earth is flat or not.

    • malek_abdul

      Did you know that Belgium was once a big stock holder of Philex Mining Corporation? The overseer was a Belgian priest whose name was Fr. Herman Flameygh. Incidentally aside form conducting mass at the minesite, this priest also mingles with the mine’s operations and even joins operational meetings. Sometimes he is called Engineer Flameygh because he also proposed solutions to problems encountered in the mines.

      My point here is Catholic priests also advocates mining.

  • quirinomayer

    How about the mission of Christ to save people from sin – will these Padre Damasos also discuss it? Or will they just play supervisor of the government during this very important meeting of theirs? The reason the Philippines which is 85 percent Catholic is one of the most corrupt countries in the world is that the Catholic clergy would rather talk and act on the matters which properly belong to the state and only make the salvation of people which is the real object of Christianity their last priority.

    PADRE DAMASO IS NOT INTERESTED IN THE SALVATION OF SOULS BUT MERELY IN THE CONCENTRATION OF POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS POWER IN HIS HANDS. THAT’S THE BOTTOM LINE.
     

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/OWG7TEQM42UB2OFYCCB3DF4X7I Mat

      Another hasty generalization, people let us be very objective with the issue…if you came to know all the bishops, priests, nuns in the Philippines, and indeed you were able to prove  what you say, then I will concur with our conclusions. But if not, let your accusations be hurled to specific bishops or priests and not to all.  We filipinos are reasonable people.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U62PHGMKO4RK7BLMC4ACA4EG5A EREC

    sA TOTOO po ang mga katanungan kong iyan ay personal ko nang nasagot…. ang sagot ko ang simbahang katoliko at mga politiko ay may MALAWAKANG SABWATAN sa pamamalakad ng ating gobyerno kaya sa kanila lang napupunta ang mga buwis ng mamayan. Kukunti lang po ang bumabalik sa mamayan sa pamamagitan ng inprastraktura at servicio. Isang nabunyag…ang pananahimik ng simbahang katoliko sa administrasyong Gloria Arroyo ng makatangap sila ng mga sasakyan. Kalakip pa po niyan mga donasyon/kontribusyon ng mga Politiko na kanilang sinuportahan sa pamamagitan ng kanilang church organizations. Kaya masmabuti TINGNAN MUNA NILA ANG SARILI NILANG ANINO BAKA MAY SUNGAY NA…..(sorry po iyan ang biglang pasok sa isipan ko ngayon). Bago nila ako mapaniwala sa nga pinagsasabi ng mga DAMASO AT ESKRIBAS NG PILIPINAS.

  • Pert Cabatana

    the CBCP need techies to help them understand the PCOS. They should not just simply shoot from the hips and simplistically generalize that the PCOS are the problems when in fact it was the human-intervention that caused the flash problems during the previous election. The solution is not that difficult to implement. And the auditing safeguards (performed by none other than the church-backed Parish Pastoral Council group) are already sufficient. So, the bishops are better advised to concentrate their attention on more substantive and productive matters.

  • Ari Putan

    Why they dont specify catholic here?
    We have many different churches not involved in catholic corrupt practices.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WC2VPZRJETRO5KOU4VOZCJXEDY Tamarindwalk

    The Catholic bishops ought to get to work on the alleviation of poverty and seeing that the masses of their flock are educated and healthy!  And they should keep their noses out of politics.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/7M6AFD7YQ6BJACR5TN2DBGRERA Ramon

       Politics has social and moral aspects, so the Church has to be concerned and involved. But these prelates/clergy may have to be so careful in their pronouncements that they don’t show any political color or slant in their utterances, especially in public.

  • brunogiordano

    “I, for one, can tell, or I will say I’m not ashamed to tell people that I also believe [the PCOS machine has defects]. It has to be examined and that is part of the agenda of the CBCP,” Palma said.”

    Based on what?????

    FAITH OR FACT???

    It is common knowledge that you just talk base on faith and not fact.

    In the last presidential election it was generally acknowledge that PCOS machine did a great job.

    It seems you still want us to believe na ang araw ang umiikot sa mundo. ( tila hangang ngayon ay iyon pa rin ang inyong paniwala.)

  • milespacker

    The CBCP has a very political agenda. They should focus more on the evil that drives men to cheat elections and damage the environment – and not the physical manifestations of such evil.

    And by the way, what about priests who have large families, when are they going to tackle that?

  • opinyonlangpo

    This is the CBCP, they represent God’s interest in the mining and election sector.

    • Ari Putan

      Represents who?

  • mangtom

    These mitsubishops are in all kinds of government meddling. I am still waiting to read something or anything -comment, about their attack dog, Enrile who is involved in this scandal on MOOE. Walang sinasabi kasi itong si Juan sex maniac at S-otot na plagiarist ay agents nila sa Senado. 

    Hoy, CBCP, halatang halata na madaldal kayo sa lahat na bagay ng gobierno pero wala kayong comment dito sa kagaguhan at kabalbalan ng bossing ninyong si San Juan Enrile. Kasama din ba kayo sa MOOE? May OINK din ba?

    Stop sticking your dirty noses into government business. It’s none of your dam# business. 

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    Somehow this news reminds me of a very old song by the Platters, the one that went – – –

    Oh-oh, yes We’re the great pretenders
    Pretending that We’re doing well
    Our  need is such We pretend too much
    We’re lonely but no one can tell

    Oh-oh, yes We’re the great pretenders
    Adrift in a world of our own
    We’ve played the game but to our real shame
    You’ve left us to grieve all alone

    Too real is this feeling of make-believe
    Too real when we feel what our hearts can’t conceal

    Yes, We’re the great pretenders
    Just acting  and gay like a clown
    We seem to be what We’re not, you see
    We’re wearing our hearts like a crown
    Pretending  that you’re still around.

    • pj2003

      Yes, this song really fits to the current state of Roman Catholic church in the Philippines…. Bishops still pretend that they have a great influence over their flocks but in reality their numbers are constantly declining.

  • Ari Putan

    CBCP-Corrupt Bishops of Catholics in Phl…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U62PHGMKO4RK7BLMC4ACA4EG5A EREC

    You did not noticed….. they focus on the word CBCP not for Roman Catholic church to avoid VATICAN be involved. Magkano kaya ang porseyento ang kikitain ng Vatican sa CBCP? Kahit ano pang strategy at pamamaraan, ang Think Tank ng mga ito ay galing parin sa Vatican. Unless, the preist got married and have family & Stop intruductions of Saints in the Philippines…. maniniwala pa ako at aalab nanaman ang init ko bilang katoliko….. at this point, Im too cold!

  • UrHONOR

    KAILAN kaya sisimulan ang pag-ta-tax sa TNL na mga naka-helmet na yan?  At sino kaya ang may yagbadoodles na mamumuno nito.  Ituturing kong personal kong bayani ang kung sinupaman yan.

    At sa usaping “Citizens SEEKING CHURCH APOLOGY:  RE, RIZAL’S “FORGERY” HOAX.”, nawa ay mabigyan ng kahit na kaunting pagtingin ito ng kung sinumang matino na namumuno o mamumuno ng rcch sa lalong madaling panahon….. politics at social life man din ang pinagtutunan ng diin ng mga sugo kuno ng maykapangyarihan sa sanglibutan.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OWG7TEQM42UB2OFYCCB3DF4X7I Mat

    Reality check!!! Just trying to be objective with the situation:

    We are in a democratic country, and  any Filipino or any institution  has freedom of expression as enshrined in our Constitution. Anyone one can take stand, express his approval or disagreement in any social and political issues of the country, as long as we respect the rights of others too. These bishops are Filipinos, and they do not become less Filipinos just because they bishops, and thus, have also the right to freely take a stand in any social and political issues of the country as we do.   We become hypocrites by defending our rights, but at the same time depriving others of their own rights.  So let them.

    If one is not in agreement with the bishops’ position, the better way to address the issue is not to listen to them or just simply ignore them. Dead ma kung bags Why?  because the more criticisms they receive, the more attention is given to them by the media, etc.   And thus, they are more exposed to the limelight and their advocacies become more known or publicized.  And that is to their advantage!  On other hand, if no one pays attention to them, there would be lesser media exposure!  Most probably, the CBCP are most thankful to all their critics for it gives free media exposure and coverage! LOL

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OHOD5EA75DBBUH53UKLRXRK764 Mang Teban

    Bishops and clergy of the Catholic Church are holding a regular semi-annual assembly. 
    Why are the anti-Catholics adamant? What are they afraid of? Are they envious or jealous that their own religious denominations do not get the same media mileage?
    Why are they so critical when the Catholic Church remains to be the only religious organization standing up for the Filipinos?
    Why should it not do that? The majority of the country’s population is made up of Catholics and the CBCP is the shepherding arm of the Church. 

    If the bishops have no care for the people, Catholics & non-Catholics, then there won’t be opposition to over-mining, illegal logging, displacement of ethnic minority groups and rural folks due to protracted armed struggle by the communists and Muslim rebels against the established armed forces of the Philippines, cheating and massive fraud in the elections, greed and corruption in government, unjust and unfair land distribution, moral decay in our society with reckless legislation promoting contraception and promiscuity, unabashed distribution of people’s money by all three branches of government (Judiciary, Executive, & Legislature), and many others.

    Every time a news report comes out on the CBCP, the same bunch of self-righteous critics single out bishops  Even when there is an EXISTING tax-exemption law for ALL organizations of RELIGIOUS nature, the attack dogs malign the bishops and call them with unfair label as DAMASOS but do not complain the same about tax-exemption of other religious institutions (???). Why single out the Catholic Church again? If they do not want the tax-exemption, then they should go to their favorite lawmakers and lobby for the abolition of tax-exemption for all religions. 

    The knee-jerk reactionaries harbor hatred and reflect their own disappointments. Perhaps, their own personal relationship with God is in turmoil. As it is said in the scriptures, “He who says that he loves God but hates his brother (neighbor), he is lying.”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    BISHOP JOSE PALMA CONCERN KA!! BAKIT GUS2 NINYO MAG PARAMI NG BATANG HUBO!! SA KALSADA OO NGA PALA BLESING YUN IMPOKRITO KA DAMASO!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NV25ZPWMBDYFXEYR3AWQ43ZS5E Hein S

    Nakikialam ang mga DAMASO.

    Do you not feel the WRATH of the people?



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