Thursday, January 26, 2017

Random Thoughts About Duterte and the Bishops

There's a nasty exchange between President Duterte and Bishop Bacani lately. You must have read about it already, so let me go straight to my thoughts.

As a Catholic who avidly supports Duterte, I can see where each of them comes from.

 Duterte slams Bishop Bacani amid criticism of drug war - See more at: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/596930/news/nation/duterte-slams-bishop-bacani-amid-criticism-of-drug-war#sthash.2PluvBMw.dpuf


But who's right? or who's wrong?

We can argue all day long about that. One thing for sure, such a debate won't help the country reach its goals.

Neither will it help the Church. Jesus argued with Scribes and Pharisees, never with local authorities who lived during His time. I'd rather keep my eyes on Jesus on this issue.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Catholic and the Citizen: Looking Deep Into Human Nature

Logic is good (we see this in arguments all the time) . . . but we need a greater appreciation of human nature. How are we designed by our Creator, really? It's an unending question, for who can fathom the mind of our God? To me, at the end of every argument, is the question, does this please God? We don't like the answer most of the time.

 Image Credits: Partha Nandi, MD

Still, it's a question I ask every time I pause and watch whatever is in front of me... and, trust me, it reduces me, each time, to a round-eyed toddler.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Christian Faith vs Support for Duterte

I'm writing this as a reaction to this article, which I saw float in my Facebook Newsfeed...

 Bishops prepare for battle | The Volatilian™

For many Catholics there is no conflict between their faith and their support for President Duterte. Prove me wrong.