August 15th bail hearing at the Sandiganbayan, Janet Lim Napoles showed the
media the marble rosary she personally received from recently canonized
Saint Pope John Paul II. Her lawyer Stephen David later disclosed to media
that Napoles prays 2,000 rosaries a day. Given that a day has only 24 hours
or 1,440 minutes, Napoles would have to complete an entire rosary in less
than a minute praying non-stop for an entire day…every day. Atty. David also
pointed out that Napoles paid for the schooling of at least 200 priests and
helped construct many Catholic churches.
Does this mean that God will forgive or at the very least shorten Napoles’
stay in Purgatory? So that, in spite of the billions of pesos she stole from the
government—billions that should have gone to marginalized segments of
Philippine society but instead went to her pockets (and bathtub) and the
pockets of her cohorts in crime—in the end Napoles attains redemption and
gets to strum a harp with the rest of the angelic choir. Right?
All transgressions are forgivable—just repent and God will forgive you. That
is what Catholic teaching has been instilling into the minds of Filipinos
for almost 500 years. And they seem to have wholeheartedly bought that line,
so much so that today there are many Filipinos who cheat, steal, lie and
even kill but believe they will still end up in Heaven. The rich and
powerful commit all sorts of nefarious deeds six days a week but attend Mass
on Sunday and believe all their misdeeds are washed away. This is how all
those corrupt, immoral, unethical and criminal Filipinos are able to live
China has got it right
When Pope Francis visited South Korea this August, his plane was allowed to
fly over Chinese airspace. In the past, Vatican flights had to skirt Chinese
airspace whenever a Pope flew to Asia. The conciliatory gesture by China was
not lost on the Pontiff who stated that he very much wanted to visit China
as soon as possible. Pope Francis however was quickly though politely
rebuffed by Chinese leaders who told him to refrain from interfering in
There are approximately 12 million Catholics in China, but the state-run
church known as the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association is overseen by
Catholic bishops who are appointed by the Chinese government, not the
Vatican. Pope Francis did indicate that all he is asking the Chinese
government is that the Catholic Church be given the “freedom to do its job”
in China. Unfortunately, that is precisely what Beijing is leery of.
leaders need only look at their neighbor to the Southeast to see how
unbridled church interference can wreck havoc on a country. In the
Philippines, Catholic bishops constantly meddle in state affairs: they tell
government officials what laws they should or shouldn’t pass; they threaten
with excommunication or otherwise intimidate those who speak out against
them; they exercise tremendous authority without any corresponding
Case in point: despite the United States, the United Nations, and the
Philippine government’s efforts to curb the country’s soaring birthrate, the
Catholic Church remains steadfast against any and all forms of birth control
for Filipinos. And now that the Philippine population has passed the 100
million threshold, Church leaders do not see it as their responsibility to
provide for the wherewithal to house, feed, educate, and employ all these
additional human beings who are the direct result of their misguided
Chinese President Xi Jinping and the rest of China’s politburo realize that
this could happen to them and have thus told Pope Francis—however
well-intentioned his overtures might be—no thanks, and leave us alone.
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Our Readers (Topic: Should President Aquino Get a Second Term as President?)
Name: Celso Madarang City/State/Country: Clovis, california
IP Address: 22.214.171.124
After reading his recent Sona which by the way, got me teary eyed, I said to myself.., He's got to have another term in office. I haven't read in any newspaper about the president or anybody wanting him to run for a second term but even then I felt that the only way that all the changes he has implemented to really be
accomplished is another term. If it takes amending the constitution, then so be it.
Amend the darn thing!!!!!
Name: Cesar Arellano City/State/Country: chicago, illinos
IP Address: 126.96.36.199
We must make P-noy run for a second term so he can continue the proven success that he made for a short time, beside no one at present has a credible honest and good background mostly with tarnished past. Remember, we have not yet started drilling our rich resources, in Palawan, OMG, what will happen if a crooked President will replace him, that trillion of dollars, even Malampaya's money was even stolen! No if's and but's! we must push him to run for a second term, he is the only President that repeatedly says that we are his boss, so wherever we are let us unite to demand that he should go for the second term for the good of our native land six more years and their will be no more OFW. We will have abundant of work and no more separation from their families and love ones. Thank you.
Name: Jack City/State/Country: Ranco Cucamonga, Ca IP
It is pathetic that the anti-PNoy rally in Lipa was headed by the corrupt
former Thief Justice who until now cannot explain how he got his $2million deposit which he has voluntarily announced in his hearing. Also another undeserving leader is Bishop Arguelles who was a
recipient of Arroyo's illegal SUV distribution program. Pacquiao with all his limitations would be a better choice than these two stooges. Enough of strict adherence to the constitution if it would hinder progress. If we have not even strictly followed the Bible which would have us remain living like the people of the biblical time, so why be limited by an archaic constitution which would abruptly stop our slow but steady progress? Let PNoy stay for 4 more years.
City/State/Country: dasmarinas IP Address: 188.8.131.52
I come from
England & the prime minister can run & run & run. Its down to the people. We vote for him. But there are big differences between our countries. We know what the parties stand for. We the voters
aren't swayed by a few candies thrown our way & a politician singing to us. We listen to what they say & we hold them accountable.
Name: junpunsa City/State/Country: Carson IP Address: 184.108.40.206
It is very divisive amending the Constitution just to
accommodate Noynoy, The President should be aggressive on Senators/Congressmen who are involve in the 10 Billion Pork Barrel scam before 2015, to put on the dot and solidify the legacy on Tuwid na Daan. Opposition or Administration walang pinipili, sa nakalista kay Napoles affidavit na nasangkot. dapat kakasohan na.
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